Tuesday, March 25, 2008

First of the year

Log Cabin Afghan

Pattern: How to Knit a Log Cabin Square
Yarn: Naturally Tussock 10-ply, 20 balls with about 3 balls' worth left over.
Yarn Source: Fun Knits inventory counting party
Yarn Cost: FREE, baby. This was the grand prize draw. Replacement cost of the 20 balls of yarn is $11 per ball or $220.
Needle: 5.5mm bamboo circular
Cast on: December 30, 2007
Bound off: March 23, 2008
Finished size: 53" by 63" unblocked, slightly stretched
I had an overall plan for using the colours, but it didn't work out. I had to keep adjusting the colour distribution as the strips got longer and longer, therefore using more and more yardage.

I wanted a slight rectangle shape so it would go all the way from chin to feet. I doubled the width of the strips on opposite ends, twice, to end up with 10 extra inches of length.

A lot of people have remarked that this seems like an awful lot of work. You do have to cast off the entire length of each one of those strips, then later pick up along the entire cast-off length with another colour. There were a fair few ends to weave in, but not as many as one would expect. I did a bit of (sloppy, uncertain) math and figured out I bound off 928 stitches. And that means I also picked up 928 stitches. This is give or take, but basically you're looking at about a thousand stitches bound off and a thousand stitches picked up.

But you're not doing this all at once, so it's really not a problem. It's therapeutic, really, and I would absolutely make another one of these. Maybe with different colours though.

I am completely happy with this blanket. It has this amazing soporific effect on me, its weight and warmth and sheepy smell putting me straight to sleep. Luckily, Mr HalfSoledBoots thinks it's uncomfortably scratchy, so I shouldn't need to worry about him claiming it. He's more of a polar fleece guy.

It was an awful day today. Snowing when we woke up, then rainy, dark and miserable. At 2.30 I made myself a lovely boozy hot chocolate and cozied up with my blanket.
Marshmallow courtesy of Butter Baked Goods. (That marshmallow is worth $0.80, I'll have you know. [Eeesh.])

I can't believe it is the end of March and this is my first finished object post of the year. I don't really know where the time went. But Saartje's booties are lined up for an FO post, and soon I will have my Marina Piccola socks finished, so I guess I'll catch up soon enough.


Anonymous said...

Love love love love it. And what a perfect day this is to have finished a cozy blanket!

Ames said...

I think I am going to need that this coming winter. Poor, sad, little American moving to the Great Frozen North.

Shan said...

Ames, it's pretty warm here on Vancouver Island.

We have high-speed internet here, too, for anyone who might care to work remotely.

Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

Geez, I put my head down to work for a few hours and I'm suddenly two posts behind on HSB. Wowza.

That blanket = hubba hubba.

Cynthia said...

What a lovely blanket. I've never wanted to knit a log cabin square -- but that's tempting. And silly Mr. HSB! As my son said the other day, "I like the scratchy blankets, Mama. I think they're cozier."

Stace' said...

I'm so glad you didn't say you made the marshmallows too.

Beautiful work, as always.

Stace' said...

Take Moonshine!

Brenda said...

Wow, the blanket is FABULOUS! And the hot chocolate looks pretty darn good too. Quite the weather we had today, wasn't it? I'm so ready for spring, really wanting to wear sandals and bare toes!

Jenny said...

What an amazing blanket!! The marshmallow looked lovely as well....now I'm craving some boozy hot chocolate!!

Gena said...

Ooo, I really like it! Love the colors.

Annalea said...

Looks beautiful, Shan. And the weather is nearly as miserable here, so you're in good company. ;o)

Kristine said...

Ooo that looks so cuddly and warm and wonderous...Ooo...

It suddenly occurs to me that I have miles, acres even, of this gorgeous red alpaca that needs a project...hm...it would just need a contrast color of some kind...possibilities...

Kimmer said...

Making your own marshamallows is surprisingly easy. :-)

Shan said...


Welcome, welcome!

And thank you, yes, I will make my own marshmallows from now on because I am a GOOD KIND OF CRAZY THAT WAY.

Tabatha said...

That marshmallow is amazing. I can not comment on anything else because that marshmallow is taking up all my brain space.