I actually did it! I completed the stupid task of knitting an adult-sized blanket in garter stitch! I’m actually pretty impressed with myself – I finished it in two and a half months, but during those months I also finished about a dozen embroideries. Looking back at my working speed of, say, three years ago and comparing it to what it is now makes me feel great.
(Full disclosure: It doesn’t hurt that I committed myself to basically watching every episode of every series of Star Trek before the end of the semester. Convincing my English teacher to let me write all of my papers on Star Trek wasn’t the wisest move. So I have a lot of knitting time between note-taking.)
Anyway, the blanket itself is better than I thought it’d be. It’s incredibly heavy and warm for its size. And I actually kind of like the colors; though as I look at these pictures I realize how horribly the colors clash with my living room decor. So it’s going to be a bedroom-only piece, I believe.
Also: All of those borders between squares? Pieced with kitchener. Sooooooooooo much kitchener in this piece.
I had a bit of yarn left after finishing this blanket, so I’m making a mini blanket for Grady’s doll. I just took the pattern and divided every stitch number by 6, and only made 12 squares. It’s a pretty perfect doll size, but I’m realizing how stupid I was to prolong my commitment to all this garter and acrylic and kitchener. I can’t wait to make something -anything – else!