I’m quite pleased with myself. Since mid-November, I’ve scored three FOs, of which two are blankets (baby blankets, but still: blankets) and one is a long-ass stranded colorwork scarf.
This was not heroic, put-your-back-into-it, deadline knitting. At the time, it just felt like I AM LOVING KNITTING THIS THING. And isn’t that the best knitting of all?
OK, confession time: one of the baby blankets was already knitted, two—three? four?—years ago, when I made it in a frenzy of love for the idea of knitting our Mitered Crosses Blanket pattern in Rowan Denim. At the time, I had no baby in particular to give it to.
Sometimes you have to wait for the baby.
When I recently heard that a beloved young couple had just welcomed both a newborn and a toddler, well—the baby for this blanket had finally identified himself. All I had to do was apply the i-cord, in Zauber Cotton, all the way around, wash it a couple of times for Extra Denim Patina, and Bob’s your uncle (or Kay’s your auntie).
Top blanket: The pattern is the Mitered Crosses Blanket. The blue yarn is Rowan Denim recycled from an ebay sweater, the white yarn is Rowan Denim in the Ecru shade, and the i-cord edging is in Zauber Cotton.
A Washcloth With Ambition
The second blanket was knitted from start to finish in less than two weeks. When we were at A Good Yarn in Florida last month, I had just heard the good news about my friends’ baby girl. In a moment of Yarn Shop Serendipity, I spied Susan’s baskets of Zauber Cotton—a lovely DK-weight organic cotton—and the idea sprang into my mind: a log cabin baby blanket pairing a precious gift to my stash—a bag of Rowan Denim in the long-discontinued Ecru shade—with this soft yellow and blue cotton melange.
It practically knitted itself. I just followed the instructions for the first and most basic Log Cabin Cloth from MDK Field Guide No. 4, starting with a center patch that was 9 stitches wide and 9 garter ridges tall. All my strips were 9 garter ridges.
When it got to washcloth size, I just…kept…going. I went around and around, adding strips until it got to the size I had in mind—big enough to cover a snoozling bambina but small enough for her to drag it around by herself in a year’s time. To determine placement of the pops o’ Zauber, I rolled a virtual die, using an app on my phone. If the number 3 came up, the next Zauber strip would be the third strip after the current one, and so forth.
All this blanket needs now is two little feet kicking under there somewhere.
It is notoriously difficult to take a picture of a whole blanket, even a small one. Have you ever noticed that?
The Love of My Life
Just to close the book on my first (of many) Kaffe’s Coins Scarf, here’s the triumphant FO.
To deal with the ends, I tied square knots (surgeon’s knots would be even better, but I didn’t think of them at the time), then trimmed to 2 inches. This was the work of 10 minutes. (If you want to see the innards finished this way, here you go.)
I closed up the cast-on end of the tube by picking up stitches and working a Kitchener stitch graft. I closed up the other end with a three-needle bindoff of the live stitches. Next time I’ll do a provisional cast-on so I can Kitchener both ends. (Who even am I? I used to hate Kitchener. Now I could do it all day long, while watching TV and eating popcorn. It’s No Big Deal. Thank you, Lorilee Beltman.)
Predictably, I wet-blocked it. Wet-blocking is my love language. All you Team Steam-ers out there, you have my love and respect. A brief soak and flat-dry brought out the gentle fuzz in my fabric, and made those tidy Felted Tweed stitches plump up to perfection. Je ne regrette rien.
P.S. A programming note for my gift-knitting teammates: The official end of the 2019 MDK Giftalong is looming, but I expect many of us will keep knitting, through next week and beyond, in keeping with knitterly tradition. (It’s perfectly fine to give a gift that still has the needles in it.) We’ll announce this year’s Grand Prize and the Special Team Kaffe Prize here on Thursday, December 26. Meanwhile, keep on knitting and encouraging your fellow giftalongers, over in the Lounge or on Instagram. (All the details are here.) It’s lovely to see the presents piling up!