Thursday, January 25, 2007

Log Jam (Heather)

First off, proof that I imanaged to block the Donegal hat yesterday. It is missing this morning, so I imagine it was carried off to brave the chills of downtown Toronto.

I knit it with one full skein of Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed, I knit it top down, using this pattern and cast off when I thought I was going to run out. Since I was left with about a metre, I can say that this worked very well. Also, since this hat was 24 inches in circumference, and with brim unfolded can cover the nose, I can say with fair authority that there is enough yarn in one skein for any human-sized hat. I also knit it at a tighter gauge for extra warmth, so the result is a nice and sturdy hat that can stand up to our delayed but now vigorous winter.

Now, on to the crux of the post!

Since I seem unable to knit with only one thing on the needles, I had a bit of startitis the other day. Long meaning to knit a log cabin blanket, and inspired by a friend's start, I got busy and knit a square. Then I knit some more, and so on...

As I got to this point, I stopped and pondered. I have a bag of Noro Kureyon that was earmarked for this adventure, you see it in the middle. I wanted a blanket with potential to be as big as I wanted, so I decided to add a contrasting plain colour, cue some Ram Wools Selkirk: certainly not the softest yarn out there, but neither is Kureyon, and they are nearly identical in weight.

My original plan was something that looked like this:

The swampy-brown representing the Kureyon, of course... it will move from bright pink to electric teal, etc. This option has the benefit of having no finite end, therefore I can stop when I run out. I have enough extra selkirk to make a border of my choice.

Of course, a quilt would be lovely... cue option 2!

This would be stunning, no? But there is a finite end to this quilt, and knowing my luck, that end would come just after I run out of Kureyon...

Option 3:

I was too lazy to make a brand new template, so you will have to extrapolate for yourself. I haven't seen one done like this, but maybe there is a reason? Maybe this blanket would be unbalanced? This one of course ends when you want it to, so no yarn shortage looming here.

This is going to be a long-term need-some-boring-garter-stitch project, no deadlines.

Any ideas? I can't promise I will stick to your advice, but I would sure like to hear what you think!


Adriana said...

I like the quilt one the best and you can always get more Kureyon in 10 years when you run out :)

I've been feeling the log cabin call too but I lack the proper yarns (plus I've got projects coming out my ears!!).

Mary deB said...

#2. Because, each of those little squares is a portable project, and the single gigantic square will soon become non-portable. And those long long garter stitch rows.... bleah!

fabricfan said...

I love the colours and especially the noro and the plain.
I like the last pattern the best because it is lends its self to more choices when you are finished. You can rotate that square line, line it up in a row, turn every other row, have it in a diagonal line. Lots of fun with that.

Genevieve said...

why does your log cabin look so much better than mine?


spillyjane said...

i'm voting for no. 2. you can't beat the portability of smaller squares...though i do love the construciton of no 3. i don't think the blanket would be unbalanced at all--in fact, it would pack one heck of a graphic punch.

so...if you're feeling dangerous, no. 3, and if you're aiming for a portable project no. 2.