Cranberry Pine Afghan

Friday, June 27, 2003

It's done and it's a good one. Here are the stats:

20 skeins of Caron's Simply Soft - Rasberry - on size 6 needle. Finished size is 54"x71"

I used the pattern called Summer Garden Coverlet out of the Quick Knitted Afghans. The pattern calls for 3 leaf panels and 2 'fence post' sections. I added one of each for a total of 289 stiches.

And here are the pix (large versions of each are a click away!).

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Today we've got a closeup. Plus this photo is closer to the actual color (at least on my monitor!). And you get a feel for what the wrong side looks like (right side of photo). It has one of the nicer wrong sides I've seen a while!

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

It's warming up here again thus making afghan knitting a little uncomfortable. But, I think it's only going to last a day or two and I'm so close to the end.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

This is the 32nd photo of this afghan. I'm sure all of you must be bored since it has looked the same for oh about the last 15 days, but it is a fun one to work on.

Monday, June 23, 2003

More inches added and more skeins gone. See why I think a weekly update rather than daily might be a bit more interesting?


Sunday, June 22, 2003

I had plan to bind this off when I reached 18 skeins but I think I'm going to do at least 19 and maybe 20. It's currently 57" wide and I don't think 65" is going to be too long and I do have the extra two skeins...

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Jake and Betty are giving the not-yet-finished afghan a ride. So far, they think it's a keeper.

Friday, June 20, 2003

I'm probably going to finish up this one this weekend. And, if the weather stays like it has been the past few days (lovely and cool), I'll probably start right in on the next one until it gets too hot to work on.

I'm also probably going to document the next project just once a week. I like posting every day but there just isn't that much to see day to day. So I'm going to try weekly instead.

Today's progress...

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Nothing much to see, but there is progress, I promise.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

The audience has spoken - hordes of you - well, 3 and one was my mother - raved about the draped photo so here's another. It's generally safe to go with your mother's wishes... so she tells me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Today's shot is kind of cheating... it looks like it's a shot of the finished blanket... It's not but I'm tired fo the flat-on-the-floor-boring shot.

Monday, June 16, 2003

We're now at 56" long. It's really turning into a nice looking piece.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

This is the really boring part as far as the journal is concerned. I have about 4 and a half more skeins to go - approximately 14" - hard to photograph interestingly, but, that's the way with a daily journal...

Saturday, June 14, 2003

In looking back through this blog and my notes before I started the journal, I am amused to see that each of these afghans takes almost exactly 30 days to complete and after about day 20, I start seriously thinking about the next one. Last night (day 21) I figured out which pattern I would use with which yarn for the next one. Talk about predictable!

Friday, June 13, 2003

Often when I work an afghan from a pattern I've never used before, I think about ways I would do it differently next time. The problem is, when next time rolls around, I have totally forgotten. So last night, I figured out exactly how I would do this very pattern differently, complete with stitch count and pattern notes and wrote it down and attached the notes to the pattern! What a concept!

Thursday, June 12, 2003

We have a total now of 42". Betty the cat approves.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

How about a closeup today?

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

It's finally cooled down a little so knitting tonight will be a lot more comfortable!

Monday, June 09, 2003

Sorry about the lack of email (if you are seeing this, maybe it's fixed). It's too hot to knit so maybe it's too hot to email!

Sunday, June 08, 2003

It's now measuring 35". The other day I was bragging about not having any errors in this one. Wrong. But, hey, that's how you know it's hand made, right?

Saturday, June 07, 2003

We're having some very very hot weather in Seattle and this is slowing down the progress on this afghan.I thought about just setting it aside and taking up socks or something that isn't so heavy to work on but t's supposed to cool off next week so I'm plugging along.

Friday, June 06, 2003

How about a close up? This isn't the perfect shot but at least you can maybe get an idea of what the pattern really looks like.

Thursday, June 05, 2003

So far, I've used up 8 skeins.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

27 inches and I'm thinking it's about 1/3rd done. It's a nice pattern. I think the next time I do it, I will make the lattace section more narrow and add a couple more of the leaf panels. Maybe.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

I think the skein works better at establishing perspective... 25 inches

Monday, June 02, 2003

This is sure not one of the greatest photos - sorry. We're right at 23 inches.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

We're right at 18 inches.

Saturday, May 31, 2003

It's Betty's turn. Generally, when I make an error, I leave it. But I recently saw an afghan I did last year and it had way too many mistakes in it. So this time, when I mess up, I rip out. I'm not after perfection but I would like to be able to hold my head up high.

Friday, May 30, 2003

The way this pattern works, I think I'm just going to keep on going until I run out of this raspberry yarn - unless it just gets too long. It's a pattern I can knit for a while without getting bored, I think.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Jake just had to be part of the action for today's shot.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Current length is 13 inches. It's looking nice. This turns out to be a nice 'into Summer' pattern.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

I'm using one skein for every 3.5 inches which means that, once again, I've bought more yarn than I need. But, it's better than not having enough and this yarn is very inexpensive.

Monday, May 26, 2003

Here are the first 8 inches. It's going to be about 58" wide.

Sunday, May 25, 2003

This is an interesting pattern. The bit that is the pineapples and looks the most difficult is actually the easiest. The bit that looks like garter stitch with holes is the hard part to keep up with.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Ahhh the start of a new project. Fun! This will likely be my last afghan until Labor Day. They just don't make good Summer projects. Fortunately, here in Seattle, we have until about the end of June before it gets too hot. This pattern is not the most challenging but should look really nice. I've cast on 279 stitches. It's basically two different strips. The instructions tell you to knit them individually. No way. I do not do sew ups. Here's the start!

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