Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Knitting

ETA: I've tried to fix the pictures. Could someone please let me know whether they are now visible? Thanks!

I mentioned in my last post that my house had been torn up for 45 days. As it turns out, 45 days is the outside limit of my tolerance for having my house torn up. On day 46, I evidently become a raving lunatic who frightens husbands and small children and causes contractors to back slowly away while laughing nervously.

However, I apparently also become extremely energetic and efficient. My house is entirely put back together, with a new bathroom, new walls, new paint, and new living room furniture. It is beautiful. I am happy. All is well with my world.

My husband deserves (he insists) full credit for talking me off the ledge. He also deserves full credit for moving enormously heavy pieces of furniture all over the house and lighting a fire under contractors who clearly did not understand the importance of getting the damned project done already.

And now I am deeply engrossed in happy knitting. I got this (at my request, and to the accompaniment of much eye-rolling) for Christmas:


This is a full bag of Noro Kochoran, one of my all-time favorite yarns. I really wanted this to make a soft, fluffy sofa throw. I cast on Christmas morning and have been happily and obsessively knitting ever since.


Note the colors. There is nothing about these colors that would appeal to a male--ever--and that is the point.


Every afghan I have made has been confiscated by someone in my family. And while I am thrilled that they love my afghans, I am also cold. I want my own blankie, and this is it. It's like the hot pink flip flops I bought when my black and brown ones kept disappearing. I couldn't keep a pair of flip flops for more than a few weeks. I've had the pink ones for three years. So this is the knitted equivalent of hot pink flip flops.

The pattern is here, and it is free. I used the Kochoran instead of sock yarn scraps, obviously, and size 10 needles. My goal is to knit one ball of yarn per day, giving me a finished 48"x 60" throw in ten days. So far, I am on track. I don't normally set knitting goals, but this is an exception: I want my blankie, darn it!



12 comments:

SusieblueL said...

I am so happy you got all the renovations finished in time to enjoy the holiday and new year. Your throw is beautiful and your knitting speed is awesome!! Have a wonderful year and thanks for all your great posts.

kmkat said...

Sometimes enough is enough. Yay for husband who lit the fire and got the thing done.

I'm sure your afghan is lovely, but your photos are just solid black boxes with an exclamation point in the center :-0

Kristen said...

Isn't it wonderful when the workmen leave for good? We just finished a smallish remodel but still I was ready to jump a cliff if they had stayed on longer. But I did get use to them, I barely noticed them when I paddled around in my bathrobe in the morning. I don't think they looked at me either, they must be used to us crazy housewives. Anyway, your afghan looks lovely. Good idea about the girly colors.

vanfox23 said...

So glad your house is put back together. Renovations like that are nerve-wracking. I'm sure you handled it the best you could. wish I could see the pics of your blankie, but I, too, and getting only black boxes...I'm sure it's beautiful!

Susan said...

I am also seeing only black boxes with exclamation points. Hope you can fix that so we all can see the new afghan.

sophanne said...

I'm so glad life is reasonable in Yarnhogland again. The ledge is never a pretty place.

PICAdrienne said...

Glad your house is back in order. Using Google Chrome for a browser, the pictures are lovely. I really like the girly colors of the blanket.

quiltyknitwit said...

I see the yarn! Happy Christmas & glad the house is in order.

Sue N said...

Yes all fixed. Lovely colours!

vanfox23 said...

Yay! I can see pics now! It is a beautiful blankie! Thanks for fixing them to share!

Steph B said...

Pretty! And very feminine. Hope you enjoy it!

Lulu said...

what a beautiful throw...Love all the colors..