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!!!
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!
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?