Monday, July 27, 2009

That's So Yesterday

The beginning of July found me worried about my schedule. Would there be enough time to do all of the knitting I had to complete by the deadlines? I sit here tonight, mostly exhausted, but I can now say it's done. First the shawl, and now the squares.


I whipped through this twisted piece in no time. I gained confidence along the way. Most certainly, this was doable.



I started to get a little too full of myself by the time I started the church. There were several false starts all due to gauge. I started with US size 7 needles and had to immediately go down to a 6, then a 5, and finally, a US size 4. It's a smidge bigger than 12 X 12 but any smaller of a needle, and there would have been complete mutiny on my part and no stitch definition. Without that, what's the point?


I finished the church on Thursday and stared at the pattern for the bugs and leaves for 3 days. I couldn't understand the pattern as written. Maybe I was a bit burned out, but this was not written for the idiot novice, and when it comes to Aran knitting, that's what I am. I wouldn't call myself proficient yet, but I did conquer this square (that the book calls one of the most challenging) in a meager 14 hours. I only stopped to use the little girl's room, throw on another pot of coffee and scrounge for food. I am done.

And Mareseatoats? I changed my mind about the fourth square. I fear I'll need therapy if I take on another.

22 comments:

Rose said...

They are beautiful. I don't think I could have done all that white knitting one right after another and I've never sat that long for knitting, or probably anything else really. Which explains my progress, or lack thereof.

laurie said...

let's look up the definition of the word "novice," shall we?

Cynthia said...

Amazingly detailed squares, Rudee. You must have intense concentration. I'm impressed. <3

Miss 376 said...

What I would call a very successful and productive month. What's for August?

Amy said...

I bow to you, for you are truly a goddess.

Brenda said...

Well done Rudee! I need to go check all these projects out on Ravelry. Hope you have been showing them off over there. Going to check now....

Stephanie V said...

Good for you...they're beautiful. Do you still plan to make an afghan for yourself? That bug square was one of my favorites to make. But it did require attention - I sometimes let my mind wander.

Winifred said...

They are gorgeous. Will make a fabulous afghan.

I must take a look at Ravelry too.

bettyjf1 said...

They're beautiful! When I see your work; I think I NEED TO KNIT.. Then I remember I can't knit, I've tried!

debra said...

Well done! They are beautiful. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Rudee said...

Thanks to all.

Brenda, I haven't updated my projects page on ravelry in eons. It's too hard to upload the photos. Blame it on sloth.

Stephanie, I will make my own afghan, but I don't think I'll use this wool. I keep seeing it in my mind all done up in Debbie Bliss cashmerino.

CT said...

Rudee, those are beautiful!!! I love how all of them turned out! I wish the weather here was cooler so I could justify making one like those for myself!!!

Renie Burghardt said...

Wow, Rudee, they're beautiful! Art created with knitting needles. You are so talented!

Pyzahn said...

Ya know, I can't even imagine. It is so far over my head of extreme craft incompetence.

Rositta said...

Rudee, if you have a flickr account, it's really easy to put photos on Ravelry.
Your squares are fabulous, maybe you should take August off from knitting, yah right, not you...ciao

J'Ollie Primitives said...

"novice???????????????"

holy cow. Not bad for a beginner, says the lady who to this day cannot master a MATCHING pair of basic socks. (bows head in jealous defeat)

Kudos!

Joanna said...

These are so detailed. I'm in awe of your talent.

distracted by shiny objects said...

Brava!!!! And a standing ovation to you. Beautiful!!!!

Devon said...

They are all beautiful! Deadlines remind me of college... they make you crazy but oh so productive!

I'm working on a lace wrap for my mother-in-law's birthday in September, then I'm starting an afghan similar to yours. I was thinking of multi colored... But I like the look of your monochromatic squares! Very pretty!

Rudee said...

Devon, we thought about making these for ourselves using one color, but doing a duplicate stitch in areas to add color, like green on trees, a yellow sun, a pink ribbon, and blue birds. That way there would be color to add as relief to the creamy beige without taking away from the beauty of the aran stitches.

Sandy said...

They are really intricate and beautiful.

peggyln said...

Wow!