A Slow Go

Project –  Cozy Cable Blanket
Bernat Pattern Book #530199 Baby Gifts
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Bonnet Blue
Blogger – Teresaknits

So I'm knitting this cabled blanket. It goes along quickly until I get to the cable rows, then things take a much slower turn. I love the cabled stitches and how it almost looks like a basketweave, but the cables are so sl-o-o-ow I'm turning into a basket case.

Here's this week's progress, a long rectangle of cables:

Which got me thinking: maybe this cabled blanket doesn't want to be a blanket at all. Maybe it wants to be a sweet little scarf? Or, if folded in half and seamed just so, a cute little pillow?

What do you think it should be? Because, while I love the way the pattern is knitting up, I just don't think I have it in me to make it into a blanket.



I've had the same thoughts about the Bernat Baby Afghan, which I've been working on for about a year, and it's maybe half completed. It takes me an hour to do 4 rows (each row is 252 stitches), and it's in that really fine Bernat Baby yarn on skinny needles. My solution has been to make it my take-along project. I work on it in waiting rooms, when I'm the passenger in the car, waiting for my order in restaurants, and so on. Every time I take my purse somewhere, I also take my knitting bag. Because I'm using "free" time, it really doesn't matter how long it takes (it's not intended for a specific someone or someone-to-be). AND, I'm also thinking that perhaps I won't make it as big as the pattern says. The pattern says it's 3x4', and maybe mine will be only 3x3'. But in the end, there WILL be a baby afghan. I've spent so much time on it now, it will NOT be ripped out or garbaged.

I'm with Judy - I would put it aside for a while and keep it as a recurring project. With cables it probably wouldn't make that great of a travel project but maybe a Sunday afternoon project? If you are really desperate to end it now I would say it makes a pretty scarf - If it holds it's shape once off the needles. Good luck - looking forward to seeing the end product - whatever you decide.

Judy, I admire your determination. I think I will set it aside for now and then come back to it after we've both had a chance to relax.

Take a break. Do a small different project for now, then go back and work on it. Trust me, anytime I have spend a long time on a blanket it has always turned out so beautiful and so many complements. In the end you will be very proud of yourself and your blanket.