A few weeks back, I put together a basketful of odds and ends of tweedy yarns.
I needed--really needed--a mindless project, something to distract and soothe me, something fun but undemanding, freeform, something to pick up and put down. I decided to start making squares.
I gave myself some guidelines: only garter stitch; no seaming; no mitering; stitch an inner square bordered by an outer square, the total dimension approximately 8" x 8"; weave in my ends as I go.
Eventually, sooner--or later, it doesn't matter--I will have made enough squares to make two generous throw blankets, one for each of my sons. They're grown up and on their own now: Loren will be 28 next month, Connor turns 22 tomorrow.
Each blanket will be unique, but the two will be similar, yet different, clearly related but not the same, siblings, just like my marvelous boys.
I hoped, and expected, that this would be a fun project, but I didn't anticipate Just. How. Very. Very. Much. Fun! it would be. I scarcely want to do anything else! (Plus, I also had to buy more yarn, because I realized pretty quickly my odds and ends wouldn't be enough.)
What colors should I use? How can I make different shapes work together, but without seaming? How can I knit, bind off, and pick up stitches to create each arrangement of blocks?
I get to play with symmetry, and asymmetry. I can arrange the colors any way I want, to make subtle or startling contrasts.
Stripes, squares, rectangles, triangles, color blocks...
I absolutely adore some of the blocks, others are just OK, but that's fine, too--
because I think the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.
More--much more--to come over the next few, or many, months!