April 10, 2007
Blanket Half Full
I slowed down a little yesterday. I don't have a finished miter to show you - I think I took a bit of a break because I knew that I had something a little bit better to show. You'll have to wait a few minutes though. I'm now more than halfway through the KNITTING portion of this project (not counting the border - which is already giving me fits.) Whether I make 25 or 30 squares - I've got 66 miters completed. One on the needles. 16.5 squares.
Things are changing for me in this project. First of all - I'm retiring colors.
I have knit five miters out of each of these individual skeins - four main color miters (so they start the miter and therefore use the most yarn) and one background miter. There's about 8g or less left over and I can't get a really accurate read as to whether or not I'll be able to make another miter - I think I use about 8g but I'm not positive - so I'm letting these colors go. Which is kind of sad because I really love these colors. Why don't I buy more? A couple of reasons. 1) I currently have 56 untapped colors. 56. And I've only exhauted 9 colors. That's a lot of unused color and I'm actually feeling a bit gluttonous so I'm not buying any more yarn. If I can't get 8 or 13 squares out of what I have, then I should just give up this project. 2) I have no idea what the colors are. I may be all OCD about some things, but I'm clearly lacking in many other OCD departments. (I like to think that if there was an OCD club, I'd be kicked out on my ass - just for the sheer number of germs taking up residence in my home.) I have kept a running list of all the colors I have in my "collection" but I haven't recorded which colors I've used for which squares AT ALL. I have no freaking clue. (So please don't ask which colors I used for square # this or square # that. I already feel bad about it.) I think those are two excellent reasons NOT to duplicate yarn colors. Don't you?
Another interesting fact is that I've now knit an entire square (or two) using yarn already used before. I don't know why this is important to me, but it is - am I copying myself? I don't think any of the squares are so similar. But still, it's in my mind crowding around with all the other thoughts about this project.
One of the reasons I knit like a maniac this weekend was because I wanted to get to the magic number 16 so I could lay out what I have and see it taking shape. 8 was too few, if you remember, and this time I did it right. (Forgive the really crappy photograph!)
Laying out all the squares, I was VERY pleasantly suprised! I LOVE IT! (And I've still got 8 or 13 more to add to the mix! I can't wait to see how it changes.) In real life, I'm happy with every square. Fortunately or unfortunately, picture-wise, there's really only one square giving me fits.
One of the things I LOVE about the red square is that the orange and red values are very similar - especially give the contrast of the blue and green. BUT, red is awful to photograph (contrast and saturation are a BITCH to control) and as I was taking the picture I could see through the camera that the red and orange were blending together. There is much more of a difference to the naked eye - but this square worries me - and it's one of my favorites. Here's where I was killing myself about not recording the colors - because if I could I would re-do this square with a more contrasty orange. Of course - the red, blue, AND green have all been exhausted and I know I will have a terrible time trying to figure out exactly which red and which blue and which green they are. I'm not going to worry about it until the end. I can always try to back track my way out and re-do the square if need be.
Needless to say, this layout is not the end result. I love the squares where the values are similar and blend a bit in contrast to the color combinations where the values are in stark contrast and when I do lay out the final blanket I will have to pay particular attention to those "lighter" miters. But the blanket is pleasing to me nonetheless and I have added encouragement to continue. Rest assured, there will be a new square to show you tomorrow. For now, here are 80 million pictures of what I've accomplished so far. Enjoy!
Posted by Cara at April 10, 2007 09:01 AM
That is just amazing. As for the one "bad" square, it's comforting in a way to know that even you have trouble photographing red. I have no doubt it will find its place. I can't wait to see how the design develops as you make more squares.
I have to say that I would lay out the colors differently... but you're making me imagine how I would do it. Note to self: be afraid.
Posted by: Lucia at April 10, 2007 09:15 AM
Cara, I am completely blown away. I could not see the beauty of the individual miters, nor the squares (unimaginative and color-fearful person that I am), but I love how they all look laid out together! Absolutely beautiful! Stunning! I am sooo inspired!
Posted by: jojo at April 10, 2007 09:20 AM
Cara, it looks terrific! So inspiring! I'm slogging through completing a log cabin baby blanket right now, so I appreciate your enthusiasm and perseverance!
Posted by: Jen at April 10, 2007 09:22 AM
cara that looks fuckin' fantastic!! keep going!! ahh i cannot wait to see it done. it's GORGEOUS!
Posted by: margaux at April 10, 2007 09:22 AM
I love looking at your miters (that sorta sounds dirty)...I am living vacariously through you as I don't think I have the patience to knit a mitered blanket myself. And the fact that you have 56 untapped colors is incredible.
Posted by: nova at April 10, 2007 09:23 AM
A feast for the eyes! I've been trying to put the squares together in my mind for awhile now, and it's great to see what they look like. I think my problem with a project like this would be that I would just throw colors together in squares and not be able to arrange a pleasing blanket out of them. I have no doubt that your finished blanket will be stunning!
Posted by: Megan at April 10, 2007 09:27 AM
It's like making a patchwork quilt. Oh the final arrangement of squares... it's AGONY trying to decide which ones to put in what space! People who haven't done it think it just all goes together and looks great with no effort at all. HARdeeHAR HAR! As if. It's awesome to read all your thoughts and ponderings and craziness about figuring out the color complexities of your miter blanket.
Posted by: Laura at April 10, 2007 09:30 AM
It. Looks. AWESOME!
I'd be curious to see where people's eyes went first - my eyes first fell on the second square from the left in the second row down. I wonder if that says anything about me...?
It's going to be so stunning when it's finished - hell, it's stunning now!
Posted by: alyson at April 10, 2007 09:33 AM
Posted by: Barbara A.M. at April 10, 2007 09:35 AM
truly beautiful. i love the brown/pink & the greens..and the oranges, well, it's really to hard to pick a favorite. just lovely.
Posted by: Melody at April 10, 2007 09:39 AM
There was a little hitch in my breathing when I saw the first photo of it laid out. It's GORGEOUS.
Posted by: Adrian at April 10, 2007 09:40 AM
Oh, amazing! So beautiful, and the colors, although so different, work together really well. Every time I look at your squares, I start rethinking the project. Your advice was perfect: I need to stop overthinking this This definitely brings out the OCD tendencies. . .
Posted by: Janet at April 10, 2007 09:44 AM
It looks awesome!
Posted by: Shannan at April 10, 2007 09:46 AM
You continue to amaze...I'm swamped here at work and seeing those squares is just such an amazing thing. Can you make those on your fabulous notecards...I really don't mind hearing about squares or anything else you care to share. I'm sorry I don't comment consistently, but I do read consistently. I adore your blog. Back to my numbers and hope you have a fabulous day.
Posted by: michele at April 10, 2007 09:49 AM
Beautiful blanket! I have loved this series on your miter squares, it's interesting to me to get down to the basics and see how far you can go experimenting with different color combos. Great job!
Posted by: Bea Apple at April 10, 2007 09:50 AM
Fantastic! If I wasn't so lazy and color-challenged, I'd consider doing one myself!
Posted by: Rebecca at April 10, 2007 09:53 AM
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say if you think the contrast of the red one isn't on par with the rest, perhaps it would make a great accent pillow to go with the blanket? Related, but different and you would still have your favorite square get used!
Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool at April 10, 2007 10:06 AM
it looks f'in' awesome!
Posted by: jess at April 10, 2007 10:07 AM
I am amazed. That is stunning.
Posted by: Emilee at April 10, 2007 10:09 AM
Are you blocking these as you go? Might make seaming easier when you're finished (like, next week at this rate?). Just sayin'! :o) It looks great - I especially love the close-ups!
Posted by: elizabeth at April 10, 2007 10:10 AM
Too. Much. Fun. To. Look. At! YEAH!
Posted by: Amy Jo at April 10, 2007 10:13 AM
Air, air,,,, you took my breath away!
Maybe you will make a calendar or something from those photos ? or posters? soooooooo beautiful, amazing.
Posted by: Rachel at April 10, 2007 10:13 AM
I'm in love with the pink square. All those colours just so amazingly beautiful
Posted by: yuvee at April 10, 2007 10:14 AM
The colors are so pretty.
Posted by: Rosa at April 10, 2007 10:17 AM
I SIMPLY LOVE THIS BLANKET WITH ALL ITS COLOURS !!! PERIOD.
Posted by: SamLaTricoteuse at April 10, 2007 10:19 AM
I read your blog faithfully, but rarely comment. I guess I don't feel I have much else to contribute and even though I'm going to say what 20 people before me did, I just HAD to leave a comment. Cara...you have created a beautiful work of ART! That picture is just stunning. Watch out for the MoMA people! You may just lose that blanket. Thanks for the inspiration!
Posted by: Beverly at April 10, 2007 10:23 AM
God, thanks SO MUCH for giving us a preview! I'm so excited for you!!!!
Posted by: Amy at April 10, 2007 10:29 AM
Congrats on the progress!!! It looks BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can't wait to see it done :)
Posted by: Kristin at April 10, 2007 10:34 AM
I had a hard time at first imagining all the squares together. But now that you've laid them all out, it's so easy to see! The squares look beautiful together. So many colors, so gorgeous.
Posted by: Amanda at April 10, 2007 10:35 AM
I don't like mitered squares much, as I've mentioned. But it's GORGEOUS!
I can't imagine knitting it... I don't have your ... er... focus. But I now imagine wanting one. I never thought I'd want one. But yours is... marvelous! shit.
you're going to corrupt me again, aren't you?
Posted by: Helen at April 10, 2007 10:37 AM
WOW, C. A true feast for the eyes. I can't choose a favorite :) Now I want to do one... if you get a heads up on more grab bags...
Posted by: Lolly at April 10, 2007 10:37 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!!! A mitre just might be my next blanket project (if I ever get the log cabin done!)
Posted by: Karen at April 10, 2007 10:37 AM
Cara, you are blowing my mind! Seriously. I am totally on board. Also--I agree with Michele: what about notecards? These colors are really hitting the spot for me.
Posted by: Melissa at April 10, 2007 10:39 AM
Oh... and I love Kristi's idea.
Take that favorite square and make it a pillow! It will continue to stand out, (and can continue to be a photographer's nightmare I suppose, but will likely behave better when it's away from it's high-contrast friends), but will do so in a way that's clear that was INTENDED...
Wee thing's not fitting in b/c s/he's meant to sit on top!
Posted by: Helen at April 10, 2007 10:42 AM
your miters are looking mighty fine there! :o)
i'm very very inspired to start my own now...
must resist...i'm still working on my moderne log cabin blanket.
Posted by: kelpkim at April 10, 2007 10:47 AM
I soooo want to do miters now. But I fear I do not have your eye for colors. I love this project!!!!!!
Posted by: Janice at April 10, 2007 10:50 AM
Eye Candy! Do you need my address for where to send the finished blanket?
Posted by: gina. B. at April 10, 2007 10:55 AM
Truly, to each their own. I'm glad you're happy, but I think I'll keep my opinion to myself.
Just to say though, I'm still reading, because I find the process extremely interesting.
Posted by: LaurieM at April 10, 2007 10:55 AM
Any interest in selling your leftovers?
Posted by: Lauren at April 10, 2007 11:03 AM
Amazing! What a great blanket-half-full!
Posted by: Cordelia at April 10, 2007 11:04 AM
Wow, watching this blanket evolve has just been amazing. I love all the colors, and the combinations you've done. Bravo :)
Posted by: Amber at April 10, 2007 11:05 AM
Posted by: ksfishgirl at April 10, 2007 11:07 AM
Long live the mitered square!
Cara, I love these--you can take pictures of your miters any day. I am such a sucker for all the color!
Posted by: Holly at April 10, 2007 11:07 AM
Oooo, a rainbow! What a perfect blanket it to snuggle in on gray days. There is no way anyone could be wrapped up in that and not smile!
Looking forward to seeing the rest. :)
::walks away to go check stash for cotton yarn and muttering to self about colors::
Posted by: Mel at April 10, 2007 11:16 AM
Just checking in after an absence, and catching up on the last few posts.
Dude. Knit what you knit and blog about it. Don't worry about it! Those squares are beautiful and even if they weren't, it's worth blogging about.
Posted by: Beth in WI at April 10, 2007 11:27 AM
As a newbie knitter, this fabulousness is really inspiring - "Just think, one day I might be able to do something half as nice!"
Posted by: Joy at April 10, 2007 11:28 AM
Cara, they are beautiful! I just started my own, much more boring and simplistic, miter blanket project a few days ago. I have a couple of bags of wool waiting to be a blanket.
Posted by: Thalia at April 10, 2007 11:32 AM
Thanks for showing that constant determination and patience results in a desired knit! Fabulous!
Posted by: Carol at April 10, 2007 11:33 AM
Can you just imagine looking at that on LSD? Heh.
It's lovely and will be such a work of art when finished. Hell, it is now!
Posted by: Lynn at April 10, 2007 11:35 AM
I can see part of the offending miter in the pic miters12 and I think it's beautiful. So what if the orange and red are a little blend-y on film, are you about to bring it on Big Brother? No, of course not; you'll be looking at it in person and your eyes are way more discerning than any lens.
Posted by: E to the M at April 10, 2007 11:42 AM
It first I thought you were crazy with all these squares, now I know you are a genius. That is one of the most inspiring knit projects I have seen in a long time. Not in the knitting aspect, but in the color process. That takes a lot of thought and skill. I'm very impressed.
Posted by: Lori at April 10, 2007 11:47 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT......
Posted by: Lindsay at April 10, 2007 12:09 PM
The photo does something to your eyes!What a beauty.
Posted by: Sonya at April 10, 2007 12:11 PM
Posted by: Amanda at April 10, 2007 12:39 PM
It's WONDERFUL! How great it looks all put together like that. It can only get better with more squares.
Posted by: Gale at April 10, 2007 12:59 PM
it is as stunning as i thought it would be! if you really cant stand the red square consider pulling it and making it into an accent pillow..
Posted by: celaine at April 10, 2007 01:03 PM
Gorgeous! Must...resist...urge to...knit miters...
Posted by: Leah at April 10, 2007 01:04 PM
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Posted by: Amy at April 10, 2007 01:25 PM
i don't think you can really complain about what people are saying about you when you broadcast to the world that you sit home and knit all day, no shower, no food, no nothing. it sounds insane, and i think it kind of is. not to mention the money going into a throw when there are so many more meaningful and substantial things to do with the time and money.
Posted by: lauram at April 10, 2007 01:41 PM
Just beautiful. :D That's the cheeriest blanket I've ever seen.
Posted by: Katinka at April 10, 2007 01:45 PM
Ooooooooh, you evil woman. I do NOT have time to knit another blanket right now....... but now I really want to!!!! I'm just going to have to sulk and gratuitously enjoy yours. Not fair. (NB. Please forgive PMT-induced childish nature of comment - I really do loooove the blanket.)
Posted by: knittingsheep at April 10, 2007 02:32 PM
I love all the squares... love them love them love them.
Posted by: Kristina at April 10, 2007 02:38 PM
It's a fascinating look at color...the way color works together or reacts, changes and compliments. Laying them out for the finished product might be just as exciting as the knitting. Imagine....
Posted by: margene at April 10, 2007 02:58 PM
It is looking fantastic! You are an inspiration.
Posted by: Chancy at April 10, 2007 03:01 PM
How did you pick the 60 some odd yarns you picked? It's gorgeous. I'd be afraid I'd grab 60 and about 5 of the shades would clash with things.
Posted by: Camille at April 10, 2007 03:04 PM
I'm messing with your stats. The miters are so stunning, I keep coming back to see them again. They are gorgeous. I am in awe of 56 unused colors. Maybe I do have "color issues". hmmmm
Posted by: Bullwinkle at April 10, 2007 03:14 PM
Gorgeous - when I want a color fix, I know where to come. You never disappoint.
Posted by: DebbieB at April 10, 2007 04:25 PM
WOW! Apparently I've missed a couple of days and what a lot of wonderfulness I found on my return. The colors are wonderful. I love seeing them all together. I knew immediately that it was going to be the red square you were having trouble with but I think it's just fine as it is. They are all gorgeous. I so want to make one but don't trust my own stick-to-it-iveness. Fuck housework. It will always be there. But when the creative urge strikes you MUST follow it. You just must. I'm so glad you are because you are creating a work of stunning beauty. Thank you for the pictures. I just love looking at them. The more the better.
Posted by: Sally A at April 10, 2007 05:10 PM
That is totally freaking awesome. I admire your dedication to the project...and it's so colorful and fun.
I guess what I'm trying to say without sounding as corny as this about to come out is, "YOU GO GIRL!"
Posted by: Erin at April 10, 2007 05:15 PM
you have tartar build up.
and I ain't talking about your mouth.
Posted by: ann at April 10, 2007 05:19 PM
That's some seriously awesome miter mojo. Yer killin' me.
Posted by: Amber at April 10, 2007 05:44 PM
Absolutely Gorgeous. I love the way it's all coming together.
Posted by: Tami T at April 10, 2007 05:55 PM
Wow, Cara, that is some serious eye candy. Thanks for sharing your obsessio... err, work. :)
Posted by: Stacy at April 10, 2007 05:56 PM
Beautiful. I hope it takes you weeks (or even months) to complete so I can see daily miters and squares in gorgeous colors. I not only love the knitting, I love your photos. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: amy at April 10, 2007 06:07 PM
Everytime I see your miters I cannot help but smile. When I feel glum I just pop on over and instantly feel better. I know it's been said before, but these miters are AMAZING.
Posted by: nona at April 10, 2007 07:13 PM
I love the photographs just for the colours. They make me feel happy!
Posted by: Robin at April 10, 2007 07:26 PM
I learn something new about color every time you post the pictures, please keep doing so.
Posted by: Judi at April 10, 2007 07:39 PM
Wow! The miters are just amazing especially when seen altogether! Very cool project.
Posted by: Brenda at April 10, 2007 08:41 PM
I never knew what a mitre was until I found your blog. Yours is simply stunning!
I like the problem square, when beside the square with turquoise and blue it stands out nicely, maybe the green on the bottom half (or top half, depending on which way you look at it) is making it shy away?
Anyway, your obsession is my eye candy!
Posted by: Sarah at April 10, 2007 09:14 PM
It's an homage to OpArt..it's fucking fabulous!
Posted by: flair at April 10, 2007 09:38 PM
That is so sick. Would make cool pillows too.
Posted by: Betty at April 10, 2007 09:46 PM
Seriously...you're killing me here...IT'S SO WONDERFUL....aghh....
Posted by: Stephanie at April 10, 2007 09:57 PM
oh my god - I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
I want to make one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Meg at April 10, 2007 10:43 PM
The others can say what they like. I, for one, am absolutely loving the mitered blanket WIP and all the photos that accompany it, as well as all the discussion about color mixing. It's like Eye Candy Friday every freakin' day of the week! It's mesmerizing, awe-inspiring, motivating awesomeness. Truly.
Posted by: Liz in Raleigh at April 10, 2007 11:26 PM
One of your lurkers delurking here... :) One of the first things in my head this morning when waking up was "I wonder if she's posted more pictures of her miters"... I loooove your posts about your blanket. I smile when I see all the colours, I get goose bumps when seeing squares put together, and I feel your pain when you're frustrated with your work.
What's scary here is that I found myself holding cotton yarn in my hands yesterday combining colours...
Posted by: Anna at April 11, 2007 02:07 AM
Sweet Mary and Joseph, that looks SO GOOD! SO GOOD!
Posted by: Dr. B. at April 11, 2007 03:03 AM
OMG, you are killing me. I already have a bajillion projects (not that you'd know it from my blog) and now I must ... knit ... miters ...
Posted by: Kirsten at April 11, 2007 08:34 AM
All these mitered squares just blow me away, really they do. I just want to touch them and the colors are so gorgeous. I was one of those who asked if you had kept track of all the color combinations, but that was just my lazy mind hoping you had done the work for me. Everytime I look at these, I want to knit them. Then, I remind myself that if I did, I might never knit another thing. It looks overwhelming, and that's part of what makes it so fascinating.
Posted by: Sheila at April 11, 2007 08:53 AM
I've saved the picture of the 16 squares into my photo gallery, and will enjoy looking at it. Over and over. Is that the start of the madness?!!!!
Keep those pictures coming. We LOVE them.
Posted by: Jo-Anne at April 11, 2007 09:47 AM
Oh. wow. Must... knit... mitres. mussst....knit.....mm...
Damn. Must finish accounts.
I think a few repeated colours work to make it feel more random: never a repeat is an artificial situation. And yet I absolutely love the way your basic rules have unified what might otherwise be too random. This is what makes it art rather than, well, chaos. Please, please, please: tell us something about how you decide the final placement of colours/mitres/squares. (I'll send chocolate!) If it were me I'd probably ruin it by being too controlling; you've already used colour combinations I hate and yet they're utterly wonderful when seen with all the rest.
You have such an eye for colour. Anyone complaining about this madness must be suffering from jealousy -- I'm grateful you've shared it!
Posted by: sarah at April 11, 2007 10:07 AM
The blanket looks gorgeous! I've been intermittantly mitering over the last few months with all my Takhi leftovers, but you've totally inspired me. I'm going to the LYS to pick out new colors!
Posted by: Hillary at April 11, 2007 10:09 AM
Really, cool. You may have inspired me!
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Posted by: yvette at April 11, 2007 11:47 AM
It's nice to see someone get so into something like this...all the colours are so inspiring...It's great I always love to see the next one ...or any project...your pictures are beautiful.
Posted by: Dara at April 11, 2007 01:52 PM
I love the whole thing!
Posted by: Zita at April 11, 2007 02:55 PM
Good God. It's freakin' GORGEOUS.
Posted by: earthchick at April 11, 2007 04:38 PM
LOVE. IT. You're awesome Cara!
Posted by: Julia at April 11, 2007 06:43 PM
OMG, I'm swooning! Never have I felt any urge to knit a miter square blanket...until today. You're killing me, Cara!
Posted by: Amy Weber at April 12, 2007 10:00 AM
I just have to tell you - I absolutely love your miters! The blanket is so full of life! I can't wait to see it sewn up.
Posted by: Andi at April 12, 2007 01:41 PM
I agree with you on the red square . . it's bothering me also. It keeps pulling my eye to that spot and I don't believe that's a good thing. Whether or not you decide to fix it or how is completely up to you. I have no clue what to suggest other than what you've said -- try for more contrast.
Square #16 is my absolute all-time favorite square you've done to date.
I've been meaning to write but keep getting side tracked with tons of other things. I've purposely logged in this evening only to comment to you. Why? Because I have to thank you. I don't care how many people bitch or whine or complain that you're OCD . . who gives a shit . . this is YOUR blog . . YOU write what YOU want. End of story. But the thank you part comes from all of this documentation you've been so detailed in doing for your mitered squares. Because of you -- I will do this project. Because of you -- I will have a definitive resource to come to in order to see color combinations. Because of you -- I can troubleshoot more effectively.
So, thank you. Forget what gripes you may hear. What you've documented here is invaluable. I'm going to print out your pages just in case the internet decides to break tomorrow. Hey, Al Gore may just decide to pull the plug. ;P
Posted by: Leslie at April 12, 2007 08:46 PM
I love the miters. I've been following your progress anticipating each new square, living vicariously through your hard work! They look fabulous all laid out, I hope once you have the rest of the squares finished that red problem square will find its place.
Posted by: commonplaceiris at April 13, 2007 02:39 AM
Wow, that's really beautiful - well done!
I get so finicky about colour combinations that I can't even begin to imagine undertaking such a complex project. (I used to crave symmetry and matchy-matchy-ness, but I'm slowly moving towards asymmetry and violent contrast - it's an interesting time.) Hats off to you for being so brave.
Posted by: Laura at April 13, 2007 05:40 AM
I just found you, through your next post actually, and scrolled around and found this blanket with which I am absolutely and completely in love! I've played with the idea of knitting it, too. And yours is completely and totally inspiring. I know that it's the colors and the way that they play with each other that makes my eyes go all funny and great, but part of me thinks its also the "bad miters" that makes me feel this love. Thanks for making this blanket!
Posted by: xtina at April 13, 2007 01:24 PM
I just love the last several pictures of your mitered squares. It's like they go one forever, an endless sea of mitered squares. I imagine that is what it feels like sometimes too. Can't wait to see how the finished project turns out.
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