Celtic Afghan

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Finshed!! and here's the final tally:
  • Caron's Simply Soft Bone 2604
  • 19.5 skeins
  • 57"x51'
Next time I make this... and I'm sure there will be a next time, I think I'd like to have it a little wider - maybe just adding another stripe - and a little longer - a couple of more repeats. Otherwise, I'm happy. It's a nice blanket and one that I'm sure will be a wanted Bingo prize. On to the next project!


Saturday, March 15, 2003

The email service is still broken, apparently. Sorry. I've sent off email asking to have it looked at. Meanwhile, I think this might be the last day of this afghan. I started the border as you can almost see here. Should finish it off later today.

Friday, March 14, 2003

Sorry you didn't get an email update this morning - those of you in the email list. The mailer must have taken the night off. We're on the home stretch here and it's looking nice.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Skein #16 has been used. I think this is going to end up being 18-19 skeins which seems about right.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

This baby is getting really long making it tricky to get a good shot of the whole thing. Oh well. I'm on the last pattern repeat now and then the border and that will be the end of this one.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Skein #15 which really doesn't seem like much to me. I wonder if I missed one somewhere. Hmmmm. It's moving along nicely. This is the 30th entry on this particular project. It generally takes me about five weeks to finish an afghan and this one is pretty much on schedule!

Monday, March 10, 2003

To those of you on the mailing list - I am so sorry for yesterday's mis-fire! I did not mean to send the photo of that garish test swatch. But, now that you've seen it, you have a sneak preview of what will likely be my next project. But, I promise, NOT in those colors! I'm thinking of a simple, wide, entrelac pattern and I was trying to get it figured out.

But, we still have a few more days on this one. I hate to start something new until I've finished what I'm working on so that was only a sneak peak. Now, back to our regular programming!

Sunday, March 09, 2003

Skein #14. I did the measuring today and there are now two pattern repeats left and then the border. I figure about another week and then this one will be done.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Skein #13 - It's now getting the length to make it really look like an afghan!

Thursday, March 06, 2003

I've had a couple of questions about my needle problems... I love the Addi Turbo needles. They are a joy to knit with. But, they have this joint problem. I use only the circulars and where the needle part meets the connecting piece, the joint breaks. They are expensive needles so this is not fun.

But, as it turns out, they are guaranteed for life. The US distributor told me to return the broken ones to where I bought them. I checked with where I bought them and, sure enough, they replace. So now, when one breaks, I just pop it into the mail to them and they replace it. It costs me $.60 in stamps. It's a bit of a bother but I really like these needles and, hopefully, if I keep sending them back, they will eventually make the better!

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

No real news... just another inch or two...

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Skein count now is 12. And, as usual when you hit the halfway point, it starts to get a little unweildy. But, it also feels nice, warm and snuggly on my lap!

Monday, March 03, 2003

11 skeins so far.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

I finally remembered to measure the width of this thing - 55" wide. This is a good width so I'm shooting for something between 60-65" length. It's always hard to judge when you are not using the size of yarn or needles that the pattern calls for. A good knitter would make up a nice swatch and measure and plan. But a good knitter never gets surprises!

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Skein #10 polished off and that about marks the midway in terms of inches and skeins.

Friday, February 28, 2003

It's turned a bit nippy out and I'm delighted to have the length now on this sucker! It's quite toasty on my lap.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Skein #9 used up. Coming right along. I do like working this pattern.


Wednesday, February 26, 2003

So I say to Jake... "If you don't move you are going to end up in the photo!" As usual, he ignored me. And, today is the full shot day. Oh and we're up to 8 skeins.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

We're going to try the close up/full shot alternation thing for a while and today is the close up. There are quite a few mistakes but so far I've just corrected on the next row and not worried about them. None are major enough for anyone to find, I hope.

Monday, February 24, 2003

Ok, now we are at the size where pictures are a problem. A big enough one to see the detail and size is too big and one that is small enough doesn't show the detail. Sigh. Maybe I'll alternate detail and size. Anyway, I've now used skein #7.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

My appologies to those who might have checked here in the last couple of days. The computer that this knitting journal lives on was broken. But, we're back now and while you couldn't see the updates, they happened while you were gone so you didn't miss anything.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Skein count = 6

Friday, February 21, 2003

Moving onto my 5th design repeat. The pattern calls for 11 but I think I'm more 1/3rd of the way done rather than 1/2. This pattern calls for yarn and needles different than what I'm using so it's hard to really tell. I generally go by how big the piece is - a good size is about 50" by 60" or something in that neighborhood. This time I have way more than enough yarn so when it gets the size I think is good, then it will be finished.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

5 skeins used so far and it's getting to that good length for keeping my lap warm.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003


Tuesday, February 18, 2003

I cannot believe it but yet another of these Addi Turbo needles is breaking. They break between the needle and the cord. Maybe if I send enough of them back they will fix the problem. Fortunately, in this case, I have a good backup supply.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Skein count is now 4. Moving right along.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Ok, I think I finally have the photo adjustments figured out... About time, doncha think? This design is repeated every 30 rows and I'm now getting near the end of the second repeat. It is fun to watch the pattern emerge and I'm just wild about this border.

Saturday, February 15, 2003

For some reason I cannot get a good picture of this. It really looks wonderful and the pictures aren't showing it well. Hmmmm Skein count 2

Thursday, February 13, 2003

It seems like Bloget missed a beat last night so those of you who get this in email, sorry. You missed an episode but the plot is the same... Skein 2 and a bit more of the pattern...

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Oh this is going to be a fine afghan! The design is lovely and it's so much fun to see it emerge. Skein count right now is 1.

And I think I've pretty much figured out how to format this so the email isn't all screwy looking. Finally.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

I finished the border and am now on row 1 of the design. The border is K1, P1 for the right side and K for the wrong side. It makes a lovely flat edge. I've never come across it before but plan to use it again. It would make a really nice faux ruffle around a pillow or bottom to a straight vest or sweater. In fact, it would make a really nice vest. Hmmmm.... Under the knitting in today's photo is the cheat sheet I made up from the instructions.

Monday, February 10, 2003

A new afghan!! This one is using my old standard Caron's Simply Soft. The color is called Bone. The design one of basically two stripes of different patterns with a border. It's a set of 30 rows repeated 11 times. To get started, I did copy the pattern into a kind of spreadsheet so I could more easily keep up with it. After a while it is likely that I won't need the written pattern to follow but the beginning is always slower as I get the hang of the design. Always such fun to start a new one. I've never done this one before... Let the stitches begin!

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