Magical Mystery Blanket
October 14, 2012
We got a lot of entries to our giveway of a subscription to Debbie Abrahams’ 2013 Mystery Blanket Club.. Sorry it took me a bit of extra time to get organized and random-draw the winner.
Without further ado, the winner is
This particular Judy’s email address includes “jwslfarm.” Judy left this comment:
Started with a blanket for each of my babies, which we still have, despite hard use. I design all of my own blankets, using pattern stitches from the wonderful Barbara Walker Treasuries.
(The “hard use” refers to the blankets, not the babies, and I’m so glad Judy still has them.)
Moving on, let’s talk about blankets. My blankets. Here is a blanket I started in 2009, in a Noro-induced fever that was very enjoyable.
When the Noro ran out, I stuck the blanket in a bag in a nearby oubliette, thus sidelining not only the WIP, but a perfectly good bag and a couple of long circular needles that I immediately forgot I owned.
This was all part of my Artistic Process, you see. I didn’t know where I wanted to go with this blanket, but I knew I didn’t want to just bind it off, because then it would be a repeat of the big Noro log cabin I rescued from a bucket-shaped fate earlier in 2009. We can’t be having repeats (apart from Honey Cowls). Life is too short to knit the same blanket twice. Especially when there are so many good ideas for blankets.
The good idea finally came to me, when I was stash-tidying one day. I came across my precious hoard of Rowan Denim in the long-discontinued shade of BLACK. This is a dreamy shade, because it weathers to pale grey. Apparently it was difficult and/or expensive and/or environmentally unsafe to continue to dye the yarn to such an inky and rub-offable shade of black. I have been collecting it for years, and using it very seldom.
But again, LIFE IS SHORT. KNIT THE YARN! KNIT THE GOOD YARN. This past spring, I excavated the project (“Whee! Free circular needles!), and began bordering the Noro with the black denim. It’s a bit wacky to mix a silk/wool blend with a string-like cotton, but I liked the idea a lot, and I knew that our pal Belinda would like it too. So I knitted on asymmetrical borders, and then edged the blanket with applied i-cord, using a leftover nugget of Belinda’s hand-dyed, self-striping blue denim yarn.
I snapped a few photos of it. Just a few. And Belinda has taken it back with her to London, where I hope she beats the heck out of it, and fades the black to grey in no time. I do not know how the Noro Silk Garden will fare with the beating and the fading, but Belinda will no doubt report all the facts. Belinda is not one to sugarcoat. If Noro and denim do not make a good marriage, we will hear about it. Until then, I really like the idea of a soft cotton outside surrounding a warm, woolly inside.
Congratulations, Judy! Have fun on your mystery blanket adventure. Send us a postcard every once in a while.