I finally finished that damn blanket that I’ve been making for, um, over four years…
It started out as a way to use up skeins of yarn that had sat in my stash forever because there was no way I was using them to make anything I would wear. I mean, I like orange, but I don’t wear orange, generally speaking. So I decided a patchwork crocheted sampler afghan was the perfect way to get rid of… I mean, put to good use all this bulky orange yarn that had been sitting here unused and unloved for close to ten years.
So I made 11 squares. And they sat around my craft room, waiting for the last square to be completed. They sat around my craft room for four years. A good portion of that time, they sat on the floor, just like this. Waiting.
But when one of the dogs started thinking they were her personal cozy space, I picked them up off the floor and stacked them on a table. Where they waited again.
In January, I was in California for my annual girls’ weekend. The husband of one of my dearest friends is suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and all the rest of the unpleasantness that goes along with cancer treatment. And that’s when it struck me: this blanket belongs to him. So I came home and finished the last square.
And then that blanket sat around again while I finished up rehearsals and performances for Old Love. And started and finished a cardigan for me, because I’m a selfish bitch. But I finally sewed the squares together last week, took a few photos, and now I’m ready to send it off. I’m holding this blog entry until I receive word from my friend that they’ve received the package.
Pattern: Sampler Afghan by Darla Sims, 12 selected squares
Yarn: Rowan Plaid, colorway 154 Spicy, 7 skeins; Patons North American Shetland Chunky, colorway 03520 Russet, 7 skeins; a total of 1610 yards
Hook: Boye, size K
Size: Roughly 36 inches by 48 inches, just big enough to cover one’s lap and legs
Satisfaction with end product: I like it. It’s cozy and warm and machine washable. I hope they like it. (And yes, I washed it to get rid of any dog hair.) Click here for the Ravelry project page.