If anyone wants to come over here and give me a foot rub I will reward you with one knitted sock and a promise for another. Any takers? Going once? Going...once? Hm. OK, then. Your loss.
This has been a full weekend. Friday started with a snow storm on the first day of spring, a half day of work, and then a cross-state trek to Pittsburgh for a wedding. My friends, I am not a good traveler. I like my own bed, and my things where I can find them in my sleep. I have no problem with new sights and places...I just really wish science would get on disapparating to make it easier on everyone. And to save on turnpike tolls. Anyway, after an absolutely fabulous wedding and night of fun and dancing, we made the long trek home, where I've been applying ice packs to my knee and gearing myself up for work tomorrow.
Ok, no segue. Just changing the subject. Amid my frenzy of sock knitting (it's not really a frenzy, it's more of a kick, and I'm aware of how nerdy it all is) I also started an afghan. I don't want to show it to you until I get through one pattern repeat so you can see how everything is going to play together, but it's going to be a little of this and a little of that from this pattern at Little Woolies, and this pattern at Not Your Average Crochet (which is based on the first, so I'm deriving from something that is already derivative). I realized that I never showed you the giant pile of yarn I got for Christmas that I'm using for this blanket.
Lots of color, but also very different from what I usually use. No bright pops of pink and lime green and so on--much more muted colors that remind me of autumn, from the leaves on the ground, to the purpley flowers that abound, to the blues of a crisp October sky.
It's all Stylecraft Special DK in a bunch of different colors. I tried to pick mostly those I had never used before though there are some that are just perfect and I couldn't pass up.
I love super-delicious eye candy almost as much as real candy. Fabric, yarn, whatever it is--there is something about collections of craftiness that I just love looking at. So inspiring.
So that's the yarn. I didn't want so spring an afghan on you and have you be all "Wait, when did this happen? Did we discuss this?" It moves along quite nicely when I get going, so hopefully I'll have the first section to show you soon. I've already worked through each color, now to get through the stitches.
Have you ever made a mixed stripe blanket? I'd love to know any tips or thoughts you may have.