Monday, April 2, 2012

Knitting this blanket

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This thing has become epic.  Magnificently enormous, monumentally tedious.  The yarn equivalent of a song comprised of one note that plays over and over and over again.  Lalalalalalalalalala.  The only way I can keep going is to do something else at the same time, so I read while I knit this blanket, but the gross boredom of this, these millions of garter stitches in taupe and more taupe has become so great that I am now wishing for a third activity I can do while I read and also knit this blanket.  Maybe I could jog in place?  Jog in place while reading and knitting this blanket?  I think that’s do-able…

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  1. I think it is going to be really worth it in the end. When you have time can you tell me what size needles are how many stitches etc as I have so much wool I could use up on a blanket like this.

    Best wishes

    Colette

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  2. Wow...knit and read at the same time...i'm impressed!
    love jooles x

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  3. You crack me up...I cannot do two things at once for sure. I would love to watch you knit. You must be very fast.

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  4. How do you hold your book? How about knit, read AND TALK - thats what I like to do - talk all the time!!

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  5. hee hee, how about knit read and exercise bike? not that i would ever do such a thing. hee hee.

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  6. I have so been there. When I made a blanket for my oldest, the big red and cream monster I wanted to shoot my head off. Then came the chocolate brown crochet blanket for my youngest son, same color, row after row, after tedious boring row. I had to bribe myself, if I did two rows I could eat a cookie, If I did five I could look at a knitting magazine. I never did try to exercise and read....maybe next time.
    Good luck,
    Meredith

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  7. Not sure what effect you are trying to achieve so my comment may not be relevant: however I wonder why you dod not use the longest circular needles available and create less panels and finish sooner!!! I have made several knitted blankets in the past using them - less to connect when complete and if you are comfortable doing color work you can do so either vertically or horizontally :) I think what you have working is going to be quite stunning when completed <3

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  8. I thought of that, but one word stopped me: intarsia. Shudder! :)

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  9. I had no clue what "intarsia" was, so I looked it up.

    I *still* don't know! ~insert knitting-illiterate face~

    it's going to be lovely and cozy when it is complete!

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    1. Intarsia is what I would have to employ if I wanted to work the blocks of color horizontally, on one big long needle. Here's a video tutorial:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK07PBQMTE8

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  10. Oh but I can't wait to see it!!! It's a blanket that is in the back of my mind in that giant to do list.

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  11. Mmmm good luck with that! My suggestion would be read, eat chocolate and knit. After all, you need to keep your energy levels up with all that knitting!!! Have a fabulous week hon.
    Leah
    xx

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    1. Oulala..... I know this! I've tried...and gave up! But how can you read and knit??? I can only watch TV while knitting or crocheting, and still, I can hear more than I watch!

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    2. Well, I love to read and I love to knit, and I got tired of having to choose between the two, so I was very determined to master the skill. It has come in very handy, I can tell you!

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  12. Have you tried doing something small and quick to do ie knit a baby cardigan or something like that so you get that feeling of accomplishment and then you can carry on with the blanket thats what ido :-)

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    1. I know, you're right. I have somehow managed to start too many big projects, alas.

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  13. That's funny! But you know, It WILL look beautiful when it is finished. So do keep it going! You amaze me with your productivity, so I know you will get it done.
    Sara

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  14. Sometimes I listen to to audio CDs while my hands are busy...

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  15. Imposible hacer un trabajo de este tipo sin tener "otros" ☺ yo no puedo quizás me extralimito llego a tener 4 o 5 a la vez pero eso me entusiasma mucho mas pero resultan maravillosos es así como va a quedar tu manta besitos y Dale!!! Sandra.

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  16. But it is amazing.......
    and I may be making one next.

    I can't triple task, unless it involves sipping an alcoholic beverage while I read and knit garter...

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    1. There has been some wine, which eases the agony some. If that counts as a third activity, though, then it looks like I need a fourth. Maybe karaoke? Sprint triathalons? Yahtzee?

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  17. How about running!! Have you heard of the knitter who holds the record for the longest scarf ever knitted whilst running a marathon .....1.62 metres whilst running the london marathon in 2008. Wonder whether there's a record for blankets?!

    Happy Knitting
    Fleur xx

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  18. Its going to be lovely when its finished. I can just imagine how gorgeous these soft grey and cream shades will look against one of your punchy colour crochet cushions or another colourful blanket.

    Keep going! Maybe some epic film or series to watch............

    Gill xx

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  19. Kristen, I absolutely fell in love with you a bit. :)
    Your blog is just awesome.
    Your work is amazing, fabulous, gorgeous and just too adorable.
    And so are your words! :)
    You've really got a great (new) fan in me!!!

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