Friday, August 04, 2006
Flying Geese Blanket
"Hmmm," I thought to myself sometime in the last week or so, "We are experiencing record heat. I think I'll make a wool blanket."
....or something like that.
I am actually really enjoying this project. The little triangles are so small that as soon as I 'v started on it's almost finished. Then I get to start a new one with a new color. I am using up lots of scrap yarn left over from other projects. So far there is Brown Sheep Nature Spun, Brown Sheep Lampbs Pride Superwash, Plymouth Encore, Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, some lovely alpaca that has long since lost it's ballband, Briggs and Little Regal, and some unidentified yarn that I think is wool or a wool blend.
I am making the large squares a little bit different than the pattern in the book. I pick up stitches along the sides of 2 of the flying geese strips and make a big mitered square. That way there will be fewer seams to sew at the end. And mitered sguares are more fun. I'm not sure that I like how the row of stiches along the picked up edge isn't perfectly streight. I think I'd prefer livingwith the imperfection rather than ripping and reknitting them.
Each of the finished squares is 1' by 1'. When all 6 squares are finished, flying geese strips are added to the 2 sides that need them, and a border is added all around, the finished blanket should be about 2' 8" by 3' 8". (If my math is correct.) A nice size for draping over a lap or two when the weather is cold again.