Monday, November 19, 2007

Blanket for Mon Craiggers

About a month ago, I saw a lot of Caron Simply Soft yarn on supersale in Autumn Red and ended up buying quite a bit of it. It's a very deep, dark red - warm and reminds me of the holidays.

I used a bit of it to make my dress... but then still had a few skeins left over.

I had been eyeing round ripple afghan patterns and thought that maybe it would be a fun project to try. I didn't know who I was making it for, but figured that I would decide on that later on.
So, I took my autumn red and started going around and around and around.

I thought I was following the pattern... but I really do have a habit of getting "creative" with instructions and doing my own thing.

Rather than being a round circle, my blanket started to spiral.
I thought it was beginning to look more masculine.

As I neared the end of my first skein of red, I got an email from my friend Annette from film school.

She's in some exotic location or another shooting a reality show. She wrote to let me know that our close friend Craig's mother passed away.

It was so hard to hear the news - Craig and his mother were amazing together and really had an impressive mother-son relationship. She was so caring, witty, supportive, and wonderful.

I'm miles and miles away from Craig and I was sad that I couldn't give him a big hug and support him more as he goes through this.

I thought about what I could do - and my mind immediately leapt to the round ripple blanket that I had started. The red was almost like a merlot color - and his mother was very into wine tasting and collecting. And a blanket is comforting and great to snuggle up under.

I finished stitching up the blanket as quickly as I could, alternating with rows of Caron's Simply Soft in Grey Heather. The end size is approx 60" point to point. For the pictures, it is spread out on a full sized futon.

The result is a warm, snuggly, albeit masculine blanket that Craig can snuggle under while he is reading or watching a movie. It's kind of almost in the shape of a ninja star or something - which is a result of the spiral instead of doing this in the round, as I was supposed to. I kind of like the effect, the blanket has an interesting shape to it.

I'm hoping that it will remind Craig that he is loved and in my thoughts.


Bridgid said...

The blanket is beautiful, and so is the sentiment. I love the zig-zags and the lines of raised stitches, at least what looks like raised stitches. I'm sending more warm thoughts Craig's way.

Anonymous said...

Molly, the blanket is beautiful, masculine, warm, and full of good thoughts. Just like you, except for the masculine part.

I love it and appreciate the thought you put into it. It was like getting a hug from you in the mail.

Love you sweetie.


micami said...

This is beautiful, I love the pattern and colors. I'm sure Craig will love it and appreciate the time you put into making it.