Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am not going to dwell on the past...only accomplishing 20 knits last year...I've been a little busy.

It's a new year, and new things are abound. Onward we go!

Lets finish up with 2010. I happily completed my Great American Afghan! This was a project 2 years in the making...and I am sure millions of stitches!

GAAA finished

Started: January 3, 2009
Finished: December 19, 2010
Yarn: Patons classic merino wool....just a reminder mom and dad...don't wash it! If it gets dirty, I will clean it:)

GAAA finished edge

It is actually quite impressive once finished. The weight of it is so wonderful...and it's so warm. I decided on a simple triangular garter stitch edging that I adapted from a debbie bliss shawl/baby blanket that I once knit. I knit it on as I went so there wouldn't be an evening of endless seaming. The only problem with the edging is that it killed my left wrist. I literally couldn't knit...or lift the baby car seat with it for a week. It is still giving me grief. Might be another issue there that I better get checked.

I also knit up a simple ribbed hat out of cascade 220 for my nephew.

kurtis hat

We no longer shop for all of the nieces and nephews. They all pick names amoungst each other. So I had three to shop for, not so bad. They all got their gifts topped with a knit mini snowman, of course:)

So now I am finishing up a few odds and ends. I am hoping January will be the month to clean up some unfinished knits and start up some fun new ones:)
So look forward to hearing about the cutest baby kit ever, a couple samples knit up for Shall We Knit, some double knit cowls, my luna bella, some spinning....lots to come.
I'm also busy preparing for another round of double knit classes! There is even a workshop in the making...stay tuned.

12 comments:

Maryse said...

Happy New Year! The afghan does look so perfect for winter nights! Beautiful! And enjoy the classes!

Jennifer said...

Wow - that afghan looks fantastic. Congratulations on a job well done. Don't think of it as 2 years in the making - think of the number of years of joy, warmth and comfort it will bring. It's really beautiful.

Catherine said...

This afghan is the most beautiful I have ever seen. No wonder it took you two years, the work in it with all the different stitches is amazing. I love the simple triangular border.

Cleaning is tricky, I made a big cardigan in Rowan Big Wool for my son-in-law this Christmas and gave him a small bottle of eucalan too! I hope he uses it

xx c

busybusybeejay said...

The afghan looks brill.I have just finished the Debbie Abraham blanket and doing the edge gave me wrist problems.I even ended up buying a hugely expensive wrist support just so I could finish it.It's a bit scary though thinking you have wrist problems and there may be no knitting.% days away at xmas and no knitting sorted mine out.Hope you are ok now.

a qué dedico mi tiempo libre said...

Muy bonita.

TracyKM said...

The blanket is gorgeous!
About the lifting the carseat...don't bother! Use a sling! Keep the seat in the car and wear that gorgeous babe. Wouldn't you love to have those cheeks up on your chest so you can squish them and kiss them AND still have both hands free? LOL.
Hope the wrist feels better soon :)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that afghan is beautiful. congratulations on a gorgeous finish!

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

Congratulations on finishing your beautiful afghan. It's absolutely stunning.

Kara said...

That is one seriously amazing afghan. I can see why it took you 2 years. A lot of work. Well done!

knotology said...

The blanket is beautiful! Inspires me to dig out some of my blanket UFOs and get them finished once and for all! Great job!

April said...

That blanket is an heirloom piece. I love the triangle edging.

DrChopSuey said...

WOW! Your afghan looks warm, comfy and absolutely beautiful!