Marquis Afghan

Saturday, January 18, 2003


32 days. Size 6 needles. 21 skeins of Caron's Simply Soft.

My next project will be posted later today and I have a better idea on how to blog these things... stay tuned!

Friday, January 17, 2003

The next photo you see will be the finished project!


Thursday, January 16, 2003

Well, Judi says no fringe (with a fairly compelling fringe element argument) and Mom says fringe and she is the Mom... Actually I think fringe is going to win but only because I don't have enough yarn to complete another pattern repeat but I have too much to just toss. So the Law of Leftover Yarn rules...


Wednesday, January 15, 2003

I'm getting close to the fringe/no fringe decision. hmmmm


Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Duh... I just realized that I have been taking the picture every day of the same thing - the bottom of the afghan that has not changed. Not that it really matters but geesh. So here's the top - the hot off the needles part. See the diamond? That's what I'm going to do one more before I quit.


Monday, January 13, 2003

I'm nearing the end of a diamond pattern and then I think I'll do one more (diamond) and end it. Too many other things to knit.


Sunday, January 12, 2003

Now that I'm 50 inches into this thing, I can now say for sure that I have the pattern memorized. It is a good one. Enough variety in each row and I really like the finished look.


Saturday, January 11, 2003

Inch by inch it grows...


Friday, January 10, 2003

I have 5 skeins left and at about 3.5" worth each this sucker is aiming for 65" long. I think I'm going to stop at 60". That's long enough and I'm ready to start on the next one. I have a cool, new pattern to try.


Thursday, January 09, 2003

Ok so we're going to maybe try a series of closeups?


Wednesday, January 08, 2003

More inches and still no solution to the how to capture the progress in a good picture...


Tuesday, January 07, 2003

This thing is getting harder and harder to get photographed!


Monday, January 06, 2003

Yep that says 42" - I think my measurement of last night was a little off.


Sunday, January 05, 2003

We're right at 41 inches long now. The instructions say the finished product should be about 58 inches long.


Saturday, January 04, 2003

It's getting hard to get a shot of the whole thing here... Hmmm I'm going to have to think about this. Also I've had a couple of emails asking what the green thing is. It is nearly 3/4ths of an afghan.


Friday, January 03, 2003

Ok... so today's shot is really a shot of the cats, but hey we'll get back to the afghan details tomorrow...


Thursday, January 02, 2003

We have a star in today's photo. Jake was keeping a careful eye out on the project.


Wednesday, January 01, 2003

The pattern calls for 14 diamond repeats and I am now past #7. But, I am probably not going to do the fringe so I may well get 15 repeats in. We'll just have to see...


Tuesday, December 31, 2002

I'm about to hit the half way point...


Monday, December 30, 2002

A new venue for the photo... I realized that the stripes on the counch might work as a measure... duh.


Sunday, December 29, 2002

I'm forever forgetting how many skeins it takes to do my favorite afghans. Since I've started detailing them first in my journal and then here, I've tried to keep careful track so I can look them up when I go to order more yarn. You'd think it wouldn't be such a hard thing to keep track of. Count the skeins you order. Keep track as you go. Keep the paper holders and count when you are done. I've tried all the methods and I still screw it up. With this one, I'm trying a different technique.

Because I hate to sew anything, when I need a new skein, I just knit about 10 stitches with double yarn - some from the old and some from the new - and then just clip the ends. But this time I'm not clipping. Theoretically, when I get done, I can clip all the ends, divide by two and know exactly how may skeins I used. We'll see...


Saturday, December 28, 2002

A few more inches...


Friday, December 27, 2002

Now it's getting to a good size. A size big enough to keep my lap warm but not too big to handle.


Thursday, December 26, 2002

Herschners is having their free shipping deal again - this time through the end of January! Yahoo!! I wish they would get in some of that nice grey Simply Soft. I'd like some different colors to chose from but I like the yarn so much that I'll make do with what they have and be grateful for the free shipping.


Wednesday, December 25, 2002

More progress...


Tuesday, December 24, 2002

I've got to find a better scheme for showing perspective... my paper ruler is lame.


Monday, December 23, 2002

What do I do with these afghans? I do give them all away. Most of them go to the Bailey Boushay House. They have Bingo every Friday night and when they have an afghan from me it's the grand prize for the evening! Isn't that a fun thing?


Sunday, December 22, 2002

Skacel, the distributors of those fabulous Addi Turbo needles sent my replacement needle yesterday with a handy little needle sizer! What wonderful surprise. I do so love these needles.

I should go back to the bits and pieces afghan but I think I'll stick with this one for a while yet.


Saturday, December 21, 2002

Well, after my bragging on having the pattern memorized, I totally screwed up the diamond section and had to rip out about 5 rows. I usually don't rip but just fix and call the screwed up part 'my signature'. But, I decided to rip this time and get it right. It's a real bitch to rip out 351 patterned stitches and get them back on the needle. I shall pay better attention...


Friday, December 20, 2002

Another few rows...


Thursday, December 19, 2002

Ok, well, see, there is the edge and then two cables and then a section of faux cables and then the two cables again and then the middle diamond pattern. The edge and the cables are easy to remember and the faux cables are really easy to watch what you are knitting and just repeat. The diamond pattern is a little more complicated but I think on the second repeat I can do it without the pattern. So... that's what I mean by easy. The little colored things are just markers to separate the different sections.

But, yes, for someone who doesn't knit every day and like complicated patterns it probably wouldn't fall into the 'easy' category.


Wednesday, December 18, 2002

I used up the first skein last night. 1 skein makes up about 3 inches. The pattern is a good one to knit. Interesting and yet easy enough to remember. Nice.


Tuesday, December 17, 2002

I realized that my photos were lacking a certain perspective... So I'm going to try to include, in each one, a measure of some sort. Here we have inches measured off. Here's the work in progress.


Monday, December 16, 2002

First of all the news... I got a note this morning - before 8 a.m. - from a guy at Skacel Collection, Inc. - in response to my pissed off note of yesterday. His note was lovely. Thoughtful and concerned and full of really pertinent questions. He said he wanted to see the break and if I sent him the needle he would replace it. So for sure, he got the needle and I also sent him the link here so he could see the project that broke the latest one.

These needles are Audi Turbos and they are truly mavelous to knit with. They are pricey but wonderful. However, in my hands, they break. Yesterday's pair was about the 6th or 7th I've broken. The circular line comes right off the neeles at the joint. It's so frustrating. I've tried using other needles but since I found these, it's hard because these really rock.

Ok, today's project. I did start the Marquis afghan and here are the first 6 rows - 351 stitches on 36" needle (size 6) Caron's Simply Soft yarn.


Sunday, December 15, 2002

New project. The Marquis afghan. Here's what the pattern picture looks like:


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