Sometimes you just forget basic, rock-bottom truths. Today’s kick in the brain: garter stitch grows when blocked.
This log cabin blanket was 24″ x 34″ when I bound off the last stitch. After a lovely soak and slumber party in the Blocking Parlor, it’s 28″ x 40″. I didn’t even pin or otherwise abuse this baby blanket. It just relaxed and gave me a giant bonus of square footage. Thanks, baby blanket!
This blanket used exactly five skeins of Lichen and Lace Worsted in Wild Flowers. (A few skeins remain in the Shop, for anybody jonesing for a log cabin romp.) If you can’t tell, this has been one of my favorite projects in terms of a) ease, b) yarn-crazy fun, and c) source of deep meditation on the topic of babies, moms, and the state of the world.
I finished this baby blanket and World War I at the same time—such a relief to get through all 36 hours of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, Blueprint for Armageddon. You might think that listening to such an epic thing while knitting a baby blanket might be a bad idea. Actually, it was a great idea, because there is nothing more tender than thinking about the world we have inherited, and imagining what a baby born today will experience in the decades to come.
It makes me want to try a little harder for that baby. What happens to the babies of today is on us. And while that may feel like a heavy burden, and maybe impossible and therefore depressing, we shouldn’t think that way. We should look to the people who are not cowed, not bent, not exhausted and burned out, and we should draw strength from these people, and inspiration. I don’t know how some of the people I admire do what they do—how do you keep plugging away at huge problems, for decades at a time, without caving in under the weight of it all?
My best guess is that at some point, these heroic people had some excellent swaddling involving a handknit baby blanket. Surely they grew up with a good blanket.