Checkerboard Afghan

 Friday, May 23, 2003
C'est fini! The finished size is 62 inches by 54 inches. 12 dark brown skeins and 10 bone skeins of Caron's Simply Soft on size #6 needles.

Corner detail:

The full shot:

And the Betty Seal of Approval:

On to the next one...

I'm back! And just about to finish up this afghan. My border is working out fairly well. In today's photo you can see how it's looking. I have one side left to do and then clip the yarn ends and I'll be done.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Turns out I did have to rip out the border and start again but now I've got it and here's a closeup. I did about 7 rows of stockingette and then a row of purl for the turn row. I've even marked it so you can see both. I have about 6 more rows to go. But, there's going to be a bit of a delay in the progress. I'm leaving in about an hour to go visit my Mom in Charleston, SC. So this will be the last installment until next week - probably Friday, the 23rd. So, hang in and I'll catch you when I get back!

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Now I'm working on the border. I'm not at all sure that attempt number one (pictured below) is going to be successful. My game plan is to do about 5 or 6 rows of stockingette all around the edge and the do a row of purl for the edge and an equal number of rows of stockingette stitch for the back side of the border and then to bind off the border as I attach it to the back side of the afghan while catching all the ends inside. That's the plan. It would make a nice, solid border with a bit of heft and keep me from having to sew up all those ends. If it works! I can't really tell until I start to bind off. I may need a Plan B. We'll see.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Betty gets all excited everytime I put this down for a photo. I think she thinks it's hers... almost finished with the last row before the border.

Monday, May 12, 2003

I have one final row - a row of dark brown triangles - left to go and then the border.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Betty checks out the progress in today's update. It seems like just the other day I was saying that this is not as unweildy as some are when you get to the end. Well, I think I'll take that back. The stray strands on the end and the bulk make it quite a lapful. But, it's a nice lapful.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Another day... or two days - I skipped yesterday - another row.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

I've got about three more full rows and one final row (of triangles) left to go and then the border and then it's time to find a new project!

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

To those of you who get this via email - I am soooo sorry about last night's entry! I forgot to size that puppy before it left my hands. So you got that HUGE version. Ugh. Sorry. I've triple checked this one. Here I've got a photo of the backside (on the right) and the front side kind of close up for a change (and a little smaller

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

I just love the basketweave look of this thing. It's easily one of my favorites. It's not going to be easy to find as fun a one for the next one.

Monday, May 05, 2003

I remember now what is nice about this entrelac pattern. When a regular afghan gets to this size it becomes difficult to maneuver - especially at the end of a row when you have to turn it. But since I am really only dealing with 20 stitches at any one time, this pattern makes it easy.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

I gave this a measure before the shot and it's about 50 inches wide and 45 inches long.

Saturday, May 03, 2003

Close-up for today's shot so you can see some of the detail. This is not too intricate a pattern but the affect is interesting, I think.

Friday, May 02, 2003

I finally got my good photo software installed and fixed so today's photo is most nearly the actual color! Whew. There are currently 11 rows of rectangles and I think I'm going to do 20 total. A lot depends on the dark brown. They don't make the color any more so this afghan will have to end when the dark brown is gone. But, I think I have enough for 20 rows plus a dark brown border which will be nice, I think.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

More rows - closing in on the halfway point.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

More of the same - it's coming along nicely, I think.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Today's shot is a closeup where you can see both the right side (on the right) and the wrong side (flipped over on the left). The wrong side looks funky up close but ok from a distance.

Monday, April 28, 2003

This afghan is moving along a lot more quickly than the last one (the blue one). It's far easier to work this pattern in two colors than in one - just easier to keep track of. But the back side doesn't look as nice as the blue one did. I'll snap that tomorrow so you can see what I mean.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

One of the reasons I use circular needles exclusively is that they are easier to keep up with. When 'both' your needles are connected it is a lot harder to lose one. I'm reminded of this because for this project I am using two circular needles - using them as if they are straight needles. The last time I got to the end of the row, sure enough, I lost one of them! I found it pretty quickly, though.

Saturday, April 26, 2003

I've used the skein here for the perspective. You can see in this shot that I'm on row 7 of the rectangles. I think there will probably be 20 rows to this one.

Friday, April 25, 2003

This photo shows no perpsective. This could be the beginning of a 5 inch square! Sorry, I 'll do better from her on out. As you can see, it's coming along nicely. It's fun to have the two different colors.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The email notices of these postings is very erratic and I'm at the end of what I know to fix it. Since I switched to the new system, they go out about every other time I update. I do update nearly every day so if this is the first email you've gotten in several days, you might want to click on the link and read from the website to catch up. On the up side, at least you aren't getting duplicate emails! Technology... arugh.

And now for knitting... one of my cats pulled the needle out of half of the project last night. This is one that is very easy to pick up dropped stitches so it really wasn't a problem. Neither cat has ever been overly interested in my yarn or my knitting - I guess he just got a wild hair.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Usually when I change yarns - like starting a new skein - I simply knit with 2 strands, one from the old and one from the new, for a half-dozen or so stitches and then drop the old. When I'm done then I clip all of the ends. It's sooo easy. But changing colors presents a different problem. At least hear, each color change ends up being on the side of the afghan. I'm conjuring up a border that will look nice and hide all the ends. It's amazing what I'll do to escape the tedium of weaving them in one by one.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

This is a very pleasing pattern to work on - a lot of zen or maybe just a lot of same but I'm enjoying it. I do think, however, that I need a better background for the photo. This one is my ottoman and it's yellow color isn't working with the straw color of the yarn. I think the rug that I used yesterday is better.

Monday, April 21, 2003

I finally figured out that the easiest way to handle this job is using two circular needles as if they were two straight needles. There is room for the extra stitches and it is easier to handle. And, I can get a decent photo of the whole thing. I won't be doing the whole-thing photo every day but here's the shot so far. Not to self: next time do the first one using two colors it's much easier to figure out the entrelac trick!

Sunday, April 20, 2003

This shot shows the beginnings of the color pattern. I learned a lot from the blue one and this one is going a lot more smoothly.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Those of you who get this via email may notice a couple of things... one, you actually got the email! I've switched systems and, hopefully, this one will be more consistent. And, two, the way you join and unjoin has changed. Feel free to drop off and drop on as you like. The new email system is my own so guaranteed spam free and, hopefully, consistently operational!!

Now, on to the knitting! In today's photo you can see that I've made great headway on the first row of rectangles. One thing about this project is that the different colors will make it far easier for you to see progress.

Friday, April 18, 2003

Plan is to alternate rectangle rows of this dark chocolate and the sand colored yarn. I think it's going to be really cool looking.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

A new start! This is the first row - a base of triangles. The blue one had 8 triangles and I'm thinking of doing 9 for this one because I have a much skinnier idea for a border.

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