In December when I announced I was going on a yarn diet it all felt so easy. After all I did exactly the same thing a few years ago when I was editing The Knitter. This time I took a few extra precautions and ordered in some new yarn before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, just in case you understand. But now reality has started to bite.
I haven’t yet had the nerve to pull out all of my stash and take a long hard look at it but I have started to look at patterns that I think will use up odd balls of yarn. One of the large wooden trays that house my stash is full of tweedy 4ply yumminess. It’s mostly Rowan Scottish Tweed (remember that?) and Jamieson’s Spindrift in a rainbow of shades. I noticed that there was quite a lot of oatmeal among the colours, which screamed blanket to me so off I trotted to Ravelry.
Purl Soho have such stylish patterns but their Optic Blanket really caught my eye. The design is based on a kind of mitred square, knitted in the round. Each square is then cast on to the next but I have decided to sew all my squares up at the end. Partly because I have such a variety of colours I want to see how they turn out first, but also because I want this project to be portable.
I absolutely love the way the squares are turning out and can’t wait to piece the finished blanket together. I just hope I have enough oatmeal to finish the blanket.