For the last month or so I’ve been working away on smaller accessory projects – my larger Charlotte St. cowl is even finished now and happily drying on the blocking board as we speak, my Rocaille socks are patiently getting a few rounds at a time done on the second sock – and they’ve been good projects but ultimately I realized that it’s weird for me not to have something bigger to work on at the same time as the small things. I like having something that I can let occupy a big chunk of my brain and maybe even get a little obsessive over, and having only the smaller accessories on the needles hasn’t been doing that for me.
I think this is normally the part in my process of spring-summer where I would start a Pi Shawl or other lace shawl project, but instead this time around I have been thinking a lot about blankets. It’s been about 7 or 8 years since I last knitted a blanket – in other words, long enough that I’ve just about forgotten how long it really takes – so this weekend I just wound up a bunch of yarn and started up on one.
Not just any blanket, mind you. This might not look like much so far, but this is the humble beginning of a Liberty Blanket, from the second Mason Dixon Knitting book by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. I’ve admired this pattern pretty much since the minute the book came out, and when I realized I had enough yarn already stashed in two contrasting colours to start it right now, that was pretty much the only other barrier removed.
This is a big bold stranded colour-work pattern inspired by the Liberty of London prints (hence the name), so it’s a big enough chart that I don’t anticipate ever being able to commit it to memory. That plus the eventual size means this is definitely going to be a couch project and not a portable one. So, I’m trying to get in several rounds every day to get the first pattern repeat done as quickly as I can (there are five pattern repeats overall, of 70 rounds each).
I am hoping, possibly foolishly, that even if this takes months to get done in the end that I’ll still manage to finish it in time for this coming winter season and it’ll be a super reading blanket for the couch. So as much as I can get done in the first month will be golden. We’ll see how that goes, since all too soon there will be fall sweaters to contend with!
What project are you currently obsessed with, knitter friends? I hope you get to cast on for something “fun” soon!