Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tree of Life Craziness

Okay imaginary readers, bear with me while I get the hang of this blogging business. You know how sometimes you feel really busy and overwhelmed and then you look back and you realize that you made it seem a lot worse than it was? That's my world right now. Except that when you're making just enough to pay the bills and keep the pantry stocked, everything feels like a crisis.

So my method of escape from this craziness is throwing myself headfirst into a ridiculous pattern... Lion Brand Yarn's Tree of Life Afghan.

Don't be fooled by the prettiness, this blanket will chew you up and spit you out.

This blanket is both my escape and the bane of my existence right now. I got this kit as a Christmas gift probably 3 years ago and I had to frog it once when I got halfway through the twinning trees pattern and screwed up so completely I couldn't even rip back to a mistake because I had no idea where it was. I started this back when we still lived with my in-laws, but the pattern is so complex that I just couldn't handle it with everything I had going on then.

I'm typically a simple pattern, knit while I have a Grey's Anatomy marathon kind of girl, so this is a definite test of my abilities. I've accepted ripping out whole rows because of a miscount and have take some serious pride in mastering the flower garden pattern. I've made it through the first repeat of the flower garden so far, and hopefully I'll have some pictures for you soon.