So for those who have been wondering, and for those who haven’t too, the next big think that I have been speaking of is something that I’ve decided to call “My Leftover Blanket”.
Several years ago I was inspired by a
woman named Shelly Kang – also known as the Heathen Housewife. One day Shelly
decided to knit a blanket out of sock yarn scraps. She used the internet to
solicit yarn (I am not doing that!), she wrote about this project on her blog,
she started by knitting a couple of little squares and then things took off.
Soon she had more yarn than she could possibly use and after 20 months of
knitting little squares she had an amazingly beautiful blanket which was
referred to as “The Heathen Housewife’s Blankie”. This blankie really is a
gorgeous work of art and something that comes to my mind every time I finish a
pair of socks.
I’m not the only one who has been
inspired by the blankie. I recently discovered a group on Ravelry that is
dedicated to fans of the blankie. The group is called “BlankieMania” and has
more than 2.600 members. They are blankie fanatics who spend much time
discussing the blankie. They also do some fun yarn swaps to get a greater
variety of yarn for their blankies. Blankie knitter or not, those swaps are
This week as I’ve been contemplating
my next project I’ve decided to knit a blankie of my own – but the word
“blankie” really bugs me, so I’ll be calling my project “My Leftover Blanket.”
Here are the first few squares. More
pictures to come in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Unfortunately the middle square
didn’t photograph well, which is a shame since it is a beautiful heathered teal
colour. I believe it is Rainforest Heather Palette, so here is a better picture
of the yarn so you can imagine how nice it looks in real life.