I set my Fibonacci Blanket aside a few months ago when I ran out of yarn maddeningly close to the end of the square.
It sat in the naughty corner for a while, until I finally ordered another skein of this colour so I could get on with the knitting. The yarn came in, but the dye lot was more different than I expected. I pulled back a few rows and striped the original yarn with the new dye lot. Learn from my mistake: ALWAYS buy more yarn than you think you need.
It’s different, but you don’t notice it too much from a little ways away…
Any guesses what the next colour will be?
My Fibonacci blanket is getting too big to cart around. Thusly, I have barely looked at it recently. This square is going to be done soon, though.
My Crochet shawl continues apace. As a knitter this is surprisingly easy to work on and I am enchanted with the play of light and colour in these two yarns.
My Pink Floyd socks are close to being finished. I have a few more inches left on the foot and then the toe and afterthought heel. I’m hoping to finish them this weekend.
And here’s a sneak peek of a project I’m just about finished with! I can’t wait to tell you more about it next week! (Look, it has a pocket!!!)
I have a lot of things I am actively working on. And a lot more things I want to start…. Here’s what’s in progress.
My Fibonacci Blanket: the 3rd square is almost done. It only gets bigger (much, much bigger) from here.
Pink Floyd Socks: One done. Now to start the 2nd…
Raindrops and Wildflowers cowl: I’m 2/3 done knitting this. The pattern is written, but needs revision.
Half Granny Shawl: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this and how easy it is to work on. It’s growing by the day.
Rumplestiltskin yarn: My singles are spun, and I’m 1/3-1/2 done with plying. The main hurdle is stringing 63,871,688 beads. It’s so pretty, though, that it’s worth it. Pattern suggestions for when it’s done? I’m thinking a shawl.
The blanket continues apace. I’m lucky to be able to do a good amount of my knitting at work. Simple projects require less concentration, so this blanket is perfect.
I also love to bake. This week I made Key Lime Pie (which turned out perfect, thanks for asking) and meringues. It just so happened that the pie called for 4 egg yolks and the meringues called for 4 egg whites. A match made in heaven!
What have you been busy with?
I have a lot of big projects that I’m working on: A blanket, 2 shawls (both of which have been on the needles for months), my 2nd foray into cables, and I just finished socks. A lot of knitters don’t consider fingering weight socks to be a “big” project (after all, they go on your feet), but I do. And the thing about big projects is that they are hard to take pictures of. Pictures on the needles are bunched up and awkward and inside lighting is usually rubbish. And then it’s hard to show progress in photos without it looking like 20 of the same picture.
So here is me trying. Wish me luck!
The joy of knitting socks is that halfway through you have a finished object. The frustration of knitting socks is that you still have a second (hopefully identical) sock to make.
The joy of knitting a blanket (composed of blanket squares) is that partway through you have a finished square. The frustration of knitting a blanket is that you have lots more squares to do.
(I am proud of myself for estimating exactly half the ball of yarn when I knit this square. It makes the rest of my blanket calculations easier.)
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…
The Fibonacci Series is a fascinating mathematical development. It has intrigued me since a friend introduced me to it in college. The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers that builds on itself. Starting with 1, each number is added to the number before it to create the next number in the sequence. So 1+nothing=1; 1+1=2; 2+1=3; 3+2=5, etc.
Why am I geeking out about numbers? I assure you, this is not my normal MO. I want to make a blanket based on the Fibonacci Series. You see, the series is not just about numbers. If you translate those numbers into squares you come up with this:
And if you draw a diagonal line across each square you get pretty darn close to the Golden Spiral (which is another geeky mathematical equation).
So my blanket will end up looking like this:
And here is the first square!
I’m such a nerd.
For our engagement my fiancé (I just love saying that! Fiancé. My fiancé. I have a fiancé. I am a fiancée!) gave me 2 huge balls of arm-knitting yarn. Yum! This man is wonderful. He gives me yarn. After I calmed down from the initial excitement of getting engaged (!!!) I settled down to learn how to arm knit.
Let me tell you, arm knitting is super easy and super satisfying. I knit both balls up in a matter of an hour and a half, and now I have a super chunky blanket. I had actually decided that this was going to be the year that I knit a blanket, but I was scared to start (I have commitment issues with large projects). So thank you, fiancé, for helping me reach my goal. And for big yarn!
Yarn: Arm knitting yarn from ohhio, colour: Jungle
Needles: My arms!
Time: 1 1/2 hours. Fastest. Blanket. Ever. For reference, it is shown on a king-size bed.
Thank you for keeping me warm. I know it’s not actually that cold outside where I live right now, but I’m kind of a lizard when it comes to body heat. And I have trouble sleeping when I’m cold. And I get rather grumpy when I am tired. So basically you are saving the world from a very grumpy me.
Also, you are warm enough that my very independent cat decided to sleep with me last night. Which makes me very happy. I love my kitties. So all around, you do a fantastic job.
I appreciate that over the years your creators have figured out how to minimize your fire risk. I want to live a long and fulfilling life, and I really don’t enjoy the idea of being burnt to a crisp in my bed. So kudos on that as well.
Basically, please keep being awesome. I hate being cold.