Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The Third Square

I only have to complete the neck band of the Sublime vest. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn. I know I purchased an extra skein of the same dye lot but I have a bad feeling it is in Washington (I took the vest with me in March). It certainly isn't here. I'll look for it next week when I head back to the Pacific Northwest. Since I couldn't work on the vest, I decided to go back to the afghan. Here is the third square I have completed. This square was designed by Hanna Burns. The design includes a fairly intricate cable in the center of the square. I had pay close attention when crossing the cables to avoid a mistake. To the left and right of the center cable are opposing spirals. Kenny watched as I was knitting this square and told me it looked like twin DNA strands. I looked at the design again, and you know, I can see the resemblance. Now I am going to think of that every time I look at it. Oh well, at least he is paying attention in science. This square did not not knit up at the correct gauge initially so I switched to larger needles and tried again. It was better the second time but it still ended up considerably shorter than the other squares. I had to recalculate the length and add rows to make it work. Despite adding additional rows, I still had block it carefully to ease it to the correct dimensions.
Three down, thirty seven to go................

4 comments:

Danielle said...

Its great. I especially like the "DNA!" I think that it adds something special.

Lavendersheep said...

That is the square we are suppose to be working on this month for our class. If you read the description I believe the designer is a scientist as well and designed it to look like DNA. It is one of my favorite squares in the book.

sophanne said...

Were you drinking kool-aid while working on the squares. Perhaps there's more to the endless knitting problem that yarnhog had than meets the eye.

Yarnhog said...

I, too, saw a DNA double helix instantly. What a cool design! I think the fact that the square will be sewn to lots of other squares will help it to hold its gauge once the afghan is put together. Beautiful job.