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WIP Wednesday: The Blankets
Blankets are a bit of a failing for me. My flat is so cold so much of the time that I want to be totally covered in knitwear all of the time, and blankets are just so warm! Plus they look good, they last forever and the ones I pick are usually pretty easy. The only thing is...they're big, they take a lot of knitting and commitment, and while I'm good at the knitting, I such at the stick-to-it-iveness that a blanket requires.

So here's my list of blanket shame.

1. Mitered Square Blanket

Ravelry tells me I started this in October 2007 - a mere three years ago. That's terrible!

I have completed 38 of the 48 required squares. Including the border, that means that I am about 70% of the way through this blanket. If I worked on it exclusively, I could finish it in two weeks easily. I think this is a perfect January project!

2. Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket

I started this about this time last year when I needed something simple to work on but didn't feel like knitting a sock.

It's knit with all the 5-ply crepe bibs and bobs I have floating in my stash, and I'd really like to get rid of them. There's a baby which is due in January that would be perfect for this blanket - I think I have found my December knitting.

3. Mystery Blanket: Weaving

I started this blanket on New Years Day with some Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12-ply that my sister gave me for Christmas.

It is already beautiful and soft and squishy - I can't imagine how wonderful it'll be when I finish it. All the big squares have been knitted and about half of the little squares. All I need to do is attach one more square, knit seven of the little ones and do the border and it'll be done. The only thing holding me back from finishing the blanket is that I need space to lay it out which I don't have in my flat. However, Sam is housesitting his parents' place from tomorrow, and they have heaps of space. Hopefully I'll have it finished in the next few weeks.

4. Stashbusting Baby Blanket

This blanket almost crippled me.

I joined all the squares in three days using a crochet hook and was completely unable to use my right hand for about a week. I'm not sure if it was the way I was holding the hook or the amount of hours I crocheted out of the blue, but the effects were crippling. The blanket has therefore been 95% completed for about six weeks - I just can't risk putting myself out of action again. My solution has been channel the tortoise rather than the hare and I have been crocheting 10 and only 10 stitches to the border every day. It may take me the rest of the year to finish it, but it will eventually be done.

I wish I had the skill and the camera to capture how completely gorgeous this blanket is. I don't think I'll be able to give it to a baby to spit up and poop on!

So there's a complete list of my WIPs. Eleven projects in total. That's a lot. A huge lot. My aim (dare I say it out loud?) is to get down to five works in progress by New Years Day. I don't know if I can do it, but I have to do something - 11 things on the go is totally ridiculous! Wish me luck, and I'll update you in two months and four days time with my progress.



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