Beach Blanket, Bingo
May 24, 2004
A while back, I was inspired by a free pattern that Thomas mentioned, for something called the Psychedelic Squares Afghan. I said to myself, in the robotic imperative that comes over me now and then: “MUST.KNIT.THIS.NOW.”
But I did not knit it then. I let the idea percolate for a while. But now, the season approaches in which maternal duty requires me to park myself in a sand chair each Saturday and Sunday, coated in SPF 50++++, to oversee children cavorting at the edge of the ocean and occasionally scream at them. The time has come to make the crucial annual decision: What project will be Beach Knitting 2004?
Needless to say, it must be something square. It must be something memorizable. It must be something non-wool. And, this year at least, it must be something in bright colors and small units. (After last summer’s endless slog of Ecru and Tennesee for my Courthouse Steps blanket, even this Denim-mad, blanket-possessed knitter cannot abide anything blue, or anything that will work its way up to hundreds of stitches on circular needles.) So I went to Downtown Yarns and gleefully pulled 16 colors off Rita’s lovely display of Tahki Cotton Classic. The colors I chose are shown in the pic at the top, in my Weird Seashell Basket.
It was not easy to split the colors into lights and darks, as the pattern suggests. But at the same time, I did not like the way the really bright colors looked with each other. Or for that matter, the way the duller, more neutral colors looked with each other. The solution was to divide them into Juicies and Blahs, like so:
I like the way the Blahs make the Juicies look less garishly bright, and more interestingly intense. I like it so much that I may go back for a few more shades of Blah. Even if I knit these every bloomin’ weekend, the projected completion date is Probably Never. But who cares? I’ll have fun on the beach in 2004, knitting Square Stuff to my heart’s content.
Here are my first four Juicy Blahs:
More to come!