…a week ago Sunday, Katie sent me this text:
I think Charlie wants a blanket to sleep with eventually. Like a lovey. Before many naps and bedtimes, he tries to snuggle the bib. Or will reach for the gray pottery barn blanket to lay his head on. Could you knit something I could wash and dry in cotton? Or would I be better to buy something?
A few texts later, we’d agreed on the Swans Island Finest Kind Baby Blanket and Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton, likely in the Sky colorway (I love that my LYS is online now and I can check out colors and quantities on hand…from home on a Sunday evening!)
Monday afternoon, I bought the yarn and cast on 131 stitches. (no, I didn’t swatch, but I did a quick calculation figuring I’d get about 4 stitches per inch and wanted a blanket roughly 30″ square, but not a skimpy 30″). I got a good start that evening and when I finished the first (of seven planned) skein on Tuesday evening, decided I’d try for a skein a day…and a finished blanket in a week.
By Wednesday evening, I’d joined the third skein.
Thursday morning I could hardly move my right arm. I took a break and planted flowers. and cleaned the garage. and KonMari’d the cupboards and drawers in my bathroom and part of my closet. and a few bookshelves. I finally picked up my knitting around 5pm…
…and it was after 10 before I finished that day’s skein. Friday morning I was still sore, but I measured my progress and realized I would only need to knit six skeins (and the finished piece would be more like 40″ square!)
Friends at the shop suggested I soak in Epsom salts and use some Aspercream. I couldn’t figure out a great way to soak my entire arm (without taking a bath?!), but I did buy the Aspercream. Man, that stuff is awesome! I powered through another two skiens and had one to go by Sunday. I finally bound off and buried the ends on Monday afternoon. I gave it a quick wash and about an hour in the dryer. It was ready for Charlie on Tuesday.
He does seem to like it!
(and my arm is almost back to normal…but I’m not going to knit cotton again for a while 😉