Endurance. Fidelity. Intelligence. Garter Stitch.
April 7, 2011
Balto is one of the most beloved statues in Central Park.
Balto was the lead dog of the last of several teams of mushers and sled dogs who relayed diptheria antitoxin to save children in Nome, Alaska, in the winter of 1925.
They made the journey with desperate speed and in appalling weather.
The story of Balto is here. (I like the part about how “the serum was packed in a cylinder, wrapped in an insulating quilt, and then tied up in canvas for further protection.” It is always a good idea to have an insulating quilt–or blanket–on hand. Better get busy and make some more.)
Balto’s monument seemed like a good place to hang the Mitered Crosses Blanket for the first –and I must warn you that it is not likely to be the last–of its beauty shots.
This is not the first FO of this pattern, however. The first finished Mitered Crosses Blanket is… a bag! It was made by Tomoko of Kobe, Japan. Isn’t that something? In Tomoko’s Ravelry notebook, she named it “Rescue! Rescue!”–making me wish I had thought of such a good name when I was naming the blanket. “Balto” would have been OK, too.
P.S. What Would Balto Do? He’d hit the button to send cash to Mercy Corps for Japan relief: