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Weekly Update: Finishing What Was Started

How’s your 2020 going so far? Do you have any big project goals on your To Do or Wish List this year?

For me, my crafting goal is to make that sweater I coveted for a couple of years now. When picking a project, I try to challenge myself by learning patterns that incorporate new-to-me techniques. 2020’s project involves something I have yet to learn and still sweat over thinking about: Fair Isle knitting.

From The Spruce Crafts:

Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded colorwork knitting, is a technique for working two (or more) colors of yarn in the same row. It is fun to knit and easy once you get the hang of it. The color changes in Fair Isle are close together.

This is the sweater and Fair Isle pattern I am going to tackle.

If anyone has any good tips and tricks, I would really appreciate hearing them!

It’s not much, but progress is already happening! My Christmas present from my boyfriend was a yarn purchase, and I got enough for this new scary project and also a sweater for HIM.

But first! I have to finish 2019’s project.

Last week, I posted about picking up my projects where I left off and finishing them. And that’s what I’ve been up to these past few months with my 2019 Temperature Blanket.

I finally finished all twelve squares – one for each month.

The squares represent each month of 2019, the colors the noon temperature of each day in a spiral from the center of the square. Kobe supervises my progress.

Even though I completed all the squares, my job is not complete. I now need to connect them and knit a border for the final touches.

The pattern I’m following for assembling is based off this wonderfully inspiring Log Cabin Kureyon Blanket. My version’s “blocks” are made using the Ten Stitch Blanket pattern, and I hope to post the final results soon!

In the meantime, I’m working on attaching each column together in strips.

The first strip is done and currently resting on top of our sofa, already Cat Approved (TM).

As we approach the second half of the month, I ask for your prayers and words of comfort during the pain-staking process of completing my first knitted blanket.

What’s keeping me going is the knowledge that I’m ALMOST DONE and I can use this entire journey to help me tackle other dropped projects. But before I get ahead of myself, I’m going to finish putting these strips together…