Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The First Square

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can".........That seems to have become my motto regarding this project.
I have completed and am now blocking the first square of the Endless Afghan (although cleverly masquerading as "The Great American Aran Afghan") The book provides directions and charts for 24 different squares. Each square was designed by a different knitter as part of a contest held by Knitters Magazine.
The concept for the afghan is fairly simple (LOL!). The knitter (sucker?) chooses 20 squares, knits them up, sews them together and knits a border around the entire thing. Sounds simple, eh?
This is my first square, designed by Ada Fenwick. It is fairly easy to knit and is based on the tree of life, with a border of two asymetrical celtic cables.

As you can, I block with wires. The directions call for 12" (30.48 centimeters) squares but I can tell you that some of the squares appear much smaller than required, even though I carefully matched gage. We shall see.
My garden is growing at an astonishing rate. After the rain last weekend, it got warm. The plants have all put on a burst of growth, doubling in size.
The tomato plants are tomatoing.....
...the yellow squash plants are squashing....
.......and the zucchini plants have even decided to grow. I guess they heard me threaten to replace them last week.

7 comments:

anne said...

wow, i'm so jealous that you have vegetables already! we are just now planning to put some in; we have a danger of frost here for a couple more weeks . . .

Suzanne said...

OMG! You've got vegetables! I've still got snow on my lawn! Is that your garden in CA or WA?

Your knitting is incredible!

Lavendersheep said...

That square is gorgeous! I need to finish my one square. Our group is on square #4 and they do appear to all come out different sizes.

Your Secret Pal said...

I made a similar block-style afghan from that 100 squares book. 99 squares for the afghan. 12 patterns. NEVER AGAIN.

Kim in Oregon said...

I have all my afghan squares for this afghan in a safe place...it's on my project list for this summer to turn it into the final afghan! You started with not-too-easy a one...how brave!

cheryl said...

I can't believe you have squash already. And tomatoes. We're months away from either down here (Southern Oregon). My group is doing an afghan too. We expect this to be a long term project since we're only going to work on it intermittently. One of the group is spending the summer in Friday Harbor, I'm moving this summer, and well, life does interrupt. :o) 18 months for an ufo is no biggie. My de Colores sweater has been over 2 years in the making.

Genevieve O'Shea said...

What a gorgeous square! Now I am getting tempted to start an afghan of my own...