A Great Blanket, Now That I Remember It
October 3, 2011
You write of this blanket pattern, this Fussy Cuts Blanket pattern. So haunting, like a faded memory from the past.
Hold on–I remember it now! How could I forget making a 36-square-foot blanket? Maybe it’s because I finished the thing and incredibly stuck it into the mail to a complete stranger.
For those just joining us (where have you been?), Fussy Cuts is our blanket pattern that appears in the new and lush Craft Activism by Joan Tapper and Gale Zucker. This pattern is particularly well suited to a group knitting effort, so I got a bunch of knitters together to test the pattern and to make a raffle blanket for the Monteagle Assembly’s library renovation.
This was in May 2010. I completely associate this project with the Nashville Flood, which happened on May 1, right as I was receiving squares back from knitters. At one point our dining table was covered in squares while the roof leaked without pity into buckets right beside it.
The yarn: Noro Silk Garden. I bought a bunch on sale, with little regard for colorways. More is more, after all. This thing was going to be OFF THE CHAIN. I launched yarn and pattern to volunteers Morgan, Ann, Pamela, Sue, Cullen, and Pam.
Within a couple of weeks, this stellar group had returned every single square–not a layabout among them. Most impressive, they all got gauge.
The squares were SQUARE. My tears of relief mingled with the deluge raining into our dining room.
I took on the framing and joining part of the project myself, to test the pattern and also to give myself a colossal project while the house dried out.
I spent a long time dithering on the color for the frames and ended up with a pea green Noro that seemed sort of summery. For a wool/silk blanket that was going to be raffled in July, we needed all the summery we could get.
I think we all know now that Noro Silk Garden in that neutral cream shade would be the obvious choice. But I didn’t even know it existed, lo those many moons ago in 2010.
Also: in the interest of finishing this thing asap, I made the frame on each square narrower than specified in the pattern. It worked just fine to do them this way.
And we didn’t do any fussy cutting to get the centers of the squares to pop out. I honestly didn’t think it would make a bit of difference when the color situation is so crazy.
The back looks almost as tidy as the front, which is what you want with a knitted blanket.
Before the raffle, I dragged the blanket all over the place, sentimental that it was about to leave home.
The raffle went well enough, though it just about killed me that the adorable lady who bought 100 tickets didn’t win. I managed to do the right thing and mail the blanket to a lady in Cowan, Tennessee.
Conclusions: This pattern is absolutely addicting. Each square equals one skein of Noro, basically. You don’t stop knitting until the square is done. Everybody seemed to love the pattern. It was great.
Now that I remember it.