Behind the Music: Blanket 1
December 12, 2007
I want to share some tips on laying out an homage-to-Kaffe Fassett blanket starting with 1053 4-inch squares in a sampling of every sock yarn that has been on the market since 1974 plus a little handspun. This isn’t done very often, so it may be of interest to others who have a couple-odd thousand squares sitting around.
Tip #1: Call in Amber. Amber brings muffins and endless patience for swapping squares in and out of a layout, in miserable December light. Helpful hint: Make sure you have the basic necessities for a home birth, as Amber is awaiting a Blessed Event in the very near future. Keep Amber hydrated, and she will work all day.
That’s my only tip, really. Amber.
We (“we” used loosely) got the central 20 blocks laid out and taped to cardstock for ease of sew-up, and also the inner border. The squares look even better taped close together than they did spread out on the bed, which bodes well for how they will look seamed up. All that’s left to do is to sort through the crazy diagonal squares seeking only the most crazy, most diagonal ones for the outer border. Snip-snap–blanket laid out. At this point it is unclear whether it will be recognizable as an Homage to Kaffe Fassett’s Gridlock blanket, but whatever it is, we like it.
The biggest revelation so far is that even if you have 1053 squares, if you are trying to establish a discernible pattern you will spend a fair amount of time hunting for the right ones. Even with over a thousand squares in your palette, when you are looking for the right pinky-red, most are too pinky or too red and you just have to get over yourself. (Hey, that’s a tip: Get over thyself.)
“I like it.”
“I hate it.”
“Not so much.”
“It looks like one of those spectrum packs from Purl!”
“Contrast! More contrast!”
“I thought I would like that but I don’t.”
“Can this block be the weird one?”
“OK, it’s done now. Right?”