Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Found the Only Way I'll Ever Knit an Afghan

I joined a KAL. It's called A Year in a Blanket and the idea is to knit one square a month for a year and by the end of the year, you'll have enough to make an afghan. There are some amazing ideas and squares being made. You should go check it out. I need immediate gratification so knitting a whole afghan was never for me. I know my limits and it would end up stuffed in a closet, never to be finished and I would always feel guilty about it. I figure that if I don't finish this one, I can still make pillows. But what to make? Well I've always loved cables and the aran sweater look so I pulled out my copy of Harmony Guide Cables and Arans edited by Erika Knight and spent an enjoyable snowy Saturday afternoon on the couch looking and deciding. I came up with my first square, Woven Diagonals, although Mr. Truck says I knit a lattice.




It's about 12 inches square so if I make twelve of them I think it will be a nice size for sitting on the couch. And it only took a couple of evenings so I got my immediate gratification.



The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Cloud. Very affordable for something of this size. Now to decided what I should do for February.

12 comments:

pdxknitterati said...

I love afghans made in squares. Just little bites of fun, and they're over before you know it. No endless lugging the behemoth around with you. Enjoy!

Iron Needles said...

I am knitting the Moderned Log Cabin Blanket for a gift. YARDS of garter stitch. I am wondering if I am going to make it...

Knit - R - Done said...

That's a really great idea. It should keep you from getting bored.

Stacie said...

This will be one elegant afghan. The square pattern is so amazing and your yarn is clearly a lovely, soft choice. For you and yours??? or as a gift? Or do you know yet? LOL.

Lynlee said...

What a great idea! I am going to have to look into that group. Your square is beautiful!

PrincessPea said...

That's a great way to knit a blanket. I think, like you, I'd be tempted to stuff in a cupboard after a while...

Diane said...

Great idea. One of the first knitting books I bought years ago was Barbara Walker's Learn-to-Knit-Afghan book because it was done in squares and it was more appealing than doing the same stitch over and over. Still haven't used it, so maybe I should consider it this year.

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

thanks for the link! your square is a masterpiece!

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

thanks for the link! your square is a masterpiece!

Knitted Yarns said...

Sounds like a good way to knit an afghan. I just can't get myself motivated to do one, no matter what.

YarnScraps said...

Beautiful afghan square. I know what you mean about getting bored with afghans. I have yet to complete even one. I have one that I started six or more years ago. It's very thick and heavy, so I don't like working on it during the warmer months. Every Fall, though, when it gets really cold, that old afghan makes a reappearance (along with my interest in it). Just yesterday, I started a baby afghan and am hoping I can finish it in months- not years. I think I can do it, since this one is so much smaller. I only hope I don't get distracted by a bunch of side projects. :/

Leeanne said...

Wow I love your square. I'd really like to give that a try sometime.

Found u through Ravelry