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A Dollar (per skein) and a Dream

Dear Ann,
Sometimes when I’m having a quiet day of introspection, I get to thinking, gee, maybe I’ve knit one too many log cabin blankets? Maybe I’ve exhausted the form? (Usually, when I am having such thoughts, I am sitting there knitting on a log cabin blanket, but whatever.)
Then I see something like Cathy of Ann Arbor’s version of our Buncha Squares blanket (which is itself a knitted version of Denyse Schmidt’s “real” quilt, What a Bunch of Squares. And the cloud of doubt dissipates into thin air. Yes, I can keep knitting log cabin blankets, no two the same, for the rest of my life.
Cathy. Cathy who is known on Ravelry as clphanson. Cathy, you took a pile of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream dishcloth cotton–dishcloth cotton for Pete’s sake!–an idea, and a couple of hundred hours of knitting, and turned it into a thing of beauty.
Everybody who loves log cabin, please go fave Cathy’s blanket, and carry her inspiration with you into 2011.




  1. That is a beautiful blanket. Wow.
    The genre is infinitely fascinating.

  2. That was a fab trip around Rav.
    Not usually One to do as One is told.
    Quite the opposite but…
    Cathy’s blanket faved!

  3. Faved, as instructed.
    That is indeed lovely. The little teeny bits of orange are key, I think!

  4. Ditto!

  5. Very very cool

  6. Cathy comes to my knitting group when she has time, and she is just as awesome as the blanket.

  7. Cathy’s blanket reminds me of a Mondrian painting. It’s very cool! My arm aches a little from thinking about making something that big with yarn that small!

  8. Don’t know how I missed this last night when I posted the comment re: Paul/George and Not plain Jane–however I luuuvv this blanket! So inspiring, and I need to feel that way just now–woke up to a leaking roof….UGH!

  9. boohoo, link is not working to Cathy’s blanket. I will try again later.

  10. That’s no blanket — that’s art.

  11. It is always interesting exactly what you can do with a log cabin design. Maybe someday I will finish my sock yarn log cabin blanket or more likely (my color choices were horribly suspect) frog the entire thing and start over.

  12. Cathy’s blanket is outstanding — more than happy to fave it. What a great source of inspiration.

  13. Now it’s so fun to go to my “friends’ activity” page on Ravelry see this blanket all over it!

  14. I love to see all the variations of the Log Cabin; it’s my all-time favorite quilting and afghan knitting pattern. Cathy got a fave from me too!
    Mary G. in Texas

  15. Fantastic color combo. Tres inspiring.

  16. Dear Kay and Everyone who commented on my blanket,
    Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. I am speechless. I carried those squares with me everywhere for much longer than necessary. I was trying to talk myself out of knitting another one, but after all this attention, I think I’ll start another! My day, week, year has been made.

  17. So lovely! I’m always inspired by the variety and beauty that comes from log cabin fun.

  18. i am happy to join the praise gang

  19. Log Cabin Blanket is ready for her MoMA debut. Gorgeous!

  20. Beautiful! I faved it.
    Thank you for all of your inspiring posts and projects. You never cease to amaze me.
    PS: last linky is broken.

  21. Took a look. Denyse Schmidt would be proud!


  23. you knit beautiful things. keep up the great work!
    fellow knitters, please check out my blog at http://www.blacksheepknits.wordpress.com

  24. Hope everyone saw the log cabin quilt article in the Jan Martha Stewart Living. Not knitting, but fun.

  25. Wow, that is truly a gorgeous blanket. Happy New Year!

  26. What a Cardigan!

  27. I must say that you and Cathy both improved on the original idea. Is that quilting blasphemy?


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