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Unraveled Wednesday: It's just the normal noises in here

I'm joining Kat & the Unravelers today for Unraveled Wednesday! After last week's off-the-chart excitement, things are back to normal around here, and I'm...


A blanket.


More like a throw.

My Temperature Blanket is on hold while I whip this up! I've been posting about it on IG/FB -- I even took it to Mexico -- but I've been cagey about saying exactly what it is... because the recipient, a certain young man who graduates high school this year, follows me over there and has "liked" most of those posts. Just wait until he finds out it's his!

When I learned that his favorite color is blue, I knew that I finally had a use for the bagful of mini skeins I'd purchased... in 2019. They were test skeins for someone working out dye formulas, so each skein is a slightly different color, but they all "go." I decided to split them into lights & darks, and I'm riffing a bit on Kay Gardiner's A Light in the Window (Rav) pattern. I wind a skein into a ball, knit until it runs out (usually), knit between one & five garter ridges of natural/undyed yarn (there's sort of a pattern), wind another skein into a ball (alternating light & dark), knit until it's time to make a "window," then carry on... using the remainder of the previous light or dark ball to start the next square.

It reminds me, in a very abstract way, of indigo tie-dye, and if that isn't one of the most perfect unintended happenstances for a project ever, I don't know what is!

So, I'm halfway through the fourth row -- each row has five squares -- and I'm hoping for six rows altogether! Seven would be great, but I'd be OK with six. I have a few more skeins of light than dark, so visited a new-to-me yarn store when we were in Fond du Lac on Saturday in search of supplemental yarn. (Be Prepared!) Knitty Gritty Shop is a very nice store, dangerously located right off the interstate, but not at an exit which makes it just a little bit less perilous. heh. Eventually, I'll knit a border around the whole thing (supplemental yarn may come into play there, if not in the squares).


I'm still reading The Miracle of the Bells, by Russell Janney (only a couple chapters to go!), and still listening to A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders. Thankfully, I just finished "The Nose" section of the Saunders book and hope there aren't any more stories like that! Just over three hours of listening to go.

What can I say? Life is busy.

Pretty sure I'll be watching The Shipping News again rather than reading it for the upcoming discussion...


I looked up after taking the blanket photo in the Garden Room this morning and just had to take another! It'll be dark again next week at leaving-for-work time but, as I recall, it won't be for too long. Don't forget to "Spring Forward" this weekend!




I’m obsessed with knitting mitered square blankets! Love your color combo. I made nine of them during the pandemic, mostly crib size and lap size. The pile is slowly dwindling as gift giving occurs. And I didn’t buy one skein, all out of my stash😜


I can hardly believe that a certain young man will be graduating this year, but it seems entirely appropriate that you, the Queen of Epic Blankets, should knit one for him. I love the different shades of blue and your garden room sunrise!


Love where the blanket is going -- the recipient is going to be so excited to get it!


That blanket is just stunning! And I think a certain-young-man is going to love it!


That's a handsome blanket. I like your casual, yet thoughtful, approach to the color placement. What a beautiful morning photo.


I do think that blanket has the look of all the shades of denim - brand new, worn a few times, and well worn old friends! And I think it will be perfect for that certain someone who graduates soon!

A Swim in the Pond... oh my! I just loved that book so much I purchased it... because I think going to class with Mr. Saunders is exactly the thing some days! :)


I, too, cannot believe that certain young man will be graduating!!! But what a perfect, perfect gift. It's a terrific blanket, Vicki, and will be such a wonderful way to send him a big hug as he makes his way to the next step in his journey. XO I adore your garden room! What a restful, perfect spot -- even more glorious with that morning light. And I think watching The Shipping News will be the perfect thing! :-)


Oh my! That blanket is just wonderful. Someone is going to be thrilled!! Your sunroom - I want to go there and read/knit/nap. What a beautiful spot.


Oh my that "throw" is such a wonderful project ... I wondered why your temperature blanket was on hold and this is a great reason! also, the light in your garden room is amazing. wow!


I love your blanket. Colors, pattern....the whole thing. I have not knit a blanket in a long time...Maybe when I retire. For now I stick to projects I can get done in a week or month or so. Can't wait to see how it progresses.

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