When my daughter went off to college, I made her a blanket for the dorm. We got together and talked about colors but the rest was left to me. I love surprises, and wanted to make it special in a way she wouldn’t expect. So I decided to knit a message into the blanket with shadow knitting. You can see some of the words here. “No place like home is where the heart is.” There’s also a K in one corner, a U in another- she went to KU- and a heart in still another.
So fast forward another few years and my son is now leaving for college. I asked him what kind of blanket he’d like and he was very specific. He has a store-bought gray knit blanket for his bed now that he likes, so he modeled it (size-wise) off that one. He wanted a black and white one originally, which changed to black and gray, then finally to black, medium gray, and light gray.
We got together and talked about the design. All along I just assumed I’d do it in shadow knitting and he would be so “wowed” – but no, he’s got his own aesthetic and is pretty creative himself.
I showed him a whole book of Barbara Walker’s mosaics, which he carefully pondered. I know he liked the geometric quality, but everything was just a little off in his mind. I told him to think about it and draw something for me later. I was already beginning to feel this project was going to take on proportions I hadn’t expected. This is what he sent me when he got home:
OK. Intarsia, right? Just couldn’t be anything else.
I ordered the yarn and took one skein of each color with me as one of my to-do projects last month in France. I swatched and sent photos to him for his approval. With one change, this was the final swatch:
His correction: The t’s (crosses) I had made inside the medium gray should really be + signs instead.
I felt charged and ready to go. I wanted to be ready to cast on as soon as I got home, so I needed to know the size. So I texted him…
Imagine my surprise…
Wow. Again, OK.
Lucky I love intarsia.