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The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XV: Blockbuster Afghan

Date Begun: 10/21/2007
Date Completed: 01/17/2008
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Honey, Mustard, Olive and Brick
Needles: US9 Circular (metal)
Source: Lion Brand Yarn, Blockbuster Afghan
The Story:
I decided last fall that I really wanted to hand-make some of my Christmas gifts for people. Trouble was that I didn't decide this until fall. I had every intention of giving this afghan to a family member for Christmas, but you'll notice from the Date Completed that I didn't exactly make it. Oops.

So, plan B. I finished it as soon as I could and have protected it very carefully for the next gift-giving opportunity. Some of that explains the extremely long time between when I finished this and when I actually posted this entry - I didn't want to ruin the surprise for the recipient.

This was my first afghan, and I started it mostly to see if I could do it. Clearly I could, and it took a lot longer than I expected, but otherwise I really enjoyed the experience. It was a really simple one - garter stitch only, but it REALLY taught me how to pick up stitches and how to deal with lots and lots and lots of rows. I'd love to do another afghan, and I'm seriously considering doing this same pattern again for myself.

The yarn I used was nothing exotic. It's acrylic, which means it's machine washable and dryable. I strongly believe that when I give a knitted item, I should be giving a gift instead of a project, so I always try to find materials that are low maintenance. And I have to say that this particular yarn is really nice for an acrylic. It knit up nice and thick and soft.

So I convinced my photographer to do a little photo session and the babies had to get in on the action (they think that if there are pictures being taken, there should be critters in those pictures). Lulu tried to start wrestling with Deliah, which worried me a bit, but otherwise, they were well-behaved and happy to pose.

One of the reasons I was so excited to get an embroidery machine for Christmas was because I really wanted to start tagging the hand-knitted things I was making with some sort of indicator that it was mine. I love doing logo design and there's a natural intersection between my love of computers and my love of knitting/sewing/crafty things AND my logo designs. That intersection is, of course, hand-made, custom designed tags for all my crafty endeavors. So I, of course, had to take pictures of that.

Finally, after far, far too long of sitting on this project and not telling anyone about it because of the gifty nature of it, I got word yesterday that the afghan had been received by its new owner, who is tickled pink to have it. I'm so glad it was liked - I certainly was a little sad to part with it. I've also included some of the pictures I took as I was packing it up and getting it ready to go because I just thought my afghan and the ribbon and the tag looked so pretty. The colors in the last 3 images aren't as correct as in the first bunch, mostly because I was taking the pictures with the little camera and probably didn't have enough light. It's not really orange - the pictures just came out that way.

I will be making at least one more of these someday.

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