Last year I went to visit my friend H at her new place, and when we got back from lunch, we sat down to chat, and she pulled out the most amazing blanket that she was knitting. It wasn’t a difficult one, and she seemed to be having the easiest time of it. It was a gift for a friend, and it looked really cool despite the fact that it wasn’t a fancy pattern. She just sat and knit away, and I was entranced. She told me the name of the pattern (garter squish), and I went home and immediately looked it up. The next time I was at the craft store, I purchased yarn appropriate to what she had told me (Caron Cakes, which are self-striping and reasonably priced), and enough to make a blanket for the bed in our guest room.
And then I didn’t get around to making the blanket. Whoops. It literally sat in shopping bags in the closet until I figured out that I was pregnant, and then I immediately had this strong desire to make a blanket. I knew I probably wouldn’t get around to knitting anything super adorable for my own baby, so I might as well knit something practical that would go in the guest room/nursery. A big squishy and easy blanket it was.
Here’s the thing though, if you’re knitting something that’s meant to go on a bed: it’s going to take a very long time. And it took a VERY long time. So long, that I finished it only days before Baby B arrived. And I promptly put it back in my work bag, and didn’t clean up the ends that were hanging loose everywhere, and I have to tell you, there were a LOT. So as much as I’m presenting this as a finished project, it’s very much 99% done, and doesn’t have the finishing bits finished. Oh well.
Funny story: at my baby shower, H was there, and gave me a hand-knit blanket, which turned out to be a lap version of the one I’d been making! It’s completely different colors, but goes to show that great minds (and great friends) think alike.
Details: Garter Squish by Stephen West, knit with Caron Cakes, and Caron One Pound in complementary colors.