I’ve been wanting to make Mason-Dixon’s Liberty Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines ever since my pre-ordered copy arrived on my doorstep. I even took a Fair Isle class at my LYS. I keep check on the Fair Isle web cam, which Ann graciously provided in the book, but don’t always get to see much since I tend to forget that when it’s 5:30pm (or later) at my house, it’s nighttime there. But that hasn't made any difference lately since their web cam must be broken since it's been offline. At various times over the past few years, I’ve thought hard about Liberty but always got overwhelmed with choosing a color. But the idea started percolating again back in December.
So at the end of December, after all the baby hats were done, and the one Christmas scarf had been finished and gifted, I took a trip to my LYS to browse their Ultra Alapaca. Remembering Heather’s admonition, while choosing yarn for my Linen Stitch Scarf, to choose colors that make me happy, I brought home Cyclamen, Winter White, Chianti, and Pale Blue. And then, I just looked at them for a couple of weeks.
In the end, I chose Chianti (the red next to the blue) for the background and Winter White for the foreground. And no, this is not an Alabama (the football team) blanket. These colors make me happy. Plain and simple.
I had to go down to a size 5 needle to get gauge and now that I'm in the colorwork, it's a little slow but I'm hoping that things will pick up once I get used to holding yarn in both hands.
It's so exciting to watch the pattern emerge. And the feel of the wool/alpaca is absolutely wonderful.
Ann says in the book that this is "knitting for the ages" and she's right. So much so that I've already asked Elizabeth to photograph it for me.
Ann and Kay, I hope that I do you proud.