Monday, December 12, 2005

Square 1

Hooray! I finally buckled down and worked on my first square for the afghan!

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It is the Ginette Belanger square and I really enjoyed it. The cable was interesting and I like the texture of the brambles on the side. The p3tog drove me a little nuts but the effect was worth it. I'm using Plymouth Encore after sitting down and thinking about wash and wear and I used size 6 Clover bamboo needles. :)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Finally started!

After 2 false starts, I finally got my gauge right on the Meredith K. Morioka Square:

I am foreseeing a lot of starting and ripping to find the right needle sizes for the various squares. Luckily, I am using Lion Brand Wool-Ease ... not the best quality, but the yarn stays new even after several ripping. Besides, it is machine washable!

I am still undecided on which to start next.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Greetings from Australia!

Hello everyone, As soon as I saw this afghan, I knew I HAD to make it though it may be a slow process for me. As yet I do not have the patterns and have a friend in Indiana looking for me.

Then the next huge decision is which yarn to use! I know everyone has their favourite and Aussie yarns are classed in plys which makes it difficult for me to know what to get. I am sort of thinking about the Wool of the Andes Natural as it is a reasonable price for me to pay. Has anyone here used this for an afghan and if so, what did you think of it?

I live on a small cattle property in Queensland with lots of pets and of course cattle LOL. I love many crafts but favourite right now is rubber stamping. I look forward to charting my progress on the afghan on here WHEN I ever get started LOL!!

Cheers, Jean

Monday, November 14, 2005

Denim version of GAAA

Hi folks. I was looking for help when I discovered this blog, thanks to Google!
I'm knitting the GAAA in Red Heart denim tweed. I had mixed feeling about using such an inexpensive yarn, but the price tag for better yarn straightened me out. The afghan is a gift for my granddaughter. She adores denim, which is why I chose that yarn.
There are a few squares that I didn't do. I didn't like the square with the little sweater, I thought it was gimmicky. I have about 16 squares completed, saved the hardest for last.
I'm now stymied in Kathleen Carty. I've finished the mitered border and am trying to get up the nerve to—for the 4th time—try the graft. Maybe it's too small for my middle-aged eyes. The diagram in the book looks harmless, but I completely get lost soon after I begin and end up tearing it out again. I also thought about starting with the all-knit cable section in the middle, then working out from the center. Does anyone have a tip for doing this?

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Administrative Stuff

Hey guys, just popping in to say that I just now realized how much spam we've had on here, and am turning on word verification in the comments to try to head that off.

Also, if you have status updates or links for me to put in the sidebar, let me know, and I'll get those added. You can reach me at pixiegrrl24 AT yahoo DOT com.

Thanks, and happy knitting!

Another two squares finished

Thanks for your comments on the size variation of the squares, the two new ones are more normal. The chilly Autumn in Estonia has resulted in another two squares finished. First one is the Dana Hurts square. It is easy to spot the two obvious mistakes in that square.

Quiet frankly, I did not bother to fix it as the square remains symmetric and it gives a cool effect. I am obsessed with symmetry, an occupational hazard from being a chemist by training.

This is the Dagmara Berztiss square and was knitted enroute from Amsterdam to JFK this Wednesday. What else to do stuck in economy for 8 hrs?
It is one of the prettiest squares in the book, a simple, but elegant pattern. There are a couple of squares which I find too crowded. My current favorites in an unprioritized order and subject to change are:
1. Carol Adams, because it is simple and reversible.
2. Barbara McIntire, I looooove the intricate cables.
3. Betty Salpeka. It will be a challenging knit and beautiful cables.
4. Dagmara Berztiss, scientific design :-)
What are you favorites?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Greetings from Estonia

It is amazing what one week away from home and only local TV channels in Russian, Estonian and Finnish along with BBC world and a Danish! sports channel can do to your productivity. I have not knitted on my GAAA squares since August but have now finished two squares in a 10 days. That's 10 down :-)
I am halfway through a two week visit to Estonia, a wonderful country with strong knitting traditions. They sell yarn in the tourist shops along with beatifulful knitted garments. There is more about that on my blog.

The Barbara Selesnick Square, which came out to 11"x11"

Meridith Morioka which almost measures 13" by 13". Sorry about the bad quality of the pictures, but the light is not the greatest in my hotel room.
I have used the recommended European needle sizes and is somewhat puzzled about the large difference in size for the two squares. Any one else had the same experience?
Oh well, maybe I just picked the largest and the smallest of them to knit. On the needles is the Dana Hurt Square, which is about 20% done.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

5th square

I'm not sure that I've posted at all since joining, since I dropped off the face of the knitting world for a few months. However! I am back, and I have completed my fifth square for the GAAA.
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That's the Hurt square.

Friday, September 30, 2005

I'm a newbie too

Hey there. I thought I would introduce myself too. Glad others did it first, I was feeling kinda shy about doing it without any progress. Thanks for letting me join.

I am a reader of Carissa's blog and saw all the beautiful squares she was doing. And so I checked out the book and had to get it. I am doing the Rogue and am now in love with cables. This was my first time doing them.

Hopefully I can do it justice.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Another newbie to the group

Hello all,
I am another new member to the group. I haven't started on the GAAA yet because I am busy finishing my second afghan now. It is also a sampler afghan whose pattern was from Family Circle Easy Afghan. However, I have already decided to use Lion Brand Wool-Ease for GAAA because of its price and easy care ... and also I don't have to keep the stash at home. I can just go to Jo-Ann or Michael's when I run out of yarns! :)
You can have a look at the afghan I am working on now here. Once I start on the GAAA I'll post again. Thanks.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New to group


Thank you for allowing me to join the group. I started the Ginette Belanger square on Monday Sept 19. The square is coming along great now but had a false start.

After I completed the first 24 row repeat I noticed the sequence of the border stitches on both sides of the cable pattern were not lining up correctly on a couple of rows and my DH notice this also. I determined that I had started the row using a row 2 from the border pattern instead of a row 4 and this is what caused the problem. I did rip back and started over and I now have completed 2 repeats and the square looks great.

There are a few things I am doing different then the pattern states as far as the cast on and the edge stitches. I used a crochet cast on with waste yarn and I am slipping the first stitch as if to knit at the beginning of every row and purling the last stitch of every row and instead of binding off the last row will place stitches on waste yarn or a stitch holder. The theory is that assembling the afghan will be easier.

Also all the cast ons will be 60 stitches, work the garter rows and then either decrease or increase to the stitches needed to complete the square. I realize there are a couple of squares this may not work for but will cross that bridge when I get to it.


Saturday, August 20, 2005

A square in a day, too

Last Sunday, a hot, and humid LI summer's day I camped in the room with AC and knitted all day. So I finished the Ada Fenick square, which is a fairly easy one. The designer actually live in the area. It shows the tree of life, though I also see some similarities to a menorah (sp?). That's 8 down and 12 to go.

Friday, August 19, 2005

A Square in a Day

Yesterday I realized my dream of knitting an entire square in a day. I started knitting at 10:30 and worked through to 12:30am, with perhaps two hours spent on lunch, dinner, and a phone call to the boyfriend. The result? The Kathleen T. Carty square! I now have a total of 15 squares done (15th being blocked), which puts me halfway towards my goal of 30 squares for my sister's ginormous afghan. I have eight unique squares, and will need to choose two more. Each square will be repeated three times.

I also wanted to share some pictures of my blocking board, since people had been complaining about how annoying it was to block the squares. I took a long piece of wood (about two inches wide and deep) and cut it into lengths of just over a foot, mitered the corners, and glued it together into a square. I covered the square with leftover calico fabric (stapling it on the back) and then drove little tacks in every three inches to form a 12" by 12" outline. All I have to do to block a square is wet it down, stretch it over the tacks, and leave it alone for a day.

Closeups of the finished blocks and larger versions of these pictures are available at

Friday, August 05, 2005

Sharing my good news....

The Ohio State Fair started Wednesday, so yesterday after work my friend and I rushed to get up to the fair and check out my results. I had heard a rumor of the afghan category results, but I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it myself:

That's first place in the knitted afghans class, and Best in Show in the Afghans division!! I'm absolutely thrilled. The second and first place afghans were really stunning as well, so I'm very proud of my achievement! It was worth the frantic finish at the end to get it done.

I have to admit I find it funny that the worst square in the whole afghan is so prominently displayed. I did something seriously weird to that in the round square at the bottom of the rosette and didn't have time to fix it via blocking! I guess they gave me the benefit of the doubt.

I also placed third in the Original Design class for a fair isle capelet, so I'm really happy with that too!

Has anyone else entered their knitting into county or state fairs?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Border yarn?

Hey, to those of you who've finished: how much yarn did it take you to sew up and knit the border? I bought 25 balls of yarn for a 30-square afghan (five squares by six) and am growing a bit uneasy about whether this will actually be enough or not. So far I've used about eight balls for 11 squares, which leaves me only about three balls for sewing and border (8/11=0.72 *30=21.8 is about 22 balls for the thirty squares). This doesn't sound like enough to me...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I finished my first square!

I'm very excited to join GAAAA and to finally post my first square. It took me only a couple weeks to complete it with knitting in the evenings and trying to knit on the weekends. It was so much fun to do and challenging at the same time. My husband helped me pick out the yarn color and helps with motivation: "Honey, that is going to look so cool when your done . . ."

I added the picture of the Levy square here on my blog:

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

My 7th Square and an Introduction

Thanks for the invitiation to join this knit-along. Well, I have been obsessed with GAAA ever since I saw a live version in Cascade 220 at Knit, New York last Autumn. Shortly after, I was the happy owner of the pattern and 30 skeins of Cascade 220 (100 % wool) bought at Webs with a 40% discount. Once in a while I wonder how I am going to use the 15 skeins or so that will be leftover... My unambitious plan is to knit a square a month, so far I am on track. It is the 7th monh and I have 7 squares. The current bet with bf is whether the afghan will be done or I have a permanent position first. I currently live on Long Island, New York and work as a post doc at Stony Brook University.
My 7th square is Marion Tabler, which was one of funniest ones so far. I love the tipsy cables.

You can see my knitting projects in my blog strikkeforsker (knitting scientist), where I write about knitting and life as a Dane in the US. The strange language is Danish :-)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I made it!!

My GAAA has been delivered to Ohio State Fair judging. A mere one hour before the deadline, but it's there. Next time I see it will be when it's on display at the fair.

I started sewing up the squares on Sunday, and after taking off a day and a half from work, knitting from basically 9:30 am Monday until 3:30 am Tuesday and then sewing on the border as I was knitting it to get it sized right (I'd actually recommend this, because my corners would not have been in the right place otherwise) I finished it up about 4:45 on Tuesday. That left me enough time to get the entry tags on it, find my other two entries and hop into the car to drop it off, which was a strangely uneventful process.

I didn't get a chance to get any great photos, because I basically had to stand on my couch and shoot them while the afghan was on the floor, but here's a decent attempt:

My wrists are so swollen I'm not sure I'll be able to knit for the rest of this week. Which is a shame because I am absolutely *dying* to start something new. Something colorful, and not in cream colored yarn. :-)

Typing is making me a bit sore now, so I'll post more of my technical caveats here later. This was such a fun project -- I wish you all luck as you continue!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Down to the wire

I've had 3 hours of sleep, but I'm at work today. I have about 2 more feet of border to knit and attach. I know it's been said already, but allow me to repeat: the sewing up takes relatively little time, but DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE LENGTH OF TIME IT WILL TAKE TO KNIT THE BORDER. I've figured out it takes me 8 - 10 minutes to knit one repeat of the border chart. Multiply that by 108 + corners and .... well, now you know why I've had three hours of sleep.

I have at least been sewing it to the afghan as I've been knitting a section of it, so I know exactly how much is left to go pretty accurately.

Am going home to knit at lunch, then will take off a bit early this afternoon from work. Hopefully this will be finished in time to get to the fair dropoff by 7 pm. Luckily, I live a mere 20 minutes from the fairgrounds. I have actually considered having a friend pick me up and drive me there so I can weave in ends in the car if need be.

I am happy to report though, that the afghan's looks multiply exponentially once you get it sewn together. It really is gorgeous if I do say so myself. I'll post some photos tonight after I drop it off.

Monday, July 18, 2005

In the homestretch

I have roughly 35 hours to finish the GAAA and drop it off to the state fair.

Currently, all squares are knitted, and I have 3 rows of squares seamed up. I have almost 50% of the border knitted. And I just took a sick day from work.

I think I'll make it. Barely!

Hopefully a photo will appear here by tonight or tomorrow!

Friday, July 15, 2005

What were they thinking about needle sizes?!

Hi, I'm Susan and I'm new to the list. I'm making the GAAA as a wedding gift for my daughter--aiming to get it done by Oct 10. I'm using Cascade 220, which I like a lot, and am on my fifth square (Selesnick). I've completed Adams, Berztiss, Levy, and Strong. [Can't post pictures yet, as I have to learn more about my digital camera first. :-) ]

I am loving knitting these patterns, but one thing is confusing me (well, more than one, but this one is really making me scratch my head). I've been using a size 8 needle for squares that recommend a 7, based on my gauge swatch. I supposed that I should just go up one needle size from the recommendation for each square. However, I got about 3 in. of the Adams square done using a 7 (Adams recommended a 6) and realized that no amount of blocking was going to get it close enough to 12" square, so I ripped it out and used an 8, and it turned out fine.

So I thought well, maybe maybe I should just go up two needle sizes, at least for heavily cabled squares. So I started the Selesnick square on a 10, which I saw was wa-ay too loose after a few rows, ripped it out and used a 9 (still too loose), and now I'm using an 8 (the recommended size), which looks as if it will work fine.

So it's looking to me like I should just use an 8 for most squares, unless there's something really unusual about the pattern (and how would I judge that?). Have the rest of you had experiences like mine, and what have you done about needle size? Do you have any hints to offer?

Thanks--this group is a great idea.

Monday, July 11, 2005


I have 8 days left.

I have 2.5 squares left to knit.
I will then have about 7 squares to block. And all 20 to sew together.
I have about 2 feet of border knitted.

I have a full time job. (Though I do have part of Wednesday off)

Will I make it? Maybe.

I do think I've made a definite decision to give up on the Salpekar square. While it's one of my favorite designs in the book, and I did finally figure out the invisible cast on with the help of someone at my Stitch n' Bitch this weekend (I just needed to know that yes, I could use my normal way of doing a provisional cast on -- not the wacky way in the book) I think it's just too challenging to do this late in the game. It took me 2 hours to do an inch of the center square! Perhaps I'll make myself a pillow with my leftovers and give that a shot after my deadline. In the meantime, I'm thinking of doing another one of the in the round ones (the Campbell was the only one I did).

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Hello All!

Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello! I'm Sarah and my blog is called Knitting Addiction.

I just got my copy of the book in the mail yesterday and I'm eager to start! I'm going to be using Knitpick's Merino Style in vanilla. Yeah, I know, it's a dk weight yarn BUT I really want something softer without spending an arm and a leg. I've had a great experience with their yarns. Course, if this doesn't work out, I can try the Encore. It's just not quite as soft as I'd like for an afghan. :)

Anyway, that'll be my great experiment. The various aran squares in there look amazing and the finished afghan is just awe inspiring. I look forward to sharing my knitting with you all!

(It may well take me a while--I'm an ADD sort of knitter....always another project.)


Wednesday, July 06, 2005


We are really picking up steam this week in the new member department. I've just added two more people, Cathie, and Sarah. Welcome!

If anyone, new or not, has a blog or progress page they'd like me to link over in the side bar that isn't currently linked, let me know, and I'll get that posted too.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005


First off, congratulations to Kristin, who is our first finisher! It's a gorgeous afghan!

Secondly, welcome to two new members, Susan and Janet!

On my own personal progress, I have 14 days left, and about 3.75 squares left to knit, along with most of the border, half the blocking and all the seaming. This is what I call drama, folks!

Saturday, July 02, 2005


I can't believe it! It's finished!!!
*happy happy happy dance*

I should warn you, the border is more work than it looks. It's almost 3 balls of yarn, and took several days of good knitting time to finish it. But once it was finished, it only took a couple hours to stitch it to the afghan. And man, what a difference it makes! All the squares are neat and even now. It's so much more beautiful in person.

I am so happy I decided to make this. Here's to all of you currently working on it! Keep it up, its so worth the effort! :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Crunch time!

I've got 19 days left. My hope for getting this done is wearing thin. Unfortunately, I got virtually no work on this done this weekend, for a variety of reasons, both good and bad. But I do have 14 squares done now. Here are three I haven't shown as of yet.


This one was great fun.


This one made me hate bobbles with a passion.


This one went really fast.

Right now, I have Carty on the needles, and it's going pretty quickly. That leaves me with McIntire, Fenick, Tabler, Salpekar & Summer to go. I'm going to cast on for the border so I can carry that with me to work on during lunch, waiting in line, etc. Hopefully that will speed me up a bit.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

New Blocks :)

I'm on a roll again! Blocks 8 and 9 are done! and I even started number 10! I can't believe I'm going to be halfway!!!! LOVE this afghan though :) it's like nothing I've ever seen before.

Monday, June 20, 2005

A question: invisible cast on

Has anyone done the Salpekar square yet? I attempted to start it last night, but it was late, and I got absolutely stumped on the invisible cast on (the part marked "A" in the chart) and I gave up and started another one instead.

Can anyone point me to a really good reference for this, preferably with a better illustration than the pattern book? I was having a hard time following which was the original yarn and which was the provisional yarn in the drawing.

I finished two more squares this weekend, so I have 14 done now (11 of which have been blocked) -- I think I may make it!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

A Seaming Tip

Maybe I missed it, or maybe it doesn't say specifically which side you should seam the squares together on. So, I started seaming from the back. I pieced 8 squares together before I decided that I liked how the seam looked on the back much, much better than on the front.

So I'm starting over. It was a DUH moment. I usually do seam pieces on the front side. What was I thinking??

So, here's a tip for you.. seam on the front side.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Squares are finished!

Now on to assembly and that massive border! OMG.. I'm SOOOOO excited!!!

The Berztiss Square

The Rainey Square (My favorite)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Square Recommendations?

So my sister came up to visit for graduation, and I decided to show her the yarn, pattern book, and squares that I had already completed. I figured that if I was going to be investing so much time into this project which should be a lovely keepsake commemorating their wedding, my sister and her fiance should be completely enamored of the project. She loved the yarn and the styling of the patterns, but told me that she doesn't like bobbles (they look too much like something off a 5-year-old's sweater) and--more importantly--her fiance dislikes things that aren't symmetrical. So, after a long conversation with my sister, going through the pattern book, we came up with a new arrangement of squares that should suit her fiance (the afghan will be five squares by six):

0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9

Each number represents a distinct square (so ten square designs total), with the additional caveat that odd numbers should be strongly linear (e.g. Julie H. Levy) and the even numbers should be weakly or not at all linear (e.g. Dagmara Berztiss, Ginette Belanger). As far as which squares to make and which ones to forego, she said that she trusts my judgement.

So, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on which squares should go in this afghan. I've already made the squares cited as examples above, so I'm looking for four strongly linear squares and three weakly linear squares, none of which has bobbles for bobbles' sake (the Levy is OK because they serve the function of filling in empty space, rather than just hanging out in the middle of a purled field). Any suggestions?

Finally a new block! whew!

Well, I took a bit of a break from the afghan, but am back in full swing! I completed my 6th block! and I just love it :)

Now to read all the other posts that I've missed! Shame on me!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Morioka done!

I finished the Morioka square last night. This one really felt like it took forever, because it's done on size 5 needles. Normally, that wouldn't faze me, but since I'm on a 25 row a day quota, the extra 20 rows in this square threw me a bit off. I do like the way this one worked out. The pattern was fairly easy to get a rhythm going with, and easy to read in the stitches, with a little bit of change up every 10 rows or so to keep the boredom away.

That makes 11 done. I've cast on for Hewitt next. I'm trying to do some of the more challenging ones that I have left first, so that when I really get into crunch time, I can chill out with some simpler patterns. That's the theory at least.

I'm hoping not to get too far behind this weekend. I normally would be at my stitch n' bitch meeting on Saturday, but the TNNA Needle Arts Market is in Columbus this weekend, and I was lucky enough to get a gig helping out at a booth, so I'll be losing those precious hours tomorrow. I think the sneak peak at upcoming yarns and patterns is worth it though! I'm going to get up early and knit at a coffee shop before I walk down to the convention center.

In other news, I cannot believe it took me this long to invest the $6.00 in one of those magnetic boards that help you keep your place on charts. I suffered wtih post it notes far too long. This thing has made keeping track of rows so much simpler!

That was fast

Square 18 is finished. Two more to go...

The Fenick Square

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Almost There!

Number 17 is finished and I'm 2/3rds the way through my 18th square!

The McIntire Square

How's everyone else doing? It's been rather quiet around here lately. Where'd everyone go?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

I'm in double digits!

One more square makes ten, and I'm officially halfway there!

The Berztiss square:

That one went really fast, since there's not a lot of fancy stuff going on.

I fear though that I've left myself with the hardest ones as I get into crunch time. I have 7 weeks as of yesterday and I haven't done any of the in the round squares yet. Eeek.

Next up for me: Morioka.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

3 more finished

Despite the fact that I have *other* work to do, I did manage to get these finished. This makes 16 finished squares. I'm really looking forward to completing this project. I'm starting to get bored with it, and more so, I'm really anxious to snuggle up with my new blanket! :)

McCauley Square

Smith Square

Tanton Hewitt Square

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

9 of 20 done...

...and my carpal tunnel is kicking in.

I just finished the square with the fish this evening:

I'll agree with others of you who commented that this one was pretty easy. It was. However, all that ktbl stuff was killer on my wrists, and now I'm left with stabbing pains in my arms. Ooops. I think I overdid it. May need to take a little break for the next couple of days.

And over the weekend, I also finished the one built in columns:

Was the picking up as bad as I'd feared? No. Was it still pointless. Yeah, kinda. I mean, the engineering was interesting, but doing all that turning to compensate for short little columns got old after a while.

Two more to go and I can do my second round of blocking!

Monday, May 23, 2005

In Progress

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm about 3/5 of the way done on this square, and I really really enjoy it.As someone wrote earlier, the side panels are easy to memorize and the center panel is so clear to just intuitively makes sense. I made a couple errors on the lace part...the biggest being that I forgot to do the cross at the 7th row so I just changed the cross to the 11th row, it will probably look funky at the end but oh well.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

"In the Round" squares?

Has anyone done any of the 'in the round' squares? Which ones? Hard? Easy?

Friday, May 20, 2005

3/4's through!

I've finished squares #14 & 15 (Ann McCauley's & Ginger Smith's) and I'm a third into my 16th ( Patt Tanton Hewitt). I haven't taken pictures yet as I'm really busy with other things... kids extracurricular activities (amazing how busy the last two weeks of school are!) and I'm busy with graphic work. I'll get pictures done asap.

A word of warning, the Hewitt square has some mean cables in it. They're a challenge! Seriously... cables done with not just a cable needle, but also two dpns?!? Crazy.. but they're beautiful. I really think this square should have been one of the "most challenging" instead of the fishy square. I'm convinced they made a mistake. hehe

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


If you haven't yet, peruse the pattern for the Ginger Smith square and notice the odd construction of this.

Why yes, it's done in columns.

I discovered this while trying desperately to figure out why my charts weren't working last night. Luckily, I reverted to the words pretty quickly and noticed this oddity. So now, I have the first column done, and am ready to start picking up stitches for the next section.

I loathe picking up stitches. And now I have two projects that are in need of having stitches picked up tonight. Ick.

It's a cool idea for construction, but I really wish I'd realized it before I cast on. Wow.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Two more photos!

I am rolling right along on my afghan. I'm up to 7 complete now.

Last weekend, I finished the Adams square:

I promise that center piece isn't as messed up as it looks. In general, this one was pretty simple. As I mentioned before, the hardest part was keeping the WS & RS straight since it's reversible, but it was pretty memorizable other than that.

If you look closely at the side cables you'll notice a bit of a difference between this and the way the pattern is written. See, I kind of forgot to cable on one side at a point early on, but I didn't notice until I was about 8 rows past it. So rather than rip it out, I decided to skip the cabling at the same point in the center pattern either side. At work, we'd say of this, "It's not a bug, it's a feature." I kind of like the way it turned out this way. (Larger photos here if you want to take a closer look at this.

Tonight, I finished the Selesnick square:

This one wasn't all that hard at all. In fact, just as I started, I misplaced the cable needle I'd been using, so I did this one without cable needles. I'm so proud of myself! This one didn't turn out as small as I'd expected given the problems other people have noticed with it. I used a US 8 as the pattern called for, so it's definitely at a bit looser gauge though.

I cast on tonight for the Ginger Smith square, which is another of my favorites as far as look goes. I keep wanting to start one in the round, but I'm not convinced I can concentrate on those while I'm super busy. Maybe next week.

I also blocked my first 5 squares this weekend and they've turned out beautifully. I've never blocked Encore before and it really got quite soft after a good soaking. I'm impressed with it!

How is everyone else doing?

Finished Number 4!

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished this square Saturday night (while watching the movie Collateral: good thing I only had the six rows at the end to do). I love the cable pattern on this, but not that crazy about the center section...I just couldn't get into the pattern.

I've started my fifth square but can't recall the name right now!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

One per day?

I just read a post on KR that suggested that someone could make ONE SQUARE A DAY!

Yeah, if I didn't work, sleep, eat, talk to people, etc.....

Monday, May 09, 2005

Two more done, 15 to go

I never posted a photo of the square I finished last week. Here it is, still unblocked, but at least it's done:

Then last night, I finished this one:

That's definitely my favorite so far. It was a really easy pattern to do, once it got going, because all of the side charts were pretty much memorizable.

I do wish the decreases in the lace charts had been written with left & write directions, as the K2togs seem to look odd in some places, and I think SSKs would have made more sense there. But all in all the pattern was quite forgiving of my mistakes, so I'm happy. :-)

In an effort to catch up to my 25 row a day goal (it's not hard, but if you're doing two other projects that have deadlines at the same time...), I cast on for yet another square, the one with the YO diamonds in the center. Not much done yet:

This is also a fairly simple pattern, except for one thing. It's written to be somewhat reversible, so it's worked in garter stitch, so I keep confusing myself as to if I'm on a WS or RS row. Once I get that figured out, it should go quickly.

And I know I keep saying it, but I really am going to start blocking this week. I have the sneaking suspicion that at least one square will need a lot of help--I don't think I knitted my DNA cable square long enough--it looks awfully stunted next to the others--has anyone else done this one yet? I'm seriously considering re-knitting it if I have time, because it has the most noticeable mistakes in it, and it was my first square.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Something fishy

Janet Martin Square

This is on the list of most challenging squares, but I swear, that has to be a mistake. Unless they just didn't have any other "challenging" squares and had to pick the toughest easy square. lol This was very easy! And quick to knit.

I've already started on my next square, Ann McCauley's. I'm about 1/4 through.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


I'm sort of making progress on the "getting started" part of the afghan. A large box of yarn arrived yesterday, and this morning I got to pick up the pattern book from the post office.

Feeling the yarn, looking through the patterns, and seeing your beautiful squares has me chomping at the bit to get started, but of course since I'm a college student writing a thesis (which requires pretty much all of what used to be my crafting time), I purposefully left all my needles at home. Which means that now I have to decide whether to buy duplicates, drive home (~3 hours each way) and get my old neeldes, or talk the bf into buying me fancy new needles (anyone who hasn't been to Turn Of The Century should go there right now; just remember to sit back a little from the screen so you don't drool all over the keyboard). The jury's still out, but I'm finding myself impatient enough that I may just head over to the nearest JoAnn and grab another set of metal needles.

By the way, what does everyone think of the color? I'm still a bit uncertain if the afghan will look as classic in this purple.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


I finished the Strong square last night. No photos yet. I'll start blocking after this next one is finished.

I started the Hurt square tonight. It's one of my favorites from the book. For how complicated it looks (multiple crossing cable in the center, smaller 1/1 cables and skinny lace columns on the side) it's not all that difficult. I had more trouble figuring out how to arrange my post it notes on the charts than actually knitting them!

I calculated that I need to average roughly 25 rows a day to finish all the squares by my deadline. That doesn't include the border or sewing them up. I think I can do this, considering I did about 40 rows Saturday and didn't completely lose my sanity.

Adam's Square: Frogged

Such hubris! I thought I could tackle a 'not easy' square so I chose the Adams square, the one with a reversible cable.

Well, after about 7 rows I could tell I made some type of major mistake on the cables and it looked horrific. Like something the cat horked up. So, as much as I hated to, I frogged it. And I"m going to join everyone on the Strong square til I get my sea legs!

Monday, May 02, 2005

My Selesnick Square!

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I haven't blocked it yet, but here is my Selesnick square. I like it!

A couple things about this: in comparison with the other squares I've done this seems a bit smaller both width and length wise (but that might be taken care of with blocking). I used MAYBE half a ball of yarn on this (I'm guessing that the one ball per square estimate is wayyyy high!). It went pretty fast, and I'm pleased with the results.

Next for me: the Adams square!

Carissa ... 5th Block

I totally forgot to post about the 5th block! it's on my photo site :) Taking a little break from squares ... but I'm sure I'll be back to it in a few days *grin*

Strong square finished!

Ann Strong Square

I'm now working on Janet Martin's square... the fish square. I'm about 1/3rd of the way through, and I can't figure out why they claim this is is one of the most challenging. It's really not difficult at all, and actually pretty fun to knit.

Wow.. only 8 more squares to go! I can't wait!!!

Not quite....

Well, I didn't quite make my goal of finishing the Ann Strong square this weekend, but I got 2/3 of the way through it. I spent two hours straight working on it yesterday, which was pretty good. I have a hard time working on these squares for long stretches at a time.

Here it is so far. This photo reinforces my decision to start blocking now:

I would suggest this is a good square for the non-chart users to try to use charts with. Since the bulk of the patterns are done in seed stitch, it would be a good one for learning how to read the charts, since you'll be able to see what you should be doing on the piece fairly easily too.

I'm officially 5 squares behind now, as my sister's wedding is 11 weeks away, and I almost have 4 done. I'd better pick up the pace!

Friday, April 29, 2005

Halfway through Selesnick Square

Hi all, hope everyone had a good week.

I'm about halfway thorugh the Selesnick Square. I think this is a relatively simple/straightforward square but I really enjoy doing it. I can also see doing some of the cables (not the hearts, but the ones on the side) on a scarf in the near future. And believe it or not, I even got the 'cableneedleless cable' part down.

This is one of the patterns when every other row is basically 'knit the knits and purl the purls'. I find this gives me a little concentration break, which I like. I think I need the concentration break because I read the written words and not hte charts...I think I should try to read charts now and see how I do.

What does everyone here do...words or charts? Or both?

Introduction and Advice

Based on the recommendations found in another knitting blog, I decided to take up the challenge of knitting one of these Afghans. I'm a relatively new knitter, previously more of a crocheter. Once I picked up the second needle though, I never went back! My personal blog can be found at, it's both knitting and personal, I don't keep a separate one. Yet. :P

I finally received the book (ordered from knitpicks) yesterday, and immediately gushed over all of the patterns. i had thought it was beautiful looking at what'd been done already by you all, but the total package up close makes me quite pleased that I stumbled upon this!

My questions are as follows - did you find the yarn recommendation (Encore I beleive it was, the book is at home) a good one, or did you swap out with another yarn? Also, I've only ever done one cabling project before, what do you think a good square is to start on - one of the 5 advertised 'easy squares' or one of the other ones? Lastly - Are any of you doing the pillows as well?

I look forward to starting on this project sometime this week. Hope you all are doing well with yours!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

#12 Cast On!

I finished my Bella pullover (see it on my blog), so I'm back to my GAAA. #12 (Ann Strong) square has been cast on. :)

How's everyone else doing?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Two More Blocks Blocked :)

That's right! I'm so happy :) block 3 and 4 are all blocked and dry and ready for the grand finale! block 5 is blocking right now. I'm taking a little break from the afghan, probably a week, to catch up on my other knitting. But I'll be back!!!

All fixed

Ready to post away! Thanks, Amy. =)

Saturday, April 23, 2005


I blocked my Hanna Burns square last night. It's actually been finished for like two weeks, but I've been working on other projects and got distracted. *oops* Next up for me is Ann Strong's square. I'm doing them in order, minus the ones I picked out for pillows. I'll do them after the afghan is finished, *if* I do them at all.

I'm not starting on my next square right away though. I'm working on a sweater also, and I'm on the sleeves now so I really want to get that finished. Should be finished this week, then back to the GAAA.

An Introduction

Hello fellow knitters! I'm Kristin. I've been knitting for almost 5 years now, and since then, yarn has become my passion. I'm also a new spinner. My blog is Bite This Knit Bit.

I started on the GAAA in January, and have since completed 11 squares. (#11 is blocking right now.) So far, it's one of the most enjoyable projects I've tackled. I love aran patterns, natural colored wool is my favorite color to work with, and since each square is a mini project, I feel like I have a little FO each time. Plus, each pattern has taught me a new technique or two, making it even more invaluable. I'm thrilled to see others knitting it too.

Aside from knitting, I am a freelance graphic artist and website designer. Although it takes time away from my knitting, it funds my yarn addiction quite nicely. ;) I also hand make soap and body products, and dabble in many other forms of arts and crafts. But... knitting will always be my first love.

New Member :)

Just wanted to introduce myself :) My name is Carissa and my blog is Knitting Maniac. I've been wanting to knit this Afghan FOREVER! and am so happy to finally have the pattern and yarn to do it! I'm already onto my 5th block too!

So far I'm doing them in random order. Finishing a block and then browsing the pattern until the next one grabs my attention. Right now I'm working on the "Tree of Life" block. So far I've had to restart it 4 times *lol* I keep loosing 2 stitches for some strange reason.

Anyways, here are the 2 blocks that I have photos of so far :) I'll take pics of the other blocks once they're dry.