The Minty Fresh Blanket and I are on a break. It’s nothing to worry about. We’re still in love. We just need some time apart.
To fill the gap in my heart, I have begun a torrid affair with something new:
I’d like to introduce you to the At First Blush Blanket. The counting on Minty Fresh was making me nutty, so I decided a simple feather and fan pattern was just what I needed.
I’ve been cruising the Internet for blanket patterns lately and have a huge pet peeve.
Why do folks use tiny pictures of the finished blanket or only a tiny snippet of the entire blanket on their pattern page? In order to use a pattern, I want to see what the entire blanket looks like and I want to see what the stitch pattern looks like. A horrible picture is not going to do it for me.
It’s been an interesting day.
Today started early, before sunrise, when my allergies kicked in and I started sneezing and couldn’t stop. I dragged my carcass out of bed, bitching and whining the whole time (I am not a morning person, especially on the weekend).
The only good thing about being up this early is my picture for Saturday Sky:
I made a bit of progress on the Minty Fresh Blanket today:
Sadly, I will be frogging this blanket again tomorrow. Earlier today I had my count off and that caused the pattern to be off. I frogged back about six rows, put in a lifeline and continued knitting. You can see the lifeline in this picture.
I thought that was enough, but it’s obvious that it’s not. I’m going to frog back a bit more (ten, maybe fifteen rows) and hopefully that will be far enough.
Also in the above picture you can see my new stitch markers. These were made for me by Mr. Blogless MJ. I couldn’t get a good photograph of them and that’s a shame: they are very cool looking!
Speaking of MJ, do you like this shawl and/or this yarn?
MJ is giving it away. Really. If you’re interested, stop by and let her know.
A close up with the blanket stretched just a bit (to show the pattern):
I looked out the window tonight and saw this:
A few moments later:
The Minty Fresh Blanket is staying on the tracks this time:
A close up:
With three dogs, I must have about 20 dog toys. Wouldn’t you think that’s enough to go around?
Apparently, it’s not, and some dogs feel the need to sleep with them:
Here’s a picture of one of my favorite past times:
I’m tickling Kishka’s paws while she sleeps.
It drives her crazy.
The time: around 11pm last night.
The place: living room of Runs With Needles.
The crime: being a dumbass.
Yes, I took another trip to the frog pond. I was about to cross the cables for the third time and realized that two of them weren’t lining up.
I have no idea how this happened, but I finally grew a brain and did what I should have done all along:
I put stitch markers between each repeat.
Wish me luck. I love this pattern and am determined to succeed!
Time for Saturday Sky:
This morning at Knit Group, Felicia helped me figure out where I went wrong with the Minty Fresh blanket. It turns out: I was thinking too much, instead of just following the pattern. Thank you, Felicia! I made some progress on it today:
Driving to work yesterday morning, the sunrise was so spectacular that I had to pull over to watch it (and take pictures!):
I’ll end for today with, what else, The Three Stooges:
It’s (almost) Friday and that means it’s time for Friday’s Feast:
Name 3 things that you are wearing today.
Blue flannel pajama pants, coral T-shirt and orange bandanna. Yes, seriously.
Who was the last person you hugged?
What do you like to order from your favorite fast food place?
A meximelt from Taco Bell. I love them. I adore them and I really shouldn’t. When I worked at Taco Bell (circa 1987), I once found a spider in the pico sauce that is used in meximelts.
What time of day do you usually feel most energized?
In the evenings, usually between 6pm and 11pm.
Using the letters in your first name, write a sentence. (Example: Sweet unusual spaniels are nice.)
I don’t like these kinds of questions, so I’ll pass.
Tonight’s photo story features Max and is called “Busted!”:
Here is what the Minty Fresh Blanket looks like this evening:
The astute blog reader will notice that significant progress has been made. In the wrong direction.
I was happily knitting away on this tonight when I realized that I totally mucked up the pattern and stitch count. I couldn’t zero in on where it happened, so I put in a lifeline and frogged back to the border.
I don’t have the heart to knit on it tonight. I’m going to go to bed and read. Samantha is waiting for me.
For a few months, I set blankets aside to knit socks. I loved socks. Now, I have once again fallen in love with knitting blankets.The new blanket has been named Minty Fresh and I’ve started the cables:
Here’s a closer look:
So far, this pattern is a joy. It’s easy enough to do while watching TV/surfing the web, yet complicated enough that I’m not bored at all.
Driving home from work tonight I had to pull over and snap a picture of the sunset:
Our sky has been hazy the past couple of days due to wildfires in nearby states. The hazy skies during the day are kind of a drag, but the spectacular sunsets definitely make up for it!