Well, the Hey Diddle Diddle blanket is finally done. Here is a picture of the backing. My mom did that part and I think it saved the blanket. Please ignore how bad my intarsia is . . . .
My cat Chopper has given it his endorsement as well. Thank goodness.
My knitting of the Teddy Bear blanket goes on. The recipient baby was born a couple of weeks ago and now I definitely feel the pressure to finish this thing up! I do NOT plan on putting a backing on this one. I really don't have the patience for that stuff -- which is sad, considering the fact that I haven't been the one to actually sew on the backings. Oh well. Some day I too will learn patience. Maybe. At least I can say that I am happy to actually be finishing projects. That is something. I'm not always too good at that. It helps that the things that I'm knitting are for other people -- puts more pressure on me finishing!
On a related note, I hope to start knitting something for myself soon. I went out on Valentine's Day with my mother to find myself a knitting bag (her V-Day gift to me) and instead I cam home with a bag full of Kureyon. Again. Yes, I know I complained previously about Kureeyon's scratchiness, but really, the stuff is just beautiful, so I couldn't resist. Here is the color that I picked. I love the brightness -- wonderful for this grey, icky, COLD, time of year. I am a little worried about what it's going to look like when it is knit up. It may not turn out to be the sweater I am hoping it will. I want something I can wear with everything, etc.
Here is a picture of the design (you can almost tell what it looks like). There was another one I wanted that looked warmer -- that was the whole point in allowing myself to get yarn for myself -- but, I couldn't find an Iro that would go well with it and the gauge of the Kureyon just wouldn't do. So, I'm doing this one instead.
I have to admit another fear with this project (besides the color fear): I am afraid I will get bored with it. Besides the fact that I'm not too good at knitting stuff for myself anyway, a boring pattern could do me in. I am hoping that the delight that I feel as I watch the color pattern unravel (metaphorically) before me, I will be so excited that I will enjoy knitting this thing. I am a process knitter, rather than a project knitter, I guess you could say. I don't normally knit so that I can have something. This is a new experience for me. The good news about this project is that I think it will be some thoughtless knitting that will keep the hands busy and the mind meditating, rather than cursing. I could use some of that, I think.
Lastly, I am excited to say that I am a proud new member of the Socks that Rock club! Yes, I too succumbed. I can't wait to get the package. I am not one of those people who spends 90% of her time knitting socks, but the thought of getting a mystery package of yarn with instructions in the mail every other month was just TOO much for me to resist. So, on we go!! I'll let you know when it shows up.