I'm almost half-way done with the 4th Koigu scraps blanket strip and am actually running out of scraps. Who would have thought that would ever happen??? Some of the Koigu "scraps" in my scrap bag were actually nearly-full skeins that had been removed from other projects, so that's why there's such a gigantic section of that orange-brown color in this strip. I thought about splitting that up into two stripes but then decided that it would be interesting to have a huge section of color in one of the strips, so that it would be even more variety in terms of stripe width in the whole blanket.
As I work on this mindless knitting project while covered up in the finished part of it I'm finding that it's particularly easy to fall into that meditative "zen" thing that sometimes happens with knitting. It's so addictive! Sort of like running I guess. In terms of efficient productivity, this project would probably have been better off assigned to a knitting machine (and I do keep meaning to dust my machine off and get it set up somewhere for just this sort of project). But let's be honest, knitting by hand is not at ALL about efficient productivity. If I just wanted a blanket I would go out and buy one . . . what I want is the pleasure of working with gorgeous yarn and after all those hours of enjoyment, the pleasure of wrapping myself up in a gorgeous blanket I made myself. I know that there are people on this planet who don't care about this sort of thing at all and I really feel sorry for them. There's nothing like making something beautiful with your own two hands and then putting that thing to use. But you know that already, that's why you're here reading a knitting blog!