Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The Eleventh Square

Problem: Justin and his two best friends want to attend a 12 hour long rock concert in San Jose, California. Mom is very uncomfortable with the idea of three 18 year old boys driving 125 miles from home over a road nick-named "Blood Alley".
Solution: Offer to drive them to the concert, then hide out at a hotel for a day of uninterrupted knitting.
Reward: The boys had a great time and were very happy NOT to be driving back to Fresno at midnight. I was very happy because all that time alone allowed me to finish the 11th square on the "Endless Afghan".
This pattern is from The Great American Afghan and features a oak leaf and acorn design. I have oak trees at both my homes in California and in Washington so I thought this square was wonderful representation of my ties to both states.


sophanne said...

That looks great and what a compromise. I love hotel rooms and knitting- especially when I have the wherewithal to bring only one project of the perfect size.

Yarnhog said...

I've been wondering how the afghan was coming along. That square looks beautiful. I always love plant-like designs. As for the boys, you deserve some sort of award, both for your brilliant compromise and your willingness to spend several hours in a car with three teenage boys!

Sharon said...

It's so much fun to watch this afghan's progress!

Another gorgeous square. I'll have an opportunity to knit during a rock concert this week. I'm not attending this time, just schlepping kids.

Chris said...

I just love your blog. I feel that we have become friends, yet have never even met. As far as the lotto halfsies, already in a group thing at work, but promise that when I DO win, you and I are having lunch and a spinning/knitting day somewhere special. Take Care.

Mel said...

Like the mom-fix-it. Boys get what they want, and there's minimal supervision involved. Awesome.

That afghan is getting big, isn't it. One square at a time seems to be the way to go.

LadyLungDoc said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I would estimate that the straps grew by a total of 12-3/4 inches on either side (both front and back). Now this was bamboo, so your mileage may vary depending on what type of yarn you are using.

A day of knitting at a hotel sounds lovely. I think that spas need to come up with some type of a "knitter's special" that allows you to continue knitting during the "treatment" - maybe a pedicure plus shoulder foot/massage.

Danielle said...

Lovely, and such a good idea on the concert!

Danielle said...

Thats lovely.

3 18 yob did not drive you nuts over 125 miles.

Wow. they must be good kids.


kay said...

Love the square!! What a good idea about the concert! Your son is very lucky he has such a clever mom, and she knits, too! ;)

Jamie said...

Wonderful compromise! Way to go mom!
And knitting time too, how can you go wrong with that?

This is a beautiful, gorgeous square. I really like this one!

knottykitty said...

1. Driving boys to concert--very smart! (did you have earplugs?)
2. Whole day in a hotel room knitting--very cool!(I'm jealous..)
3. Afghan square--very pretty! :)

Anonymous said...

A day of uninterrupted knitting? Sounds perfect!! And looks like you put it to good use. The oak leaves are quite amazing! That looks harder than anything I've ever attempted!

Tina T-P said...

What a great mom you are - and a great knitter - that afghan is going to be wonderful. Glad you had a good time! T.