This weekend I finished this blanket – which has been sitting, cut up in a storage container for nearly a year, I think. This thing is SOFT. I mean really squishibly, snuggly soft. (Do you remember those Snuggle commercials? “It’s snoogly saawft.”)

When I started collecting sweaters for this blanket, I was envisioning it as more white with tan and sage accents. And even when I had all the pieces stacked up in front of me, I still expected it to come out mostly white despite the pathetically small stack of white squares. It’s beautiful though, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I love all the different textures and that I wasn’t completely anal about making all the cables run in the same direction.

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This is the first blanket that I sewed entirely with my serger. I think I’ve got some tension adjustments to work out, but it sure made the job easier. That machine sews through felt like it is warm butter. And I love how it trims up the edges as you go. All those squares… were not so square when I started.

So the big question is, do I edge it, or not? I was thinking a satin binding in a pale brown or cream, but now I’m not so sure. I’ve only ever edged two of my throw blankets, and those were both done with strips of leftover felt. I have used satin binding on baby blankets, but they also have a knit backing. I wonder if the satin would make it look like a big baby blanket. NOT the look I’m going for.

Comments

4 Responses to “To edge, or not to edge”

  1. Lynne on March 23rd, 2008 6:25 am

    Very pretty! I’m not sure about using a satin binding though, it might take away from the look of softness, if that makes any sense.
    I’m curious about your serger. I used one for the first time ever, in a class last week. I’m wondering what type you have and what sort of projects, besides this blanket, you use it on?

  2. Susan on March 23rd, 2008 5:43 pm

    I like the idea of felt scrap binding. It would finish it but keep it looking cool and not babyish. Something inconspicuous, perhaps.

    It’s really gorgeous. And hilarious that you thought it would be more white as you lacked white squares. Oh, the idealism!

  3. Bethany on March 26th, 2008 2:09 pm

    Very pretty.
    Also, I’m in love with your sewing room.

  4. Sarah on May 24th, 2008 10:44 pm

    I just came across your blog this evening. Your projects are beautiful. If you haven’t already bound your blanket, I agree with a previous post in that the satin would take away from the organic richness of your blanket. I think felt binding or even a simple natural or ecru jersey or ribknit binding would finish your blanket nicely. Beautiful blanket!

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