Can I be frank here? I’m so glad this baby’s off my needles.
The specifics are:
The Mindless Knitting, TV Watching, Scrap User-Upper Afghan by Joan L. Hamer
Free Ravelry Pattern. Size: 28 inches wide by 41 inches long.
Yarn: all Sock yarn leftovers.
Started July 2015 and Finished December 2016.
I’ll try not to bore you to tears here, but I made it on a a long circular needle . By the looks of it I only knit in blues and yellows, but since my color co-ordination is sorely lacking, I took only these colors, hoping the end result would be pretty to look at.
It is a cozy doubled up lap blanket. It is for me and mine. I have never, I repeat never, taken this long to knit anything. I think it would have killed me to give it away. It represents car knitting to me. Going back and forth from Wisconsin to Illinois to find a home or visit mom after we moved.
Even Fireman was shocked I was calling it. “What are you going to knit in the car now?” Silly man, socks, hats, shawls and more of course.
You knit in stockinette the entire time. You change yarn whenever you so please and there are no ends to weave in as you are knitting a big …and I mean BIG tube.
This means there is no ugly back side. You cast on over 300 stitches and you place markers at the half way and start point. At these two points, only, you slip the stitch every other row. This very clever part, means the blanket tube actually lays flat when you are finished, There is a nice seam running quietly and without much fuss up both sides.
This project taught me a few good things:
While using up sock yarn leftovers is a n0ble and frugal thought, someone please stop me if I decide to make a large lap blanket in teenyweeny sock yarns ever again. Little tiny yarns and big blankets only produce squeals of joy once……after 16 months of work.
Al and I both had a moment of fun calling out the stripes and saying, “Oh I have a pair of socks in that yarn, and that yarn.” And it was hugely satisfying to use the stash up , because I hate to waste yarn in any way.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the end result. But a few days ago I could look at it no more and was itching to start anew on Christmas gift yarn. With Al’s consent I cast off in a fun i cord cast off. Then I crocheted the two open ends together carefully. Al suggested fringe, but who are we kidding. This would mean it is not done. And it most certainly is done.
Here’s hoping she lasts at least 16 months. First cat to vomit on this baby is in big trouble. For a while at least, she’s being put in the closet when she’s not on our laps. Here’s to a whole lot of Hygge under it: that feeling of coziness, companionship and contentment in our winter life here.