22
May
2005

Mystery Revealed

The mystery project was presented to the recipient last night, so I can tell you all about it.

I was working on coordinating a group baby blanket for a friend of mine, Laura. We both went to Bryn Mawr College and we’re friends through the college’s on-line alumnae community. Putting the blanket together involved:

  • Figuring out who knits or crochets and soliciting participants
  • Mailing out yarn and badgering people for squares
  • Arranging the squares and assembling the blanket

I mailed out the yarn at the end of January. Every participant got a ball of off-white and a ball of one of 4 colors. She could knit or crochet a 6-inch square in any stitch and color pattern she chose. By the beginning of May, I got 48 squares from 30 women. I was able to lay out a perfect set of 12-square quandrants, one of each color. I assembled the squares (with some help) and added a crochet border.

Here’s the blanket:

And here’s a page with close-ups of the squares. No, I have no idea how some of those squares were accomplished. If I’d thought about it, I would have asked for patterns to be submitted with the squares. The mom has asked for patterns and if I get them, I’ll try to post them.

Along with the yarn, I sent out white cards for people to return with a message for the mother. Those I put into a scrapbook with some pretty papers. This page has photos of the pages.

As luck would have it, no hint of the secret was revealed to Laura. She was totally surprised last night when it was presented to her at a gathering near San Francisco and everyone at the gathering was in awe of it. I desperately wanted to be there, and even looked into airfares, but yesterday was also the wedding I made the I Do Shrug for (more on that later).

You might wonder what yarn was used: Cascade 220 Superwash. I wanted something that a new mom wouldn’t have to worry about and that was a nice quality. I auditioned the yarn carefully and this one washed well and was very soft. I’ll try to make some specific notes for this project soon, in case you’re thinking of attempting this yourself!