Okay, there has been knitting, and there has been crocheting, but I am not going to show you the progress on any of my current projects because I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW OFF THE BABETTE BLANKET!
Sorry for shouting. But this project has been a WIP for over 7 years, and it is so (pick one or more) exciting / freeing / wonderful / much of a relief to have it done. So here it is!
This picture was taken pretty much as soon as I finished the edging and sewed in the final end. It hasn’t been blocked or even washed in these pics. I’m not 100% sure I am going to wash it, since I don’t know if any of these yarns will bleed and I’m more interested in keeping the colors crisp than in getting the edges straight.
If I was to make another one of these — which I am NOT — I would probably block it as I went so that the squares were all the same size before I started joining them. However, I don’t think it’s too big a deal that they were a bit off. Given how many different yarns I used for this project, I think it’s cool that the squares were all as close as they were.
Well, okay. There was one square that I crocheted, noticed was a bit large, and ignored. And I kept ignoring it all the way up until it was time to join it into the blanket. And then I had to look at it and admit that no matter what I did, it wasn’t going to fit. (I think that square was made out of Kauni yarn.) So, I had to get rid of that square and make one more. It was the smallest size square – which meant both that it was fast to make the replacement, and that there was no room in which to ease in the too-big square. (Some of the larger squares have irregular yarn thicknesses in them, but because they’re that much bigger I could get away with it.)
In any case, the blanket is finished! I couldn’t tell you what all the yarns that went into it are, though. I started tracking yarn on Ravelry, so that I’d have a record of it. And then my knitting friends heard that I was making a scrap sock yarn blanket, and some of them brought me THEIR sock yarn scraps to include. While I am grateful for the addition — it’s made my Babette much more colorful and special than if it was just my own yarn scraps — it also means I have no idea what some of the yarns were that went into the blanket.
This is going to live on my desk chair, so that I always have something warm to pull onto my lap while I’m working. It’s not really big enough to be a sofa lap blanket, much less something that goes on the bed. And since I want to keep it instead of giving it to a child (since I think it would be large enough for a child to wrap-up in) I have limited options on how to use it. But I think desk chair is a great option.
Here are the specs, since this has been such a long-term project: