I was walking past the TV lair just now and noticed my recently finished Picket Fence Afghan. Oh look! I thought. That was a fun thing.
We’ve been watching a lot of movies recently, like everybody else in the world. Even if it’s 95 in the shade here, there’s something about snuggling under a blanket when watching a movie.
To be honest, there’s a lot of worry and anxiety knit into these squares—I started this project not long after quarantine set in.
I channeled all those nerves into worrying about things like: will all these different undyed yarns work together?
And: how should I get the i-cord edging to look? Light or dark? Both? Sure, why not both?
Seaming was another area for me to focus on worrying about tiny details. I learned how to do a garter stitch mattress stitch for this. Lifelong learner! Here’s the back side, for you curious backsider types.
Kermit sat on just about every inch of this thing at some point. I think he thinks it’s a new, very quiet friend.
COULD THIS BE WHAT A SHEEP IS
At the moment, it’s his favorite nap location. The woolly scent of these minimally processed fibers gives him daily joy. The colorway is really working for him, too.
If you’re looking for a way to channel your energy, I recommend this project. I look at it now, finished, and I see a blanket that will be here long after we’ve come through these tough times. Of course, I’m going to start another one.
And a parade of beautiful Picket Fence Afghans over on Ravelry—so many color ideas.
Tutorials: Jen Arnall-Culliford just cooked up excellent new videos of Julia’s clever technique for making these intarsia stripes: “Little Lessons: Blanket Squares.”