I’m happy to announce the coming out of my Groovy blanket. It’s been machine-washed and dried and is good to go.
Thanks to Season 10 of Bones on Netflix, the end-weaving was painless. All 500-plus of them.
The wave patterned border isn’t as smooth as I’d like, but at least the washing/drying has relaxed the tendency of the border to curl up.
I’m now looking at my other blanket, stalled halfway through. It’s my only WIP so I should probably get on with that, eh!
I hope that if you are a Canadian citizen you voted today. It’s after 7pm here in BC and I haven’t a clue whether any results have been released yet. No doubt I will hear the news sometime this evening and I’m hoping for a joyful dance rather than a disappointed shoulder slump!!! We shall see…
Well, actually, yes it is!
I present to you the (almost) finished Groovy blanket. Just the ends to weave in now.
I still have an overflowing bag of yarn and I think I could probably make two more blankets from what’s left!
Centre is done, all five strips joined, and just a border to add. Plus a kajillion ends to weave in.
Two granny strips, a dot strip, and a stripey strip. Plus a partial granny strip. I needed a vertical stripe and rather than use the shell stitch in the original Groovyghan pattern I went for a simple straight granny stitch section. So easy to add to the side of the granny strip. I hope it fits the dot section okay. Eight rows done so far, but I think it needs to be at least as wide as the other stripe strip. In the photos, the light green is standing out and looking almost yellow, but it is duller and blends in well in real life.
It looks like it will be finished by the deadline I have set for myself. Deadlines are great for discouraging procrastination, though I’m not having any problem staying motivated for this project.
The stripey strip has grown. It’s only 30 stitches wide and grows very quickly. I started to attach it to one of the granny strips so that I could be sure of getting the length right. As it turns out, 16 rows seems to fit one granny quite well.
Laid out like this on my living room floor, I’m really liking it.
And what do you think of my impulse buy? Sock monkey slippers! How could I resist 🙂
Thanks to Netflix, and also being a passenger in my car on the weekend, the black borders on the grannies and dot blocks have whizzed by and are now done. Twenty one blocks finished in no time at all! At least, it feels like no time.
I put them on the floor in no particular order, just to admire them and consider my next step. I think I will make the horizontal stripe strip next, so I don’t have to face all that sewing yet.
It’s been a nice at-home day today. It feels like a bit of an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy week, though I am going out later and have to make sure that I take some food for a potluck and also leave some at home for the boys. I changed the bamboo sheets over to flannel ones, as the nights are getting chilly and I’m not willing to close the window and turn on the heat yet. I’ve cooked a pot of black beans to make refried beans, and made a huge pile of tortillas. Next, guacamole. Shame I don’t have any fresh tomatoes to make salsa. Didn’t plan that too well.
I took the bull by the proverbials today and synced and updated my iPad Mini. Really hoping that I don’t regret it. I know there have been a few issues with iOS9, so maybe waiting for 9.0.1 was a good move. Ds2 tried updating his iPod which was running iOS6! Hmmm, let’s just say he was iPod-less for a few days while trying to figure out how to fix the situation that arose. In the end, with the help of his younger brother, he worked out how to find the problem and restore it from an archived backup running iOS 8.4. He is now back to living in headphones and doing everything one-handed, as his iPod is like an extension of his body! Sigh!!
Time to get back to the kitchen, which is warm and sunny – the family room where I’m sitting right now is in the basement and it’s cold down here. Happy crafting and talk to you again soon.