I made an emergency pom pom repair this weekend. As you can see, it was a dire situation.
I mention this a) because this is a knitting website and we consider pom poms an allied craft to knitting and b) because digging around my stash for yarn took me to a deep, hidden zone where I unearthed—o joy!—a log cabin project I’d totally forgotten.
It has been heartening to see all the long-marinating log cabin projects coming out of storage to be finished for the Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Make-along. (The Instagram hashtag #fringeandfriendslogalong is getting juicy.) In our opinion, you’re not really knitting if you don’t have at least a couple of blankets half done, somewhere in your house. The half-finished blanket is just one of those necessary things when you’re a knitter.
One obvious great thing about a half-finished blanket is that I burned out on it so hard, back when, that I put that whole searing, head-busting experience completely out of my memory. I mean, I don’t even know what decade it was when I started this thing. It is brand new to me, as I gaze upon it and marvel at the mix of garter stitch blocks and mitered blocks.
What a ton of fun! What a glorious stash buster! What genius made this thing? Where’s a size 7 needle? I’m going in.
The thing I’d like to leave you with is the idea that a miter doesn’t have to be square. I am beginning to vaguely recall that I started this blanket with the idea of combining garter stitch and mitered squares. But, pretty soon, I got into making rectangle miters, skinny miters, tiny li’l miters. Which allow you to freehand a blanket with little worry about Making It All Fit Properly.
Nothing has to fit at all. You can pick up a batch of stitches anywhere you like.
Before long, adding squares in a festive and folkloric fashion, you’ll see all these 90-degree angles where you could stick a new square. And with miters, you just pick up along the two sides of a 90-degree angle, and it lets you crank a miter that fits whatever space you need it to.
If you’re still on the fence about joining the Logalong, this is one of those ideas that is wildly open ended. Our Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin, explains how to make both garter stitch blocks and miters. And if you are like many knitters, you have a stash of yarn that is patiently awaiting its destiny.
But if you don’t happen to have a pile of worsted weight yarn in a dozen shades, well, we can help with that too. I’m still motoring away on my Tahki Donegal Tweed sequence log cabin blanket, and it continues to be a truly great yarn.
Would be excellent for a garter-miter freestyle blanket.
A dozen shades over in the Shop, tweedy and rustic and grand.