I should have further progress on the blanket for you today, (maybe even DONE) but instead I got a little distracted. What I wanted to find was a small travel size magnet board for my son to play with on our insanely long flight to Maui. (7 hours flight + 16 month old = SEND BOOZE!) That ballooned from there and one minute later, MiL had the perfect suggestion- a felt board. It was a great idea. Except it threw my focus off.
The entire alphabet and some cute farm animals. I used a free template for the alphabet, but ended up finding some cartoon animals on google and improvising the animal ones. I'm so utterly charmed by the way they've turned out I want to make more animals! Zoo animals! Circus animals! Dogs! Sheep! (Parker loves "woofs" and "baa baa's".) But I'm trying to stop myself. I need to not get carried away here.
As if that wasn't distracting enough- I also veered off last week and knit an adorable lion finger puppet for a friend who was needing a little extra courage for an unpleasant appointment she had.
Meet "Courage" the lion!
Pattern: Jelly Bums Lion by Raynor Gellatly (I made the finger puppet version)
Yarn: Scraps in the leftover bin... it's all worsted weight acrylic.
Needle: US 3
Thoughts: This is a great pattern! The mane itself is INGENIOUS! I literally had to stop myself from saying "I"m going to make Parker a whole collection of finger puppets." I'm still threatening to that! Then farm animals! Then Circus animals! Then Zoo animals! (NOW... would be the time to stage an intervention people- this post is CLEARLY a cry for help!)
I need to stop getting these great ideas and veering off from the plan! I need to finish this blanket!
Yes, it has seen progress. It's just going to be a little blanket I'm afraid- but the pattern still has me completely charmed and when I AM working on it, I'm not at all bored. In fact the fact that I haven't made more felt items and knit more finger puppets is due to the fact that I actually really enjoy working on this blanket. Pictured above is the blanket beginning ball 8/9. My goal is to have this done soon- no later than the end of March.
I need to have that blanket done because I did something "wild" and ordered yarn for my Stampede Project. I'm worried it's more than I can chew already, but I need to do something "great" and I feel like this is going to get me there.
Hopefully I'll be able to get back on "task" here and forge ahead- there's just too many great things to make out there to get behind!
(Oh people... I came so close to giving up on knitting and just making felted quiet books- they are SO cute and there are so many great ideas... but I really don't need to add another hobby to the list right now!)