Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friendship Blanket Done.....

To say our little knit group was "close knit" is the perfect cliche! When we moved to Italy, I desperately missed having a knitting circle and the weekly meet-ups. I tried for a long time to find other knitters- then I decided to create a few of my own. I started offering knitting classes. It went well, I am proud to say everyone who signed up WAS able to learn to knit. There was a teen-age girl, however, who was very resistant.

At some point during this time, I remembered that a woman from my Italian language class had mentioned that she liked to knit. Then I met my dear friend Stacy who had the bug to learn how to knit. So there! I created my own little group!

We were intermittent and not very focused, but boy did we have fun! I really looked forward to our meet ups. Then, like all good things, our friend Janny had to move. We decided to knit blankets- one for each of us. We each chose a color- Janny did all the research and ordering. Then we chose patterns- one horizontal, one vertical, and one mixed. We each knit 9 rectangles with our "color." We had a blast teasing each other about not getting done, etc. It was a riot. Our other knit-chic called it the "Blanket that pulled apart your friendship." But it was all in good fun.

When Janny was leaving, I volunteered to finish her blanket- we had just completed the rectangles. Then I left the project unfinished and languishing in my closet. I started it at one point, but I was REALLY bothered by the seams on the "wrong" side produced by mattress seaming. I just didn't like the way it looked. I searched high and low for another technique, and then I just walked away from the project....for about a year.

Then my friend Stacy left...and our time to leave is looming over my head. I guess finishing this blanket was part of tying up loose ends- really sorry about the pun, but it fits, dare I say like a glove? : ) So, once I accepted the "wrong" side and started seaming, not only did it move quickly, it was FUN! (I really do wish I had kept Stacy's to finish for her...maybe she can send it to me when we are stateside. )

So, Janny's friendship blanket is finished and mailed, and mine is almost done- one more movie to watch over the weekend, and it will be done. I will wait and see what Janny does as an edging and probably copy her...she has lots of blanket experience.

Our friendship blanket is done! What a wonderful hand-made masterpiece of memories!

Pattern: 3 stitches from Vogue Stitch Guide
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Bulky

I'll have to see if I can find a picture of us!