Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Blankets are such reliable little projects. Always willing to have a row or two knitted during procrastinating over which project to start next, or to be used to artfully avoid knitting a scary part on a project already cast on. They're also happy to be abandoned midway when a new design idea strikes (like when Little Picnic Owl sprang to mind). I always feel a sense of loss when I finish a blanket.
I'm getting closer to finishing my knitted quilt, and thought a progress update was in order. These three squares above are one of the latest editions. I designed them myself (also another reason I love blankets like this one!) and am really looking forward to seeing them sewn into the finished blanket.
They're worked in my favourite organic cotton, the stash of which is starting to run rather low. But, that is the purpose of a stash-busting project! And when I think of all the space that will be left behind by the used yarn, ready to be filled with new and exciting colours and fibres, it makes parting with my favourite a little more bearable. And, I remind myself, I'm not really parting with it - I'm just transforming it from balls of yarn into a cosy, tactile and hopefully pretty blanket.
And now, because you've probably noticed and are really wondering about those beautiful needles pictured above - they're Tasmanian Oak, from Art Viva. They are the loveliest knitting needles around. When they're brand new they have this delicious woody scent, which sadly fades with use, but their gorgeous spotted ends stay very much the same. I've had a few pairs for several years now, and recently my stash of them was topped up by way of a gift.
Also, the pattern for the three blocks above are available to purchase in my blog shop and also on Ravelry. They come as a set of three - my favourite is the Trio of Diamonds square. I picture knitting it next in three shades of pink. The other two squares are dubbed Flying Geese and Diagonal Stripe. The latter would be suitable to use as a dishcloth or washcloth, as the stranding across the back is very short and smooth.
What do you think of blankets?
Do you have a favourite reliable type of project?
What are you working on at the moment?
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