So I’m planning to take up an ultrabulky knitting project that I hope to complete once we move. It’s impractical to attempt a project of this size in our current apartment which is cozy, but also… mostly hallway.
The finished project will be a queen sized knit blanket, like the one featured here.
There are some excellent patterns and blogs about taking on a project of this size and gauge; and it’s clear, this will require a lot of space that can be catless, dry, and will require easy access to a washing machine. While I’m seeing a lot of people using superwash merino roving as their fiber, I’m tempted to use a Wensleydale or Targhee. That’s just a matter of preference. Merino is lovely, but I find it a bit delicate for items that see regular use.
To complete the project, I’d have to make my own needles out of PVC pipe, have a bunch of throw-away bedsheets, have access to a washing machine with a fill/drain/spin only cycle setting, and a room with some floor space that also has a door on it. I’d also need a needle felting kit, which, as T pointed out, is a silly name since one does not felt needles.
I like the idea of this being the first project I complete in our forthcoming new home, especially since we’re moving in January — prime knitting season. That’s also around the time that we’re going to venture to build our bed, (and probably a standing desk) so running those two projects concurrently is appealing.
I’ve never done a project of this gauge or magnitude before, and I feel like a giant marshmallow blanket is just something we deserve to have in our lives. Apart from the various stages that involve “waiting for the damn thing to dry” I honestly don’t foresee this project taking too terribly long, either.
I’m excited to give it a go. (:3