Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ripped, redone, and relieved


A row had been bugging me: a bright pink row of Peace Fleece that was the eleventh row in my blanket. The Peace Fleece was just much thicker and stiffer and rougher than any of the other yarns. I told myself it would soften in the wash, and it was just one row out of hundreds, and I kept going. Then last night, when I finished my work, I gleefully pulled out my box of new blanket yarn and arranged the blanket in my lap, ready to go. Bill looked over (we were on the couch watching TV) and said, "What's going on there? Look -- this part is all bunchy, and it doesn't look as nice as the rest." And he was pointing at the Peace Fleece. Arrgh! I knew it had to go. So I ripped back nine rows, pulled out the pink PF, felt relieved, and then started to work on my blanket again.

I started using the new colours right away, and it's so interesting to me to see how it's changed, and how different certain colours look next to other ones. Choosing colours is a big part of this project, and a challenge -- of course I could go out and buy yarn in my chosen palette, but it's much more satisfying (says me) to work with what I've got. Anyway, when I finally went to bed last night, I was two rows past where the blanket had been before the big rip. But just think of how much I can get done tonight!

14 comments:

carolyn said...

america's top model over FNL? oh i am saddened by that decision!

blanket looks lovely however.

Stacey said...

yay! i should get quite a bit of knitting done also watching it!

the blanket looks great - funny how the non-knitters in our lives often point out things that we have chosen to ignore (and not listen to our inner knitters) I love the randomness of it!

LaurieM said...

Sounds like resistance was futile!

Seriously, I don't think you can go wrong with this blanket. It's folk art to the nth degree.

Knitting Mama said...

It looks great!

Jennie said...

It looks awesome. Good call on the Peace Fleece... go with your inner artist. I have to say, crochet has been calling to me. I desperately want to crochet a blanket now. You've inspired me to learn how...

Veronique said...

Wow, you are really chugging along!

nicole said...

How sick is it that I am so. stoked. to see the next ANTM? Two-hour season premiere followed by Lost! I hope to make a lot of progress on Argosy tonight.

P.S. I am loving the blanket!
P.P.S. I love Peace Fleece, but it's content and weight does not play well with others.

gleek said...

this is going to be one VERY cool blanket when you're done with it! :)

Chris said...

I think you made an excellent choice on the peace fleece.

Um, studying??

Kate said...

I am sooooooooooooo glad you posted this. I wouldn't have known ANTM was on otherwise! Yay! knitting and crappy tv, what could be better?

Sarah said...

I'm so inspired by your blanket! I think I might learn to crochet just so I can follow in your footsteps.

Marti said...

I love the way your blanket is turning out!

Becca said...

Looks great! Isn't it funny what a big difference one row can make.

Elizabeth said...

I think you totally made the right decision - the blanket looks awesome in the "after" photo. what a fun project - it's really reminding me that I need to learn to crochet.