Wednesday, 19 December 2012

End of year Yarn Along

12 months, 1200g of light weight yarn, 1 pair of 5mm needles, 54 squares, over 100,000 stitches, 8 hours of sewing/finishing.  My friends, it gives me great pleasure to announce that my year-round afghan sampler blanket is complete!!! 

Finished knitted blanket

This blanket has taught me new skills, it has taught me about perseverance, it has challenged me, thrilled me and made me procrastinate more than anything else all year and now it's finally finished I'm so incredibly proud of myself, not only because I have knit a large blanket (which I had thought was something only attempted by masochistic knitters) but also because I NEVER usually follow through with anything long term. But now I've broken that cycle by seeing this project through to the end - yay for me!

Year-round afghan sampler blanket - finished!

My blanket is not perfect, but it's not that flawed either and I can now do cabling, drop stitch, slip stitch, bobbles, crossed stitches, travelling stitches, eyelets and other lace things, woven stitches, butterfly stitch and so many other things that I just didn't have the confidence to try a year ago.  I highly recommend taking on a project like this, I really do.
I deviated from the patterns on just one square, adding a 2012 square as one of them was colour work with no incorporated pattern and I wanted my blanket to be a solid colour.

Big, big thanks to the dedicated designers on the Holiday Mystery Gifts Yahoo group.
I think my 5mm straight needles deserve a little holiday after a year of constant service!

As well as the blanket this year I have also knitted countless pairs of socks, a lace sweater vest, a Totoro plush, a hat, a lace scarf, a raglan cardigan, a shawl/wrap, two baby hats, several dishcloths and scrubbies, a cushion cover, Valentines hearts, Easter eggs, Christmas baubles, a mini stocking for the cat, quite a few Christmas presents and even improvised some patterns of my own. Not bad going for a knitting year, I'd say...

Now that the blanket is finished and my Christmas knits are all wrapped up I'm going to cast on a little something for myself to potter with over the Christmas period.

I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along today but I haven't read a single book all week as I've been spending every spare minute finishing things off.

What are you knitting and/or reading this week?  Have you got a project lined up to work on over the holidays, too?

  

45 comments:

  1. wow, well done it is a very beautiful blanket... would love to have time/ skill to make one myself :)

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  2. Ooh the blanket is sooooo beautiful! Well done. I have started many blankets, but have yet to finish one lol

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    1. Thanks, Deb. Maybe it'll be like the athlete who broke that world record and then lots of other people did it too!

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  4. It's a very cool (or warm) blanket, good on you for sticking with it :-)

    I must admit i do kind of like knitting, not that I'm any good at it, I do find it oddly calming, and it's handy as well, if we get a good crop of pumpkins next year I'll need to make some baskets to protect them.

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    1. Thank you :o) What a great idea for protecting your pumpkins.

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  5. Wow! An awesome project to undertake and such a beautiful result. I love how you worked it in the one colour. It makes the patterns and textures stand out so well. Congratulations! Must be a wonderful feeling to finish it. :)

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    1. Thank you, Christina - it was touch and go for a while there so I'm feeling elated to have finally completed!

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  6. beautiful!!!! Congrats on finishing it, and it looks perfect to me :)

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  7. Woah that is a gorgeous blanket and a wonderful achievement, well done. x

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  8. It's gorgeous! It does give you a feeling of accomplishment. I'll have to brave the weather today and go outside and take photos before the big snow storm hits us. Renate

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    1. Thanks, Renate. I'm looking forward to seeing yours :o)

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  9. Wow, that blanket is beautiful. I have blanket envy! Well done for seeing it through, maybe a bit each month is the best way for such a large project.

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    1. Thank you - I would never have managed it if it hadn't been broken down like that, I really recommend it!

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  10. Beautiful...you totally deserve to be very proud of yourself. Happy snuggling x

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  11. Absolutely beautiful. Congrats on finishing such a large project! I've collected all the squares but haven't managed to start this lovely blanket yet.

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  12. Congratulations! it's fantastic.

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  13. WOW. Impressive. It turned out very well indeed, I would say. I think you have inspired me to give it a go. I usually make dish clothes to try out new stitches, but what a great way to showcase all your hard work. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. I'm glad you feel inspired by it :o)

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  14. Your blanket came out great! I love that it is all one color! I made one at the beginning of the year with only blocks from the first two or three months (can't remember), but with many colors, eight or nine. (Sigh). Now I'm working on one with all of the blocks, or most of them...but only 4 colors. Wish I'd thought on the monochromatic thing before I bought the yarn for the second one!
    But about yours, LOVELY!!
    Ginger aka Greytknits on Ravely

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  15. That's brilliant, very well done, all the hard work has paid off.

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  16. Wow! Congratulations! That's an awesome accomplishment and it's just gorgeous.

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  17. oh that really is beautiful :-) Big pat on the back and manly punch on the arm from me for sticking at it and getting it done! It was worth it. And it's inspiring me that one day I may even finish a blanket myself! Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I hope you finish yours, too :o)

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  18. WOW you should be very proud of yourself. The blanket is beautiful!

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  19. That is beautiful well done for sticking with it :)

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  20. What an accomplishment!! Your blanket looks great! Well done!!

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  21. Beautiful! I'm so glad you decided to knit my project. I was pleasantly surprised to hear how many people stuck with it. If you are on Ravelry, I hope you post a picture of your blanket and link it to the pattern page. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. I already linked up on Ravelry - you sent me a request to use the photo on your patter page :o)

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