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Now That It's Cold

Brrrrrrr!  Fall -- the cold, blustery fall, as opposed to the colorful, candy-corn-and-pumpkin fall -- just blew in.  It's suddenly cold out there!  A good time to talk about . . . blankets.

When my daughter went to college, I made a blanket (Ravelry link) for her.  It's the Lizard Ridge pattern, and I made it from random skeins of Noro Kureyon. 

Lizard Ridge 001

Knitted blankets are big.  They take a lot of time -- and yarn -- to knit.  They can be very costly to make.  Let's just say. . . there's a big investment in a knit blanket.  When Erin took this blanket off to her dorm, I gave her many, many warnings.  Don't throw this in the washer!  And NEVER the dryer!  Don't let anyone sit on it in a stretch-y way!  Don't use this for sun-bathing on the Quad!  Don't spill things on it! 

Really.  Ridiculous.  I mean, she's far away at college -- and I want to surround her with good old Mom-love in the form of colorful stitches.  But.  No matter how much she values handknits, the fact is: she lives in a dorm! 

Contrast Lizard Ridge with this standard, 2-hour, tied-edge polar fleece blanket:

Blanket for kim 001

I have made at least 20 of these blankets over the past 6 or 7 years (even Jenny has one!).  They're warm, cozy, and handy to have around.  They lack the charm of the handknit blanket, but they're very practical.  I made this particular blanket over the weekend for Brian's girlfriend, who has just moved into a dorm room of her own.  I gave her no special warnings with this blanket.  Why?  Well, because you can do ANYthing to this blanket -- and it will remain in perfect condition!  You can spill coffee on it; step on it with muddy boots; have a picnic on it; drag it to the ice rink for hockey game after hockey game.  And then -- you can just throw it in the washer and dryer!

So, now that my son is a senior, it's time to think about making him a blanket.  In fact, Michelle and I have been thinking about starting a Blanket-for-your-College-Bound-Kid KAL.  But. . . I'm dragging my feet.  When I think about my son living in a dorm next year. . . and doing his own laundry . . . and changing his bedding. . . I kind of get hysterical.  Not because he'll be Leaving Home, but with laughter.  Because he just doesn't care if he lives in a cave!  I don't believe I would need to concern myself with him putting a handknit in the washer and dryer, because I don't believe he'll put ANYthing in the washer and dryer. 

Given that, maybe my time would be better spent making him a couple of extra-long, tied-edge, polar fleece blankets for his dorm room.  What do you think?

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thea

I think you're on the right path with the polar fleece for the Male Dorm Room -- he may not toss a knit in the wash, but who knows what might get on it with roommates etc. and all the work.... However, with the polar fleece, I'm not sure the tied edge is college manly enough.

That said I love your Lizard Ridge! Those are always so amazing.

margene

You know your son...go with polar fleece! He'll love having them around, too. Love the blanket for your daughter. That's a load of work and all with a mothers love.

Diana Troldahl

Yeah, maybe save the Lizard Ridge for when he leaves college for his first big job and his own apartment?

denise copeland

Kym,
The Lizard Ridge is phenomenal!

Thea had an interesting idea about the tied edge not being manly enough. I think I would go with the polar fleece but I am wondering about two things. Regarding the edge - could you do any hockey related thing with the edge? I am thinking netting like stuff (I just finished Shipwreck and netting has made quite an impression on me.) Or I guess you could use fabric and hockey sticks (it would be interesting in that it would always hold its rectangular shape - no piles, no unmade beds but it might be dangerous (LOL).

And what about this idea for the center? I have used some photographic transfer material in my quilts that is absolutely wonderful. The finished "photograph" looks wonderful - not like an iron on anything do dad. You simply transfer the photograph via an ink jet printer. Again, the quality is amazing. I did a quilt for the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary and I used photos of the rescue dogs on the back. I hand appliqued the photos to the back but you could easily machine stitch - and I think that would be desirable as the "photo" material is dense (not thick) but it was hard on my hands to applique them. You could sew together or do a collage of Brian's photography and attach it to the polar fleece. I don't think washing (or not washing would be a problem.) I believe I used a product called Timeless Treasures.
And along this same idea, I know there are ways to make a quilt/blanket out of t shirts - you could integrate some of his hockey shirts into this same quilt or go in that direction entirely.

I also did a quilt label using the method described above and I have a digital picture of it - would be happy to send you a copy.

This sounds like a whole lot of fun!

inglesidebelle

Polar Fleece. Save the fancy and time-intensive work for someone who will appreciate it and take care of it. Imagine a college guy's life. Anything and everything can (and most likely will) end up on the bedding.

I considered making my son a quilt when he went off to college, but he didn't really want one. I'm glad I listened to him. His housekeeping skills are non-existent by any reasonable standards. When he was home for a few months earlier this year, I kept expecting to see things walk out of his room (He's 23!).

Now he's living with two other twenty-something guys and he tells me that he's neatier than either of them. Yikes! I won't be staying with them if I visit. ;)

kmkat

Yeah, polar fleece is the way to go. If you can stand to knit it, a small afghan of superwash wool (or acrylic) might be a nice present at some point, but for now? Washer- and dryer-proof polar fleece.

Pat

All I can say is "Make a QUILT!!!" soft, warm, cuddly, special, creative and just throw in the washer and dryer - I have never knit a blanket....way too much work, but I've got to say your Lizard Ridge is beyond beautiful!

Cookie

I vote you teach the boy how to do laundry, but that's just me. ;^)

Michelle

I hear ya... believe me I do! And I may very well rue the day that I decided to begin this quest.... BUT there is an OCD/anal retentive side to my brain. Mix that with a little Ozzie & Harriet, add a bit of nostalgia... and BAM!!! I know I will never get over myself if I do not knit him a blanket that I hope he will find comfort, warmth, and love in. geeeeezzz I even make myself sick! LOL
I am casting on my friend! Onward soldiers.... It's Log Cabin OR Bust!

Kay

Oh wow~Lizard Ridge is beyond amazing!!! I can not begin to comprehend the amount of time in this, OR the cost!!!!!!!!! That is not cheap yarn, but oh my gosh, the colors are unbelievable! I say quilt for son too. polar fleece blankets are always the go-to in my house, but quilts are like the knitted blanket, and say "I love you" as only time consuming handmade things can.

Erin Mulhern

I love that blanket, Mom. It's great. It just got really cold here, so I've been really using it.

Oh my god...Brian and cleaning? That's funny. Have you seen his bathroom?

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