Friday, 8 October 2010

Mission: Complete

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.

Ta daaaaa:



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

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