Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Story of the Blankie

My sock yarn blankie is done!  I started the project in October of 2008 and finished the edging in November of 2013.  Not the speediest of knitting, but it wasn't continuous, either.  I had been reading about a scrap blanket in a blog and thought that it would be fun to make one. Mine ended up 15 squares high by 16 squares wide.

It started with scraps from one of the first skeins of sock yarn I bought and made into socks.

It progressed in fits and starts.  My original plan was to use my own scraps from socks I had made and then take 5 gram lengths from new skeins to make the blanket.  The large squares were all to be Wollmeise.  Then I joined a group on Ravelry dedicated to this blanket pattern, which quickly became a swapping group.  You would join a swap, buy a skein of yarn, divide it into about twenty mini skeins, and send it off to a "Swap Mom".  She would repackage all the yarn that came in and send everyone back an envelope with twenty different little skeins.  If that's not fun, I don't know what is!  So I quickly accumulated baskets of these mini skeins, far more than I needed for this one blanket.

Needless to say, more blankies are in the planning stages (one is already begun) because I like them so much and have lots of raw materials available!  A photo chronicle of its progress from a few squares to many:

I-cord edging.  I don't want to do that again for awhile!

Some time ago, Mr. Hollywood claimed the blanket for himself, so it will go to him when it is washed. I had him try it on when he was home for Thanksgiving, and it fits just fine!  He and Ms. Hollywood (his lovely GF) agreed to a photo shoot and declared the blanket snuggle worthy!

Our little Buddly liked it, too, and supervised the last few squares and most of the edging process.  Sadly, we lost him soon after this photo was taken, but I'm sure bits of fur will remain with the blankie for posterity.

A very entertaining project that created an heirloom that I hope will be appreciated for a long time.

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