We’re gonna need a bigger box

24 Nov

I’m not responsible for all of these blankets, seven were stitched by my BFF when she was here in September, I have done the other fourteen. 🙀 I know! I’ve never managed to get so much done, ever! In the ten weeks since BFF was here, I thought I might get four done, possibly five by the end of the year, but never would have considered fourteen.

Now, a brief explanation. Historically I could only manage a row or three a day before it would have a consequence when it came to me being able to stand up and move, it’s the physics of holding myself in the stitching position, no longer being able to stand the restriction has become redundant. When I start a new blanket after a break from regular stitching, I can only do two rows before the aches begin across my shoulders, down my upper arms and up my neck, but each day I tried adding a row, pushing myself a bit further until I was able to stitch and rest in intervals across the whole afternoon and evenings. Before long I was digging in the wool stash again for three more balls of double knit, and I needed a carrier bag for the completed ones.

When BFF visited she sent down two boxes (think large gents trainers shoe box size) rammed with her yarn, since when they’ve been hidden behind the sofa. When Nephew was here Friday I got him to grab one and empty it into the stash suitcase, thinking I could put the blankets in the box but it’s not big enough.

My current blanket will take longer, the yarn is a lighter weight so there are far more stitches to the eighteen inch row, and there are about three rows to the inch and there are twelve inches to do. I might break my rule of only working on one at a time and start a second with thicker dk so it grows quicker.

Still, some lovely pussy cats and kittens are getting an early visit from this Santa’s helper, hopefully they’ll get new homes quickly too.


Posted by on November 24, 2019 in General, Pets, Projects


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12 responses to “We’re gonna need a bigger box

  1. menhir1

    November 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Impressive. How’s the pussy cat that adopted you?

    I like your working methodology. Have you considered doubling up the finer yarn, or, Would that be a complex thing to do?


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    • AnneMarie

      November 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      #NotMyCat “supervises” my carers with piercing dedication from his position on the wheelie bin, he cannot come in because I cannot get up to let him out and it’s too cold to leave windows/doors open. My regular carer gets her car inspected and sometimes he warms his toes on the bonnet, lol.

      I don’t have enough of the same kinds of yarn to double up. I had thought about it, but prefer keeping things methodically and aesthetically pleasing for now. I have wool, acrylic, and cotton blends which cannot be mixed.


      • menhir1

        November 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm

        I was thinking about using the same yarn doubled up-would that be a possibility?

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      • AnneMarie

        November 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        Yes, but I likely don’t have enough of matching or co-ordinating colours.


  2. deacongill

    November 25, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Very impressive, and your modus operandi is inspirational and sure tells me off for when I’m moaning inwardly about my aches and pains.

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    • AnneMarie

      November 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Moaning about our aches and pains is a venting coping mechanism, it’s good for us.

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      • deacongill

        November 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm

        Having fibromyalgia means I have to cut down drastically. Thank you for teaching me that sometimes it is the most sensible thing to do, and none the worse for that.

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      • AnneMarie

        November 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        Oww fibromyalgia takes no prisoners. Makes the best of the good days, don’t feel guilty about the bad ones, and missed opportunities because of them don’t count.

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      • deacongill

        November 26, 2019 at 12:25 am

        you’re a star.

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      • AnneMarie

        November 26, 2019 at 4:32 pm


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  3. snowbird

    November 29, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Ooooh…loving those blankets,wish I had a couple for my pygmy hog!xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      November 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

      I’m not out of yarn yet! 😉.



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