As far as I remember (which isn’t very far!), Eat, Sleep, Knit has always had a “make a blanket” badge but it’s called something much cuter. I’ve never made a blanket for the Yarnathon because (1) I’ve never had much need for a 1,000+ yard blanket and (2) I’ve never had a problem earning the number of stars it takes to get to the highest level.
This year, two things happened: (1) They’ve made it a bit difficult to reach the highest level, which I think they needed to do and (2) I don’t think my feet have been warm since August.
I had 7 skeins of Malabrigo Mecha, a bulky weight yarn, with very little plying so it’s almost like a roving. I had bought it to make a sweater but realized, even if I were living where it’s cold (not naming any particular state . . but it starts with an “M” and ends with an “i”), a sweater out of Mecha would probably still cause me to have a meltdown. So, I figured . . blanket!! But, each skein is 130 yards and I needed at least 2 more skeins to reach the 1,000+ yardage minimum requirement. Malabrigo is notorious for having skeins from different days that are totally different colors but I risked it and ordered 2 more skeins. They were really the best Malabrigo matches I’ve ever received in different batches.
There was a bit of difference so I alternated skeins and hardly noticed any change in color. Later, I came across some rather obvious differences in another skein, one of the original 7. I ended up having to alternate the skeins with that one too.
The above photo is before it was blocked. It’s drying on the blocking mat now. If you look just below the halfway mark you can see where I came across the skein that should have been alternated. If this were a sweater, I would probably have ripped back and alternated from the beginning of that skein but it’s a blanket for my own use that will be used and abused so I’m leaving it as it is.
Once it’s dry, I’ll post a final picture and share the measurements.