Shh, I know it’s Tuesday. For once, I’m ahead of schedule! I’ve been watching Zoolandia, the Yarn Garage‘s Shop Hop pattern on which I collaborated with Stephen West, rocket up the Ravelry charts all the way to #1 on the “What’s Hot” list. It’s free through April 21st so jump on it. I know this is probably old hat for Stephen but it’s pretty new for me and I am thoroughly giddy about it. So I spent the day celebrating by blocking my garment for Vintage KC and working on my Tin Can Knits POP Blanket!
I want you to know that, as a rule, I don’t do afghans. Blankets are huge and I am not a fan of huge because it usually takes a LOT of time and commitment. This pattern is really well written, though, and fun to knit–and it’s easy to memorize, which is a huge selling point for me. I love being able to crank out little things that look great and I don’t have to think about. I can just watch Battlestar Galactica (12 episodes left!) and every so often call out, “Polka dot!” I think it’s starting to drive husband a little crazy but I don’t care. It’s the best way to punctuate the completion of a block. The pattern calls for Noro Kureyon and Cascade Eco Wool–I’m all about the hand painted yarns right now, though, so I’m using Freia Ombre Worsted instead of the Noro. It’s such a squishy delicious merino and the colors are really rich. I’ve worked with the Freia Sport before and enjoyed it but I keep finding myself stopping to feel the loft between my fingers on this Worsted. I love it.
The blanket is about 26″ x 32.5″ when you use two balls of Noro and a skein of Eco Wool, a total of 20 blocks. I found that I can get 12 blocks out of one ball of Freia Worsted and I have four–seriously looking forward to my 48 block blanket. The colors look great on the white block background and the gradients are fun and have speckles of the previous shade. The color shifts give me something to shoot for, too. I can set it down and have dinner but only when I get to the next stripe. I’ve got 15 blocks done already and I’m just about to start another one.