Several years ago, I saw the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket and the Moderne Baby Blanket in the book Mason-Dixon Knitting. I loved that the designs featured clean blocks of color, without being a simple checkerboard or something (boring) like that.
Knitting this type of blanket would be like making a quilt, but without having to, well, quilt. And unlike many blankets made up of knitted blocks, there was no sewing involved (YES--I like sewing and I like knitting, but I hate sewing knitted pieces together, remember?).
...placemats! So that's how this project came to be. I knit these mostly while working at the yarn shop. One by one, each completed mat became part of our window display at work until I finished all of them, and now they're living at my house. I picked the colors to go with the kitchen here at Boogaloo Acres.
While I was knitting these at the shop, a lot of people complimented them as being a great idea for a nice "practical" project. It's adorable that anyone would think that! But we're a household that loves coffee, red wine, chocolate, and tomato-based sauces--these poor mats will probably be stained by the end of this photo shoot. Any kind of placemat seems pretty pointless, actually, when we have an easily-wipeable formica table. Whatever. These are still cute and colorful, and I finally got that "urge to log cabin" out of my system and can get on with my life.