You know how sometimes, especially in the run up to a big deadline, you knit and knit and knit and you get nowhere? There's all of these pressures and projects and you look at the whole thing and you think "There's just no way I'm going to make it." Then you knit around and around and maybe have an eggnog or seven and when you wake up there's still no end in sight?
So then you calculate your row gauge, because there's just no way that if there is 5 rows to an inch and you have knit 34 rows that whatever you are knitting can possibly be no bigger at all? You know that one?
I don't. Not today. Today, I have victory.
That's right, knitters of my heart, the baby blankies are done. Done. Finished. Completed, out of the way. They are moving on and I am released from their lacy worsted blankiness and must knit on them no longer. They go from my needles to wrap the Tinks in warm knitterly love.
Lene calls these "The love blankets" and it's a pretty good name. Not only are they gifts for the wee babes this family is looking out for, they are a group project. Lene bought the wool, Ken knit the garter middles (note for next time. Garter middles should be bigger to split workload more evenly) and I knit and knit the outsides.
I think they look smashing, and they have a pretty good vibe.
Specs for those who will ask: Misson Falls 1824 wool (recently re-continued) in teal and raspberry. 12 balls (and a little ) of each.
The centres were garter stitch (4 balls), knit on the bias, then stitches were picked up all round and knit out until the yarn was gone. The teal blankets edge is "faggoted rib" and the raspberry is "little arrowhead" both from here, worked in the round with a double increase at each corner (every other row) to make the mitres.
I am so happy that the two half socks, the full pair of socks, the scarf, the mitten and hat set (oh..I forgot to tell you I added those) and the shawl that I need to finish in mere days all seem like nothing. Blips. No wool of consequence. I have knit two blankets and I am a mighty knitter. I'm all hopped up on the smell of wet wool blocking and I feel like I could knit four sweaters by Saturday. Bring it on. Now if you don't mind. I have some wrapping to do.
Pass the egg-nog tape.