I made a commitment some time ago to make a blanket for someone less fortunate than myself. My friend, Rita, who is a superb knitter and crocheter, got me started. I required multiple balls of left-over 8 ply yarn – double-knit, as it is known in the UK – and a size 5 pair of knitting needles.
OK, excellent, nothing I needed to buy. I mean, who in the world of textiles (or ex-textiles in my case) doesn’t have a stash of goodies just waiting to be used up?
Step 1: Cast on 50 stitches, knit every row until you have a square and then cast off.
Step 2: Continue until you have 28 squares.
Step 3: Stitch them together in rows of 4, followed by stitching the rows together into a long 7 x 4 panel completed blanket.
Step 4: Iron.
Step 5: Donate it to a worthy cause.
My goal, which I have stuck to solidly, was to knit between 5 and 10 rows at least 4-5 evenings a week when I was home (not away on hols) until I finished.
That day has now come. It’s taken 2 years, but as Rita said “Someone, somewhere, will sleep warmer because of you”. I’m so proud of myself and I’m so happy to give it away.
And look at this from the Wrap with Love website:
With hands that don’t know what to do with themselves in the evenings I’m already on the next one.