I have now finished my dad's lap blanket, and I think it turned out pretty darned good. I'm happy with the colours and with the pattern, and the yarn is quite soft and machine washable. I don't think there's anything that I don't like about this blanket ... except that my hands have been aching for a while with all the knitting I've done on it!
I finished the last 12 rows of garter stitch border this morning, wove in all the ends and added my dad's name in duplicate stitch in one corner. I've not worked duplicate stitch before, so it looks a little sloppy, but it'll do. All my dad's things have to be labelled at his care home, so decided this was the best way to label the blanket.
As soon as I finished the last stitch, I wrapped it up and drove the hour's trip to take it over to him. He was asleep when I arrived, asleep while I visited for two hours, and asleep when I left. So I unwrapped the blanket for him and lay it across his lap. He instantly grasped at the coziness and seemed to quite enjoy the comfort the blanket provided. Although it was kind of sad not to be able to tell him I had made it for him, the effect was perfect, so I have to console myself with that.
|The blanket in action|
|Dad's hands were squishing the blanket up and enjoying the feel of it :)|
You'd think after knitting this blanket for the past month, I would have had enough of knitting. But I have a couple of other quick projects to knit for Valentine's Day for the daycare kiddies, and will be working on that this weekend. I'm so glad the blanket is finished and delivered to Dad though. I've been wanting to knit this thing for probably three years now! To be able to cross it off an on-going list in my little notebook is greatly satisfying.
This year my husband and I have agreed that this is the year to get things done. We call it the "Pitter Patter" list ... Pitter, Patter, Let's get at 'er! (This is some phrase that my son heard on a show he watches, so he helpfully provided the motto to keep us focused.) My blanket is now crossed off the Pitter Patter list. It's only February, but we've already dealt with the furnace and water heater replacement as well!
|Our old furnace and water heater being hauled away :)|
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