Well, except that I am an essential worker. But, I will remember this as the item I knit during this time. I have a pink version of this one that I knit a few months ago, and I have worn it as a skirt (belly warmer) and a shawl, and used it simply to cover my legs while I sit and read or type.
It is a size 7 circular needle, and this particular one comfortably fits about 130 to 150 stitches before they want to pop off. So, that is the size these blankets are. It works out with the Red Heart acrylic yarn to be about 3 feet wide, and then I knit them about 4 foot long.
They are really handy little things to have around.
Weaving in all the ends of the stripes can be a bit hectic, but they look too plain otherwise, and I use up lots of little balls of scrap yarn in the process.
The nubbly areas are seed-stitch alternated for three to five rows and then back to garter stitch. The stripe rows are two passes of each color.
Really simple but effective and useful knitting.
I saw a LOT of knitting posts lately, and yarn stashes, and deliveries etc etc... and I'm not doing anything fancy or ordering a lot of special yarn.. but I am glad to have something to work on.
I washed up and finished out the two Simply Soft scarves I had been making - one in magenta garter stitch and one in grey brick stitch. They are about 10 to 12 inches wide and 5 and 6 foot long. respectively. They are lovely and useful, as well. I wore one of them around my neck up to the mailbox when it was cold the other morning, and the other one I had worn when I was wearing the pink shawl as a skirt and kept warm on top and bottom.
That is a good yarn to hold up, although 3.68 per skein now at the store and what I have is mostly because Mark and Esme have given me them over the years as presents - silky and colorful yarns, they are definitely the type to draw the eye in. I threw both of the scarves through the wash and they came out very nice - except I also threw in a wool scarf I had forgotten what it was made of and it came out really soft but kind of small - only 6 inches now by about 4 feet - but it is still a good neckwarmer type for tucking into a jacket collar. I've worn a few of my knit hats, too lately - same reasons.. and making more of those for the 'pile' would be useful, too.
I also finished two net market bags, one book size and the other towel size for the beach. The towel one is made of the same green yarn as this.
And of course wash cloths, I had stacks of them a few weeks ago - and they are all finished up and put into circulation.