Blanket Love


I’ve completely fallen for my zigzag blanket. I don’t know whether it’s the change of seasons that’s made me so in love with knitting it or all the work I have piled up that it provides such a welcome break from, but all I want to do is knit this blanket.


Blanket knitting and I have a history. I started my first blanket back when I was in grad school. It was a feather and fan pattern my aunt gave me. I can still remember the pleasing rhythm of working the stitches and watching the pattern emerge. I kept it in a pile by my sofa, and whenever I needed a break from reading, I’d pick it up and knit a few rows. I’m not sure what happened, especially since I so distinctly remember enjoying knitting it, but at some point I abandoned it and gave it to my aunt to finish.

There have been any number of crochet blankets I’ve started over the years. Squares for several of them are piled in one closet or another, still waiting to fulfill their destiny.

There is also the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket. That one is actively in progress, but since I’m working it square by square and each square takes a couple of days, it’s coming along in fits and starts.

There is Vivid too. I love that one! One time when I was caught up in a frenzy of blanket lust, I started knitting Vivid squares. They are super fun squares to knit, but starting each one is fiddly, and I think that eventually slowed my momentum to the point that there is still no finished Vivid in my life.

So . . . I love blankets, I love the idea of blankets, I love starting blankets, I love working on blankets. But I don’t tend to finish blankets.


I’m wondering if things might be different this time.

Picking each successive stripe color is definitely spurring me on.


I have quite a few skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash in my stash, and I treated myself to a small shopping spree at Eat. Sleep. Knit. earlier today. I’m claiming temporary insanity from having to work all weekend.

Who knows what will happen. At least for now, though, happiness is a zigzag blanket.

And this amazing October weather.



    • melinda

      We are, but it’s one tree here and one tree there–different from other years where the color has seemed to spread across a whole group of trees. It’s so startling to see one orange tree in the middle of a bunch of green ones!

    • melinda

      Thank you! I think so too! I think that’s part of the fun. Just having it around and picking it up here and there to knit a few rows boosts my spirits. Hopefully, that will last, and the progress will continue!

  1. I really want to knit a big blanket for the couch so the dogs and I can curl up under it. You may make me grab up some more Cascade 220 in various colors (Little Knits always has them on sale) and make up a fun blanket for the house.

    • melinda

      Haha! You KNOW that’s exactly what I have in mind!! There’s an an ugly fleece blanket I’ve had for years, and that’s the one that Lola and Rasta and I always end up buried in when it’s cold. Part of my motivation with this one is to actually end up with a blanket I like! 😀

      I’m always looking for Cascade 220 on sale, so I’ll have to check it out at Little Knits. Craftsy often has it on sale, but their color selection is always pretty limited.

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