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!


nanny said...

It IS a masterpiece of memories that will be cherished. I'm glad you got it finished. It was a big accomplishment. and it looks wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Super la couverture cela me donne une idée avec tout le reste de pelote que j'ai. J'ai presque fini la petite couverture d'ELIANE, le froid arrive, il est temps. J'adore mon châle Tour Eiffel, il est agréable, doux, et léger. I LOVE IT. And I LOVE YOU Frechmam

Shauna said...