The Unemployment Blanket
I knitted a blanket. I started it in October 2010, and working on it line by line I finished last Friday. Ta-da!
Before knitting this blanket, I had only knit scarfs. I learned how to knit from a woman named Lila when I was living in Costa Rica (in 2007), and I don’t really know other women that knit so I haven’t really advanced in the complexity of my knitted projects. Someday I strive to learn to knit beyond square-shaped items, but making a blanket was a pretty awesome accomplishment for me.
Thats not to say there aren’t any “flaws,” as some might call them: the blanket is incredibly, outrageously wide. In fact, as I put it on Boyfriend’s bed it is folded over, so it turns out it’s double-y warm. Since I never knitted a blanket before and had no pattern, I just guessed at the width and it’s quite difficult to tell while starting out on the needles. I really think of it as a positive though- not only does it provide more warmth on the bed, but it fits across the entire couch (and then some) when you are cuddling up with the fam to watch a movie on a cold night!
As far as the cost goes in the construction of this thing, I initially want to say that the end result is priceless, but lets face the wool facts. Each line on the Unemployment Blanket represents one entire skein of yarn. Thirty-five skeins of yard went into the construction of this blanket. At 5-7 bucks a pop, that’s about $200 worth of yarn alone, but I have to say it was worth it. Knitting is meditative, and it helped me get through football season. But it is also more than that.
As a person that is unemployed, $200 in yarn is a lot of money. However, as other unemployed folk know, it can be really hard to have all that time on your hands on a day-to-day basis. I have a daily job search, a volunteer gig, and do a decent amount of working out and cooking, but I will just be candid and say that things can seem pretty bleak after a while. Giving myself this blanket to complete has really helped me out during this tough time, giving me a task, a goal, a purpose. I made something beautiful! I hope you enjoy it as well.