Sunday, July 12, 2009

Red Purl KAL Afghan: July

The day has arrived: the July meeting for the Red Purl Afghan Knit-along! And so I may reveal my block...
I call it Snakes and Ladders ("Chutes and Ladders" for the Americans among my readers).

The stitch I made up for it -- not that I will claim it's definitely unique, but I did invent or discover it on my own -- the Wrap3, creates the rungs of the ladders. A simple column of seed stitch makes up the "snakes" (or "chutes"), albeit in a very minimalist form.

The pattern seemed to be well-received, and most importantly Wendy gave me her stamp of approval. People seemed to agree that it looked nice and that it was a relaxing knit good for a summer afternoon.

We still are getting new members, but some others must be dropping off because the groups are a little smaller these months. This could also be due to summer time, I'm sure. We still had at least a dozen knitters gathered for the afternoon and more dropping to have a look. It was a good afternoon.

Now that we are half way through the Year of the Afghan, I thought it might be a good time to review all the other blocks that have already been made:
I still have no idea how I am going to arrange the blocks. (What will go where, I mean; obviously it will be 3 x 4 grid.) I am going to add some sort of sashing between the blocks--I haven't decided if it will be knit or crochet. (Crochet being faster but sucking up 3 times as much yarn!)

Today I picked out this semi-solid color called Red Mahogany to surround the blocks, and the outside edge. I think the dark colour will let the bright colours pop.

The way the knit-along is set up, you make December's block in one week and then sew them all together the next week. I am not going to be able to do all that edging in one week, especially in December! (Like that's not already the busiest time of the year.) So I will have to make some decisions and start putting an edge on the finished blocks.

All for now!

1 comment:

  1. I wish I would have thought to knit them individually, binding them each off instead of making the continuous strips of four blocks (or is it three?) each. (Can you tell I'm a little behind?) It would have made the project better in the portability of it! I'll stash this idea for next year!! Thanks...

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