Monday, March 12, 2012

The Knitted Afghan is Finished!

After a year of on and off knitting, my afghan is complete!

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This thing has changed designs a couple of times over the past year, mostly because I didn't closely follow any sort of plan and ended up having to make do with what I had already knitted. The result is a narrow, yet very long afghan. Initially I thought this was a huge mistake, but it actually turned out to be a good mistake because I can have my feet tucked under it and still have enough afghan to properly snuggle around my neck when taking a nap. Yes, I finished this on the train ride home on Friday and I've already given it a test drive during a nap after our 9-mile run on Sunday. It was awesome.

This shot is a reenactment—I don't usually smile while napping. Bonus: This may be the last time you're seeing our hodge podge furniture! We're finally becoming adults and getting matching, non-made-me-down furniture this year. It's going to be awesome!

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The final product is 14 knitted panels using Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in 7 different colors. If I had to do it all over again, I would have chosen 7 shades of the same color to form an ombre effect. (Side note: The only thing I can think about whenever I hear the word "ombre" is Santino's impression of Tim Gunn saying "Andre." Anyone else? Probably not.). I'm not thrilled with how all over the place the colors are, but at least it's finished. I do like how the blocks look on the front and the back when pieced together.

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The joined seams create a neat texture on the back. I also really like how the gray yarn that I used to piece the panels together pops in between the colors.

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I don't think it's half bad for my first major knitting project. The other thing I would have done differently is to not do a stockinette stitch for the full panel. I think it would have looked better if I had done some ribbing or just straight purling near the edges so the panels didn't curl up. I'm not too worried about it though. It's done and warm and that's all that matters!

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I am officially in the clear to start work on my Aidez sweater now, just as soon as I get the correct size needles for the yarn.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, what a mammoth knitting project! It looks great and so cosy x

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely not the best looking thing I've ever made, but it sure is comfy!

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  2. Finally, I can comment! I saw this instantly pictured myself wrapping myself it in it. Like Kestrel said, it looks so cozy.

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    1. Thanks! Glad your internet is back!

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  3. Yay! Great job! My first ever completed crafty project was a crocheted afghan in a horrible Barbie doll pink, and it was really long and narrow like yours. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't really use it as a two-person blanket, but it works out nicely for a solo nap!

    I'm excited that you guys are getting grown-up furniture! We still haven't done that yet, but hopefully soon... Show us pictures!

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    1. Haha I'm glad I'm not alone! I'm not sure when we'll get the furniture, it might not be until the fall when we renovate our downstairs. I will definitely show it off though! It's going to be a HUGE improvement over what we have now.

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  4. Nice! I like the colorways. If you wanted to do something about the curling, you could always try picking up stitches at the edges and garter stitching a border.

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    1. Thanks! I considered trying a border after I was about halfway through piecing the panels together, but then I just wanted to finish it.

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