Blue Entralac Afghan
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Done! Finished!! Here it is draped over the arm of my chair:
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
The border is very slow going. I think I have about 600 stitches on the needles - 2 sets of circular. I'm still thinking 2.5-3" is going to be best so slogging on...
Monday, April 14, 2003
I'm doing a border of 1 row k1,p1 and 1 row k. I'm not sure it's going to work really well but I won't be able to tell for sure until I'm done so what the heck. If it really doesn't work, I'll rip it out and redo it another way.
Sunday, April 13, 2003
This is a closeup of the finished corner but you can't really see it. I couldn't understand the instructions for the final row but when I got it started, it turned out to be the easiest of all!
Saturday, April 12, 2003
I'm on the home stretch here. I have one more row of rectangles before the final row of triangles and then the border.
Friday, April 11, 2003
Well, I have 2 cats and they, apparently, feel strongly about equal time. This shot features Betty. And for those of you who signed up to get new postings via email, I do have some news. The guy who runs the service has acknowledged the problem and is looking into the fix. You may even get this one via email!
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Jake was testing out the current afghan and I just couldn't stand to make him move. Better photo tomorrow. I've now used up 15 skeins. Judi left a question about the border. This has no border yet. My game plan is, when I've finished the rest of it, to pickup stitches on all four sides and then do the border from those stitches - probably 2.5-3" all the way around. I'm thinking maybe a K1,P1 row alternating with a knit row. Maybe.
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
You'd think I could remember to at least smooth out the couch slip cover before I snapped the photo!
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
I'm still not entirely clear on how long to make this or how, exactly, the final row works. I think I'm absolutely going to have to make this one again to be sure I have all the particulars figured out!
Monday, April 07, 2003
It's really beginning to look like itself now. And, yes, that's a cat butt in the photo.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
I got this shot when I hit the end of the row. It's a pretty fair look at what the finished product will look like (before border). I think it might be one of my favorites. But, then, I usually love best the one that's currently on the needles.
Saturday, April 05, 2003
The piece is now about 35" long. I've used a total of 10 skeins so far. This means, I'm about halfway done... (It's also about 49" wide.) It will need a border of some kind and some size - more than an inch, I think Probably 3 or 3.5" to balance out the design. So maybe about 20 more inches of pattern - 3 or 4 more rows. It will be a guess whatever I do.
Friday, April 04, 2003
I have in no way abandoned you! I am here. I just took a couple of days off for rearranging bookshelves. I am picking up the needles right now. Honest. There shall be an update within 24 hours.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Today's shot is a closeup so that, hopefully, you can better see what I'm doing. The two arrows show the rectangle sides that will be the basis for the next row. Each arrow is pointing to where the stitches get picked up. See? Confused? I can relate!
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
I rarely knit a project using more than one color. This is because I am way too lazy to finish off all those ends when I'm done. But, I'm thinking this would be really spectacular in two colors - one for each of the slants.
Monday, March 31, 2003
This pattern involves a lot of picking up of stitches. This is something I've never been very good at. But, I'm sure getting better! I dug our a smaller needle to use. The blanket is being done on size 6's (U.S. 6's) and the needle I'm using to pick up stitches is a 2. I pick them up all at once on the 2 and then knit (or purl) them off the 2. It's working pretty well.
Sunday, March 30, 2003
The back side of this afghan is nearly as interesting as the front. Very different but really kind of cool looking.
Saturday, March 29, 2003
I finally have knitted up all the yarn that I ripped out before I started over! Whew.
Friday, March 28, 2003
This entrelac is still foreign to me. I do ok until I get to the edge triangles - they still throw me but so far... so good.
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Tonight's update is brought to you by... Betty! I'm not making great progress and think this could turn out to be one of my favorites.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
I am really getting into this one now. It fascinates me how it all works now that I finally have it right.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
I'm thinking that I now have this pattern down - no more ripping. Whew. As usual, no extra charge for cat in the photo. I told him to move and he hunkered down. But I was able to get a nice end-of-row shot anyway.
Monday, March 24, 2003
This particular afghan is out to get me... I had to rip out another whole row last night. I hope I'm on course. For a simple knit and purl, this sucker is tricky!
Sunday, March 23, 2003
Ok, I'm back on track now and feeling much better about the project. Whew.
Saturday, March 22, 2003
Dumb, dumb, dumb. Will I ever learn? Probably not. All of the knitting books and knitting instructors since the beginning of time have said that the one law of knitting is make a swatch - a good swatch. I don't and I paid the price last night. When I got to the end of the row and could finally unfurl my work, I discovered that my afghan was going to be 120" wide (or long - didn't matter since it was still way too much...) Sigh. Had I made a decent swatch, of course. But, life goes on. Unravel and start again. Which I did. So today's photo is back a few steps...
Friday, March 21, 2003
Happily Bloget is back working again so email updates are happening. Whew. Unfortunately, good photos aren't. I'm going to get a good photo when I get to the end of this row (a row, in this case is 11 sets of 20 st by 20 row blocks so it takes a while). Hopefully, I'll have that one for you tomorrow.
Thursday, March 20, 2003
This is so far, not the funnest afghan I've ever done. And it's slow going. But, I'm in the early stages yet.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Making progress that you can almost actually see!
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
I took a guess as to how many stitches - in this case really blocks of stitches - to cast on and I'm wondering if I may have too many. I guess we'll see.
Monday, March 17, 2003
Well, this is going to be an interesting one to watch develop. Because of the way entrelac is created, you never really get a nice, flat view. You are always finishing up the last half of the last 'row' and the first half of the next 'row' of slanting rectangles. See, here I am in the middle of one such row. It's really hard to picture the progress at this stage! It's sets of 20 stitchs on #6 needles using Caron's Simply Soft Country Blue.