You can beg for more all you like, but this is IT, hon. This is the very last time you’ll ever get to see pix of the Tweedy Squares blanket, because the fact is . . .
It’s done. Four corners, neat and, um, kind of rounded because of all the corner decreases and curled edges and whatEVer.
This corner is a freaky little collision of yarns.
In case anybody thinks I didn’t actually finish the border (and don’t think I didn’t consider ditching the thing), here’s the whole blanket which is harder to photograph than you might think and no I didn’t put it on my bed because that would have meant that I would have had either to MAKE my bed or put my unmade bed on the Internet. Euwwwks. So here it is on a sofa:
How long did the border take to make? Using my preferred unit of measure, the O’Brian (1 O’Brian = one audio version of a Patrick O’Brian novel) it took 13 hours of The Ionian Mission (86% of the book) plus 3 hours of Treason’s Harbour (25% of the book). So: about 1.1 O’Brians to make an 18′-long, 3″-wide garter stitch blanket border.
Here’s the thing: I have never been bored during the making of this blanket, which is the largest thing I’ve ever knitted. It’s kind of mysterious, actually, but I think it has to do with the bite-size squares, using all the yarns which have been like pets to me, and cooking up the design myself.
I really wanted to show you this blanket with its new owner, David. Ever since I renewed my work on this project, he has been consulting with me on color choices; the juniper green is completely a David recommendation. But this morning I took the fella to school early for the sixth grade whitewater rafting trip in West Virginia, so I’m rattling around the house wondering about the guy. He’ll be gone for four days.
So please pretend that this chair is David: a large-eyed, 11-year-old boy.
What in the world am I going to do with myself now?