Behold, the Rainbow Blanket. Or, as I like to call it, The Gayest Baby Blanket Ever.
This blanket is 110 stitches over 46 rows by 7 colors. Or, 35,420 stitches. I finished in 10 days. 10 finger cramping, carpal tunnel inducing days. But it was very worth it.
Like I put on my Rav page, this blanket is my own little personal protest against bigotry. At first, I wanted to make Julia, my boyfriend Oscar's sister, a baby blanket in a rainbow colorway because I like the colors and think a baby blanket should be something that could be used and played with for years. I planned to make this out of Knit Picks Palette, and even bought the yarn. But knit up, my gauge was 8 stitches/inch, meaning a 36" x 60" blanket would be over 200,000 stitches. Ouch. So I cancelled my rainbow blanket plans.
Then Oscar and I and his family went the hospital on September 9th and waited for 9 hours for the baby, my new little nephew, to be born. While waiting, I got to know his family a bit better. Including his uncle, Tio Bigot. Just kidding, I forgot his name, but he really was homophobic!
While all of us hung out in the cafeteria, we chatted about Julia's baby shower. She didn't allow any guys at her shower except for her gay guy friends. When Oscar's uncle heard that, he launched into this epic tirade against gay marriage, complete with Bible quotes. I'm not putting any of what he said here because I don't want to repeat the absolutely misguided things he said. I couldn't stop him or get him to change the subject. Eventually, I turned to him and told him that I believed that God is the only one who could judge, not he or I. That seemed to stop him for a bit.
So, I came home and resolved to knit a rainbow baby blanket just as fast as I could. Knowing Julia, she'll probably haul this out and use it in front of him every time he visits.
Aside from being a great way to show exactly where I stand on that issue, I truly do think this is a beautiful blanket. I had all of the colors in my stash already for a log cabin blanket I was going to make. It's made out of Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! and it's oh so soft. I can't wait for her to see it.