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  • So pretty!!! I’ll have to start those books as way to re-enforce my slogging.

  • I love your finished blanket and how all the different wools work together. Finishing does take lots of perseverance – I’ve completed ten squares of my blanket and am trying to do it as I go so I don’t have a huge job at the end. I keep knitting more squares and am not doing much sewing up though, so I might have a huge sewathon at the end. Thanks for all the sewing tips – they’re very helpful.

  • You know, I’m sure, that I take your statistics as a personal challenge. My next blanket will be sewn up in 5 hours and 45 minutes, at the very most. Personal Best!
    And I certainly wouldn’t put it past Roger Angell to take up Knit Lit. That man can write about ANYTHING. He has that in common with E.B. White, and you.
    Me? I’ve been carrying around my laptop forcing people to watch the Merle Hazard video. Which forces them to laff themselves silly. Especially if they have a clue what he’s talking about. The line about being leveraged 10 to 1 just KILLS out here in the Hamptons. Bitter laughter, but laughter. I should tell you that there have been concerned questions about whether the jacket is a rental, or um, does he actually own it.
    I love the tweediness of your blanket. Adore. I wish there were a way to make cotton yarns so slubby and fluffy. Excellent work.
    Please send some of your wilting heat up this way. We are freezing.
    xoxo Kay

  • All that tweedy goodness came together beautifully. I love the way those jazzy orange squares spike up the gray & navy, and the yellow smoothes it all together.
    Thank you AGAIN for getting me sailing off to the far side of the world with the P O’B audio books to speed my knitting. I’m in the Wine Dark Sea now.

  • That blanket is saying “Grab yourself a cup of tea and a good book and a handful of cookies and crawl under me until the weekend.” It’s so far from the typical knitted afghan, so classic but new, and so cozy looking.
    And I’m impressed at how fast you’re putting it together. I read once that most of the chores we put off really take much less time than we think they do, and i discovered I can clean a bathroom in 15 minutes! Who knew the same principle could apply to finishing hand knits?

  • WOW!! The blanket is fantastic!

  • All of that seaming and weaving in of ends is exactly why I have not knit a blanket and likely never will. I admire your perseverence, but frankly the thought of all that finishing makes me feel faint.

  • Them’s a lot of ends to manage but I know you can do it, Ann. That certainly is one handsome, tweedy blanket. Nicely done!

  • Purty!

  • 1. LOVE the blanket
    2. Love the Jack Aubrey Series
    3. Love R Crow as Jack Aubrey (and I didn’t think I would)

  • Wow! I get antsy weaving in ends and seaming a piddling little tank top. I think something that big would drive me bonkers (though I keep looking at the moderne log cabin blanket, so maybe I’m doomed anyway).

  • I love how many blog posts we’re getting these days! Wheeeee! love the blanket, love the tweedy goodness! yay!

  • Yummy blanket. I wish that I had your color and design sense. I’m afraid that my mix and match ideas would look more like a train wreck than your art work.
    Kathy is right. The chores that we dread and put off forever, usually take less time than we thought. Even grading that stack of 85 papers, doesn’t take long. I just procrastinate it to death.

  • I LOVE that Elsebeth Lavold gold silky wool – I think a bit of it should be worked into everything – not many great golds out there. I love this blanket!

  • I just wanna know, how come it took me 33 years – 33 years, peepul! – to discover the Aubrey-Maturin series? I’m currently lingering (weepily, because I know the end of the series looms) over The Yellow Admiral. Best. Books. Ever. Are you listening to Patrick Tull’s reading? He’s fabulous.
    The blanket is gorgeous! I love the tweeds.
    ~Lori (the mostly-lurker)

  • The blanket is beautiful! I love it!

  • The blanket just keeps getting more gorgeous!
    I’ve been resisting the “low-sew” method because I really want to play with the squares once they’re all done, but I’m thinking some Photoshop playing might be in order as I really dislike sewing. Perhaps playing with it on the computer will get me to a point where I can do the low-sew method.
    Hmmm… I wonder, would it work to do all four miters of a square at one time on a circ? Working from the outside in? I may have to experiement when I get home tonight!

  • She’s a byoot, Ann!

  • Ann, this blanket is beautiful! I, too, am a huge fan of tweedy and what I call “farm” yarns and so this is downright inspiring. Love it, love it, love it!

  • The number of ends to sew in made my eyes cross. Yeesh. Not to mention the number of hours spent sewing everything together.
    I loved your story of watching football and feeling the game in a new way. It must be disheartening to many of the guys who get cut.

  • The blanket *is* beautiful.
    To avoid having to work all the ends in with a tapestry needle after you’re done knitting, have you thought about working the ends while you knit?

  • You are one talented chick and so is that husband of yours!

  • I am in love.
    The tweeds..ah the tweeds. It truly is gorgeous.

  • That blanket is gorgeous and family-heirloom worthy! Definately the kind of thing I would want to snuggle up with. Congrats on all that seaming.

  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • You’re making me feel like a slacker! You are amazingly productive. The blanket is beautiful; your color sense is awesome!

  • Ann, you never cease to amaze me. What a beautiful blanket, and no wonder…all tweed. I love tweed. You did a lovely job with the yarn choices, knitting and finishing. Quite stunning. If only I could acquire your knack for weaving in the ends. I’d be set for life;->
    Ang

  • That blanket is AWESOME! Make me one?

  • That blanket is AWESOME! Make me one?

  • I’m absolutely in love with that blanket. You have such a great sense of color. About this time of year, I always take on a giant project. This year I said no way! Now, because of your blankie, my resolve is weakening.:)

  • A magnificent work of artsy warmth! Love this project and you know, it’s so much easier to watch it being done;)

  • Beautiful blanket – I so love the coziness of the colors!! And the yarn! Wow. Just beautiful… what else can I say?

  • Oh man, you have SO weakened my resolve not to knit a mitered square blanket until I finish a bazillion other things. Dang it.

  • I’m a bit of a tweed freak, so natch’ I am in lust of your blanket. Wonder if you would like to give all those tweed yarns a rating as to softness, etc.? Hint, hint.

  • The blanket was impressive with the squares lying next to each other. Blocked and seamed it is really something special.

  • The blanket looks great! And don’t throw away all those snippings left after darning in all the yarn ends – they make great stuffing for knitted pillows. I’ve got two beautiful pillows I knit using Kaffe Fassett’s “magic Ball” technique (I just posted on my blog about one yesterday if you want to see it) and the pillows are stuffed with yarn and spinning scraps. it makes a heavy but very substantial pillow, and has tons of my personal knitting history inside!

  • Ann, that blanket is absolutely beautiful. The color combinations are breathtaking… not to mention very tweedy… I love it!

  • It’s the tweedy mitered blanket of the world, for all love!

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