Ah the sweet memories of a FO. Even sweeter because it's was for my little Tuck. Weren't those the days? One baby to shuffle around. I still hadn't gotten to my lumber-jack phase. Who am I kidding, I was approaching Lumber-Jack size at 4 months. Tuck wasn't yet sitting at the lowest point of my uterus. People didn't look at me with pity as I tried to walk. I could walk at a normal pace. Oh the days! I would just sit & stare at the blanket admiring the simplicity of the pattern, the nice mix of colors, & hope that a hand-knit blanket would finally be loved (Gus doesn't like his hand-knit blankets).
How quickly things change? As beautiful & easy (compared to Gus) as Tuck was the first couple months, we still forgot about the hellish nights. I'd go through 4 t-shirts a day because I'd leak through bra & pads. Gus asked when Tuck was going to go his house. Teething (another thing we forgot about)! Didn't my baby used to sleep through the night? Humph. Back to sleeping, but now my boobs are chew toys. Hard & stinky poops now that we're eating more than just milk. Oh really, you don't like peas today? Gus please don't hit your brother on the head. No, he didn't ask you to do that. And remember my blanket that served as Hope? Here's what I found in my dryer the other day:
The picture really doesn't show the destruction. I've washed it a number of times before. This never happened. Ever. The blue, red & cream blocks are fully felted. I could deal with the pilling. A little shaving & we've got a blanket that just looks loved. But felted? This is Superwash! And when I read Superwash, I think it's ok to be in the dryer. Call me an idiot & let's be done with this disaster. I guess that means little Tucky needs a new blanket.
I did start the Curve of Pursuit & am making good progress. With any short-row project or anything that is increased from the beginning, I'm at the point where I'm thinking "What the hell am I going to do on the next round? I'll be in my 40s by the time I'm another 3 rounds in." Look at those bumps towards the center square? I am a little mad at myself. I really don't consider myself an experienced knitter, and that's a nasty mistake. I should be able to read a pattern & realize that there's a better way to do something. The short-rows in the pattern aren't wrapped, but slipped. In the pattern it states that if you slip them you won't be able to see the row. Bull-shit. After a couple of rounds, I went to the tried & true wrapping method. Look at the differences?
Nice wrapped rows!
Bad slipped short-rows!
I should always trust my Knitter's Gut. I'm still planning this blanket for a friend, but I'm thinking about making one for Tuck out of some Tatamy Tweed. Big bold colors! Pow! Zap! We'll see how my will is after the next 3 rounds. I might just throw this one at Tuck & buy my friend a Moby Wrap. That's a good gift too.
p.s. For the Flyer. You bring the Bloody Mary mix and I'll pray that these taste good. But vodka can make anything taste good.