31.08.2013 - JUST FINISHED ERMAGERD!!! Sewed in all my ends and everything! Did a bit of a photoshoot on the roof, but the next thing is to get to Alighieri exhibition at MAXXI before leaving on Tuesday for some context shots! I FINIIIIISHEDDD!!!
26.08.2013 - Ran out of white Merino Plus for the strips. Fuck. I don’t know what I was smoking when I thought that 3 balls would be more than enough. I’m doing a 15-stitch-wide moss stitch for the spaces, and each vertical strip, of which there are three is 110 cm long. Each vertical strip uses 1 ball of fecking wool so WTF was I thinking, indeed. Of course, I live in RIDICULOUS Italy where EVERY BLOODY WOOL SHOP is closed for August, so here’s hoping that today the one place I know is open will actually stock this yarn. FUCK ME, RIGHT? Luckily they knit up in a flash and once I get my hands on the right stuff I’ll have the blanket fully done in a day and a half. Cutting it close…
13.08.2013 - DONE WITH THE LETTERS, BIOTCH!
I’ve already got two of the 4x4 letter squares all sewn together, so now to get the other four done so I can see how to construct the white spaces. I usually knit things in the round because I hate sewing. I’m in for a world of sad right about now. But the good thing is that I’m on schedule. Should def be done before I fly out on the 3rd.
15.06.2013 - I’ve finished with the first two phrase squares (16 letters each): VOCA VOCA MARINARO and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Starting on BATTI MANINI ♥ BABY. Then comes YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, SING OUT AND BE FREE and JUMP SKIP RUN DANCE. Still haven’t decided how I want to do the white space.
21.4.2013 - This is madness. My sister is an art history major and while living together in Italy we really loved seeing the work of Alighiero Boetti, especially his woven and embroidered works. I’m trying to adapt his work into a baby blanket for her first sprog due in the first week of December.
I’m double knitting the alphabet letters and I’m going to spell out words from Italian nursery rhymes our grandparents used to sing to us. I haven’t yet decided how I’m going to go about the white space, but I’d like to use a chunky yarn and maybe go for a moss stitch for texture.
Each square will be 17 stitches and 22 rows, so I’m in the process of charting my own alphabet to really mimic the look of Boetti’s alphabet.