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64 Crayons: the story of a blanket

February 28th, 2012

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?

It’s perfect.

Go get the pattern >

Join me for a Watershed Masterclass

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When I travel to teach, I don’t often have the opportunity to schedule classes over multiple days, and never over multiple weeks. That means that my project classes are really ‘get started’ classes, often working through a miniature version of the project to get in all the key skills, and spending lots of time talking […]

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Knitting Spring: Introducing the Meadowlark Vest

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Part of being a designer is forcing your brain to think outside the current season, in essence, predicting what you’ll want to be wearing 3, 4 or 5 months down the road. It’s not always easy, particularly in mid-winter or the doldrums of August. But if it was easy, would it be so very fun? […]

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