Green, Green Knitting Grass

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Colour-wise it is interesting that to survive the last rounds of the big red granny, I have been breaking things up by knitting some bright green socks. For those in the know about such things, red and green are on the same cone in the eye (which is why you can be red/green colour blind) and subconsciously I have followed this in my desire to distance myself from the sea of red.

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However, the big red granny is now (finally) done – just in time for high summer! But it is nice to know that it will be ready and waiting for me come September, or perhaps earlier judging by last summer

 

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I have also now finished my green on-the-go socks (basic no cuff, rib leg and plain foot). Another outing from the ever lovely JitterBug, bought this time from the “Norfolk yarn shop“ in Norwich. This is a relatively new (but thoroughly lovely) yarn shop in the centre of the town (in one of the side streets) and handily located near a very nice coffee shop. It was a struggle to only buy two skeins but I was strong and (technically) as I cast on straight away only one skein went to stash so really it only counts as one…… honest!

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So, two projects done and now to stick to my plan of clearing up my WIP box for summer.   Or at least my more honest plan of getting to the point that I can actually close my WIP box! I am still feeling the heat, so I think I will crack on with some floaty shawls, only three on the go to choose from….

LouBug

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Sea of Knitted Red

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I am so done with this project. An unending sea of red. Mile after mile of crochet and a row that literally took two hours to complete. Two damn hours people, which is also a lot to frog back when I ran out of the original red with half a side to go (you might have wondered what the animal like howl was you heard in the breeze). I have fudged it by doubling my substitute red with a white to hide that it almost but not quite matches (the thickness was also wrong, but the double thread compensated for this).

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I did manage to keep the spirit of the stash blanket going. The trim of white/silver thread was a stash dive, as was the purple (bought at a bring-and-buy table at a yarn group weekender). It does give the edge the nice border I wanted. I am now left with a small bag of leftovers and I think I will use them to make a couple of flowers for the granny garden blanket, as it would be nice to have them completely used up.

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I am now officially cured of the will to do big projects, so I am going to focus on the small and quick for a bit. Here are some photos of my new favourite winter blanket (drum roll please)…..

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I do like the Doppler effect that the contrast rows give; but frustratingly I realised that if I had done 10, not 12, rows of block red then the last red block would have been the same width as the other two *sigh*. Luckily, I saw the sanity in not frogging back the whole damn thing and decided that even my infamous wish for balance and perfection in my projects had its limit.

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The size isn’t very clear from the picture, and surprisingly Cat wasn’t lurking with intent, so here is a picture with a book in it for scale. After weeks of suffering under a blanket, time to do some light summery knits!

LouBug

 

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