The Beverly Hillblankie
February 5, 2007
OK. Let me just lay an image on you. I was going to show this to you when you were here in person last week, but to tell the truth I wasn’t brave enough to risk your unrehearsed reaction. This thing requires a couple of seconds to take it in, compose oneself, and think of something superfakeynice to say. I give you, the Abe Blankie:
Green Acres is the place to be
Farm Living! is the life for me
Land spreading out so far and wide
Take Manhattan, just give me that countryside!
Now. You know I love me some Rustic Mitery Goodness. Even to my rustic mitery eye, though, this one is not All That It Should Be. Even after a bracing blocking, I’m not sure I can lay this on a new baby and his beaming parents. I think maybe I’ll go with more of a sure thing, giftwise.
Luckily, I have a new obsession in blanketeering. I’m having a rip-roaring time turning the Argosy scarf pattern into an elegant baby blanket.
New York is where I’d rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue!
(I realize the blankets are singing the theme from the wrong sitcom. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction are all mixed up in my memory, in a very pleasant way.)
This is Rowan Denim in ecru. To make a bias-square baby blanket, I made the following modifications to the Argosy scarf pattern: I added 6 stitches to the central stockinette portion of each square. This means my initial cast-on was 15, there are 9 stitches between the 2 RS decreases, and I am casting on 14 stitches each time I add a new square. There are 16 rows of stockinette to each square. The second of the 3 charts can be completely ignored, since there is no ‘straightaway’ section to the blanket, as there is to the scarf. (If you are knitting Argosy, all of the foregoing will make sense to you.)
There is something so satisfying about this pattern.
I think it has to do with stringing those lines of paired yarnovers across such a distance, never missing a one. It gives one that ‘damn I’m good’ feeling.
Happy Monday! Are you done with the book yet?