Babette, She Torments Me
January 12, 2009 § 13 Comments
Someone asked me recently how my Babette Blanket was doing. Sigh. La Babette, she torments me. It’s not so much the crocheting of the granny squares, but the sewing together that is slowing me down. I took someone’s advice as I was browsing around the Internet, to sew them together with the mattress stitch. Big. Mistake. It is the slowest method in the universe… at least in my hands. Linda, who is also making Babette with me, is sewing them together with a whip stitch. So. Much. Easier.
The benefit of the mattress stitch is that the yarn buries itself in between the squares and you really can’t see it. The whip stitch is much more visible. I guess you have to pay the price. Visible = fast. Invisible = slow.
Linda and I had made a pact to crochet 11 squares a month so that we would be finishing up about now. That agreement didn’t work so well. She is a little bit ahead of me. But not by much. This will become a two-year project, I’m afraid. We are determined to finish no matter how long it takes.
The one thing we both wish we would have done differently was to start with Cascade 220 yarn at the very beginning. We thought we should be a little frugal and ordered yarn from Elann.com and KnitPicks.com to save a few bucks. But we didn’t know how much yarn we would really need because the pattern calls for fingering weight not worsted weight. Over the course of time, we have run out and have not be able to match up the colors of yarn very well. We decided we didn’t want to order 1 or 2 skeins more at a time because of the cost of shipping. La Babette, she is truly becoming a scrappy afghan.
And there you have it. That’s the state of my Babette.