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So, this is a pattern I did once before, but i wanted to find out how it looked with larger pinwheels and in a solid color.  Oh,this is also crochet, not knit.  I do still do that.  

Looking at the picture it is apparent that "no dye lot" isn't always true.  This is actually less noticeable in real life, however.  And, bafflingly, the color is called "Pagoda."  This is all acrylic,  Caron Simply Soft, which is a very, very nice yarn to the touch.  Available on the usual terms.

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I wanted to do the Tree of Life Afghan pattern in knit rather than crochet.  I chose a shinier yarn, the Michael's Loops & Threads Soft and Shiny, which feels really nice, but I don't think it looks as good at a more matte yarn would have done.

 Tree of Life Afghan

Here's a detail of the trees:

Tree Detail

I actually did a different border, which I stole from the Yggdrasil afghan I did a while back, as I didn't like the border in the pattern.  

All in all, it came out ok.  It feels really nice, though.  

My environment is still saturated with afghans, so if anyone would like this, I would be happy to give it to you.  I will personally deliver anywhere in the Twin Cities, or will mail anywhere in the US.  Do let me know.  

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So, I wanted to teach myself to knit, again. Crocheting comes naturally, knitting I have to relearn if I leave it dormant for very long. I had another project that I wanted to do, but I needed to get my knitting skills back up to par. So I dug out my sampler pattern, and did many, many squares. It went very well, but of course, gauge was a problem. Instead of each square being about one foot square, they're more like 18 or 20 inches square. Oh, well. It was fun. It was much larger than I expected, and here it is with Nuit instead of Ninja:

Here are a couple of pictures that give a better impression of some of the actual knit-work. I really, really like cables, by the way. They're fun.

This is a practice piece, and I'm keeping it. In the first place, the roughness of my technique really shows in some places, and in the second place, it fits all right on my king size bed, so that's a plus.
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So, I haven't actually stopped making afghans, but my photographer has been a bit behind times, so here are some catch up posts.

This one was made for Barb Jensen, for whom I don't happen to have an email address. If someone would shoot me her email address, I would let her know that it's finally done. I think I promised it almost a year ago. There were...complications.

The hexagons will not lay flat. I've tried everything. I finally just put the damn thing together, and hoped that it would flatten in the dryer. It did, a bit, but not as much as I was hoping. It's also smaller than I had been hoping, more of a lap-robe size than a blanket size. And it has, like 181 pieces, and that's a fuck-ton of sewing. So, while I rather like the colors, and it has its charms, man am I never doing this pattern again.

Of note, the pattern was not properly copy-edited, and so they neglected to tell me what order the colors should be laid out in. So, I had to invent my own layout. It doesn't look quite as random as I was hoping, but it's not too bad.

Here it is in all it's glory:

And here is the obligatory Afghan with Ninja"

And here is a closeup of some of the motifs:

Hey, Barb, your afghan is done!


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