Another (few) days older and closer to done.....( about 80% of the Great Canadian British American Afghan complete to be exact-ish). (Hmmm....that doesn't quite fit the tune.)
I think I've mentioned before that one of the benefits of blogging is seeing evidence of progress on your projects during those dark middle days where the sunny excitement of a 'new project' is long gone, and the light at the end of the tunnel hasn't yet appeared.
That's certainly the case here. When I sat down to blog today I was feeling that I hadn't really accomplished much in the last week - but when I compared the photos to last weeks -- well it seems I'm zooming along!
As a few people have commented - this pattern has become a firm favourite in the knitting world. And I can see why.
First and foremost - the finished afghans that I've seen have all been pretty special. It's one of those projects that you really can see being used for years and years.
Second - the sampler nature of the afghan means you get to try lots of different stitch combinations and techniques. There are cables and seed stitch and moss stitch and popcorn and bobbles and twisted stitches and seed stitch and..... I've doen lots of cable and texture work over the years - but I've definitely picked up a few tips and tricks already.
Finally, just as a pattern starts to get a little dull - it's time to cast off and start a new very different block! Most are knit pretty much as you'd expect (ie cast on 60 ish stitches, knit 70ish rows in pattern) - but some are knit in the round (outside edge in) some are knit in strips and others are knit with a centre square and then have an outer border knit separately. (And one very special square has its own little sweater to wear -- but I'm saving that for the end!!)