FO – Green Monster Blanket

After almost a year and a half, I finally finished knitting this green acrylic cabled blanket.

Here’s the front,

Finished!!

and the back.

I previously blogged about it here here and here, and here‘s the Rav page for it.

Now, to start a second blanket in the same yarn. Um, I think I’ll wait until after the Ravellenic Games are over for that!  And probably pick a much easier pattern, preferably involving miles of garter stitch.

Weekly WIPs

A day off and an audiobook, and I am soo close to finishing this green blanket.

The green monster, six of seven repeats finished.

Also, in preparation of Tour de Fleece, I’ve reached a stopping point on the spinning projects I’ve been working on.

Plied yarn and singles, Coopworth fiber.

On the big spindle is three-ply yarn ready to be finished when I get home, and the smaller spindle is as full of singles as I wanted to make it.  I’ll wind the singles off of it this week so I can start my TdF project on Saturday.

For anyone else out there looking to start spinning, I’ve been learning from Respect the Spindle (and the author Abby Franquemont’s youtube videos) and Spinning the Old Way (apparently only available as an ebook). I would recommend both of them.

Butterflies and Cables

I am still slogging away at the same green cabled blanket.  I’m hoping another week or so of devoted effort will get this sucker done.

A green monster

Blanket knitting is poor blog fodder. I think I’m the only person who can tell that it’s any bigger after working on it for a week.

Meanwhile, my delightful bf and I went to the annual butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory.  The conservatory is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati at any time of year, but I’ve never been to the butterfly show because of the crowds and costs, and quite frankly I wasn’t sure how exciting a bunch of bugs would really be.

We actually really enjoyed it, and it was a lot cheaper than I thought – only $5 after a coupon we picked up at a UDF. It was warm, so the butterflies were active and hard to photograph, but I got a few pics:

I think my favorite butterfly variety was this one, it looks positively wicked:

We saw the rest of the conservatory as well.  I have been thoroughly spoiled by the Singapore National Orchid Garden (and simply living in the tropics), but I can still enjoy the orchid room here in Cincinnati, which is much the same as it was when my mother first took me there twenty years ago.

This is an interesting color combo. Future use in a hat perhaps?

Keeping Promises

It’s dangerous to knit for others, because not every non-knitter appreciates what goes into a hand-knitted item.  I only knit for close loved ones, and usually not by request – I decide to knit someone a hat/scarf/sweater, pick appropriate yarn and pattern, and go to town. I figure the person will appreciate the effort I made for them if they are so close, and I won’t be stuck knitting something I don’t want to knit and turning my hobby into an obligation.

Last year, though, my mom requested that I knit a blanket.  How can I say no to the woman who not only gave birth to me, but also proudly wore my first crocheted hat to work for an entire winter?

So I showed her some patterns on Ravelry and took her to the craft store to pick some yarn. She picked Alexi Throw as the pattern and we picked up some acrylic yarn at one of the local craft stores.

I made decent progress for a couple months when I was marginally employed and single, but then life happened and I didn’t pick it up for months.

This week the guilt finally got to me and I put all other knitting projects away.  Looking at my Rav page I realized that it’s been fourteen months since I started this damn thing. It’s about time to make good on the promise I made.

Here’s my progress so far:

Alexi Blanket for Mom

I got a good inch in during our quasi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons session today. Multitasking recreational activities – yes I am a product of the 21st century!

As an aside, reviving the blogging habit is a promise I made to myself awhile back, I’ve been sitting on this wordpress account for weeks and finally forced myself to post.  I am going to try to blog frequently for the next month or so to form the habit.