My current knitting project is one that has been on-going for several years. While that does include numerous starts and stops while working out in as well as at least one good hibernation period but still, that means I’ve been working on it a long time. If you follow me on Instagram, then you have probably seen pictures of it mixed in with the usual mix of cats, concerts, more cats, the occasional dog since we do have two, flower photos, and whatnot. Though It is a long term project, it has never gotten words like “doom”, “evil” or “wretched” attached to it in moments of extreme aggravation.
Skipping the orange mix to the yellow mix in my sequence because the rest of my "Sundown" has been stolen by the dryer gnomes. Serious THREE skeins are missing or I somehow really miscounted. Nevertheless this is the FOURTEENTH skein for my #tenstitchblanket. #knitting #knittersofinstagram #csyatenstitchblanket #yarn #igknitters #craftylady #honeybeesladiesclub #vintageyarn #retroyarn
The pattern, Ten Stitch Blanket, is from Frankie’s Knitted Stuff and created by Frankie Brown. I first learned about it from Nikabee who had found it as a free pattern on Ravelry. For those who don’t know, Ravelry is a fantabulous site for knitters & crocheters with things like patterns for free and to buy, forums, and within your account section, places to organize your projects, needles, yarn stash,etc. This pattern was a stash buster and great for leftover yarn from prior projects. This was what Nikabee was doing and the blanket was looking great.
I, of course, then wanted to make one too. After working on knitting projects for others for awhile, I wanted to do something for me and something that was a giant project. This wasn’t going to be my first blanket since the first finished project I did ages ago was a teal blue mashup double bed sized afghan. Yes, for a newbie knitter that was a bit insane but it turned out great in the end.
The current insanity I’d be tackling with this project would be my yarn stash. Oh my. I haven’t put my yarn all in one place but I know there is a lot. While I did give away about a dozen skeins years ago that had been living in the trunk of my car (yes, I’m serious and fellow knitters understand) there has been yarn somewhere in pretty much every room in the house. Darth Husband just shakes his head and walks away for the most part.
Then the boxes came.
The BFF’s mom and grandmother were crafty ladies and after they passed away they left behind oodles of crafty items including yarn. I had the opportunity to get some yarn that was leftover and of course, by some I mean I ended up taking all that was left. All meant two good sized boxes with one once containing a small file cabinet. Darth Husband was thrilled and by thrilled I mean the combo of the raised eyebrow and the “WhereTF is that going to go?” face.
The boxes were shuffled about for awhile and after my explaining how much it would cost to replace aforementioned yarn, Darth Husband begrudgingly mellowed out the WTF face and even helped me vacuum bag the majority of the yarn. What was left out was the 50 skeins for the ten stitch blanket.
Yes FIFTY since I’m clearly insane. The thing is, giant projects are relaxing to me and this is exactly what I had been needing knitting wise. No deadlines. No one paying me for a project. Just me doing something for me. Now, it has gotten big enough to be at the point where it registers as a blanket to the cats, non-knitters seem quite impressed, and Nikabee has asked me more than once when I’m planning to stop working on it. We shall see but that won’t be definitely won’t happening anytime soon.