November 04, 2004


I have been knitting, and I do have things to show — but it’s been a busy week and I haven’t had time and/or opportunity to photograph them. Maybe I’ll manage it tomorrow.

In the meantime, both the blustery weather outside and the even larger storm in the world that I don’t want to talk about make tonight seem to be a night for curling up and covering myself with comfort. So I’m going to be downstairs on the couch underneath this:


This is a blanket made up of all the swatches for all the projects I’ve knitted, and squares made from scraps of leftover or inherited yarn. They’re all different sizes and materials, and my sewing job has been wonky, to say the least, in some places, so many of the squares are no longer actually square,1 but I love it. I’ve got many more squares to put on it, but as Mark says, it will just keep growing until it’s big enough to cover our whole family at once — no matter how big that family becomes.

I hope each of you can tuck yourself up with something or someone special tonight.

1 I’m sorry, Stephanie, to reveal to you the true (lack of) skills I’m bringing to the sew-up party on Sunday!

Posted by Aven at November 4, 2004 11:45 PM

Wow, what a neat idea. It looks so warm and cozy, plus it probably reminds you of all the things that you have knit. And it is also proof that you properly knit a swatch before you start (unlike some of us).

Posted by: Dani at November 5, 2004 06:55 AM

Wow! That’s gorgeous.

Mark’s comment is really touching.

Posted by: Lydia at November 5, 2004 07:23 AM

What a great way to use up yarn and swatches. I love Mark’s comment too. :)

Posted by: ~Jo~ at November 5, 2004 08:07 AM

That is a most excellent blanket (whoa I’m sounding very eighties there). I think I have to try that with my daughter who always wants to sew—I love the idea of it always growing, just like kids.

Sweet (not the way Cartmann means it.)

Posted by: Steph at November 5, 2004 09:27 AM

That’s a great blanket. The funny thing is, I immediately rip out my swatches and start knitting the actual project with them. Is it that I don’t want any tangible proof that I actually swatched? Maybe I should rethink that.

Posted by: Elizabeth at November 5, 2004 10:51 PM