Sunday, February 10, 2008

all's well that ends

Sent off Friday. The Great Mitered Collaboration, 2006 thu 2008.
You'd think being a professional photographer who has a serious knitting fiber book coming out I'd pull out the stops on this one, wouldn't you? Nah. It would have meant hanging on to the piece for another day or so. I felt it had to be mailed, STAT! So, a super fast backyard presentation, in between bouts of slushy drizzle. My sister would have fainted if she'd seen me place our just finished blanket out on the grubby fence in that weather . Someday she'll discover this blog and boy am I going to hear about it .
** Keep in mind it is destined to live out its life on a sofa , bathed in the golden yellow of the sun rising directly over the Atlantic in Delaware. Talk about out of its element here !
compPattern: Mitered Square Afghan, following the directions from the Mason Dixon Knitting book, inspired by interpretations seen over at Ann & Kay's blog and at Tikkupeitto. The three of them, they put the genius into blanket knitting, a category I previously equated with Not Interesting To Me. I had comments from all 3 of them along the way , swoon, visitations by the Fairy Godmothers of Miter.
Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Worsted, we lost track of skeinage years ago , literally. Love this yarn!
Needles: Mostly I knit US5 and my siser knit on US 7, getting us a happy middle ground that your average tensioned knitter might find on US6. Don't ask.
Was it Really That Much Work?: No, it truly wasn't. We dragged this out ridiculously, even the seaming was not that time consuming. We are world class whiners. Go ahead and cast on for one of these, alone or with a sibling. Really. I mean it.


Anonymous Emilee said...

That's beautiful! I love the bright, happy colors, it's perfect for a beach house.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Gorgeous! One of these days I'm going to seam mine. Seems such a daunting task!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Margene said...

It's fabulous!!

2:58 PM  
Blogger textilejunkie said...

Love it! It must feel sooo good to finally have it done :)

4:01 PM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

It's really stunning, Gale! I love it. It must feel so good to have it done.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous kathy in juneau said...

Wow! Fantastic! What an incredible gift!!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

You already knew that I'd like the odd squares, right? The SO-CALLED odd squares.

It's beautiful. I like the way it has its own dappled effect, without the need of a tree blocking the light. (You know how I LOVE DAPPLE.)

Congratulations. The pics are not too shabby!

xox Kay
PS I have also discovered that the mighty miter repels dirt, sand, shmutz of all kinds. So Sis shouldn't worry.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

It's wonderful and now I'm inspired to get back to work on mine!

7:34 PM  
OpenID kmckiernan said...

That is stunning - what a wonderful blanket!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Gotta Knit! said...

Love it. Perfect cheerie beach blanket.

6:42 AM  
Blogger be*mused jan said...

Stunning! The nicest version I've seen yet, Gale.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Yippee!!!! You got it done. Very nice job, I love the colors!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Sunflowerfairy said...

YAY!! Great job Gale and Linda!

I would totally snuggle for hours under one of those blankets. Maybe I should start one.

How's your son? Better?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie M said...

I have to say its very nice to see this finished! I found your blog right when you all started this blanket. It inspired me to start one of my own with my sister. That was at least a year ago. We are in the process of seeming (yeah right) and fixing some sqaures that the tension was off. We will get there hopefully by August!!

Your blanekt is so pretty and colorful. Isn't it nice to have that all done!sehvlngt

12:21 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Congratulations on gettin 'er done. And your sister doesn't know you have a blog? Neither does mine. A strange separation between realities?

12:30 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

This is truly beautiful! I'd love to receive such a gift.

8:29 AM  
Blogger the Lady said...

That looks really great! Even the so-called odd squares contribute to the overall effect of fun.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

It's WONDERful!! It seems so alive to me.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when you started! It looks terrific. how fun. I'm into knitting stuff that doesn't have to fit. This blanket totally fits the bill.


10:34 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Just lovely! I really have to get a move on with the one I want to make....I've got the yarn.....

11:12 AM  
Anonymous shanepat said...

Oh my! It is beautiful. It makes me want to start working on the one I started last summer. What a treasure.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

So, I have a zillion neatly sewn together blocks of four with all of the loose threads woven in, but I cannot get them to sew together in any way to complete the whole. Yours is FABULOUS! I am so envious!


12:41 PM  

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