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?