Sending Up the Bat Signal
March 7, 2007
I knew it had been a while since my last post when a loyal NKR (non-knitting reader) who checks this site just to confirm that I’m (a) alive and well and (b) still twittering about knitting, asked me if we were going to rent out the blog since obviously we are not occupying it ourselves this month.
The fact that I am overcommitted and undercaffeinated does not mean that I cannot take the time to google for a For Rent sign image.
When the sad day comes that I am no longer able to waste large chunks of time googling for nothing in particular, it’s time to cut off life support.
The Knitting and the Twittering
This is the baby blanket that was inspired by the fantastic Argosy scarf pattern. I made it using a stashlet of Rowan Denim’s ecru shade that had lain fallow for years, its only crime being that it was not blue and therefore would not fade in a cool way when I washed it. It is very satisfying to use up yarn that you’ve had for 5 years or more. So satisfying that it should be a sub-hobby. I’ve been pawing through the stash looking for the next likely stashlet to be consumed. Found yarn! What’s not to like?
When I posted WIP pictures of this blanket a while back, a commenter said that she hated to mention it but had noticed that my squares were rectangles. Not to worry! I knew that the denim would shrink lengthwise but not widthwise, so I made my squares 9 stitches wide (exclusive of yarnover borders) but 16 rows long. This was extra knitting, I know. But denim is worth it, and knitting, for me, is a fun thing. Post-shrinkage, I find the squares to be satisfyingly squarish, if not square in a strictly geometric sense.
I was worried a bit about the edges of the blanket curling. (Curling is not a problem with the Argosy scarf, I hasten to add. I think this is because the stockinette squares in the Argosy scarf are small and therefore in closer proportion to the amount of curl-defying garter stitch.) Curling is a bit of an issue when you blow up those stockinette squares and knit a blanket-sized quantity of them. Unfortunately, the possibility of Excessive Curl occurred to me only after I had knit so far into the blanket that I could not bear the thought of ripping it back and adding a bit more garter stitch to counteract the stockinette. Instead I put my faith in the healing power of Cro-Kay.
Qu’est-ce que c’est, le Cro-Kay? Let’s review: After I bound off the blanket, I added an edging that mimics single crochet, but uses knitting needles instead of a hook. (Here’s how it’s done: Choose a stitch on the edge of the blanket. Any stitch. Pick up a stitch in that stitch, *pick up a stitch in the next stitch, bind off one stitch. Repeat from * ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BLANKET.)
I love the old-fashioned yet clean-lined look of this blanket. I love knitting the rhythmic Argosy stitch pattern. If anyone else wants to make a blanket like this, I have good news! A little bird told me that Vyvyan, the designer of Argosy, is going to write a pattern for a baby blanket. (The little bird in question was Vyvyan.) So be patient, my fellow baby blanketeers, and soon there will be a fab free pattern over at Vyvyan’s.
I hope all the Argosy-heads out there have seen this. I can’t resist it. It’s jumping the line to be my next project. It is all I can do to keep myself typing and not CAST IT ON RIGHT THIS MINNIT. Thanks, Vyvyan!
And now it’s back to the Bat Cave for me.
(The Bat Cave has a plywood floor, but this is Progress. Happiness in this photo is larger than it appears. Any day now, I will have a Cubicle Of My Own. With WiFi and everything. I’ll probably leave the plastic on the chair, though. Wouldn’t want to get too puffed up with Cubicle Pride.)