Have you ever knitted a blanket?
Me neither till this one. I always thought it was one of those bonkers things like jumping off a plane with a parachute or swimming with sharks... great... for somebody else to do. To be admired for sure... but no thanks.
And then I was told by my darling husband that he didn't want a quilt on his (he chose it) new sofa.
To be honest I kind of expected it. You see... he has a lot of qualities this man of mine... but quilt appreciation is not one of them unfortunately. (Unfortunately for him that is because there are a lot of quilts in this house regardless). It was when he proposed buying one of those fake 'fur' things that you find in boutique hotel rooms and novelty catalogues that I realised I had to dive straight in and grab the shark by its fins.
Enter the 'Umaro blanket' pattern by Jared Flood, available on the Brooklyn Tweed website.
Enter 14 (or 13 I can't remember exactly) balls of Rowan Big Wool and giant size 10 needles. (I bought the yarn from Love Knitting)
Exit... a blanket!
The pattern is gorgeous. It looks a lot more complicated than it is, trust me. I'm no fancy pansy knitter and I often knit in whilst watching television.
And it's ... huge... I knit very very loosely so this baby grew and grew and I haven't blocked it because I'm scared of how big it would become.
And it's warm.
I can tick the knitting a blanket item off the list.
Now regarding the sharks....