I am back! But only briefly, so please don't tell my supervisor I stepped away from my thesis for a bit. This is our little secret.
The last few weeks have been pretty crazy, uni-wise. I have put on without exaggeration 1.5kg from spending so much time sitting on my arse (both working and eating chocolate). I've been trying to take breaks and go to the park and the beach but the truth is that the final part of any research project requires a bit of slogging to get to the end and there's no just no way it can be avoided. Fortunately, slogging away is an activity that goes remarkably well with stockinette stitch, which means lots and lots of finished projects.
For example, this baby blanket is finished TWO MONTHS before the baby is due. This is an event that surely has never happened in the history of knitting baby blankets before.
Where's the tension? Where's the desperate race to finish it before the mother leaves hospital?
The pattern was simple - I cast on 100 stitches and then knit it until it felt big enough. I then picked up stitches all the way around and knit the border in garter stitch until I felt it was big enough, then I cast off (yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply in Citrus, Frost and Ghost. I used maybe half a ball of the Frost and Citrus and about 160g of Ghost. There are lots of leftovers).
It felt seriously weird not to be weaving in ends on the way to meeting the baby for the first time.
Of course, Lucy helped me block the blanket.
She is going to be so annoyed when she realises the blanket is not actually for her.
Have a great weekend, everyone!