WIP Wednesday: the knitting.

IF YOU ARE MATTHEW OR ANDREW OR ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS, 
PLEASE CLICK AWAY IMMEDIATELY!

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I started knitting the plaid afghan during the first week of June. At this writing (I composed this post July 26) I was halfway through the fourth horizontal stripe. When I started I had a pie-in-the-sky vision of completing the it by Labor Day; that would leave me plenty of time to knit the log cabin afghan by Christmas.

There are planned to be nine horizontal stripes. If I am halfway through the fourth one on 7/26, that means I am exactly half done. It has been almost eight weeks so far, although I missed five days when the project didn’t make it into the car when we went to the North Shore in June. Eight weeks from today is mid-September — not quite what I hoped, but still easily doable.

I am thinking about devoting an extra afternoon each week to working on the afghan. We shall see how that goes

Anyhow, what you really want to know is how I am wrangling my six balls of yarn at one time, right? Right.

First, let’s refresh your memory about the design of the plaid afghan.

Andrew afghan

It has five vertical stripes and nine horizontal stripes. The colors across the bottom — Tide Pool, Chocolate, and Oats — are used in the vertical stripes, the ones along the right edge — Indigo and Cerulean — are the horizontal. (While I was knitting the first stripe I dithered about changing the horizontal stripe arrangement and putting in some Oats or Chocolate.  But eventually I returned to my original plan as being the best.)

Here is a quick peek at how it looks today, July 26:

Afghan

I would be managing six balls of yarn, the five that require intarsia and the one that creates the horizontal stripe. How to keep them from driving me right up the wall? I knew I had to figure this out before I even ordered the yarn. Without a good yarn-wrangling strategy the plaid afghan was doomed.

Afghan box
Behold!

Afghan box inside

This is working very well indeed. When I reach the end of a row and turn the work, I turn the box and proceed. Almost no tangles. The sixth ball, the one for the horizontal stripe, is confined in a yarn bowl to my right.

Genius. I am a genius.

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4 Responses to WIP Wednesday: the knitting.

  1. highlyreasonable says:

    You are a genius and should patent The Kat Yarn-Wrangling Device™ immediately.

  2. Mary Jo says:

    Love it and you are a genius!!! I can’t wait to see this finished.

  3. Deb in PA says:

    It looks very nice. They’ll be very lucky boys/men.

  4. gayle says:

    I knew you’d have a plan. 8)
    (Is your box on wheels to make it easy to turn?)

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