Monday, January 29, 2007

Judy Sumner Square

I haven't worked on this project for quite some time. But 2007 would be a year for me to clear up my WIPs. So, during the past weekend, I finished the Judy Sumner Square:

I didn't feel too much drawn to this square looking at the picture from the book, but I have to say I LOVE this square while working on it. The pattern is interesting and fun to knit. And the picturesque square is just lovely!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Ann Strong Square help on reading the instructions

I am working on the ann strong square of the aran afghan and I do not understand what rows they want me to use after row 8 they say to do up to row 20 on A chart but B and C only go to 8 what do I do with the stitches inbetween.

Monday, January 22, 2007

new here from Australia

Hello everybody. I'm from Australia, and just got the book from a Sydney company a few weeks ago. I don't know if the book has been available out here before now. It was great to find a website with some helpful tips.

I've knitted a few squares thus far. My advice to anyone newly beginning this project would probably be to start with the easiest squares first, listed in front of the book, just to get used to the abbreviations, knitting techniques and the charts. I'm just using a 12 ply wool for the project, and so far the guage seems to be okay.

So far, probably the hardest square for me has been the one by Georgie Vincent, pages 26-27. I have noticed that there are no yarn forwards in this book - only yarn overs. I am more used to yarn forwards. Most of the time, I don't think it makes that much of a difference. But in rows 8-13 of this square, you really need to use yarn over to get the right effect.

Some of the bobbles in the book are hard to work, especially on the smaller needles. Sometimes I put some of the stitches on a much smaller needle to make it easier to insert the other needle. Instead of knitting into the back of the stitch, you can slip off the stitch and put it back on so that it is slanting the other way, if that makes sense. Drawing the stitches through at the end to make the bobble can also be made easier by using a crochet hook.

I grew up in the town of Woomera, which of course had a lot of US personnel and their families. Even back then, I noticed how clever and creative some of the American ladies could be with their knitting. This afghan is no exception. Anyone interested in more creative knitting projects, I recommend this story - Happy knitting!


Would you like to moderate this blog?

Hi all--

I was wondering if anyone would like to take over the administration of the GAAAA blog? It doesn't take a whole lot of time, just a familiarity with blogger to be able to set up new people on the blog.

I finished this project over a year ago, so my ability to answer questions about it is waning at this point, and my knitting time has dropped significantly, as I've joined a roller derby league (the Ohio Roller Girls) so I am not blogging near as much as I was when this started.

If you are interested in helping me out and keeping this blog running, please let me know by emailing me at pixiegrrl24 AT yahoo DOT com.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2007 Resolution

I have one square done for this beautiful afghan and I have another that is only partially started. The problem is that I lost my piece of paper that I used to keep track of what row I was on for each section.

SO - my New Year's resolution is to rip that square and try to get at least a couple squares done this year. I think I'm just intimidated because it's one of the hardest patterns I have tried so far. I figure if I post this then it's got to be motivation for me to get going again! Only 362 days left!