By Definition: A Weighted Blanket

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I told you about the 2021 Stashdown Granny Challenge CAL hosted by Jennifer over at Fiber Flux recently.

I am nearing the end of my first destash granny. She is currently queen topper size (as in, she covers only the top and none of the sides of our queen bed). Each round of this blanket is somewhere around an inch and a half. (I am guessing, not measuring, because, lazy…) I am planning on adding on at least twelve more rounds to this blanket before throwing on the crowning glory of a picot edge — because a granny square blanket is not done for me until that picot edging is there — otherwise, I may decide to expand upon said blanket at a later date–and I seriously need to curtail that mess before it begins. I will make a new granny square blanket–but, no, I do not need to work on old granny square blankets to enlarge or ‘improve’ them in any way. I’ll never get anything actually finished and complete if I don’t stop myself from trying to make everything ‘perfect’.

Now, I tested that blanket on our bed the other night, much to my husband’s chagrin. All he could say is that the blanket is HEAVY.

We’ve talked about and looked at and thought about weighted blankets in the past. The C2C blankets my mother crochets that we keep on the bed can make my feet go numb at night that are so heavy — especially when several are bunched up at the foot of the bed since these blankets are so very warm–they keep you warm and can overheat you. Four of my mother’s blankets on you in sub-zero weather and you will be sweating your butt off. Heavy boogers, they are.

Well, I had to stop and think about why my destash granny might fit in the category of ‘weighted’ blanket. I used spare Caron one pounders (I think there are three whole ones in there), plus quite a few of the huge Red Heart Super Savers (these rival the one pounders, so you are looking at at least three of those, and at least another three pounds), plus all the scraps, partial skeins and whatnot added in…and this will be a king-size blanket by the time I am through…it may be fifteen pounds or more once all is said and done.

And it is only the first of many of these that I am planning. Much like my ever-multiplying cotton yarn stash (I swear, cotton yarn is like having tribbles…it just hides everywhere and pops out when least expected–can my sock yarn do that, please?), I have tons of partial acrylic skeins all over the place.

My son has already claimed this blanket as his special ‘sleepy night night'(thank you, Spy In Disguise for that) blanket that will keep him warm and snuggled and comfortable and safe (from bad guys and pigeons, I suppose). As long as that means the blanket will be in HIS room and not piled up en masse with all his other warm snuggly sleepy night night blankets that he wallows in on the couch…I am fine with this.

I stopped work on this blanket to work on the Great Green KAL…so once that sweater is done, I will finish this blanket and start the next one…because, oh, do I have plans for what yarns I want to use how…I love this…and the next blanket, I’ll be using a bigger hook and it will go even faster. YAY!

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