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! :)
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!
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 work...it 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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!