Did I Cast on the Noro? Reader, I Did
March 19, 2011
I miss you when you’re away!
In my last post, I whimpered about the pull of temptation to cast on a new log cabin blanket in Noro Silk Garden before doing my duty and finishing the last sleeve on a child’s overdue pullover. A few days later, this comment came in from (our vast readership in) Qatar:
I was going to say just give in to the call of the Noro, but it’s been several days, so you must have already.
—Tracy in Qatar
I am so busted. Was it that obvious?
Truth be told, I didn’t even last an hour after publishing the post. Watching the dreadful news reports from Japan this past week, I felt such a strong personal connection to a country in which I have no actual personal connections. Then I realized.
Tokyo International Quilt Festival
Stationery Products in Charmingly Wacky English
The list goes on and on. For handworkers worldwide, the connection to Japanese craftspeople, techniques, aesthetics, and materials is profound, and it feels personal.
So, with barely a frisson of maternal guilt, I cast aside the boy sweater and cast on my Noro Silk Garden, thinking about Eisaku Noro (who is reported to be all right, thank goodness). Clearly, the 4 skeins that had been tempting me were not going to be enough. I started in on a log cabin blanket inspired by the Modern Crosses Quilt in Susan Beal’s book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.
After I had 2 blocks done and 2 more started with my original block construction (don’t even think about the state of my personal grooming by this point), Cara called. She called to tell me she had been obsessing about the Modern Crosses Quilt, and how to knit it. We started talking real fast and in a flash I knew that I had to go back to square one (ahem) with my block construction. Whee! Only 10 hours of knitting down the tubes, and there will be some fiddly ripping out before reknitting. (I had already woven in the ends! What possessed me?)
(So these lovely pieces are now out-takes. I had to take a picture, though.)
Another few hours of knitting while watching CNN ensued, and pattern writing, and reading tweets from and about Japan, and bugging Cara to make PhotoShop illustrations in the middle of the night, and bugging Belinda who is on vacation, and bugging YOU who are on vacation, I am pleased and proud to present:
The Mitered Crosses Blanket. My first Ravelry download! All proceeds from download sales will be donated to Mercy Corps to aid its emergency relief work in Japan. So go forth and download, blanket knitters of the world! Tweet your heads off about it if you are so inclined! Activate the social media of your choice!
Look! We even have a “Buy Now” button, for people who don’t want to haul themselves all the way over to Ravelry.com:
Careful observers will notice that the photos are of single blocks; that’s because the sample blanket is not finished yet. What with all the research and development, I’m only two blocks in. But I’m off on a week-long trip that will involve many hours there and back on a plane, and lots more prime knitting time. And if anybody can finish a 12 block blanket in a couple of weeks, it is me. I am strong for this sort of thing. (Born This Way.)
I’m going to git.r.done, and bring ‘er back, and post a gajillion pictures of it in early April. Meanwhile, I will try to post photos of the individual blocks from vacation.
(I will finish the boy sweater, too. It’s a top-down. He can keep growing for a couple more skeins, while I finish this blanket.)