I started a tradition last year, one that I am continuing this year (and every year after, if all goes as planned): one year, one blanket. It’s a challenge and a meditation. Last year was the Hue Shift Afghan.
This year it’s the Love Tangle Blanket that I have been talking about and working on as a WIP for nearly a year.
I keep plenty of other small knitting (and now spinning) projects going throughout the year, but I love having a blanket in the background: they are good for knitting in the car, on the move (if they are modular), and great for those moments when you just want to pull out the familiar and enjoy the feeling of knitting without much thinking. Plus, blankets are perfect for the seasons: you begin in the winter and by the next winter (after you sweat under the growing weight and length of the wool in the summer), you magically have a really cozy piece of cloth that can keep out the chill. As a bonus, I usually get to see my son dragging it around to all of the heating vents so that he can read and stay warm.
Blankets, like sweaters, also demand some real staying power–and I like that.
Next up for me, I hope, is this beauty called “Persian Dreams Throw”
But, phew, this one is going to take a while. Maybe it’ll be more like two years, one blanket.