Although I have an account on Ravelry where I post all of my knitting triumphs, I keep forgetting that not everybody has a Ravelry account, and that some people therefore have no access to the pictures and stories I post there. Furthermore, my dad recently asked me to post some of the pictures of the afghan that I knitted for my mum for her 50th birthday last year. So, for all you non-Ravelers, here it is! The design is by Melissa Leapman, and comes from her book Cables Untangled. Here are the some of the best pictures I have of it, taken mostly at mum’s place last year:
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky (in taupe). It was knit as 24 separate centre panels (sewn together into four larger rectangles) and then flanked by two additional panels along the long sides, after which I had to pick up stitches around the edge to knit the border. I worked on it over a 6-month period, and flew home to Australia to give it to mum on her birthday last November. It’s soooooo soft and heavy and yummy and squishy! There’s also a video of a very nervous me giving it to her on You Tube:
I’d have to say that this is without a doubt my greatest knitting achievement to date. Many thanks also go to Jantine, who inspired me to start the project and even knitted one of the panels and helped with the sewing at the end.