You know how I feel about blankets. By my lights, there are not enough knitted blanket patterns in the world. In a world of endless designs for knitted apparel, most designers devote scant attention to the humble blanket. A shining exception, and hero of mine, is Debbie Abrahams. I have followed her work for years. Debbie’s blankets are intricate patchwork adventures. Where my own blankets tend to beat a bone-simple idea into ground (in a good way, a transcendant way, a pure way), Debbie plays with inventive patterns and embellishments–beads included– and strews color everywhere. Her blankets always look happy. (Here’s a gallery of some of Debbie’s work.)
In recent years, Debbie has hosted a series of popular, covetable “mystery blanket clubs.” Subscribers get monthly emails of instructions, and three packages of materials–exquisite Rowan yarns, and beads. They don’t know what the finished blanket will look like, or even what the theme is. It’s a leap of faith–right into Debbie’s arms. Here are a few of those blankets, after the mystery was solved.
And my favorite, House of Aphrodite:
I get tired just thinking about shopping for the yarn for these detailed blankets; the knitting has got to be epic.
Imagine my shrieks when Debbie’s people emailed our people (you and me) to ask if we’d like to give away a free subscription to Debbie’s 2013 Mystery Blanket Club, which starts in January. If you lack imagination, here’s a hint: it was a loud and piercing, sustained and soulful shriek of joy. Nobody has ever offered us something quite so nice to give away. A whole blanket! A mystery blanket! I’d like this wonderful prize to go to a good home. I’d like it to go to someone who really likes to knit blankets. I’m going to get it to its destiny the only way I know how: by using the random number generator.
Dear Readers, if you’d like to be entered in the drawing, please leave a tiny shriek in the comments to this post. Include in your comment an answer to the following question: Have you ever knit a blanket and if so, what pattern did you use? Feel free to include any additional information you’d like to share. I will close the comments on Wednesday, October 3 at 8 p.m., and announce the winner by the end of the week.
Good luck to all contestants, and many thanks to Debbie Abrahams for this wonderful prize.