I love the silky warmth of real fur. But being on one side financially challenged (read – poor) and thus unable to afford an extravagant fur blanket, I also happen to be too sentimental to want something that caused a death of a bunch of living creatures. Please do not sign me up for PETA (no way, no how) but after all a blanket is just that – a blanket. Not necessary, but so desirable.
Well, I think now I can have my cake and eat it too. As I was putting my yarn away and organizing it I found a huge bag of more than 20 skeins of “Twirl” by Knit Picks. This pretty boucle yarn was discontinued a few years ago. At this point I can not remember why I wanted it (or at least why so much?). A bulky curly boucle is a blend of Superfine Alpaca (69%), Wool (28%) and Nylon (3%).
Ever since finding it I kept thinking about what could be done with it. Last night I had a flash of inspiration. I need a “dumb project”. Something I can knit on automatic pilot while I nurse my baby or when I am too tired to think at all. So – this yarn, that has no stitch definition at all is perfect for a simple garter stitch blanket. I tried out a few different needle sizes and finally decided that my rarely used #13 US (9mm) is perfect. I thought about a Fibonacci stripe pattern, but in the end decided it against it. I truly want it to be a “no brainer”. I will just knit a ball to the end, then start a new color. So far two balls have been finished in what seems like a blink of an eye and I started on my third. The texture is lovely soft and furry without being fuzzy. All that I wanted it to be. And look Ma, no purling! Just simple knit stitches from end to end.
So if you want to knit yourself a lovely warm Vegetarian Blanket here is a simple recipe:
Lots of bulky boucle yarn and #13 US (9mm) needles.
Using a long tail Cast On, Cast On 100 stitches.
Knit every row. Change colors when you want.
Do it as long as you can stand it.