Monday, March 14, 2011

The Second Annual Bird-Brained Blanket Project

What better way to spend a hot and humid Texas summer than knitting a heavy woolly blanket?

Last year at this time, I was just beginning Tilly's basket-weave baby blanket -- a labour of love in dusky pink, on the tiniest needles known to man. Ten months, it took. I actually started to hate knitting for a bit.

But this blanket is different. Bigger needles, brighter colours. In fact, I'm using up all the sorry little left-overs of other projects, knitting them up into long panels which I'll join together. It feels doubly wonderful to be making something out of stuff that's getting in the way anyway. It's like a patchwork quilt... but with no seam pressing.

The finished blanket will hopefully be something like the lovely ReadyMade one above, but perhaps just slightly pinker, as so many of the wools started out as Tilly hats and cardigans.

So, it promises to be a warm summer, no matter what the weather has in store!


Squiggly Rainbow said...

Looks wonderful though! Funny how we tend to knit in the cooler months! xo

LittleGemsbyKari said...

there is something wonderful about sitting in the AC with yarn in your lap :)

Megan said...

what a beautiful blanket, i love the colours! thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday about the embroidered handprints. I tried to reply in my email but your profile isn't linked to your email address. anyway your question got me thinking of a cool idea if I was going to do the handprints again-you could get one hoop per child and every year or two embroider an outline of their hand so they overlap like my one but it's their hand growing every year!

aracne said...

A very good project, I might follow your steps...but not during the Summer!

Anonymous said...

Oooh that is a fabulous idea! Have a great time getting it together. Happy Tuesday :)