June 6, 2005
As you know, when I’m not checking the blog to see how many catalogs have been cancelled and whether you’re ambulatory, I’ve been doing a bit of mitering. As always, my plans at first were grandiose: I wanted to make a large denim mitered-square blanket like Belinda’s majestic original. Then I thought, ‘Um…nah. Too much work. I’ve done this queen-sized mitered-square blanket thing a bit too recently.’
And anyway, I needed a baby blanket. Why? Here is a tip on Controlling Kay’s Brain (not that it’s difficult): If you want me to knit another blanket for your baby, send me a picture like this:
Awwww! and double-Awwwww! He even has a halo on his pillow.
The entrelac blanket is lovely. Baby Taro is enjoying it in a very photogenic way. But there’s one problem: since this blanket is made out of Noro Silk Garden, it’s hotter than heck, hairier than a Yeti, and needs very careful treatment to preserve its status as a Priceless Heirloom. Baby Taro deserves a workaday blanket with charm. He deserves a blanket that can be wadded up, crammed into the stroller basket, and plopped on the grass in the park. He deserves a blanket that repeated washings, dryings, and wiping his face with it will only improve and patinate.
My friends, Taro deserves a 100% cotton, denim blanket. (How I got this idea of a denim blanket, I don’t know–it just came to me.)
So I started out on a small, 6-block crib-sized quilt.
Block 1 was normal enough:
And so was Block 2:
Then I got bored. I started to think about the Gee’s Bend Quilts, and how there is always a surprise that breaks the symmetry. So I used some scraps from my big Tahki Cotton Classic blanket, and did this:
Which led to this:
And then this:
I added ‘sashing’ and mini-blocks to widen the blanket, and basically just for the fun of those little spurts of color. Now I have 5 squares ready to seam.
For Block 6, I was tired of mitering. With an admiring nod in the general direction of Finland, where our beloved Anna goes wild with bias-square stripes and patterns, I did this:
Haven’t sashed-and-blocked the last one yet, but here is the proposed layout:
When it’s finished, it will have sashes and blocks on the right and bottom edges as well. (I can only take the asymmetry so far, or my consistency-craving brain will explode.)
I’m trying to finish it before leaving on my trip! But I may not make it. At least my passport arrived on Saturday. (Yes, I live on the edge.)
Hope you’re feeling perkier, and David too!
P.S. Speaking of the Quilters of Gee’s Bend, check out Jan’s post about meeting them in person!. Thanks, Jan!