Posted by: Kate | March 31, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, Day Four

Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

I thought for quite a while what to write about for today’s topic. I thought about the sweaters I’ve made, the socks my mum has worn through then darned then worn through again, the first sweater I made for Bushboy when he was not even two, the dish cloths I’ve used and used up, the blankets I’ve made for weddings and the births of new babies. In the end, I knew what I should write about.

When I started knitting again as an adult, the first things I made were dishcloths and blankets. The blankets were for a wedding and for a couple of babies. Mr. Kate was immediately smitten, and wanted a blanket of his own. It was made out of acrylic, two strands held together through-out, one main colour and striping in another colour. The entire blanket is seed stitch. I would measure by putting it over Mr. Kate – the required length was up to his chin while tucked under his feet.

The blanket lives on the back of our couch. It is loved by everyone – the cats and humans alike – in the house. (As soon as the blanket is pulled off the back of the couch to be used, Torti comes running to get under it.) I eventually made Bushboy his own blanket, because there was not enough blanket to share as he got bigger.

The blanket is now over eight years old, has no holes, no pulled stitches and washes up beautifully. There is occasionally talk about making Mr. Kate a new blanket, but I think it’s really just talk.

I love that in so many of the pictures I take, you can see the blanket in the background. It is a part of our home.



  1. Much-loved sofa blankets are the best! I love how it “ages” into a lovely, gorgeous patina of it’s own, like old polished wood. Yours looks so cozy and warm. I also began as a blanket knitter, no, first as a crocheting blanket freak. The knitting soon followed & I’ve been smitten ever since. It’s good, sometimes, to ponder our past achievements or ughs, as in some of my attempts, lol.

    You have the best family! Great shot of y’all.

  2. I can not believe you did a whole blanket in seed stitch! I love the look of seed stitch, but find it very tedious to actually knit. I did the sleeves of my Aran sweater in seed stitch and felt like it would never end.

  3. Nor can I believe you knit an entire blanket in seed stitch! Beaut, though.

    • I love seed stitch, would do it again in fact :)

  4. I’m with you…I don’t mind knitting seed stitch and think a blanket of it would be great. With that said…I just love this post and reading how integral that blanket is to your daily lives and routines. That right there, in my mind, is why I craft.

  5. i agree with kim – much loved sofa blankets are the best!!

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