This week, to be completely honest, I have not managed to make the progress on the blanket that I had hoped to make. I did manage to create a clearer idea of what I want the completed project to look like in my head, which will be a bunch of large red diamonds outlined by black rectangles, but I did not actually knit as much as I wanted to. Most of my inability stems from how busy I have been since the moment I stepped out of the car back in Kansas for a long visit with my family.
I found out that not only has my grandfather’s cancer come back with a vengeance, but my grandmother has also required multiple major surgeries for multiple major issues within the last couple of months. What these surgeries sum up into is that my grandmother’s heart is failing. Yes, this is devastating news. Yes, this has made me incredibly emotional. Yes, I am doing okay, all things considered. To be fair, it is not something unexpected and, instead, has been quite expected for some time, but it does not lessen the blow much if any, but enough about that.
I have managed to complete what I think will be the center of my blanket and it does not seem to have turned out too bad. In fact, I think it looks rather nice considering my overall inexperience with a project of this caliber. My idea is to complete most, if not all, of the pieces of the blanket before stitching them together into the final product. I do not remember if that was mentioned in the last update, but at this point it definitely seems like the way to go.
While I was working on it, my little brother started staring silently, not saying a word, until I cracked and asked him what he wanted. He then launched into a barrage of questions such as:
“What are you doing?”
“How are you doing that?”
“Why are you doing that?”
“How long has it taken you to do that?”
and other similar queries. I diligently answered each question and then dug a spare skein of yarn and my extra needles out of bag. We then sat down and I gave him a crash course in knitting all the while expecting him to get bored or find it to be “too girly” and quit. However, much to my surprise, he has taken quite a liking to it and even wants to brag about his newfound skill to all of his friends. Therefore, because he seems genuinely willing to pick knitting up as a hobby, I invested in a starter kit where I bought him some needles, needle protectors, yarn, and a beginner’s guide to the craft. Maybe when he becomes proficient I can have him help me complete the blanket as a joint present for our mother.