The Blanket Revelation

How come you guys never told me how relaxing blanket knitting is?

Blanket Knitting

No shaping, no sizing, no swatching (breaking my own rule here). I bought a ton of Berroco Peruvia Quick last year to make Cirilia Rose's beautiful Aidez cardigan, but then realized this colorway turns me into a corpse.

(Add a rule to my list above: don't buy yarn online unless you've seen it in person and held it up to your somewhat sallow winterface. Cirilia swears this is fetching with a pop of color, but I'd need somewhat more than a pop, and can't be bothered with loud lipstick every time I wear a cozy cardigan).

All eight skeins have been sitting in a box in my office for a year. Eventually I needed the box to return the hairdryer that almost fried my hair off and blessed me with a 48-hour scent of burning rubber (long story!), and people started asking questions about the large pile of yarn in the corner, so I decided to put it to some use.

Blanket Knitting 2

Finding a second project for already-purchased yarn is always a struggle for me, a perfectionist about matching projects to fibers. My stash is almost entirely comprised of failed purchases like this that don't get much love following the initial disappointment. I hit Ravelry trying to find a project I could give as a gift to someone who would look alive within a 10-foot radius of this yarn. Finally: Brooklyn Tweed's Umaro. It's been on my queue since Jared released it. Blankets always seemed like such a huge commitment, though. Katie from my knitting group is *always* making them, and every time I see her I'm all HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Quite the opposite, so far. It's been ages since I took on a project where literally all there is to do is knit until you run out of yarn. This is only one skein in to this blanket, with a long way to go, but all I feel about it is soothed at the prospect of inches and inches of this beautiful, squishy pattern. Blankets have officially converted me. Okay, talk to me several skeins from now.

What else? How about some purple oatmeal?!

Purple Oatmeal

Yeah, I thought so.

Posted by jess at February 1, 2012 8:23 AM | TrackBack

I feel like I wouldn't like blankets but maybe I'll have to try it because I've been doing very complicated things recently! looks lovely.

Posted by: sam at February 1, 2012 8:58 AM

oatmeal recipe, please. also, gorgeous blanket!

Posted by: joyolivia at February 1, 2012 10:36 AM

@joyous: it's just oatmeal with macerated frozen blueberries!

Posted by: jess at February 1, 2012 10:46 AM

What a good idea! I've been loving Umaro for a while too, and I also have some Peruvia Quick in my stash that I bought for Aidez (which just isn't happening). I think I might have to copy your idea and make Umaro instead of Aidez.
And purple oatmeal? Why yes please ;).

Posted by: Georganne at February 1, 2012 11:33 AM

I like blanket knitting, but I do get bored after a while, particularly when it starts to get heavy and unwieldy.

Posted by: anne at February 1, 2012 12:16 PM

Add me to the list! I also have a bunch of the same yarn for Aidez, but have been thinking about this blanket instead. Looking forward to seeing your progress. I would love to open up the spot in my closet that the yarn is taking up.

Posted by: kelly-ann (ravelry) at February 1, 2012 2:42 PM

Possible to get pattern directions for the blanket? It looks interesting.

Posted by: Bea at February 3, 2012 7:22 PM

Yes it is! Enjoy blanket knitting! Shawls with lots of stockinette are nice to knit as well!

Posted by: Maryse at February 4, 2012 10:32 PM

I like blanket knitting but it can be slow going. Nice choice of pattern! It will completely worth it when you have something lovely and cosy to snuggle up under.

Posted by: Knittripps at February 5, 2012 11:05 AM

I love making blankets, though I usually crochet them. I've yet to knit a full sized blanket, only baby blankets, but I'm dying to try one. I really want to do a log-cabin, cause I've got some serious stash to deal with. Yours is lovely, by the way. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Posted by: Renee at February 14, 2012 3:04 PM

Is it possible to share the pattern with us? Or tell us where to find it?

Posted by: Lebany at February 20, 2012 10:59 PM

Ohh that blanket is going to be gorgeous!!

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