Let Us Now Praise Garter Stitch Blankets
June 8, 2013
For your weekend viewing pleasure, some beautiful blankets that have been giving me the yen to cast on and wing it.
This one, Strips and Stripes, is the improvisation of Misa Erder, the designer behind Craftivore. I passed Misa at Rhinebeck last year and was too awed/shy to say hi. What really kills me here–well, a lot of things kill me here–is those bits of intarsia. The impulse to throw in a little intarsia when you’re knitting a lot of stripes–been there, sister! I love the surprise of it.
This one, also improvised, is by local pal Liz Kaplan.
Liz crochets and knits with equal vigor and rigor. She tried to teach me ripple crochet. She is undeterred by large projects.
Look! Mitered crosses! What I admire most here is the elegant merging of disparate elements. That’s hard. I’ve tried.
Of course, the queen of the improvised blanket–knit, crochet, or quilt–is Chawne. Chawne is busy right now doing cross stitch at 22 stitches TO THE INCH. Chawne on improvisation: “Eventually too much has happened to pretend that nothing is happening.” I’m going to have a beverage and meditate on that.
This weekend I’m delving into the deep stash to see if I have as many half-skeins of Manos and Lamb’s Pride Bulky as I think I do (leftovers from my Kiki Mariko rug). Strips & Stripes, here I come.