The Upside to a Big Ball of Wool

There is no way around it. Throw blankets take a lot of wool. And when the  wool comes in skeins, it must be wound into balls.

And that is a lot of work.

I think, that it might just take me as long to complete this little throw as it did to wind the two very large skeins (each 568 grams of 100% wool pencil roving) into two very large balls of wool. But sometimes, even the most tedious of preparation for a creative project can have its fun moments. My fun moment with this project came as I was nearing the end of winding the very first ball of wool (after a full evening of winding). My cat  jumped up beside me to investigate what all the fuss was about. And as soon as she jumped onto the couch, her eyes grew as big as saucers… this was a serious ball of wool!

I am glad someone enjoyed all the work :)

Now, I guess the biggest conundrum I will have as I work on the throw blanket is keeping the cat from playing with this ‘dream-sized’ ball of wool. And if you are looking to try this project for yourself (…I have to say that even as I am just in the starting stages of this project, I can tell it is going to be a gorgeous throw blanket… and easy… and fast… and did I say gorgeous?), you will need 2 large skeins – or balls – of pencil wool roving to measure approximately 1000 – 1200 grams. I am also going to put a 2 coloured stripe in the blanket, so will need an additional 250 grams of colour B and 100 grams of colour C. (Don’t forget – you will need a knitting board too.)

And now I am going to get to work… but only if I can keep the cat away for the ball of wool of her dreams :)

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2 thoughts on “The Upside to a Big Ball of Wool

  1. I remember trying to make a baby blanket for Kelly with two cats trying to get the ball of wool So I put the ball into a grocery bag and tied the top. This mangaed to stop the cats from attacking the ball but they still managed to chew threw the string of wool at least twice on me when i was counting stitches.

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