The Dales Blanket: Malham

Rowan Heritage Tweed Shade Card

Unpacking new yarn is one of the perks of working in a yarn store, and this week a new delivery from Rowan filled me with excitement. It wasn’t just the arrival of a new 4 ply yarn, so much as the names. These yarns are all named after places in the Dales, mostly Yorkshire and Derbyshire. These are places I know well and the names brought back so many memories of my student days spent in Settle, Malham and Ingleborough. Weekends spent with my caving buddies, the place I met my husband and where I first slept on a bar room floor (don’t ask, I was young and foolish!)

I knew straight away I needed to do something special with this yarn and so the idea came to make a blanket, each square knitted in a different pattern, with a different shade named after a place I’ve been to or have some family connection with.

Mr T at Malham Cove

So this week I’m introducing you to Malham. The yarn is a tweedy grey which I think will lend itself to a textured stitch and while I knit I’ll remember the many vists we made to Malham cove, watching Mr T and friends abseiling off the top,  full of bravado. Winters, when the snow was so thick we wished we had  flasks of hot chocolate and summers so warm we stopped to swim at Malham Tarn. I’m off to cast on my first square. I hope you’ll follow me as week by week for the winter I knit my “Dales Blanket” , one memory at a time.

Fine Tweed Shade No: 366

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  1. What a beautiful idea to produce something so special and that you will be able to keep, treasure and pass on. A real family heirloom. I look forward to seeing it as it grows xx


  2. Tracey Todhunter

     /  August 9, 2011

    Thank you Mandy, I’m very excited about it, and buying one ball of yarn a week, I’ll hardly notice the cost (it’s only £3.50 a ball too!)


  3. Ali

     /  August 9, 2011

    OOOh Tracey! How exciting – fab idea too! Lots of familiar names! Will be visiting some soon!
    Will you be doing a Pendle square for halloween…it looks suitably witch coloured? Simon Armitage doing a BBC4 doc on the subject on 17th.
    Looking forward to watching your rolling dales creation.
    Ali xx


  4. What a sweet idea to knit memories into a blanket, so every time you huddle up in it you can dream and go back down memory lane. Can’t wait to see it finished. H x


  5. I’m looking forward to seeing this over the coming weeks!


  6. Jackie Donovan

     /  September 22, 2011

    Tracey what a wonderful idea, it will be such a fantastic memory blanket that will last for ever and make you smile. Love Jackie x


  7. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 22, 2011

    I’m already loving it Jackie, I’ll post an update this week as it’s finally in a state worth sharing. This is a gorgeous yarn to work with.


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