April 30, 2008
This just in: the eBay auction for Oliver’s Recycled De-Raffled Blanket has ended. The winning bid of $960.00 took my breath away, but it was just not good enough for the anonymous buyer, who rounded up her payment to a nice $1000–tossing in a lagniappe in honor of the knitters who contributed squares for Oliver. I hope it goes with her sofa! I know I will miss seeing it on my dotty chair. I’m renewing my resolve to finish sewing up American Blanket #2 so that the raffles can be closed out.
Wall of Linen: Square 3
The flow of squares for my personal Wall of Linen blanket continues. I am not tiring of stripes, but I think Square 4 will be the last navy-and-cream square for a while.
(I intended to crop this photo, but I think the “stripes” of the heat register are cool.)
Square 3 was just what I needed to see me through a sick-boy-at-home day, from the visit to the doctor (ear infection) to the extra-innings game of Yankee Monopoly. (My opponent was wearing his Joba Rules shirt from last fall’s hopeful time–aw!) It’s an easy square, an unassuming square, it’s unapologetic about looking more “Ralph Lauren” than “Loretta Pettway”. There’s room for everybody on the Wall of Linen.
The instrux: Cast on 60 stitches. Starting with cream, knit alternating 12-ridge stripes of cream and navy. You will knit 3 cream stripes and 2 navy stripes, for a total of 60 ridges. Bind off and do the cro-Kay edging if you are so inclined. (Not sure I’m so inclined these days, but I’m still doing it. It’s going to be GREAT.)
I’m floating along on the good-auction vibes. Thanks again to everyone who knit squares and helped lay out and sew up, and especially to Michaela for getting this wonderful thing started in the first place.