Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The last couple of days have been overcast and rainy. Though bad weather for drying just-dyed yarn, its been cozy weather for staying in and drinking tea and looking forward to the coming cool weather and fall season. One of my favorite things about autumn is cuddling up in a cozy blanket, sipping hot tea and eating pumpkin cupcakes. For that reason, I own lots of blankets that are the size for cuddling up on the couch or in a rocking chair out on the porch. That is, small enough to not get in the way or weigh you down, but large enough to cover you up and stay warm. One of my favorites is the Todos throw. This is actually one of the first patterns I designed for The Unique Sheep and uses the sample ripple stitch pattern as the Todos scarf. I named them "Todos" because, in Spanish, the word means "everything" or "all". And this blanket does contain everything. It uses 6 different yarns in different weights, fiber contents and textures. The pattern is a simple 6 row repeat that is easy to memorize and done on US#10 needles, so for a large project it knits up pretty quickly. And it is the perfect canvas for showing off handpainted yarns. What we like to do is take one of our variegated colorways, Day Break in these photos, and break it down into its different color components. Then we dye some of the yarns in semi-solids, others in variegates of 2 or more of the colors, and one or two in the original colorway. Its really fun to see our colorways broken down in that way!