We went down to Bowling Green last night to watch the fireworks, as we have every year since 1994 when we first moved to the Toledo area. Like always, it was silly-easy to park and we found a great spot for our blanket. The show was spectacular with a booming finale you could feel rattling your sternum. It speaks to my personality type that I love the finale and yet can't help but think how much longer we could enjoy the fireworks if they set them off one by one. Judging by the roar of the crowd when dozens of fireworks exploded in 30 seconds, most people don't think like I do, which is hardly new information.
There is a new FO to show you.
Remember this blanket-in-progress?
I was loving it right up to the cream, but then I started to like it less with every new color I added. I was still enjoying the ripple pattern, but it was looking like the dog's breakfast. I made it through one eight-color repeat and then gave it up halfway through the next grey stripe.
Rip! It took awhile, but eventually I had three little balls of each color plus the partial skeins I hadn't used yet. When I jumbled them all together, it was clear that the blue and an acid green not pictured needed to go. I set the grey aside for borders and started cranking out granny squares - two colors per square.
One row of grey around each and then I zig-zagged them together. The leftovers were just enough to add rows of color around the whole she-bang, ending with grey.
The finished blankie:
So much prettier than the first incarnation! It is washed and blocked and awaiting a gift bag. The planned recipient is anticipated mid-July. New mama is a knitter with many knitter friends, so I am hoping a crocheted blanket will be a bit of a novelty. Even if she gets eight others, you can never have too many handmade blankets.
There has also been some sewing. M loves little gathered skirts but likes to wear them high on her waist. This makes the average store-bought skirt scandalously short unless she adds tights. Tights are all well and good in February, but they don't work in the summer.
I said I'd try to sew her a couple and we picked up some fabric. She chose wild patterns which is fine with me as long as I don't have to wear them. This is my first attempt.
Can you tell those are planets and stars? It is a bit wrinkled because she loves it and has already worn it several times. I have a crazy penguin fabric for a second skirt, but first I am working on a t-shirt dress for me.
Next time, a new plan for the sock yarn mini-skeins!
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