Gobsmacked to see the Kaffe Fassett projects already emerging on Instagram. Color is such a personal thing, and the choices everybody is making are surprising, inventive, and unexpected.
That’s what it’s all about. The eternal message of Kaffe Fassett is to let it rip, to trust your intuition, and to explore.
As for me, it has been a full-on Kaffe odyssey since October 30, when I cast on my Stranded Throw from Field Guide No. 13: Master Class.
(The beginning of this tale is here.)
Exuberance was the goal at all times.
This is a blanket that has, to my eye, a three-part ending. I’m happy to report that I have arrived at Part 1 of the three-part ending.
Part 1: The End of the Knitting.
On December 10, I cast off at the five-foot mark. Total knitting time: 42 days, or six weeks.
I mention this because sometimes it seems daunting to take on such large-scale knitting. Be not daunted, friends! When you knit enough, eventually you’ll end up with a 20-square-foot blanket.
I’m not a fast knitter by any measure, but I am a dogged one. There were a couple of weekends in there where I knit a ton. But on some days, I didn’t knit at all. I averaged an inch per day, sometimes more.
Yes, you can see the curvature of the earth on this thing.
For those just joining us, I knitted this in the round, and it has a steek that I’ll hack away at to open up the blanket to its full width of 42 inches.
Food for Thought
I’d like to talk a minute about the knitting of blankets.
Mainly, I’d like to encourage you to knit a blanket. You might look at this blanket and think it’s a lot of knitting. My response would be: I know! It was the most fun ever!
Blankets give you the chance to knit with a white-hot passion, because you get hooked on the drama of it all. With Kaffe Fassett’s Field Guide No. 13: Master Class at hand, I constantly scanned the stitch pattern charts to figure out what my next section would be.
I ended up with 14 sections, using 10 motifs. I changed colors when I repeated a motif.
And the Felted Tweed decision-making was likewise totally addicting. I set a rule of knitting half the blanket with whatever colors I liked, then knitting the second half using that same set of colors.
YOU CAN SEE THE STEEK, WAITING TO MEET ITS DESTINY WITH MY SCISSORS.
It’s all kind of loud and riotous, which is what I was after. I’ve knit a lot of very quiet blankets, and this one needed to be different.
As for what’s next, there are two final dramas to handle.
Part 2: The Steek.
This has three parts to it: backstitching the steek, cutting the steek, and securing the edge of the steek. Stay tuned.
Part 3: The Border.
We’ll worry about that later.
PS A final note: my blanket is much bigger than the one shown in Field Guide 13: Master Class. The Stranded Throw is 32 by 40 inches, a baby blanket basically. Mine is 44 by 60 inches. So it’s possible to make a smaller version of this. I’m tempted to start another one!