My inspiration for the blanket was the print below; Fish Festival by Seb West. I first saw the print hanging on the wall in a bed and breakfast hotel room. I liked it so much that I bought a copy once I was back home. Then I got that feeling that comes when there's a little flame of a knitting idea that won't go out. I wanted a blanket.
These days I'm a hardcore intarsia enthusiast: if I've not got at least 3 yarns, preferably more, twisting into knots as I work then my knitting feels a bit naked. But back then, three months straight intarsia knitting was long enough, so after an initial burst I put the blanket to one side for a break.
According to my spreadsheet - stop smirking, I like a spreadsheet - I then knit my way through Flighty, Buster, Drift and, having found out I was pregnant with my first, another intarsia blanket for baby. I found my way back to The Fish Blanket for a month or so, but by then baby was taking up almost all the knitting room I had in my head. So I worked out how much Rowan Handknit DK Cotton I would need to complete the blanket and bought it all in one expensive trip to the yarn department at Liberty.
The Fish Blanket has had its own large Work In Progress box ever since. And my "baby" turns ten this summer.
When I told The Knitting Girls that I'd finished the last square of the blanket, one of them asked me if I felt a bit sad that it was nearly finished. I told her that I didn't, that I had only ever felt good things about this blanket, it was never a millstone. I've always been happy to get it out, happy to work on it, happy to put it away again, and I'll be happy to finish it. That's a lot of happy.
So my pile of thirteen squares is now blocked, but they still need to be seamed together and joined to the rest of the blanket. For the border I think I might stick to applied i-cord - something fairly simple anyway.
One column and one border of happy knitting left. Here's to a happy ending!