knit a blanket

Actually, don’t. Blankets take SOOOOOO long to knit! You guys warned me when I bought the yarn for my latest blanket, but did I listen? Noooo. Should I have? Yes! Here’s my slow progress:

It looks very nice so far, very simple and cozy. But it’s so much slower than crochet! Part of that is undoubtably due to the fact that I’ve been lazy with the crafting lately — it’s hard to pick up the needles when you’re exhausted from work, trying to spend time with friends, and planning a wedding (not to mention it’s so hot here that it turns knitting into sauna time). Part of it is also that my hands get tired and I quit before I can finish a whole skein of yarn. I’m on skein 6 of 15, not counting any border I might want to do. Here are the colors I have left:

These skeins of yarn are happily hibernating in my antique bread box that my parents got me in Arkansas:

Both the yarn and the blanket fit nicely inside the box, which is sitting beside my armchair for easy access:

Well, that’s unfortunately all of the yarny updates I have. I’m hoping to get motivated to pick up either of my 2 hibernating sweaters so that I’ll have something handmade to wear this winter, but we’ll see. As always, thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a lovely way to store it away! I love the simplicity of this and I’m sure it will be worth the effort. 🙂


  2. That has always been my motto…I’ll knit everything but a blanket. I am more likely to consider a blanket if done in small squares or pieces, or even modular. I hope you do finish! So far it looks amazing! Good luck!


  3. It might be taking ages but it is so lovely. Love the colours. That bread box is ideal to hold everything in and tuck it away for the day. Keep going it will be so worth it.


  4. They take long but you feel so accomplished when they’re done. Since this one is yours, I say take your time, when it’s done it’s done. I know you’ll love it when it’s an F.O. — because it’s pretty and because it’s done! 😀


  5. I just finished my first knit baby blanket, agreed it takes too long! Crochet is much quicker.


  6. barbara leftwich says:

    Nice update, especially because it is so HOT everywhere it seems. In So. Calif. never has been this hot? Just wanted to ask about the beautiful afghan in the background. Thanks in advance for an answer.

    Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:02:19 +0000 To:


  7. It’s going to be beautiful! I still think you are going faster than I am. My afghan is getting close to 2 years in the making. Oy!


  8. I am busy crocheting your strippey blanket.
    I also would love to do the ripple crochet, did you share the pattern somewhere?
    I am a newbie!


    • Hi Margaret! I hope you’re enjoying the blanket so far. The ripple blanket pattern is not mine — it’s written out for free use over on a blog called Attic24 (have you found that one yet? It’s really good!). Enjoy!


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