And here is the not-yet-put-together blanket:
Initially, the rainbow idea felt to me much too contrived and silly. But I find I really love the finished product.
I don't know why, but it has felt nigh on unbearably difficult to stay connected and present this summer. This rainbow blanket's grand corniosity feels in direct opposition to my recent hiding and desperate screwing-closed-of-eyes behavior.
You know that moment in the Care Bears cartoons - when the Care Bears all come together against some bad thing and yell, "Care Bears - CARE!" and all their tummies start glowing and these big beams of light shoot out and push back the badness? That's what this weekend and this project feel like to me. I'm so pleased and proud to have given my friend a tangible reminder of her own strength and survival, and to have shared its creation with so many loving and good people.
Knitting is indeed a blessing. In this seemingly dark time, may we all remember our blessings, and our own ability to survive.