(THESE ARE NOT MY PHOTOS... they are taken from Google image.... I did not take these photos!)
Suddenly a stupid blanket doesn't mean much does it?
Somewhere in those pictures is a zoo (underwater), many friend's homes, (underwater), the Stampede grounds themselves (underwater). The rivers are not supposed to look like this. 100,000 people evacuated from their homes. These were photos on Friday morning, after the waters crested. Thankfully most of the water has receded now and people are getting in and trying to clean up and rebuild as quickly as possible.*
A blanket means nothing. Absolutely nothing. Especially when OUR HOME is 100% okay, and didn't see water. 2 blocks from my house there were flood waters, but my street is dry and remained dry. Hell, I'm one of few downtown Calgary dwellers that still even have power. I HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR RIGHT NOW. A stupid blanket means NOTHING. Not enjoying myself while knitting it means NOTHING.
And so, with little fanfare, I have to also tell you it's finished. (And yes, the Stampede and the Western Showcase is STILL ON. I'm still dropping this puppy off on Wed... somehow...)
Pattern: Bunny Blanket by Amy Bahrt
Yarn(s): Cascade 220 Superwash Sport colors 1914 (blue), 802 (green), 817 (cream), 826 (orange)
Needle: US 5
Thoughts: I've already complained enough about this blanket. There is nothing wrong with this pattern, you just have to like knitting with bobbins and weaving in ends. I found out I like neither of these things. I will say it's a very cute project but also not practical. Sadly, 3 months of effort and I can't really give it to anyone... as all of the "3D" aspects of the blanket make it impossible to wash. Impossible to wash = not a good baby gift.
It was painful to knit but it is insanely cute....
And for those of you, like me, who like to see the "other side" of things... I give you the blanket on the reverse...
I won't lie. I am SO. SO. RELIEVED this is done. I'm just trying to figure out how I'm going to get it the BMO building (around all of the road closures) on Wed.
So now, as I'm finally free to knit what I'd like... I'm left just to reflect just how damn fortunate I am that I have a dry house (currently under construction...) and the time to knit on things that are not this blanket.
*Calgary has proven itself to be a simply amazing city- the way I've seen people help others, complete strangers mostly, is truly heartwarming. I am so proud of our little big city and the way we handled this. *GROUP HUG!*