It started with a couple balls of Noro Silk Garden over a decade ago. I’d planned a little felted bag or two – but the first bag didn’t turn out like I wanted. So I frogged the second one, and slowly collected more Silk Garden, for a variety of failed ideas over the years. That first little bag was finished on a car trip with my then-new boyfriend (who is now my husband of almost eleven years). Sometimes projects take me a while*. I’m sure you all know how that goes.
In the early summer, I was amalgamating my stash**, and collected all my Noro Silk Garden, both yarn and partially complete projects. I, uh, have a significant amount.
I divided the yarn into piles – sort of neutral*** and sort of colourful, then partnered the colourful up with Cascade’s Eco yarn (which I also had a goodly amount of). I don’t crochet much, and when I do, most of the time it’s this Circle-In-A-Square . It’s what I used to try and make a replica Crunchie for E___ years ago; it’s what I use for baby blankets.
I spent the early part of the summer cranking out the circles; I got about 4.5 circles from a ball of Silk Garden. After I finished about 75 circles, I started turning the circles into squares with the Eco; I could get about 16 circles into a square with one big bump of the Eco. I used a 5.0mm hook; and as is the nature of any stash busting project, I OBVIOUSLY needed to go and buy more yarn.
I needed more yarn a couple different times. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise – I borked the background colour choice a couple times and actually have three slightly different tones of ‘natural’ or ‘off-white’ or ‘cream’. I didn’t notice this until well into the process… and I couldn’t face frogging back, waiting for the right colour to be ordered in, buying yet more yarn, and then re-crocheting the circles back into squares again. I’d finally found the right project for the yarn and I was feeling every bit as obsessed as Captain Ahab chasing Moby Dick… which is how I named the blanket Moby.
By late summer I’d finished eighty squares and decided I was ready to start joining the things together. I’m truly unable to embrace randomness, so I headed to the backyard with a white sheet and good intentions. I thought maybe if I just laid them out willy-nilly… or maybe if I rearranged them… or maybe if I… or maybe… (Don’t I look optimistic in that selfie? Little did I know that deciding the order of the squares would literally take more time than joining them.)
Hours passed and it got dark and dewy (and I suspect my mom and S___ got tired of virtually identical texts from me that said ‘what about this one?’) so I came inside and rethought my strategy. After a couple days, I grouped my squares from light to dark by colour family. I sort of swapped them around to be roughly equal, then filled out my blanket shape with the darkest in the corners, shading to the lightest in the center.
The cats supervised the process closely.
I basted the squares together with neon acrylic (just because), joined them with Eco, and went around the edges with Silk Garden. Then I tossed the whole thing into the washer then the dryer. Start as you mean to go on – and if this blanket is an every day, used-by-everyone blanket, it is going to be machine washed…
The cats and the rest of the family love the blanket. This is me, rolling myself up in Moby Blanket, just to give you a sense of scale. I’m 5’10. Moby Blanket is LARGE.
He lives on the couch; and because I derped the background colours and he’s not ‘perfect’, I don’t need to live in dread of the first time someone drops something on him. (As well, see above, about machine washing.)
Moby Blanket took about five skeins of Cascade Eco; and about 18 skeins of Noro Silk Garden. There’s almost 4,000m of glorious yarn in Moby Noro… and don’t mention to non-crafters about what that much yarn is worth…
Once I actually decided what all the yarn was SUPPOSED to be, the project went by quickly enough, I guess! June 7 – September 15 2016, according to the date stamps on my photos :)
*Lets not talk about the quilt I started in 1995 or so for S___. Or fine, since we mentioned it, I have an unfinished quilt that is, uh, like twenty years old. Whatever.
**Totally a thing, if you keep your stash in more than one place. Which is totally a thing for me. I keep my favorite skeins in my office, so I can pet them more often.
***Yes, I know, I have just as much of the neutral as I did of the colourful Noro. Shhh.