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

Stats

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.)

Sarah

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Welcome

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.

--Amy

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Housekeeping!

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

OMG.. It's FINISHED!

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! :)