Sunday, March 20, 2011

Get your Hebrew on!

So, for my "March Project", I decided to finish up the Orange Dreamcicle blanket...or try to. I pulled it out on Friday and looked at in in abject horror. I just wasn't feelin' the love. So I ripped out the huge brown stripe I had put in it and decided that it would just have a brown border. End of discussion. Then I started trying to use up my remaining two skeins of orange fluffy poo.... (If you can't tell, me and the blanket, not getting on so well.)

The two skeins of fluff left have 74 yards each in them...85 g of fuzz. That's not much yarn. ESPECIALLY if you are using size US13 needles. So I figured this would be quick. I started knitting.

and knitting....
and knitting....
and kept knitting.....
and weighed my yarn and in the last 4 hours I had only used 20 g....
so I kept knitting, and knitting and....
well you get it.

This is what I like to call the Chanukah effect. For those of you who don't know, Zach is Jewish, so while I am not, I have a little knowledge of the subject. If you don't know the Chanukah story this is the sum of the point I am getting at:

The Maccabees had some oil, they wanted to light the oil lamp of eternal light, they only had enough oil for one night, it lasted for eight.

This is what this yarn is doing to me. It should only last a few hours, but it just keeps giving and giving and giving.

Do you think god is trying to tell me something?

Anyways, after 3 days of fighting it, I am through the last two skeins of orange poot, and have started the brown border. (cue happy dance!)

It looks like this:
I promise it really is a blanket. It's just knit from the center out so right now it looks more like a diaper-y parachute thing. It's the nature of the beast. It will look more blanket-like when cast off.

The strange different colored stripe in the middle area is a skein of a different dye lot that I was unaware I owned. I think it gives it character. So I left it.

In all likelihood this thing is going into the gift basket anyways. Unless when it's done its just so cuddly and wonderful that I HAVE TO HAVE it. If any of you want it, claim it now.

On a more positive note, I am all caught up on the CAL motif's I missed while in NYC. Here they are!
I rather love them. Especially the whole varigated in the center thing making the bottom one look like its some sort of crazy optical illusion when it really is symmetrical.

I've picked and edged a fabric that I will be sewing all these lovely motifs on to to make one large fancy blanket.

I may be doing that instead of working on the orange fluff.

Deadlines were made to be broken. Right?

Lily and I had a fabulous yarny weekend. We did lots of yarn hopping, and crafting. There was a couch incident in which it appeared I was being eaten. I will show you all pictures later. There was also some accidental tipsy knitting, and some fun yarn shopping. Further details are being saved for later.


  1. Fortunately, the tipsy knitting did not result in errors. Just in slow progress.

  2. Hmm, I'm not Jewish either but I know exactly what you mean about the Chanukah Effect, but lately I've been having the "Gee I hope there is enough yarn left to bind off this friggen (insert project here)!"

  3. OMG I KNOW what you mean about casting off. I've lately been considering doing crochet bind-off only to eliminate the need for yarn while casting off.