Freddy(DogYoung) blogged earlier in the week about his (?!) new scrappy blanket we were working on, and it got me thinking about blankets....
For years, blankets were my go-to project for the simple reason that they always 'fit'. Back in those days, gauge was a mere suggestion in my knitting world, and as a result, garments of any kind had only a teeny chance of working out well.
These were also the days of my love-affair with cables and ropes and twists and bobbles, so 'fisherman'-style blankets were my favorite thing to knit. (My all time favorite pattern book was a Spinnerin booklet--no. 222...9 gorgeous afghan patterns---I made them all---and a dress pattern--that I still look at occasionally with a bit of lust---for $1.00. OK. So it was 1972. Date me. I don't care.)
Traditionally, of course, they were off-white---and I made my fair share of those, but mine also came in a wide assortment of colours, All my blankets were a single colour because these were the days before I ventured into any kind of colour-work. (Amazing how a simple trick of weaving in ends as you go can rock your world!)
My next blanket-making 'phase' was undoubtedly the sampler style. Remember the ones that came out in Knitters Magazine?....a couple of squares with different patterns in each issue and at the end of the year, you had a finished blanket. Loved doing those. Did them all.
So, I really don't find it strange at all that as I look at piles of partial skeins and single hanks of yarn that I turn to blankets to use them up.
These are the 'scrappy' ones. Yes, there are 2+ mitered square sock yarn blankets there...a third was gifted to a dear friend. The stripey one on the far left took care of all my stray bits of dk weight yarn---and the better part of a year....it's huge. The funky log-cabin one, the mitered with grannies, and the granny square one managed to use up just about all the worsted I had (in 'good' colors...which for me means drab neutrals for the most part!) I couldn't pick a favorite, but as a group, they are all favorites...mainly for all the memories of other projects knit into them.
My fingering weight scrap basket was getting a bit full....so that's why 'we' started another scrappy blanket.
What I don't understand, is why Fred has decided THIS one is his.
As you can see, he's claimed every single one of them.