I heart squares.

My blanket is going very well. I’m very glad I used the included “coloring sheet” to plan out how the colors would work together. I had to go through a couple of drafts because my goal was not to have any of the four colors touching. Once I figured that out, I tucked in and got to work. What I really like about this pattern is that I can choose which squares to work on – this means that if I want to accomplish something in an evening, I work on a smaller square. I never have time to grow bored with one of the colors because it takes me only an evening or two to get through even a larger section.

I was a little nervous about the turquoise – it’s Suri Merino while the other three are the Alpaca Wool. The merino is an eensy bit thinner than the others, so I knit up a square (essentially, a swatch) to see how close I would be. And HELLO! it worked. Do you understand that this NEVER happens to me? I was prepared to be upset – the color was perfect, so I just knew something would happen to throw a wrench in my plan. When I started laying out the blanket, it matched the pattern. So YAY ME.

I know this sounds crazy, but I think that I might actually finish this project. And after carrying around my lovely orange yarn for more than a year, I’m stoked. STOKED. Plus, the pieces are so crazy soft, I can’t wait to cuddle up with it. My main squeeze is excited because he can actually cover up with it – all of our throws are too short for him. Now. If only I could knit all the livelong day. That would be spectacular.



Monkey love.

Since I started this blog to brag about my skills, I wanted to give you an update on Chuckles. We had the office baby shower for my coworker. Keep in mind that a lot of my coworkers saw me knitting in the lunchroom nearly every day, but had not seen the finished product. When she pulled the monkey out, everyone said, “Awwwwwww.” Until they heard that I made it. Then there were half a dozen people shrieking “YOUMADETHIS?OHMYGOSH, ICAN’TBELIEVEYOUMADETHIS?HOWDIDYOUMAKETHIS?” It was exactly what my ego needed: some stroking, plain and simple. 🙂 A couple of the women offered to pay me to make a monkey, and I just might take them up on it…..but all in all, I did what I set out to do: totally impress everyone. Um, I mean, make a nice toy for the baby.


Tiny, tiny balls.

I have frogged all but one of my old blanket squares. And I have discovered something: it blows. Totally and thoroughly. See these hunks o’ yarn:

Looks like a lot, huh?

Grr. I mean, seriously: grrr.


Million dollar blanket.

I need to go to the yarn store. Again. And buy more orange yarn. (And turquoise, cream and brown). Again. I love my blanket, but perhaps my choice of yarns was a little rash. When I’m finished (in 12 or so years), I’m going to hand it to my boys and say, “Happy graduation. You can’t go to college because Mama spent it all on this lovely blanket.”


PS. It *IS* lovely…I pieced together 5 of the 7 1/2 squares and I am so, so, SO excited to finish it. And snuggle in it. It will probably be 100 degrees outside, but I will happily sweat to enjoy it.

POF – pile o’ frog.

I’ve been avoiding something for awhile now:

This big pile of froggin’ for me to do. What you see is the evidence of one of my many failed attempts to do something with orange yarn. SOMETHING. I found a pattern that called for knitting up equal squares and piecing them together. Except these are clearly NOT squares and, well, let’s just say that even in that sea of orange I can pick out the rough patches. Yikes. So now I have to decidedly NOT knit and frog all of these squares. Or maybe I can ignore them and continue to knit with the little bit that I still have. Or buy more! Or just freakin’ frog the suckers already…sigh…



My blanket is coming along nicely. I finished a monster square yesterday (finally!) so I took the time to lay out the seven I’ve done to see how it’s going to fit together:

(I know you’re counting – all 7 aren’t here because they don’t fit into this side of the pattern). I also know I didn’t choose the best background, but I was losing my natural light. So back off, people! You’re being kind of critical.

I am totally digging the color scheme. It looks like my orange yarn has found a permanent home.


I am a blogging failure.

It’s May 4th. And I already missed the mark with this whole posting once a day thing for 31 days.

I have now set a new goal – 31 total posts in 31 days. That means that if I wanted to post once now and have 30 posts on May 31st, that would be OK. I know, it’s not the intent of the NaBloPoMo project, but apparently I need to ease into that kind of commitment. Who knew? Most people I know tell me I have too much to say. Give me a writing project….and I have nothing.