Anyone who follows this blog knows how much I love Brooklyn Tweed patterns. By last count, I've made eight of them (some more than once) including most of his blanket designs.
A year or two ago, I decided to make this blanket as a gift for someone special. I bought the yarn and left it to sit in my closet until the right moment came along. About a month ago, I was struck with a case of finishitis and decided to finish a knitted bag that's been waiting for handles and lining. While I was searching my closet for the bag handles, I ran across this yarn, along with some yarn that I'd set aside for a cabled pullover. I haven't found the handles, but I have cast on for two more projects. I guess sometimes finishitis leads to startitis, too.
While making good progress on the cabled sweater and a couple of pairs of socks, I still managed to make this bulky blanket in a little less than a month. I used elann's Highland Bulky wool to knit it, with huuuuge needles (10.0 mm, aka US 15.) The single-ply wool yarn isn't my favourite to knit with, since it's a bit splitty, but it did knit up nicely. The end result is a warm bulky blanket, albeit a bit fuzzy and prone to picking up lint. If I did this blanket again (and let's face it, that's not unlikely) I wouldn't use a wool single again, but probably do something with multiple plies, and machine-washable, since I think that would make it more practical.
3 days ago