Fly Away Blanket : a modern hand knit quilt
Alexa has been a mother for 4+ years now, but I am new to this. One of the most vivid moments I remember about the first days was bringing Max home from the hospital. A song came on the radio, some generic cheesy love song about ‘always loving you’, etc. The hormones hit me like a tonne of bricks, I thought, “one day he will grow up and leave me”, and tears streamed down my cheeks.
The crazy (or comical) thing is that a couple weeks later, I was speaking to my Mom on the phone, and without having heard my story, she spoke about driving me home from the hospital, hearing a love song, and having the exact same thought, “one day she will grow up and leave me”, and blubbing her way home.
This spooky identical experience makes me feel like I can’t escape biology and genetics (and becoming my mother). Are we actually the same person, 30 years apart in time? As a young person I always felt so different and independent from my parents, but as I age I am forced to admit to myself time and time again how similar I am.
This blanket is named Fly Away both for the motif which is taken from ‘flying geese’ blocks in quilting, and for the bittersweet fact that babies grow up and fly away one day. Aesthetically it was inspired by some of the fabulous modern quilts I have been seeing on Instagram lately. I love the bold colours and crisp geometries and wanted to make something like that happen in knitting.
This striking geometrical design is perfect for the newest addition to your family. The garter stitch is squishy, cozy, warm and cuddly. It is also a lovely gift for a grown-up babe who is ‘flying away’ to college, furnishing a new home, or starting a family of their own. Because the design is modular, you can make it larger or smaller, or knit it in any weight of yarn.
As some of you may know, one of my side projects, when I’m not designing for Tin Can Knits (or taking care of my new little fellow Max) is a hand-dyed yarn line called Rainbow Heirloom. I’m partial to really vivid colours that really POP, and ideal pairings of design and yarn, and this is what Rainbow Heirloom is focused on. You can order kits to make the Fly Away blanket here.
These garter-stitch squares are ‘potato chip knitting’… simply, satisfying, and you just want to knit (eat) one more… They are portable and easy to work at knit night, on transit, or while watching TV. Bit by bit your stack of squares will grow.
Because Fly Away is knit in squares, when you lay out the blanket you have a vast array of options for design! You can create arrows, diamonds, symmetry or asymmetry. I suggest you lay out the blanket in a few different ways, take photos, and play around until you have a layout that pleases you.
Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe: 6 new knits all about the babes!
Fly Away is one of the 6 designs in Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe, our newest collection that we are launching one design at a time. Revel in the surprise and get special preorder pricing of $14 before the last pattern is released!
Max & Bodhi’s Pattern Launch Dates:
- April 02 – Playdate Cardigan, already live
- April 16 – Fly Away Blankie, get it today!
- April 30, May 14, May 28, and June 11 2015 … 4 more delicious new designs!
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