A special friend of mine has knitted two of these fabulous blankets, and I have long admired them. So about a year and a half ago, my friend “Snowflake” and I decided to knit our own. My friend passed on all her yarn to us, and Snowflake and I began our blankets together, here at my house. They are each named “Joseph”, after the story in the Bible. After a couple of false starts, because we weren’t liking the way the blankets were looking, we began anew. Over the course of weeks, months, and finally, a year, we kept trading yarn back and forth, depending on what colors we each were working on.
The number of skeins of yarn was huge! Every single texture we could imagine was there: wool, cotton, eyelash, sparkly, metallic, ribbon… you name it, we had it.
Snowflake was far more diligent than I was. She didn’t allow the siren call of other projects to distract her, and though we’d hoped to finish up on the same day, at the same time, I was just too far behind to make it work.
Her blanket is stunning, and it’s interesting to see how our choices of yarns and the order we put them in is so varied. Snowflake likes a lot of texture, while I prefer a bit less. The blanket is knitted with three strands of yarn at a time; start with three, and drop one of the three and pick up another one, trying to pick up a color from the previous three. It’s amazing how many colors are in one strand of yarn if you look closely.
The blanket is a rectangle, but knit on the bias. Two of the corners are made with short rows. I have about 35 rows to go, and I’m decreasing two stitches every other row. Yarn overs create the pukas [holes] along each side.
Joseph is very, very heavy, and will be very warm and cozy when he’s pau [finished]. I am getting anxious. Gotta finish before summer tho; he’s ‘way too hot to knit on then! Heh heh.
The last corner will be down where the needles are dangling.