I’ve been trying to knit and stash bust and work quickly because the holidays are approaching whether we like it or not, and several people close to me are expecting little humans. Enter, the stash bust blanket. I have this black/white boucle that someone gave me. It was one of those giant bajillion yard skeins that came without a label, and it’s been sitting in my drawer without a project because, while I like the color and it is rather soft, I hate knitting with boucle. It’s impossible to get stitch definition, and if you screw up, say goodbye to your project because there is no ripping back.
And then I thought about one of the babies we’re expecting in January, and how the mom is allergic to wool and what could I possibly knit from stash that is wool-free, and this yarn jumped out at me. So, I’m making a simple garter stitch mitered square blanket. This is great because I can stop when the yarn runs out and it will always be a square. I only hope that it is large enough to swaddle a tiny person in. I think with vigorous blocking it will be fine.
And strangely, this project has been addictive. Maybe it’s the excitement for having a little human to put it around. Or maybe it’s the softness of the fiber. Or maybe it’s that I really, REALLY, want to get through my stash so I can finally go to the yarn store guilt free.
(To illustrate how addictive it’s been, I started this project before I left for Burning Man – completed a couple of inches, then picked it up again last Wednesday. This is how far I got in 5 days.)