After much deliberation, I picked out the yarn I’m going to use for the new cat-blanket. It’s Loops & Threads Impeccable, a soft acrylic that doesn’t seem like it will be too awful to use, in the “Tropical Storm” colourway. Then I picked a pattern, Bernat’s Mitered Squares Baby Blanket. Of course, I’m going to make it bigger than a baby blanket! It needs to be big enough for two people to snoogle under on cold winter nights, plus one cat. I’d measure the current blanket, but Kipling is snoozing on it at the moment.
I bought just one ball to test out the yarn and pattern, and after working up the first few squares, decided that I really, really like it. The stitches are worked in the back loop to create the ridged effect, and each square is begun directly from the square before it without having to break the yarn – always a bonus!
I found a 40% off an entire purchase coupon and bought eight more balls of the yarn with it, everything the store had in stock. That may or may not be enough for the whole blanket, but I figure I can just keep buying more until it’s big enough. While Loops & Threads does have dye lots, I’m really not worried about it for this project.
Hopefully I can get this thing finished by the time it’s cold enough to need it!