Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blanket Crazy

 

Oh my gosh, you guys had me cracking up yesterday—the comments were both so helpful and so hilarious, and I kept reading them out loud to people and just going to pieces again.  So great.  Thank you.  The solution was simple and elegant—I chained a few stitches across the two gaps.  Three minutes, tops.  And the unfortunate headlight effect is completely gone!  I wore the top with confidence yesterday (though I did compulsively check it in the mirror once or twice an hour all morning, just to make sure it wasn’t stretching with wearing) and nobody laughed, nobody.  Success!  Thank you for your help. 

I’m fully engaged with this blanket right now: 

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The stash is a hostage to this project.  (What if I work on something else—that granny square vest I’m always threatening, maybe—and I use up the last of that excellent pale orange and then I can’t get any more???)  I know.  That, as my daughter likes to point out, is a first-world problem.  Anyway, of course the beauty of a blanket like this is that if I do run out of something, it doesn’t matter in the least. 

It is a measure of my fascination with the color-play, combined with endless (oh, I do mean endless) garter stitch that I continue to labor over this blanket while the summer heat bears relentlessly down upon us.  A lap full of wool takes on a new quality at 95 degrees.  I begin to feel one with the wool.  I feel like the sheep must feel.  It occurs to me (again) that this might be a sign of unhealthy obsession—someone said to me yesterday, “Knitting in July?  Isn’t this the off-season?”  and I thought for a minute that maybe it is the off-season, and maybe I should be doing more summer-ish things, like tatting lace (as if I knew how to do that, because if I did, believe me, I would be tatting all over the place) or hemming halter tops or something, but then, in my mind, I reached the conclusion that there is no such thing as an off-season for knitting, and that if I want a blanket to be finished in the fall, when it’s cool, I have to knit it in the summer, when it’s hot, and also that if I weren’t knitting something I might not even recognize myself, which made me pull up short again and take a moment to assess my own level of potential crazy, and then I remembered that the guy who was asking was wearing his pants tucked into his socks and at least two hats at once and is known to talk to himself, so I felt better, until it dawned on me that he probably thought I was crazy.  Sobering.  Anyway. 

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So yeah.  I’m knitting a wool blanket in July.  I like it that way. 

44 comments:

  1. I am just learning how to tat. Craftsy has an online course you can take. A few video lessons which you can watch as many times as you like. Although I still spend quite a lot of time under the wool too. Less than ideal on such hot days but oh how I love the yarn!

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  2. I'm making a warm blanket now too (although our summer thinks its autumn anyway) How are you joining the different colours. I love this design. xxx

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  3. I tried to learn to tat -- it's so beautiful and takes very little equipment -- but could not get the hang of it and almost gave myself carpal tunnel trying. But I have every confidence that you could do it. In the meantime, love those colors. And you're right, finding a good pale orange would be difficult.

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  4. I love your blanket it's very pretty

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  5. I love the log cabin look of this. And I am glad you came up with a perfect solution for the pretty lace top. Tassles may not have worked, in retrospect.
    ; )

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  6. I agree with you!!! I knit all year around, even if I live in Indonesia, where summer is the only season we have!!!! ;oD
    xxxxx Alessandra

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  7. Hi there, oh i love love love this design and would love to start a new blanket in this style, may i ask where you got the pattern from or did you make it up,,is it easy...i like easy. x

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    1. I just thought I would share this info~~this website, verypink.com has a wonderful tutorial for making one of these blankets. She made hers in smaller squares but you could make it larger. This tutorial she has is free, however, some of her tutorials she charges for.

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  8. Beautiful! I absolutely adore your color choices!
    And an off-season for knitting?! Hahahaha, yeah right.... ;) I'm working on a very large granny square blanket as we speak. You aren't alone. :)
    Have a lovely day!
    ♥Grace Ann♥

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  9. Gosh, if I didn't have so many projects needing finishing, I would start a log cabin right now. Your colors are so inspiring!

    I'm glad you found a solution for your top, it's so lovely :)

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  10. Very pretty colors. Summer is the best time for the wool-free knitter like me. It's when our season really shines!

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  11. Totally unrelated but yesterday while driving through my hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio I thought of you! They yarn bombed trees in front of the art center in preparation for the Annual Moon Festival that celebrates home town hero Neil Armstrong! It was so cool to see the yarn bombing and now you know that small town Ohio loves to yarn bomb too!
    Norma

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  12. Good for you girl! Think how smug you'll be snuggling under that gorgeous log cabin blanket in the autumn whilst the unwise ones will be sat there shivering as they only just get started on theirs.
    Loving the colours you've put together.
    Glad you found a happy and quick solution for your crochet top!
    Gill xx

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  13. Thankfully knitting/crocheting are not a seasonable hobby. I do whatever, whenever, as it strikes my fancy. Right now I am cross-stitching. Something easy. Glad you worked out the lacy top. Best wishes, Tammy

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  14. Glad you found a solution to your " little problem" It is such a beautiful top! Love your blanket your working on! I love to piece and quilt and I love the Log Cabin pattern. How cool to do it with knitted strips! :)

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  15. Fabulously beautiful already! Glad your headlights are now "off". :)

    Jennifer

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  16. make hay while the sun shines



    ~~says the one nearing completion of not one, but two blankets in the middle of one of the hottest summers in recent memory~~


    I say I am crocheting all the heat of summer into the stitches so that the blankets will be extra warm and snuggly in the cold chill of winter


    glad you fixed your pretty top =)

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  17. Gosh that blanket is turning out pretty. I get yarn "anxious" too, and I have to talk myself into using what I have NOW, otherwise I will just be staring at it in the cupboard, and it will never see a project, because "it's too pretty to use". You said it. Crazy.
    Even though it's hot, this is the perfect thing to work on while watching the upcoming Olympics. You're so fast, you could be casting off by the time Opening Ceremonies are done. Happy Knitting!!

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  18. What more beautiful blanket! Hopefully someday I can do something similar ... I see it very difficult ... you're a great artist! Congratulations for your work!

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  19. Yarn doesn't have a season and neither does crazy. Enjoy making your blanket.

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  20. I LOVE that blanket. I would love to knit one. Are they difficult?

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    1. They're easy, I promise! Details to follow. :)

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  21. So glad you were able to rescue the beautiful top you made =). Any time is just right to me to work on blanket projects, hot or cold, because they take me so long to construct ! Hugs to you from Gracie

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  22. Glad you got you top issue sorted. :)
    I showed my mum your blanket (I was trying to help her with her stash) Are you using a pattern to figure out stitches?

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    1. Yes, the pattern is from the first Mason Dixon Knitting--you can find it online at http://www.januaryone.com/archives/2006/06/how_to_build_a_log_cabin.php

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  23. Hahaha, there is always someone out there that thinks we are crazy. It's ok, even expectant, to knit in July here (I'm in Australia!) but yes, I tend to pull up the pace a little in summer. I keep the projects smaller so that I am not draped in it like a little beanie or soft toy. I love that your passion for yarn has no boundaries, especially since it is the knitting season here and I get to benefit by being inspired by your blog in this cold weather. xxx Fi

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  24. What a beautiful and gorgeous blanket! I love the design. I'm crocheting in summer, but I'm having a European summer! It's cooler this year in Switzerland, but I actually LOVE IT this way as I become a melting, lethargic mess in the heat! Poor England is really getting it wet this year.

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  25. Beautiful blanket!
    I did mentioned your blog and your shawl on my blog... I'm leaving on vacation and one of the projects I'm taking is similar to the one u just made it and I love it,

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to see yours. :)

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  26. I'm also knitting a woolen blanet in July! I don't see what problem other people have with that! :)

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  27. Your blanket looks already gorgeous!! Love that style. Keep on knitting in Summer, why not? I knit and crochet all the year round, too. It's no question of seasons, it's a question of feel-good and a day without twiddling with wool definitely isn't a good one ;-)).

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  28. Your blanket looks absolutely amazing! (Like all of your other projects.) I think this was my absolutely favorite part of your post..."A lap full of wool takes on a new quality at 95 degrees. I begin to feel one with the wool. I feel like the sheep must feel." I seriously LOL'd at work! Knitting with wool in the summer shows some seriously love of the craft :)! I too have been feeling like a sheep as I work to finish a wool Christmas sweater for my best friend.

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  29. Very nice! I really really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Hello Kirsten...I have left you a little something on my blog...pop over there when you have a minute.
    Shari!

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  31. You crack me up Kristen! I love your writing style AND the blanket you're knitting. You go girl - even in the heat. Blessings from chilly NZ.

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  32. I tell you, you wouldn't be crazy for knitting that if you lived in England right now, it's bloody freezing! It's beautiful, I love the log cabin pattern.

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  33. That does it Kristen, I feel I might have to break up with you. It is just to hard to come here anymore, i LOVE this blanket, and feel I have to make one too, but my list is already 3 miles long of what I have queued (2 miles of that is from you alone).
    This is stunning, your color sense is genius, I wish I could sit at your table with you to see how you do it (colors, speed knit, designing). I do understand the year round knitting, I'd never thought about it before, I've always just done it too. I'm in the middle of a blanket too, a wedding gift (can't blog about yet), it's going to be lovely, fingers crossed. :)

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  34. The colors are gorgeous in this blanket Kristen - just beautiful! As to an "off season" for any craft that's like saying there's an off season for your heart!!! ;-) Glad you fixed your top, have a great weekend,
    Helen x

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  35. Hi Kirsten, I have a little surprise for you...go check it out on my blog :)

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  36. Ooo just hopped over from Attic 24 and started reading and then had to hop further to see about this top. ROFLOL but even so it is beautiful. I so love this blanket. May have to try one myself.

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  37. This made me laugh, as I'm currently crocheting an angora shawl (again, in the middle of summer).

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