Saturday, April 24, 2010

FO: Very colorful art

The pram blanket is done and I feel great. It really was the perfect project to help me heal and move forward again. And just looking at all that color makes me so happy!

Details on the pattern can be found here. It was a good stash-busting project, but I still have enough left-over sock yarn to make at least two more of these. I'm on the lookout for more left-over-sock-yarn projects...maybe striped spring/fall hats for the kids?

I was talking with my husband about this blanket and realized that this is more than a knitted blanket to me - it is a piece of art. Most things I knit are gifts, or items for my family and personal enjoyment. They are fun, lively, look great and (hopefully) wear well.

But this project was something different. It wasn't simply a knitting project, or a vehicle for meditative practice. It was and is artistic expression. I wanted to understand why I feel so different about this project: Is it the use of so much color? Is it the discordance in the colors themselves? Or is this project infused with an intensity of emotion in a way that my other projects typically aren't? I tend to think it's the latter.

Art, while arguably undefinable, is certainly charged with emotion. And I share with all of you that while simple in form and function, this is the most charged piece I've ever knit.


Anonymous said...

Stunning. I agree, charged. What a free forming type project too....I am not sure, but I get the impression you picked that colors as you went. Fantastic work. Very inspiring.

Little C and Little J said...

love the sentiment and love the blanket. beautiful and full of color, just like you.

Rebekah said...

this is gorgeous! The colors in this are's definitely a special project!

mama-pan said...

really beautiful--so glad it was a healing process for you. and, for practical purposes, my mom swears by a chevron-patterned crochet blanket for babies--for the combination of softness and indestructibility.

Sophie said...

Wow! This is so beautiful, and it makes me want to cuddle it right now. Amazing job, and amazing blog. Thanks for sharing!