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Slow burning, overthinking.

I have so many WIPs on the go that WIP Wednesday should be WIP-every-day for me. I'm pondering getting them all in one place so I work through them and actually finish them however that can feel a little overwhelming and in a way less fun.

Who knows, maybe I'll get round to it.

Having said that, not all my WIPs are lost causes, though some are slow burners.



I started this blanket during last year's Tour de France. I'd made a garter stitch blanket for my nephew and had enjoyed the mindless knitting, perfect for watching men in lycra cycling up hills.

While having a stash sort out I realised I had accumulated a fair amount of aran weight tweed yarn. I did a fair bit of pattern browsing on Ravelry and decided on making another garter stitch blanket, this time for me.

The stripes are Paul Smith inspired. I considered planning the blanket out but instead decided to go with the flow regarding stripe thickness and colour changes.

I’ve got about 1200g of yarn to play with and am currently about 26cm in. I'm thinking about making a random stripe generator as I spend too much time dithering over which colour to use next and how many rows to knit.

Ah, the joys of overthinking.

And to prove I can finish things, here's my Creative Bug Draw a Day FO from yesterday!




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