This blanket is most certainly not a shrug, but I couldn't resist the name since the blanket took almost as long to knit as it did for me to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
No, I would not recommend Atlas Shrugged.
No, the bragging rights are not particularly satisfying when the book in question is one that's usually read by teens and twenty-somethings.
In fact, I maintain that my blanket is better than the book. And that's so rare; it's usually the book that's better than the blanket.
Ayn Rand was all about rewarding and crowing over personal achievement and ego, so out of respect for her and Objectivists everywhere, I assert that you should heart me on Ravelry. (That one was for you, Suse, who may have thought I'd run out of ways to beg for hearts). Also, my Ravelry page is where I explain, somewhat clumsily, how I made this blanket.
Now in defiance of Ayn Rand, I'm going to take one for the team. If you had any whispery, lingering insecurities about not having read Atlas Shrugged, I give you all the right to claim that you have. Should you suddenly find yourself transported back in time and ending up at a cocktail party in 1958, you could say something like, "It was an engrossing read, at times, but I feel Rand should have spent more time addressing the issue of those who cannot work as opposed to will not." If that's too much to remember, just roll your eyes, put your left hand out in a dramatization of "Whoa! Enough!" and say, "The Broadcast scene: soooo overstated."
This blanket is going to be a housewarming gift for someone who loves color.
After I finished blocking it, I had this idea that my next project would be a handknit serape. I looked a little on Ravelry to see if someone had already adapted a serape pattern from weaving to knitting, but could not find one I liked. Then I did a Google image search for "serape," and chose a picture of an especially pretty one that I thought could be easily modified to an in-the-round, fair isle design. I went ahead and printed out a few pages of graph paper, so that I could make a color chart. I was just about to go borrow colored pencils from Agatha in order to mix and match hue choices and fill in my little chart, and was pondering the conundrum of whether or not I should use Shetland wool. Shetland just sounds inappropriate for a serape, for some reason. Rowan wool/cotton, maybe? And more importantly, would I be able to make it look serape-like without having to resort to intarsia? Suddenly, I was overcome with the need to nap at the sheer amount of busy work I was assigning myself. I woke with a graph paper grid on my face.
Like Atlas, I shrugged.