My son is going off to college and I am making him a blanket. I have a color palette, a concept (stripes), and 20 days.
It’s a risky thing knitting for someone else, especially an offspring. I’ve made my kids a few things over the years – only after exhaustive color and style research, mostly hats. They appreciate them, wear them for a while, and then somehow they wind up in the dryer and shrink to the size of a large grapefruit.
This is the main reason I now carry superwash yarns in the shop. I resisted for years because of the extra processing it takes. However, my empathy for all the knitter’s anguish and shrunken gifts of the world won out.
I am mainly knitting the blanket in Berroco Vintage Worsted , a time tested wool and acrylic blend that you can supposedly throw in the dryer, although I never recommend it. Cast on 30 stitches on a number 7 needle and you get a 7″ square. I have 20 days to make about 30 more squares and then put it together. Totally doable. I don’t go anywhere without my knitting. I have a little project bag I fasten to my waist or hold on my wrist. I reach down and knit a row or two whenever there is a minute. So, if you catch me knitting while I’m talking to you, sorry, I’m not trying to be rude. I’ve just got a deadline.
I’m a knitting mom. How could I not knit a momento of home for my kid? I have a fantasy that after a long a frustrating day in the studio (he’s going to RISD, an art school) he’ll come back to his room and get some comfort from his stripey blanket, although probably not. If I remember correctly, a beer usually did the trick. Oh well, I can dream. He’s my first, and it’s hard to let go. Ugh.
So nothing left to do but knit a lot of love and good advice into that blanket and send him on his way. I really, really hope he likes it!