Near as I can tell, I started this blanket on January 2, 2009. I had been at The Purple Purl for some knitting, and picked up 4 skeins of Kureyon with the intention of knitting a scarf. Somehow, I got it in my mind to cast on about a foot of stitches and work in rib. And as I knit, I knew it was going to be some kind of throw blanket.
I knew I had about a gazillion balls of Kureyon in my stash back in Calgary. And so I kept knitting.
And suddenly I had two panels. And then three.
And then I got distracted by something else. Work, or life, or another design… who can remember three years back?
More often than not, when I put a design project aside for weeks, or months (or longer), it’s destined to be forever relegated to the frog pond.
About a year later, when our house got infested with… gasp… clothes moths, the blanket-in-progress had a few cocoons on it too. I was horrified.
While the rest of my stash was alternately frozen (see above) and microwaved, the blanket actually went into the washing machine on delicate. I was relying on years of felting and fulling experience, and the endless frustration (and endless cycles of HOT) that it takes to get Kureyon to significantly felt.
And I knew too, it was the only hope. (Sandra didn’t trust that a good hand-washing would solve the problem.)
Well worth the risk, the blanket piece came out perfectly soft and completely moth-free. And eventually, I started knitting new panels again, in bits and pieces, when I found a new colourway I wanted to buy, or when I stumbled across some Noro in my stash.
It became the perfect travel project. I brought small panels to work for getting a few rows in during our weekly status updates. But then, of course, once I fell into the delight of watching the colours change, I couldn’t put it down.
So I finished it. At last. Over 3 years after the initial cast on.
And you know what?