I think I've mentioned before how odd it is that some patterns you find and you immediately cast on, and others take a while to bubble up to the top of the knitting stack. Maia, a few weeks ago was an example of one of the 'see, pick yarn, cast on NOW' variety -- my current project is clearly an example of the other!
It's the Great American Afghan (or in my case the Great Canadian British American Afghan). I first saw the afghan over on the Rainey Sisters' blog -- in fact it was the very first time I stumbled on the blog that remains one of my favourites. I thought the afghan was gorgeous and decided to make one.
A mere 3 years later and I've finally started!
The afghan is made up of squares designed by readers of Knitters magazine as part of a contest a few years ago. Theoretically each square is 12 inch square - but as you can see from this picture a bit of blocking and coaxing will be required to get these blocks to the same size! Some research on Ravelry confirms that this is a common issue with the pattern so I've decided not to fret about it.
Rowan Pure Wool Aran (it's superwash) in 4 colours. Cream will be the dominant colour making up a little over half the squares and the border - while three shades of green will make up the rest.
I still waver with every square on whether I should have gone for a single colour or not - but for now I'm perservering with the different colours.
It's an enjoyable project - there is something very satisfying about knitting cables. Blocks that can be picked up for a few minutes when I have the time are also perfect for me at the moment as knitting time is scarce. (Work is currently very busy and will be for at least the next few weeks.)
So anyone out there who feels like they've been waiting forever for something to get knit by me - this project says there is hope! (yes Caked Crusader that includes you and the very long overdue Lemur puppet sweater)