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.