Oh no. Someone stop me now.

Miter 2
I was only trying to do something nice. You know the story. Someone you (a knitter), knows is pregnant, expecting, has a bun in the oven. This can mean one of two things. Baby sweaters or baby blankets. This particular story involves a baby blanket.

It began many weeks ago, when stressed from finals, moving and a break up I succumbed to some yarn-type retail therapy. I bought 6 skeins of green Cotton Classic for a summery top I was going to design.

Days later, I knew it was a poor, impulse buy. I didn’t want to take it back (because, lets be honest, that would have been the smart thing to do and knitters are not smart about their stash), and by guilt alone, I decided to pack it for my summer in New York. This was the only yarn that I broke my strict sock-yarn-only rule for. Again, it was the guilt.

Knowing that I would be bringing it with me, the idea occurred to me that I ought to use it to knit a baby blanket for a woman I’ll be working with in August (well, her baby anyway). I thought about doing another pinwheel blanket, but dismissed it. Too boring. Plus, the next one I was going to knit would have ruffles and be for a girl. We are talking about a little baby boy here.

The next idea I had was to knit the blanket as a standard rectangle (I brought a US 6 circular needle) with stripes of linen stitch. A good idea. Something I may do in the future, but not now.
Miter 6
Now, it’s miters.

Heavenly, addicting, satisfying, teasing, pleasing, miters.

I can’t stop.

Of course, I couldn’t do miters in just one color. So I popped into a yarn store and bought 2 more colors.
miter 7
After I knit one miter, I realized that the yarn I had would not suffice. It was evident that I needed more yarn and, likely more colors.

I’ve since bought more yarn and knit more miters. My rules are thus: Only 2 tone miters. Only greens or neutrals (but mostly greens). The final color count cannot be an even number. Final blanket size – 6 blocks (24 miters) or 9 blocks (36 miters).
Miter 3

This is not good. I totally understand the addiction now. Now, to cast on for my next miter…


9 Responses to “Oh no. Someone stop me now.”

  1. 1 Roni May 22, 2007 at 12:41 am

    oh my gosh, I can’t wait to see the finished blanket! it looks great so far! It also looks huge….must be the camera angles?

  2. 2 Monika May 22, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Hehe, got infected by the miter bug! ;o)

  3. 3 GFTC May 22, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Welcome to NYC and to miters! Once you start you can’t stop. When you want more Cotton Classic The Yarn Company on Broadway & 81st has the best selection on the Upper West Side ($6.50), Woolgathering on 84th St bet 2nd & 3rd Aves has the best on the Upper East Side ($6.50), and Downtown Yarns, 45 Avenue A has the best downtown($?). If you are looking for discontinued colors call Patternworks 800-438-5464 with the color # and they will check inventory that is not shown in the catalog or website. Do you think that I am obsessed with miters, too?

  4. 4 Karen May 22, 2007 at 10:36 am

    It is going to be so pretty! Can it be pretty if it’s for a boy?

  5. 5 Liz Kalloch May 22, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    aaahhh yes, the mitre addiction claims another… The greens look beautifuls together, and it’s good to hear you are limiting yourself to a certain # of blocks, but really, don’t you want to add some, uhm, blues…

  6. 6 Laura May 27, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    I’m working on a mitered baby blanket too. They are certainly addicting!

  7. 7 Sheila May 28, 2007 at 2:25 am

    Your miters are jsut beautiful. Aren’t they so much fun to make and fast too? I am also mitering like a maniac and always browsing the blogs to find others who are knitting them. Check mine out at knittingbymonlight,blogspot.com. And happy mitering!

  8. 8 Sheila May 28, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Your miters are just beautiful. Aren’t they so much fun to make and fast too? I am also mitering like a maniac and always browsing the blogs to find others who are knitting them. Check mine out at knittingbymonlight.blogspot.com. And happy mitering!

  9. 9 eileen June 18, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve been thinking about trying miters for months now. You’re pics finally got to me and I’m on my first one. Would love to know what yarn you’re using. I’ve used scraps for my first one but want to go yarn shopping so I can really get going on a blanket. I just can’t make up my mind about what yarn to use. I look forward to seeing more pics of your two-tone green miters.

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