Dear Ann and everybody,
There has been a rushing gush of newly-completed Mitered Crosses Blanket FOs over on Ravelry.com lately. People are finishing them by the score, and they are stunning. There are faithful replications of the original, by those who doggedly sought out Noro Silk Garden #269 (a shade that currently resides on the other side of the river Styx of discontinued colorways, but will be taking the ferry back to life in early 2012!)–and there are also many individual interpretations. The minds of knitters, and the depth and breadth and height of their stashes, are many-splendored things. (Go on over and wallow for a while.)
(Pausing to give myself snaps for Dante-based “shade” joke. Abandon hope, all who enter here hoping to avoid self-congratulatory blogging.)
Seeing all these FOs is deeply satisfying. It means this: blankets, while large and full of stitches, are not never-ending marches of tedium. If the knitting and yarn are tasty enough, and if the Friday Night Lights streams like a mighty river, a knitter can finish a blanket in two or three months, no problem, happy all the way.
Here is the Public Service Announcement. If you are in the final stages of a Mitered Crosses Blanket, git busy and finish it up. Today, with the publication of Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the Community of Handmade And How You Can Join In, a new blanket design has been launched into the world, with the help of tantalizing photography (by a tantalizing photographer).
This blanket (Fussy Cuts! page 90!) may tempt those who are susceptible to such things. I do not want to be morally responsible for anybody throwing over a nearly-finished Mitered Crosses Blanket to cast on an exciting new miracle of gartistry (garter stitch artistry). I will only say that you and I have made TWO large-format versions of Fussy Cuts already, and we are nowhere near the end of our personal Fussy Cuts journeys. While I may be off-the-charts susceptible to garter stitch blankets, I may also be the canary in the coal mine, and many others are doomed to my fate.
Be warned! Clear your decks, and more importantly, clear your stitch-holders and your size 6 or 7 circulars. Make ready the stash, the beverage, and the recliner in front of the teevee. Momma’s got a brand-new blankie!
More on Fussy Cuts, and Craft Activism, to come. Unbearably more.