The next blanket I made I was a bit more adventurous where I striped it with two colors. Whoo-hoo, color change! This blanket was for my boyfriend's close friend who lives in CA. He and his wife are expecting a boy as well. So I chose the same turquoise blue, but the alternating stripe was a sage green (aka Beanstalk). Now, I call it striping, but it constituted 4 large stripes of about 8 rows to each color. That's a stripe in my book. My sister happen to be visiting and she helped me with the edge. I thought I was doing it wrong because it was not a very exciting edge, but I was doing it right. It was a picot edge and the picot looked different each time I did it. My sis assured me that it was fine. Below is the completed project with the blue and green stripes.
|The Riveting First Row|
I love starting projects but sometimes figuring out a pattern you have not done before or getting to the gauge swatch, can be a drag. When you get new yarn, you just want to start either knitting or crocheting, you don't want the due diligence of reading through the pattern to make sure you understand or want to take the time to check gauge. I know, it is for your own good, but I hate that part of starting a project. I love the start because you are finally doing something with that yarn. You have this feeling of promise in the project that you often lose when you misread a step or you have to go through two or three gauge swatches to finally get the right size needle or hook. I find that I usually do not start the real project the night I do the gauge swatch because I am a tight knitter and end up trying out two, sometimes three sets of needles trying to get it right. All the while telling myself that it is for my own good in the end. But with this baby blanket pattern, I don't care about gauge, so I can just start! So, falling asleep during the start of a project is a first for me. The excitment has faded for me with this blanket, but I am determined to do what I say I will do, which is five blankets. Below is where I am right now. I have almost finished the first stripe of pink.
I will post my progress on the baby blankets in installments. What projects are in your closet that you need some motivation on? C'mon, get to one of them! Let me know if I can help....