Thursday, June 18, 2015

Peace

It's gotten to the point with this project where I feel I deserve some kind of treat in between completed squares, like I've earned a reward for an hour's garter stitch knitting because it is, what, arduous somehow? This project, the sock yarn leftovers blanket, has lasted too long. My interest in it has fully waned, but it is something like three-quarters finished, which means I've almost reached that moment where the end is in sight, and that always motivates me again, but that hasn't quite happened yet. I start a square, work eight rows, put it down for a week, pick it up again and my brain says This? Still? Really? It looks like I should be weaving in some ends too, so that it doesn't all hit me at the end like a giant slap in the head. I think the too-big projects have really reached critical mass now, and it's time to find something small to make. A little zip-pouch with beads on it, maybe, or fancy mittens. Something. What are you all working on? I need something little and manageable.

Also in garter stitch; this blanket is a balm, honestly. Peace and calm is not my default setting, so this kind of thing is perfect for me; medicinal knitting. It is as plain as anything could possibly be, and there is almost no need whatsoever to look at it as I work. My hands are busy, which quiets my mind, and there are no decisions left to make, and I am free to think about other things as I go, and it grows, slowly but surely. Two colors of worsted weight yarn, US 7 needles. 300-ish stitches across. Breathe. Note to self: this is what the sock yarn leftovers blanket was like in the beginning. Finish this one before you get sick of it.

Catdog surveys her kingdom. She lolls in the grass. She chases a green rubber ball, catching up with it in a tumble, gnaws squeakily at it for a minute, then rolls onto her back, scrubs the top of her head into the lawn. A big, satisfied sigh. Then she's asleep again. It's warm, sunny, drowsy outside. The bumblebees explore the floppy rose blossoms, and I am asleep, too.

 

30 comments:

  1. Nice photos!!!!!Have a perfect day!!!

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  2. Am loving your two colour blanket. Have one in my head very similar but in two shades of grey (as opposed to fifty shades!!!). Bit scared I'll get uber bored with it tho so maybe grey and luminous pink is the answer.... hey ho....

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  3. I am happy for your dog that she found you. She knows how lucky she is too.

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  4. As always I am in awe of how much knitting you get made; I have started three sweaters but not picked any of them up for months, due to small issues I need to sort - pathetic!! I'm sure you'll get everything finished soon. Regarding small projects, how about a collar, such as at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544020829957571453/
    or a necklace, such as here https://www.kollabora.com/projects/knot-necklace
    or here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544020829957318952/ (not exactly knitting)? Jen

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  5. I found out last week that I can knit in complete darkness!! I watched Shaun the Sheep at the cinema with my two girls and clawed 87 minutes of knitting time. When I got home not a mistake in my stocking stitch - Hooray! I like mindless knitting too sometimes. Jo x

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    1. Knitting in the dark! High five! xoxo

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  6. Think of us here with pompoms cheering you on to get to the end - might help???

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  7. Catdog is loving surveying his kingdom, it is hard work so he would need a nap.

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  8. aaah, the catdog returns to eclipse your knitting! (only kidding, kind of)! She has the deepest eyes - an ancient. If only she could speak . . . Your two-color blanket is very wonderful, and I hope that it holds your interest long enough to finish. I alternate my knitting with my quilting when things get stale. And there are ALWAYS socks to up the ante.

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    1. That's a much better strategy than (as I do) simply starting yet another project--I'm smothering in WIPs!

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  9. I find that I sometimes post here and it disappears. so, 2nd attempt and sorry if you get 2 of these!
    I am on the hunt for Catdog I am so taken with her. By the way I notice that you knitting have some matching cat dog colours! I have been knitting a hat in time for granddaughter for our winter festival. I made 2 of these last year and was surprised that the 1920s style was so well received that 7 year old requested another this year in terribly hot pink and navy blue. Ok I suggested the navy. Now a 30 year old friend has also ordered one. It's a fun and fast knit. The pattern is Eilish from:
    http://www.touchyarns.com/patterns/

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    1. Ha, the yarn is very Catdog colored! That will pay off big time later, when she's shedding all over it... :)

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  10. Love Catdogs pictures. He looks very content with his life. Your blanket is very lovely. I absolutely enjoy plain garter stitch every once in a while. It's soothing to me when life gets crazy.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. I'm trying to make myself work on a blanket of mitred squares. They have been done for ages, but I need to sew them together and add a border. Don't wanna :-(

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  12. Catdog looks like she has an old soul...so sweet

    I am working on crochet cotton washcloths because I ran out of yarn for the blanket I was working on (it's ordered, and on its way) that should have been finished a month ago except I made it more ripples wide than I planned to and it meant it is taking longer and I ran out of yarn

    I also have some skirts and jackets cut out, but they are for Fall/Winter, so no hurries to get to them just yet

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  13. Seems just perfect to me! Rebecca x

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  14. If it helps... your sock yarn squares are gorgeous! Power through, you won't regret it. xx

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  15. Yes! Smallish projects in between big ones is the ticket. I always have to make something little every once in a while for some instant gratification. It helps take the edge off :) I'm crocheting a kitchen towel at the moment, squeezing it in between 2 quilt finishes.
    BTW the Dottie Angel Frock pattern should be out any day (Simplicity 1080). Get your fabric ready.......

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    1. Oooh! My ordering finger is poised and ready. :)

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  16. I love to see dogs rolling around with their legs in the air, i wish we could do it too..in public and when ever we felt like it!?
    best daisy j x

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  17. I know the feeling that comes with many unfinnished projects. Beginning with lots of energy on something new, and after a while become boring. Starting with something new, fresh yarn, other color. Its like the feeling you get from the first page on a new book.
    Unfinnished: 4 sweaters, working on 1, 1 poncho, 2 blankets, 1 shawl.
    Even a unfinnished little crochet project. Its a puzzle ball for my dog. Maybe a fun small project to make for catdog ?
    Groet Stuyvesant.

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  18. How about knitting some socks? There's tons of us making socks right now as part of a sockalong started by Winwick Mum. I have some big projects to work on too but keep putting them down to do socks as they are small, quick and fun and use the right amount of brain activity. X

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    1. I've got two pairs of plain socks on the go at the moment, maybe I should put a few rounds on them now and then. They aren't going to finish themselves, right?

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  19. Hi Kristen,
    Since I crochet, I humbly suggest a nice crochet pillow sham.
    And, like Sally, I too have noticed you are recreating Catdog in your blankets.
    Very nice.
    :) m & jb who now wants me to create a blanket based on her coat

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    1. Aw! You should do it--then the shed hair is INVISIBLE! Strategy! :)

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  20. Love reading your blog. I like the projects you're working on. I love weaving in ends! I find it relaxing. It's not knitting, but weaving in ends means knitting has happned. I am working on a blanket, but also socks and socks and socks! I have had fabulous luck at my local charity shop lately as they had gotten in a variety of light fingering wool - hence all the sock knitting. Because the socks are on size #0 DPNs I switch to the blanket when My hands get tired from the small circumference. Just keep taking deep breaths. You're just at the mid-project doldrums. You'll get to the end.

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    1. Oooh, I am a little bit jealous that you found sock yarn at your thrift shop! Lucky girl! :)

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  21. Greetings from steamy, hot South Carolina. I always have a knit dishcloth on the needles to pick up whenever I sit down to relax. They make wonderful gifts to keep on hand and they're something we all can use. Simple pattern. Size 7 needles cast on 4 stitches. Knit one row. k 2 yo and knit to end of row. Repeat this row until you have 44 stitches on your needles. next row knit 1 k 2 together yo knit 2 tog then knit to end of row. repeat this row until you have 4 sts on needles. cast off. Use cotton yarn. These cloths get better the more you use them. I love them. Hope you'll give them a try.

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    1. That dishie pattern is an old favorite of mine--I think I have a few in the drawer right now, actually! Might do to start another, though. Jealous of your steamy, hot locale, I must say--wearing the wool socks in summer is getting a bit old... :)

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