Monday, November 07, 2005

Twiddling my thumbs

While I wait, oh so unpatiently, for my final skien of cornflower andean silk to finish my corset I've had to find other ways to spend my time. As you can see I've finally gotten around to answering the memes. I've shown you google pervert searches for my bathtub. I've publically declared my love for Knitpicks. And now in my crowning glory I'm going to present you with a Finished Object.


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Pattern: Rosebud Afghan from Book 742 Afghans by Columbia Minerva

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue

Needles: Size 10 straights

Modifications: I didn't put the duplicate knit flowers in the middle of the diamonds, but other than that I left the pattern alone. Oh, and I put two rows of single crochet around the entire afghan instead of just one row.

Review: I loved this afghan. It was so quick and easy to knit. It was the duplicate knit that kept me from finishing it. I didn't like the flower that came with the pattern, and I couldn't find a replacement flower to use. I finally decided that I like it all in blue. It becomes a study of textures, the knit diamonds, the purl background, the cables, the fringe. I think the double cables look amazing.

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This picture just doesn't do it justice. And I'm very pleased with how the fringe turned out.

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It took me three hours to tie it all. But it was so totally worth it. This afghan is a present for my Aunt and I can't wait to give it to her. I like this pattern enough that I'm thinking of making another one for myself. Maybe in a lovely merino wool. Must not go to knitpicks and search for an acceptable yarn, must not go to knitpicks, must resist knitpicks.

7 comments:

King Leo said...

Woohoo! Great job. Beautiful color. I have been thinking of creating an afghan my grandmother used to crochet using a huge knitting needel. It is a beautiful thing when done correctly.

Darci said...

I love it - I must think about that one. I agree that the contrst between all of the stitches makes the single color a perfect choice.

candsmom said...

GORGEOUS, gorgeous afghan!! You make acrylic look like cashmere. I bow down to your talent. Truly beautiful work. And while you're resisting Knit Picks, I'd like to do a PSA: Merino Style $2.29, Every color of the rainbow and then some! *ducks*

desert knits said...

Wow. That is truly amazing. I especially love that fringe.
Weehoo, tagged! I'd better get started :D

Lynda said...

Wow - beautiful!! I can't even imaging tackling something that big... it would end up being done for my great-grandkids, if I lived that long! I think I get too bored easily. I really admire that quality, absolutely gorgeous, I can't even fathom doing it...

King Leo said...

regarding your comment to me: thanks for the suggestion. My intuitiveness has led me to the same conclusion.

Areli said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow, your afghan is beautiful, you have so much patience. I don't think I could do that, but you have done such an excellent job.