On the 15th September I started an afghan for a friend's mother. This morning (8th October) I finished weaving in the ends and blocking it into a nice tidy rectangular shape (although I very much doubt it will stay that way!) This is without a doubt the biggest project I have undertaken so far, and I am incredibly proud of the end result. Three weeks! Amazing ;-) It was a mammoth task, but one I think is well deserved by the recipient, and I hope she likes it so very much.
And just so you can get an idea of scale for this puppy, here it is blocking on my KING SIZE bed this morning:
That's a whopping 48" x 64" people!! And I think I may have mentioned the yarn I used for this project - Malabrigo Rios. Ooh Lordy, this stuff is beautiful!! And as a bonus for me, I only used nine of the ten skeins purchased for this project, so if you don't mind KJ, I think I'll hang on to the spare ;-)
And since we're on the subject of completed missions, I forgot to post about my dad's socks that were completed back in September:
(As usual, Deane's (not so) fabulous modelling skills coming into play here)
Close up of the pattern, in case you thought they were just plain ol' socks:
For all you Cookie A fans out there, you'll recognise the Cauchy pattern (Rav link), with a few modifications so it'd fit my dad's feet (mods are written up on my Ravelry project page).
I also managed to spin up a skein of laceweight/light fingering weight yarn in the maude & me 'beds & lawns' colourway on 100% merino - standard 2 ply, 477 metres, 96 grams:
I had a whole whack of single left on one bobbin, so gave the old navajo-plying another go (previously I've had some serious (SERIOUS!!) coordination problems with this, and it's turned out a bit of a mess). I'm not sure of the yardage, but I ended up with a cute wee 20g skein of light fingering weight yarn that looks much tidier than the 2ply. I think next time I'll give an entire 100g bump of fibre a go. And hopefully by the time I get around to that, I'll be spinning on my brand-spanking-new Majacraft Rose!!! You know the one I've been drooling over for the past several months? I was finally allowed to put in an order for one for my birthday/Christmas present - eeeeek, I'm so excited!!! Unfortunately, they don't have any in stock at the moment and I have to wait for them to make me one, but hopefully that'll be very soon. I can't wait for it to arrive!!!
My dear Addy, who has been very good to me, will be donated to a good home, where she will get much use and be very loved. That's me, doing my part in spreading the fibre love :-)
And now, I'm off to pack for my weekend in Wellington where I'll be hanging out with some very-much-missed friends and enjoying more fibery goodness at the Wellington Quilters Guild 2010 Exhibition, and Sunday knitting group. Yay!!! Best of all, when I get back, school holidays will be over ;-P