Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FO: Kex Blanket by WestKnits

Two years, one month and one day in the making:  here at last is my completed Kex Blanket.

It is a WestKnits pattern by Stephen West, from the 2013 Westy's Besties Knitalong.

I looked back to my original inspiration for this blanket and it still holds true.

I wanted to knit a comfort blanket, a piece of knitting to keep and use forever.


I gathered the yarn together from other Ravellers' destashes, from ebay and from end-of-line sales.

There are 18 balls of Rowan Scottish Aran Tweed and Rowan Harris Aran Tweed in here.

I dread to think what it would have cost if the yarn had not been discontinued by the time I came to seek it out.

It was still a major investment, of both time and money.

But one I do not regret.

Not even a little bit.


The colour scheme evolved according to the yarn I was able to source.

The Heather border is echoed in the horizontal stripes, bringing coherence to what could have been a mad tartan-esque riot of mismatchiness.



It measures 1.7 metres by 1.9 metres and weighs 1.8 kilos - wow!  

It has travelled with FL and I on holidays to Ullapool and the Isle of Skye.

And it has kept me warm through three winters already, draped over my knees as I worked on it.

I was about to write that I would miss my blanket now that it is done... but that's crazy, because it's only now that we can make full use of it, without the danger of dropped stitches or being impaled on a needle.

It has taken up residence on the sofa, to be enjoyed as an everyday woolly luxury.
The only problem is going to be deciding whose turn it is to use it, FL or me.
Hmmm.
We will just have to cuddle up :)



24 comments:

paisleyapron said...

Fantastic! What an accomplishment, made all the better because you can enjoy it every day.

Amelia said...

I have just finished reading your entire blog, in the wake of a knee operation and through a bout of nasty tonsillitis. So your Kex is very fresh in my mind, and I had been wondering how it was getting along. And it is gorgeous, the colours are a serendipitous blend. Thanks so much for writing your blog, through bad times and good -- your spirit is so brilliantly strong, even when you may think you stumble, and you've started me on the path to a drawer full of hand-knitted socks. Many thanks.

Alison C said...

It's amazing, a family heirloom for sure. Thank you for sharing.

Scruffybadger said...

Oh my! Even I can't believe it's finished..... I've become used to Kex updates ! It's incredible and I cannot believe the size ( and weight!) totally uniquely perfect heirloom. Enjoy snuggling beautifully!

Dilly said...

This is absolutely beautiful. The colours are beautiful, and the craft that went into it is beautiful. Ugh, that sounds silly, but I really love this and you are obviously going to love using it.

beate grigutsch said...

beautiful blanket!!!
did you see how your dogs colors match the blanket? or is it only my screen?
xx

Fiona said...

That is a tremendous FO! I love the colours and am impressed at your perseverance!

Joan said...

What a tour de force, Roo-- big enough to share, and the colours are definitely you!

weegie wummin said...

Just simply utterly devine

verykerryberry said...

Gorgeous! i just love the violet running through it and the woven look. Stunning

violicious said...

It's beautiful! Great work.

LLBB said...

Looks awesome!! So beautiful. Congrats on finishing it :) Enjoy!

RooKnits said...

Congratulations on finishing it. May it keep you warm for many years to come.

sewstyled said...

It's lovely and what luxury to have it made out of Rowan Scottish/Harris Tweed. I can just imagine how nice it must be to wrapped up in all that colourful wool.
I keep considering it and it's still in my queue but not sure if I could put up with all the endless stocking stitch or garter stitch. I'v never been able to figure out from all the photos if it GS or SS.

ohsewfantastic said...

Fantastic!

christinelaennec said...

That is SUCH a beautiful blanket. You will treasure it for a long time to come. I echo Amelia's words about your blog, too. (Not that I've just read it all, but it's nice to know that if I were suddenly incapacitated I could!)

Sew little time said...

it's gorgeous! what a labour of love!

Lynne said...

This is fantastic, what a beautiful blanket. I had google to convert the weight to "real money"! It turns out that it's nearly 4lbs!

CarolS said...

yes, can only echo the praise above, unique and beautiful and splendid. And warm
Congratulations.

Helen // Grosgrain Green said...

This is beautiful! I love the colours and the texture.

liza jane said...

Beautiful!!

handmade by amalia said...

What a lovely blanket! There is nothing like finishing a big project.
Amalia
xo

jessica said...

Truly magnificent, Roo! Absolutely gorgeous. Stunning.

pennylibrarian said...

Wow, a stunning testament to your skills and perseverance!