Friday, December 23, 2011

Tristan's Blankie of Many Colors





















Tristan’s Blankie is finished.  It was actually completed back in November, November 17 to be exact.  It is now in Kentucky, ferried by a family member going to visit at the first of the month, and is all packaged up waiting to be opened by the little fella himself on Christmas Day.

This blanket was fun to knit in a being 8-years-old and rolling down the grassy bank at my Grandparent’s house kind of way.  When it came time to change colors, I closed my eyes, plunged my hand down in the basket of not used yet yarn, stirred it around, and pulled one out.  Unless the color family had been used in the row immediately below, it was used, no matter what.  And along the way, I happened on some surprisingly pleasing color combinations, well, surprising to me anyway. 

Here’s how the entire blanket looks  Forgive the lumpiness.  That’s from the dead grass underneath.















I hope the boys love their blankets as much as I loved making them.  I've told their Mother that these blankets are for loving, for taking on picnics, for spreading out to look at the stars, and for cuddling on the sofa on a cold day. 

Along towards the end of this blanket, I started thinking about making another one, this time for me.  But since I had so many baby gifts to knit, I decided to wait until after Christmas to make that decision.  But for the past several days, I’ve been thinking more and more about log cabins and blankets in general.  I've realized that I miss having a log cabin going.  All that garter stitch going on for miles.  The kind of zen knitting after a long day, the comfort when I could use comfort, and the joy of having something familiar when I’m between projects or having a “moment” with a project.  So, we'll see what happens.......

7 comments:

Hunny Bunny said...

Beautiful! What kind of yarn did you use? Looks like something I need to snuggle with.

Yolanda said...

I used good ole Peaches & Creme. They needed something that could be tossed in the washer and dryer.

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

Hmmmm. I have a steamer trunk full of PNC/SNC. Guess I know what I'll be doing with it next!

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

Ok, so I've been analyzing your color sequencing, which is just beautiful! How did you select your colors and in what order? It almost looks random. It's one of the best I've seen!

Yolanda said...

Knitorius, by the time I got to Tristan's Blankie (the third and last one), I closed my eyes, stuck my hand in my basket, stirred it around, and whatever I came up with was what I used. I only had one rule: I couldn't use the same shade as the one below. Somehow it all worked out and I hit upon some surprising color combos. Well, surprising to me, anyway.

Linda said...

Will you share your pattern for this blanket? I love it and would love to make one for my (arriving in December) new niece or nephew! I see that there are a couple of free patterns on Ravelry ... just wanted to check with you to see what you used!
Thanks in advance! Great work!

Yolanda said...

Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by. I used the log cabin pattern from the first Mason-Dixon Knitting book. Let me know when you finish yours-I'm looking forward to seeing it!