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Log cabin blanket

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The past two months were really busy and intense for me. I took on more projects than I’d initially planned, and some of them were completely out of my comfort zone. That is usually a good thing about my work, it keeps challenging me all the time and I constantly learn new things and gain new experience, which I enjoy. But I must admit, I had a few moments this summer when I was really questioning my decision to accept such amount of work within very tense, strict deadlines.

Well… I made it, at least this most intense stage is over now and I can catch a breath again and work more normal hours instead of until late at night each day. I can probably also start thinking about slightly more complicated knitting projects, as I have time to dedicate only to knitting. I can… but do I want to?

During this busy period when only mindless knitting was an option, I decided to finally use up my 5 skeins of Noro Cyochin, bought long time ago, and waiting in the yarn box since then. Initially I wanted to knit a sweater with this yarn, but it is a little too thick (somewhere between aran and bulky, as Noro yarns tend to have thinner and thicker sections) for a jumper – I don’t feel comfortable in heavy, bulky clothes. So the sweater was out of the question. Instead, I decided to at least begin the log cabin squares blanket – except that instead of squares, I went with rectangles. Noro yarns are made for such patterns which beautifully show their amazing colour changes and diverse yarn thickness. This shade (number 3) is perfect for a bedroom throw, it will match the raspberry elements of our bedroom decor.

Knitting Potion wrote about log cabin squares addiction and I can totally relate now! They are absolutely wonderful to knit, easy, they knit up fast and the colours of the yarn just make it such a joyful experience!

I made 7 rectangles and then run out of yarn, so the project is hibernating for some time. I’ve actually already ordered another 5 skeins (though I think it won’t be enough, but this yarn is a little pricey so I have to wait with ordering the final batch, especially since I also bought some other, lighter weight Noro yarn) and can’t wait for them to arrive!

I don’t have the slightest idea how to join them yet. Most of other projects use border of the squares in one colour which creates a sort of a frame, but I honestly don’t like it too much. Maybe depending on the colour – most of what I could find was black and I prefer the smoother, less contrasting shades. Perhaps some purplish shade? Or no frame at all, just sew them together? I still have plenty of time to think about it and look for the best option – and all suggestions are welcome!

Meanwhile, the rectangles are stored in my wardrobe, while I’m already impatient to knit 7 more with the new yarn. I haven’t blocked them so they are a little uneven, and I’m sure they’re going to be even more beautiful after blocking.

This project also reminded me why I love Noro yarns and the sweater idea is definitely still on, just with lighter weight yarn. Wouldn’t it be awesome to wear such a gorgeously colourful garment in winter, when the world looks gray and dark?

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7 thoughts on “Log cabin blanket

  1. Fantastic colors! Hope you figure out a join that you love. I like the idea of black colored joins – I feel like I’d appreciate the main colors better that way, but I wouldn’t mind joining them as is if I could stagger the pieces, like bricks in a wall. 🙂

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    1. My main problem with black is that cat hair are extremely visible on it, even with my obsessive use of lint rollers 😉
      I think that the bricks in a wall idea sounds the best for me so far. Thanks ! 🙂

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  2. You might assemble them so the outer edges are straight, and then use the same technique make little blocks to fit in areas in the center where there are gaps where the blocks don’t match up.

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  3. I LOOOVE it!!! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re knitting a Noro log cabin blanket! Isn’t it truly the most pleasurable experience?! My summer has been insane as well, and I’ve stopped with only a few squares to go on mine. As soon as I finish the Find Your Fade shawl I’m knitting right now, I’m going back to it. I’ll be very curious to see how you join your squares. I’ve been a bit stumped by that myself. Anyway, enjoy knitting with your beautiful yarn on this so addictive pattern!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! It is so relaxing and awesome, I love it! And the yarn just makes the whole process even better. Hope your busy summer turns into more peaceful fall too!

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