Ultimate Beach Blanket
April 15, 2005
Try to imagine the thrill I got when I opened the email containing this photo:
About an hour ago, in London, my e-pal Belinda finished putting the border on this mitered squares blanket. In case you have been dozing off during my previous lectures about denim yarn, let me point out that this is an all-denim blanket. You know how the Kay loves the denim. You know how the Kay loves the mitered squares. Super Fantastic!
This blanket may well be the Mother of All Mitered Square Blankets. The Big Dog. The Whole Enchilada. It has 100 miters in it, to make 25 squares. (My own blanket had a paltry 80 miters.) A month or two ago, I made one square to show my support for mitered squares, denim, and Belinda. Here it is:
Can you find it?
Here’s a fun fact: the border on this blanket was made in one piece. Belinda picked up stitches (presumably on a custom-made super-long circular needle) around all four edges. She picked up one stitch at the exact point of each corner, and increased one stitch before and one stitch after that center stitch on every other row, to miter the corners (how appropriate). Think about that. I’m guessing, what—1000 stitches per round? Belinda is out of her mind. In a good way, of course.
As we speak, this blanket is in the washing machine getting its border faded and shrunk. Hopefully Belinda will send us a glorious finished picture worthy of Rembrandt.
Belinda: On behalf of miter-nuts and denim-freaks around the globe, my blue needles bow down to you.