Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Cottage Blanket

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It’s all finished!  Wanna see?

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This blanket reminds me of potted geraniums, white wooden porch rockers, fireworks, and a white-hot summer sky, mid-July itself.  I want to put this on the bed upstairs in the summer cottage, in the room facing the lake, and then flop down on it with a stack of Richie Rich comics, Nancy Drew books, and old issues of Tiger Beat, with a fan pointed directly at my head.

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I’ll stir up some Wyler’s lemonade drink mix in a jelly glass with Yosemite Sam on it and lie there sipping it through a straw, listening to the boats going by, watching the curtains flutter.

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Later, when I’m all sandy and sunburned, I’ll wrap up in it and lie in the hammock, and Grandma will bring me a big wedge of watermelon, dripping and cold.

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If I had a summer cottage, that’s what I’d do.

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I started this blanket back in March, and have honestly loved working on it.  I used up a huge amount of leftovers, and added most of the pink geranium-ish colors as I went along, as it evolved into itself.  The ice blue border is four skeins of Ella Rae Amity, which is a wool blend, chosen purely for color.  (I will go with 100% wool when possible, but color is always my first consideration.)  The yarn used is mostly a mix of Patons Classic Merino, Ella Rae Classic, and Berroco Vintage, but there were a couple stray things from the crafty thrift store thrown in, again purchased for weight and color, and since those are other people’s leftovers, I have no idea what they are. 

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I made 42 granny squares of 11 rounds each, in worsted weight yarn with a US size F hook, piling them up in a basket.  When they were all done, I wet-blocked them by soaking the squares in a sink of tepid water, then carefully squeezing the water out and smoothing them on the porch floor to dry.  I am a big fan of blocking your work—it made the squares so nice and floppy and orderly.  Then I chose (at the last minute) the yarn for the borders and crocheted the last round of each square in that color, joining as I went.

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For the edging, I worked five rounds of (US) single crochet, and then a round of simple shells:  sc; skip one sc; sc, dc, ch1, dc, sc in same space, skip one sc, repeat. 

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This one turned out just exactly as I hoped it would.  How often can you say that?  It is just right, just perfectly summer.