Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Yarn Collector’s Half-Blanket

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Here’s me, mincing through the snow in inappropriate footwear.

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“Why didn’t you put your boots on?”  he said.

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“I don’t know, I didn’t feel like going upstairs,”  I said. 

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I made this gigantic tapestry-like granny thing for entirely the same reason.  “It’s cold in here,”  I say. 

“Go get a sweater,”  he says. 

“I don’t feel like going upstairs,”  I say. 

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It seems like this thing could multi-function as a bathrobe, napping blanket, and emergency lazy sweater, castle Great Hall drapery, stage curtain in a small puppet theater—anything, really!

It’s pretty big.

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It’s too big to be a shawl, and I’m not sure you could even call it a wrap.  It’s a half-blanket, is what it is.  A blanket you can wear.  That’s the dream, people!  This is the North, and it is cold here, a lot of the time.  A blanket I can wear?  Come on.   All I need now is a hot cocoa dispenser that will fit in my pocket. 

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What happened is that I had, over the years, collected some yarn.  Fancy, hand-painted skeins in beautiful colors that looked so pretty I couldn’t help myself, and then they sat there in the stash not being made into anything, or being made into something ridiculous and then getting unraveled again, but not going anywhere, because they were fancy and they were pretty, and I had collected them.  They got precious.  I lately noticed how much space they were hogging in the cupboard, so I gathered them all up and spent a very contented week turning them into this, and now I feel prepared for virtually anything.  Whenever there is a winter solstice bonfire to attend, a Christmas parade, a late autumn football game, it will be there.  When I go out in my nightgown and nearly bare feet to gather the eggs, it will be there.  When I say, “It’s cold in here,” he won’t send me upstairs for a sweater, he’ll just reach for this and tuck it around my shoulders.

I tried to count all the re-wound skeins and tiny balls that were pieced together to make this, and my best estimate is that I used 10 skeins of Manos del Uruguay Clasica, 3 skeins of Noro Silk Garden, 1 skein of Noro Kureyon, 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb, and 1 skein of Araucania Magellan, which is so old I couldn’t find any trace of it to link for you.  They are mostly worsted weight, though they varied some in gauge, but I never worry about that unless the finished object has to fit somebody, and this thing will certainly fit anybody—probably several somebodys all at once, if it comes to that.  I used a US J hook.  Each of these yarns is crazy but beautiful, and it is frankly a huge relief to have finally figured out what to do with it all. 

In the event that you, too, have an unwieldy pile of precious skeins you’d like to find a use for, here’s my quick and dirty granny triangle pattern:

Chain 4, join in a loop.

Ch 3, work 2dc in the loop, ch 2, work 3 dc (granny cluster). Ch 3, turn.

Work 2 dc in top of ch 3, ch 1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in ch 2 space, ch 1, work granny cluster in top of last dc. Ch 3, turn.

Keep going just like that until your yarn runs out.

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53 comments:

  1. That looks so cozy and delightful!

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  2. Oh it's beautiful, you just can't beat something that's so big and snuggly can you ?
    Kate x
    www.justpootling.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Oh, it's gorgeous. I do so wish I had that much yarn tucked away somewhere. You made it in a week! Wow! It is perfect for all the things you listed, perfect.

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  4. I think it is GREAT idea for a stash buster project. A half-blanket-shawly-thing is just what everyone needs this winter - oh yeah! and a pair of socks on you noggin!

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  5. OHHH, I would love to make something as gorgeous as this. Thanks for sharing your pattern!
    Shauna.

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  6. I love it! Thank you for the pattern too. I don't have any "precious" yarns but I do have some odds and ends of "vintage" yarn. LOL! Love your blog! I'm a new fan.

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  7. Beautiful Autumnal Cosy Wrap... perfect for wandering in the snow!! Cx

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  8. Love your half-blanket and the story that goes with it :-).

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  9. I'm shivering right now in my very draughty flat, and thinking just how much I really need a half blanket. Yours is fab!
    Sara

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  10. It's really beautiful. Please, please make a puppet theatre next. I know yours would be incredible.

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  11. Oh I so want to make one of these!! :D Beautiful!

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  12. How cosy - it looks really soft too. xxx

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  13. It looks fabulous... and very warm!

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  14. Cute :)

    More crochet here

    http://kvacka-rajzaduso.blogspot.com

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  15. It looks wonderful! Maybe it's called a blanp (part blanket, part wrap)?!

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  16. Really like your half blanket......so practical and all the different colours work so well together

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  17. This is really quite impressive O.o

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  18. From tiny elfin slipper to a beautiful Hagrid size wrap. This is why I like your blog : )

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  19. Oh Kristen, your early December snowfall is a beautiful setting for that gorgeous getting-together of so many truly harmonious yarns. But...do make sure your warm boots/socks...are not upstairs!

    I imagine that this shawl, wrap, envelope of colorful warmth, is going to inspire many folks to take up their accumulation of yarns (maybe even buy some more) and size J crochet hook...and see what winter magic they make.

    You've made some tapestry magic! xo

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  20. Shawl, blankie, half blanket, whatever it is called, it is beautiful and such a great way to use your precious yarn stash. You can snuggle in your memories. Now, go and find some boots before you go out again!!!!!! xx

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  21. Hello from another resident of the Greater Rochester area...!!! I just found your blog last night from a link from Lucy's blog, Attic 24, in the UK...! The snowfall looks VERY familiar, and your Granny blankie looks scrumptious...!! Keep warm!!

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  22. Oh My, it is gorgeous. I started on with Noro Silk Garden last year in the the spring, but got sidetracked and didn't finish it. You have inspired me. You can have a look here.

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  23. So huge, so gorgeous !! Have to do too ♥

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  24. Очень красиво, а главное тепло. Браво!

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  25. Yes I DO have skeins of handpainted yarn, and YES it has been knitted or crocheted into the start of something, then unpicked and wound into a ball, placed in a basket where I could look at it and feel ever so slightly guilty at spending that amount of money on a skein of wool and not using it Properly. I am going to do this, it is a large version - albeit a Very large version - of a shawl I made many years ago, doing several in fact for friends' birthday gifts. I shall look out the pattern and start using up the skeins.... but I'll probably not make it big enough, which will mean I need to buy more... oh shame!

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  26. super! i love those half granny shawls, blankets :-)
    i have lots of them, but never made them sooo huge!
    the colours of the whool are lovely!
    who cares about the shoes ;-)

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  27. I think all this time all that beautiful yarn was waiting to become this, a half blanket of wonderful colorful, cozy love. It is going to work for every season. a wrap in the Spring, a blanket to put down for a picnic in the Summer, a football game wrap in the Autumn and a great lap or should wrap int he chilly Winter.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. Brilliant use of your special yarns and your inappropriate footwear made me chuckle. Your amazing creations and upbeat outlook on life are inspiring and infectious-just wanted to say thanks:).

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  29. Wow! Its great amazing use of redundant stash!

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  30. Gorgeous -- and I LOVE the story. :)

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  31. It's gorgeous! Thanks for the pattern too. I'm making a straight granny blanket at the moment and so enjoying it but I'd love to have a go at a triangular one.....maybe next year. Xx

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  32. Judith, in Ontario, CanadaDecember 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    .Brilliant!! Exactly what I need. Square blankets/afghans are too bulky to wear as a shawl. They just don't drape. Your colour scheme is lovely. I am on my way to my basement stash storage. Need to get started RIGHT NOW.

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  33. Found you through Lucy at Attic 24, lovely blog x
    I too have knitted Christmas stocking into a bunting for christmas, will be posting soon on my blog, come and visit!
    http://eclectichomelife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. Lovely! Great way to use up my left over yarn :)

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  35. You must be feeling so proud for completing it.And it looks fantastic.So much better than a small one.
    Hugs, Angie***

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  36. Amazing! It looks so thick and cosy and the blend of colours is very calming and comforting - a real comfort blanket. And now you can admire those lovely yarns daily instead of them being shut away in your stash.
    Keep warm!
    Gill xx

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  37. Love your half-blanket shawl. You put the colors together beautifully! Must be warm and cozy! And the elfin sock, oooooh! I have never been very good at knitting with four needles, tho, but maybe I will try it again for that little sock. It is absolutely adorable. Have to wait til after Christmas, tho, as I am booked solid with projects. Ha! Have a fun and Happy Christmas! xxoo. JO

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  38. I am SO going to make myself a wearable half blanket. Either that or go the whole hog and make a granny poncho. Tis cold in our house too x

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  39. I love it, love it, love it... And the fact that you can "wear " your 1/2 blanket is just brilliant... Love it ! It is a keeper.

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  40. You had me at; hot cocoa dispenser that will fit in my pocket.
    I've just found you and already you've made to to my required reading list :-)
    Looking forward to seeing life through your eyes.

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  41. I love this so much I can't even stand it.

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