It's been pretty busy around this household. The holidays were great -- even managed to get all the socks finished in time. Of course, it was only because we didn't see some of the recipients until later in the month. But then after I finished the Great American Aran Afghan, I --
WAIT! I didn't
brag tell you about having finished the afghan. What was I thinking?!
Yes, after 4 years and 10 months, I have finally finished the Great American Aran Afghan. All 25 squares AND the border.
Now that I'm finished, I know some people (Carrie, I'm looking at you!) will wonder which squarea is my favourite. In the interest of fairness (and also because I'm not a linear thinker), I'm just going to say that they were all favourites at one time or another. Possibly because I was working on them, or because I had just finished it. It doesn't seem fair to the designers to rate them.
One square that turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought was this little beauty:
I made notes, more or less, about each square as I knit it. Sometimes I noted things I'd do differently if I made the afghan again. Sometimes I noted errors in the patterns. Sometimes I even noted changes that I made in the designs:
Wait a minute -- you say there are only 24 squares in the book? How did I do 25? Well, it seemed only fitting to have a signature square. I drafted it up, and started knitting;
The border makes all the difference in the world. I mean, the afghan is nice all sewn together. I've seen pictures of the afghan worked with a garter stitch border. That was a nice afghan, but the cabled border really sets it all off. The best part is that the cable isn't hard to do, even around the corners.
I have talked to women in the store who have made this afghan several times, usually given as wedding gifts to their children. I've entertained the thought of making it again -- after all, there are four children between Doug and I. I used Patons Canadiana, and I don't regret that. The afghan is going on my bed and I know it'll get washed on a regular basis. If I were making it again, I'd be sure to get enough yarn/wool all in the same dye lot for the complete afghan (I ended up selling some of my yarn to customers who needed "one more ball" in that dyelot, so there are some colour mismatches.) I'd also not hang any of the squares in the window where they would/could become sun-damaged. Hindsight is 20/20 after all.
But I do have to say that all in all, this is an afghan of which I am mightily proud.