WIP Conundrum

Okay, so I have a problem.  I kinda know what I want to do but your input would be nice.   It’s my mood blanket.  The thing is gargantuan now.  What’s even crazier, it’s that I’m a few weeks  😳 behind.  No excuses but you know … I’ve been having some life curve balls.  I want to be fully caught up by the end of this month so I decided to measure it according to the size of my bed.  Errrr … lemme show you my problem …

Mood Blanket 2014

It’s not much further on from the last time you saw it in February but that right there is my problem.  I’m eight weeks behind and the square is almost off the sides of my bed.  If I add another 32 rounds to this it definitely will be.  In the long term, we have 38 more weeks in the year.  If I multiply 38 * 4, I get an additional 152 rounds on this blanket.  Which means that it would be trailing on the floor around my bed as opposed to being the comfy blanket / spread I envisioned if I keep making it in it’s current style.  In other words — it’ll be toooooooo big.   Too big to be practical and too big to even wash in the largest washing machine in my building’s laundry room.  So what’s a girl to do?  I kinda know already what I want to do, but I need your help.

 

*cue music and insert poll*

Obviously, the last option is a joke … but the other three are viable ones.

Like I said, I kinda know what I want to do but it’ll mean so very much to me if you can help me out.  I think I set the poll to allow comments so feel free to offer up other suggestions if you think of any.

In other news, my Flax sweater.  Oh dear God in Heaven!  When I’m done this sweater, I’ll be wearing it!  Even if it’s summer.  The swatching is adding grey hairs to my head and I just can’t!  😀   So what had happened was … I swatched this thing … again … for the third time.   This time I went down a needle size.  And guess what?  The unblocked gauge is off by gazillions.  Okay … slight exaggeration … but my unblocked swatch is 17.5 stitches, 26 rows over 4 inches instead of 18 stitches, 22 rows over 4 inches.  I’m just waiting on the swatch to dry to see what kind of mods to make.   Sweater making divas, I need you when I come back with that blocked swatch okay?  Please and thank you.  😛

To cheer myself up … no, that’s a lie.  Because of my love for all colours bright and beautiful, I succumbed (I was weak Opal  😀 ) to magnificence of Knitpicks Stroll Neon sock yarn.  Yes … I did.  I got these:

Neon Gems

I picked myself up some eye searing neon.  Now I’m off to pick up where I left off with socks since I frogged this one:

First Sock

Yep.  I’m off to grab those 9 inch needles and finally finish my first pair of socks in screaming neon blue — aka  Razzleberry!   I feel some subway knitting coming on.

That’s all folks!  Nothing else to see yet!  😛  I look forward to your responses re my blanket.

Toodles.  Hope you’re having a crafty good Spring.  😀

31/52

This week wasn’t without its challenges but a change in attitude and mindset made everything alright!  This week I’m grateful for:

  • Putting my feet up!  I came home on Tuesday this week; I put my feet up, exhaled and got jiggy with some yarn!  😀
  • A great hair week!  So many compliments and a long conversation with a stranger on the train about natural hair care.
  • Having the baby shower I planned with short notice turn out awesome for the young woman I supervise.  She was supposed to leave work in the next two weeks but I found out this week that her leave start date got changed to yesterday (Friday).  She was really touched and surprised and I’m so happy that the staff came out the way they did for her.
  • Dinner plans with a friend later tonight.
  • Receiving a record on vinyl that I have been looking for for the past two years!  Booyah!!!  Jamaican saxophonist Dean Frasier covers some Bob Marley tracks — totally awesome Sunday evening or any time relaxation music!   I found cd copies too and got both volumes 1 & 2.  The vinyl record was a treat to find so I HAD to get it! 😀  This collection is very special to me.  I initially got the set on cassette tape from my friend Deirdre.  I remember her and home every time I listen to it.

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  • The laundry-mat in my building has been closed until further notice so I had to find an outside one to go to.  Because of the distance I have to walk now to the new one it means that I can’t run home after the wash cycle while my clothes are drying.  I’m not looking forward to that in the winter … but …  Today I realised that I could either knit, crochet or practice my spinning while I wait.  That minor inconvenience gave me 1.5 hours of uninterrupted knitting, hooky and spinning time.  Awesome trade-off is what I say!!!  #fistpump!!!  Today gave me time to work on my first KAL/CAL item complete with a captive audience of three eight year old boys! LOLOL!  😀
  • And of course, new yarn always makes my weeks better.  LOLOL!!  I’m still on my sheep even with these.  I’d ordered these when I stepped off my sheep a few weeks ago.  The seller took some time to get them to me; she wasn’t happy with one of the skeins and decided to redo it.  The finished skein was worth the wait!  They both were!  The vibrancy of the colourways cannot be described.  Not even the seller’s photos (that I used below) captured how awesome they are.  And what’s even better, is that the colourways are from one of my favourite series — Downton Abbey!