This Just In: The American Blanket
November 7, 2007
I was chatting with Michaela about her cool raffle project to benefit Oliver’s Fund. It occurred to me that it would be nice (and green) to save the Stateside knitters the hassle of waiting in line at the Post Office and filling out custom forms just to mail teeny squares to the UK, when here I am, in the good old US of A, easily (and cheaply) mailable and wishing I had a LOT more squares to arrange and rearrange in charming 9-patch patterns. SO. Here’s the details.
What it’s for: A blanket for Michaela to raffle off for Oliver’s Fund. (You buy raffle tickets by contributing to Oliver’s Fund (the button is on the right sidebar). Each ticket is 1 British pound, which is roughly 2 US greenback dollars. Michaela is handling the raffle details and awarding the prizes.)
What you can do: Mail me 4 inch squares knitted in sockweight, fingering, or 4-ply yarn. Each square will earn you a raffle ticket. (This is not the only blanket; there will be at least one and possibly two blankets from the UK.)
How to do it:
1. Make squares. (I get a 4-inch square very reliably by casting on 3 stitches, increasing in the first stitch of every row until the “legs” of the triangle are 4 inches long (at my gauge, this is when I reach 41 stitches), and then decreasing in the first stitch of every row until I’m back to 3 stitches again, and bind off.)
2. Email me at bigbonegalAThotmailDOTcom for the mailing address, and pop them in the mail. Single squares are welcome! (There will be a single squares mixer every Saturday night.)
DEADLINE: Squares must be received by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th. I know this is a short deadline, but you can knit a 4-inch square in one episode of Gray’s Anatomy. This project will be more fun if we just git ‘r done in a matter of weeks. (Kaffe Fassett would say that with a little focus, we could get it done by lunchtime.)
One last detail because I know you’ll ask: You do not have to weave in the first and last end, because I will use those for the seams. (Therefore, please leave me a nice 8-inch tail on either end.) I would appreciate it if you would weave in any ends in the middle of the square.
1. To sew up the blanket very quickly, even if I have to beg all my pals to come over and help me.
2. To admire each square.
3. To give my full artistic attention, such as it is, to the placement of each square.
4. To take an overwhelming number of photos of the finished blanket.
5. To mail the finished blanket promptly to whomever Michaela tells me is the winner.
EDITED TO ADD ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS:
–Fiber: Wool or wool blends are preferred.
–Color: Go nuts. The more colors we have, from murky to dazzly, the more fun it will be to lay them out. The self-stripers and self-patterners are fine, too.
–Gauge: I’m getting 6.5 stitches to the inch. Your mileage may vary, but we’re looking for a gauge that is undeniably sockish. Knitting to the measurement is more important than your exact gauge.
–Stitch pattern: I gave the bias-square, garter stitch recipe because it’s an easy way to hit the 4″ mark with great accuracy, but all stitch patterns are welcome.
–Needles: I’m using one Size 1 and one Size 2. I know. Leave me alone.
–Washing/blocking: Unless you’ve got a curly and/or dirty square, no need to wash or block.
–THANK YOU! Thank you to all who have sent emails asking for the address. I can’t wait to start hoarding squares.
I know I said my next post would have a contest (totally unrelated to the blanket project), but now, really, my NEXT post will have a contest.
FORM OF: 4-INCH GARTER STITCH BIAS SQUARES!