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And then there was the Penrose

Penrose 2

You like? I’ve been working on this on and off since January 1 of this year. It’s one of the Woolly Thoughts’ patterns and I’m very pleased with how it came out. I would have had this done sooner but I was seduced away by various projects. The actual knitting is not difficult at all. It’s a nice portable project, but the problem with portable projects like this is that at some point the seaming begins.

The seaming…nearly 2 weeks it’s taken me to first stitch the pieces together and to weave in all the ends.

It was worth it though.

Ravelry link


64 Squares

Recently I went through the stash and did some reorganization. My sock yarn has multiplied. It’s multiplied a lot. Instead, however, of me doing something about that (making socks for instance or working on my sock yarn blanket), I decided to tackle yet another afghan. At least I have the yarn for it already.

So I am doing another Woolly Thoughts pattern: the Penrose with Cascade 220 Superwash. It’s done in squares and parallelograms. I’ve knit 51 of the 64 squares required. I think it’s going to be rather sharp when it’s done.

And there was the Curve of Pursuit!

It is done! My version of Woolly ThoughtsCurve of Pursuit is complete! The Ravelry link is here.

I love how it came out.  I had planned on doing an I-cord bindoff to edge it, but the yarn and my energy is running low.

Oddly enough, this never turned into “the project from hell.” I had feared that because it’s just such a large project. I never really got sick of it. It was relaxing to work on and it looks fabulous if I do say so myself!

Curve of Pursuit in progress

I present the beginnings of my Curve of Pursuit afghan. So far I love it. The bitterness will probably come later.

I’m using 4 long circulars so there is less going back and forth with stitch holders, but it’s almost at the point (there has been progress since this photo was taken) where I may end up using stitch holders because the needles are not long enough.

Really loving the color combo.

The lady at the LYS confirms that I am insane

I’ve fallen in love with the designs over at Woolly Thoughts. Specifically with this design. It’s called “Curve of Pursuit” and after many calculations and much obsessing, I have chosen to do it in Cascade 220.

I figure if it’s going to be this involved and I love the pattern this much, it’s worth doing it in decent yarn. Crap yarn has its place, but if I’m going to go crazy, I’d rather it not be with Red Heart. I had wanted to do this with Moda Dea’s Washable Wool, but it’s been discontinued and the only colors I can locate are not going to go together.

So I trundled down to my favorite LYS yesterday and the clerk asked me what I was making. I laughed and said it was an afghan and that my friends all think I’m nuts to try it. She very nicely said, “of course you’re not insane.” Then I showed her the pattern. She said, “You’re insane.” (But she remained helpful nonetheless).

In theory this is how it’s going to look (the lightest color is more ivory than it’s showing, but I had issues with the photo editing program).

That’s the theory anyhow. I have the yarn. I have the first square and the 4 triangles done. It will no doubt throw me into absolute agonies in the coming months, but I really want to do this.

Foreseeable problems:

  1. I’m going to be sick to death of garter stitch very very soon.
  2. This will not be the most portable project.
  3. There are going to be umpteen million ends to weave in.
  4. I will go mad.

My strategies to deal with these problems:

  1. I’m going to do a couple of shorter, instant gratification kinds of projects in between bouts of wrestling with the afghan.
  2. See #2.
  3. I’m going to weave in as I go.
  4. It’ll be worth it.