Afghan Progress 198 Rows

ILHIKER's picture

In honor of all the guys who are knitting feverishly in the mountains of Colorado, I have made it to a new goal. I was knitting and thinking of all of you. This is the completion of the 3rd page of the pattern, and I'm on the 7th skein of yarn. I think this puts me at about the halfway point in the project. Woo-hoo!

Mark

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davidjames181's picture

Wow, that looks amazing!

Wow, that looks amazing!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Looks great, Mark. I'm

Looks great, Mark. I'm sorry you couldn't make it to RMMKR but there is always the next one to look forward to. Thanks for the chocolates you sent, too, as my chocoholic heart went "Yippee". -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Simpawknits's picture

I love that afghan! I have

I love that afghan! I have the book it's in and started to make it but chickened out. Maybe I'll take it up soon. You're doing a great job!

ILHIKER's picture

Hi Ken, Thanks for your kind

Hi Ken,
Thanks for your kind words. It looks like you and I have been knitting for a comparatively short time. I started last September, so I am coming up on my knitting anniversary! When I saw the pattern, I sighed and thought that someday I would be skilled enough to do it. So, I turned the page and moved on to the slippers. After muddling through the slippers...it took me three slippers to get two that were wearable LOL!...I went back and studied the afghan. I had started another afghan that was 10"x10" squares and I really hated it. I don't like joining squares together. I realized that it's just knitting and puling with the single cable stitch now and then. Once I figured out how easy the cable stitch was, no cable needled required thanks to a video I found on YouTube, I went out and bought a skein of the yarn I wanted to use and gave it a start. To my surprise, it went pretty well, as long as I paid close attention to the pattern and trusted it. It's been a great learning experience. I have learned how to unknit very long rows and not get upset. I have also learned how to just take a stitch in one row, take it back several rows to fix a stitch and then bring the stitch back up to the needles. Whoever figured that out is brilliant.

Again, thanks for the kind words. If you need any help with it, just let me know and I will be glad to lend a hand.

Mark

Bill's picture

Mark, it looks wonderful!

Mark, it looks wonderful! ...in an earlier post you said the yarn was washable wool/acrylic (20%/80%)...what is the brand?

ILHIKER's picture

Hi Bill, I am using Lion

Hi Bill,
I am using Lion Brand Chunky yarn and it's the color is Willow. The pattern calls for using a thinner worsted weight but using a double strand. The slippers I made like that were curious at best because of two balls of yarn flopping all over the place. That's why the second pair of slippers I made (blue) I used the Wool Roving yarn from Patons. After I finish this afghan, I am going to toss it in the washer and dryer. We have a high-efficiency, fancy schmancy washer and dryers that weigh the fabric and makes adjustments in the washing speeds and drying intensity, so I will shove it in, put everything on low, gently, warm/cold, etc. and hope for the best that it will soften up a bit more. I may make another afghan out of the more expensive alpakas, merinos/silk blends, or some of the Noro yarns...but not right away. I think one afghan a year will be sufficient...for now. :)

Thanks for your kind words.

Mark

Bill's picture

It's very beautiful! I bet

It's very beautiful! I bet you enjoy it!

Masala's picture

Mark, Wow, this is very

Mark, Wow, this is very beautiful! I don't not live in the mountains and seeing your work has made me knit feverishly here in the front range! This has pushed me into high gear!

ILHIKER's picture

Your compliments make me

Your compliments make me blush. Your work is so stunning and I respect your thoughts about the art form. For you to tell me that I have inspired you to push onward in a higher gear...well, I am quite touched.

Thank you so much.

Mark