desperate for a hands-on, road friendly project, i taught myself to knit. using you tube of course. about two weeks before we left on our trip, i picked up a various selection of yarn in coordinating colors and began my first knitting project, a baby blanket for our nephew. since this was my first project, i wanted to keep things simple so i wouldn't get frustrated along the way. thus, the knit-only, stripe pattern was born.
i didn't have much of a plan and originally intended all the colors to be different. obviously this changed throughout the process, mostly because i didn't count my first row of stitches and had no idea how many colors i'd actually need to complete the blanket to my desired length. as it came together however, i realized a few repeat colors would be necessary.
so once again, without a plan or any specific pattern, i continued to knit. i found the entire knitting process to be exceptionally therapeutic; something about the monotonous rhythm was just soothing for me. there were times however, i couldn't help but get frustrated. for example, when i missed a stich or undercounted a row. the first green stripe and i fought the entire time. just as i thought i made progress, i'd have to tear it apart. obviously we settled our differences & as the blanket came together, i couldn't help but get more excited.
i totally loved this project. favorite to date. this blanket will always remind me of packed boxes, community & our epic road trip. i'm a little sad to be giving this up- but considering i'm now working on blanket number two, i know there are many more knitting projects in my future.