During a bout of insomnia last night, I stared at the mantel yarn (below) and thought about what kind of blanket to make. I messed around on my graph paper, which can really cause me dis-ease. I always want to love my design but often my thoughts go to "Will I figure something out? Is it the right thing? Will it fit? Will it look like an anteater?" There is absolutely more indecision involved in knitting than practicing emergency medicine - a lot more math, too! Artistic angst can be difficult, no doubt about it.
1. Pick up clothes off the floor and hang, put them in laundry or fold in drawers.
2. Pick up all trash and put in garbage.
3. Pick up toys and put them away.
4. Pick up books and put them in the bookcase
5. Make your bed.
I thought this was great advice so I stopped squirrel sketching and wrote it down.
I doodled and doodled, erased and regraphed and came up with a squirrel motif while figuring out how to make my kid clean her room. Multitasking at its best.
I 'm unsure if the ears should be pointy (left) or not (right.) Big decisions have to be made here at Casapinka - daily. As you can see from the first photo, I began with the light pink and moved onto the dark pink after 3 inches of knitting.
I love the pinks and the whites together. I plan to put the fair isle squirrels on every third color stripe and in white. When I'm done with 20 colors I should have a blanket that is 60 inches long. I'm using size 4 needles so it's not speedy knitting but it's steady and gratifying.
This afternoon has been mellow with the kids doing scavenger hunts and begging me to buy them Tasers. And let's not overlook the satisfaction that comes from one's tights matching one's knitting! KitKat, who is no longer gay, keeps swiping out a paw when the yarn moves over my needles as you can surmise from the photo above. Tonight there is a Yarntaster event at Love2Knit and they will be showing my baby dress pattern which they knitted up in Haikoo Simplicity. I really hope that it does well! I'll continue to show you the squirrel progress as the weeks go on, provided I end up with squirrels and not anteaters or alpacas with goiters.