hue shift afghan by knitpicks
Knitted Op Art – I didn’t see it as I was knitting, but the photo is definitely playing tricks with my eyes.

My posts have been rather few and far between, but this one will explain alot. I made this as a thank you/housewarming gift to people who helped me a great deal when I moved to California. I kept pushing myself to have it done – first by Halloween (which didn’t happen), then by Thanksgiving (didn’t happen), and then by Christmas (success!).

I am calling this project 100’s because it is a story of hundreds. The pattern is Hue Shift Afghan by Knitpicks, and yarn is Brava Sport.

It is a hundred mitered squares, which took me 100 days to knit. It could have taken more or less, but it gets old knitting mitered squares, and so to keep the momentum going on this, I set a goal of completing an average of 1 square per day. (Meaning that some days I did multiples to make up for days I wasn’t at home to get knitting done.) Proud to say I stuck to that goal!

A note about mitered square projects – you will save yourself bunches of tedium if you pick up and knit stitches onto previously completed squares rather than making all the squares separately and then sewing them together later. I speak from experience! This particular pattern is written to use picked up stitches, in case you’re wondering.

The border is hundreds also – 250 stitches per row, each side, to be exact. Knitting the border plus doing all the finishing (lots of weaving in of ends!) took me another 100 days I would say. Lots of powers of 10, hence the name.

hue shift afghan by knitpicks
The finished piece – photographed as flat as possible. It is hard to not get perspective going when photographing something so big, but I am happy I captured the optical effect.

As is the case with most big projects, I was very tired of it and happy to be done by the end. That said, I am very happy with it, and more importantly, the recipients are happy with it. It is a fun project, and you can do so much play with color.

Apologies and Updates

So here it is, a ridiculously long time since my last post, and a horribly long time to respond to the comment my fellow knitter so kindly left me. We will keep it brief about where I’ve been because it all boils down to being miserable and sick with allergies and flu, and no one needs to suffer through a post about that!

But lest you think it’s been a month and a half since I did anything creative, not to fear. The things I get myself into…you would think that after cranking out about a million Christmas gifts and being completely and utterly exhausted by the time the holidays actually came, I would have learned my lesson. But…no.

I received a Knitpicks catalog in the mail about a month and a half before Easter and simply could not resist buying Chroma yarn. I think I was really afraid my life would end if I did not buy this yarn because it’s so beautiful! Around the same time, I was looking through Creative Knitting magazine, and I had one of those lightning bolt moments when one instantly knows she MUST knit a certain pattern with this one EXACT yarn. And so I  made the very insane commitment (at least it is for me, considering my knitting speed) to knit my daughter an Easter dress out of Chroma in Smoothie complete with a long-sleeve bolero jacket.

I knitted like a madwoman the entire month, took time off to go to bed on the days the flu felled me, and carried on as soon as I felt better. I realized one important thing however, when I was about halfway through the project. Chroma is merino wool. I live in Los Angeles. It could, and has been in recent years, 90 degrees on Easter. A wool dress with a wool jacket could be extremely hot if worn on such a day. You will be happy for me that yes, I did finish the whole thing (although there was not time to block it before she wore it on Easter Sunday) and yes, Easter this year was a cool day. But word to the wise: consider the fiber content and the time of year when matching projects to yarn. Then again, there are projects and matching fibers that instantly speak to your soul, and when you have such a moment, my advice is to seize the moment (and the yarn!).

Catherine’s Easter Smoothie Dress