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.

Campbell:



This one was great fun.

Hewitt:



This one made me hate bobbles with a passion.

McCauley:



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.