Thursday, 29 December 2011

Oh, just one more thing...

The Epic Aran Afghan.

Dude, it is awesome.

Of course, that's just my opinion, but you can judge for yourself:

Here's a pic of the whole thing (minus the bit hanging over the fence) outside:

Pretty, huh? So, time for the deets. I used only 30 of the 40 balls of yarn I thought I would need, meaning I used about 2,634 metres of yarn, not the expected 3,418 metres. Quite a difference! Although, I now have a sweater-lot of yarn left over, so will be scouring the patterns on Ravelry for something I can make with it. Bonus! I used John Q Mia yarn, a 10 ply yarn sold by Knit World - purchased at the Wellington branch. I don't think they sell it any more though. It's a composition of 29% merino, 25% acrylic (gasp!), 15% alpaca, 11% corn, 8% cashmere, 6% silk and 6% angora. Quite a mixture (probably what they scraped off the factory floor) but to be perfectly honest, its lovely and soft. I found it delightful to knit with, and have a hat and scarf already made with it. It is very hard-wearing, and comfortable. Very minimal itch-factor.

The pattern, of course, is the Burridge Lake Aran Afghan. Full credit to Anna Dalvi for writing such a fantastically beautiful pattern. I loved knitting every inch of this afghan... okay, so I may have grumbled occasionally about the endless cables, but this pattern was a favourite of mine the second I saw it on the 5th July 2009, and sat in my list of things to knit until I decided to bite the bullet and cast it on. The cast on date was 21st September, and I officially finished it on the 22nd December - three months. Not too bad if I do say so myself ;-) According to my Rav notes, the yarn cost $104 for all 40 balls, which means the cost of this afghan was the low, low price of $78. Bloody excellent.

It was gifted to my mother-in-law on Christmas day. For some reason, the second I saw this afghan pattern and fell in love with it, I knew I would be making it for her. I've never changed my mind about that, so although I'd quite like to keep it, I was more than happy to hand it over once it was finished. There's only one thing that makes me a little nervous.

Please, please Alison, for the love of all that is holy, keep it away from the cat!!!

That is all.

1 comment:

  1. I really hope your mother-in-law treasures the three months of your life that you gave her. Not to sound bitter or anything, but oh my... you gave it away!!! It is divinely gorgeous and you deserve the 'best daughter-in-law of the year' award for it.