Musings on knitting, crochet, and a fairly loopy life.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

a is for afghan

I've been knitting for about 10 years now, and something I've never tackled is an afghan. Sure, I've made baby blankets (both knit and crochet), but those are relatively small. And we all know by now that I'm not one for the long-term projects. A whole afghan? That's big. That's a major knitting commitment.

But I may have finally found a way to make that afghan happen. Ravelry's 2010 Knit Block-a-Month Knit-Along group. Yeah, I know. It's quite a mouthful. But in terms of finishing an afghan, it's really lots of little bites.

Each month a block designed by Lorene Haldeman is posted on the group page. They're small blocks (about 10-12 inches square). So they're fast! (I've been able to knock out each block in one to two evenings.) And easy! (Each month is supposed to get progressively more difficult.) And educational! (Twelve new patterns in a year ... not bad.)

Since my blocks are coming out on the small size, I'm actually going to knit eight extra blocks so I can have a real "snuggle-under" afghan at the end of the year. Well, actually at the end of the year, I'll have 20 single blocks. I guess 2011 will be all about piecing them together.


Mary said...

What a great idea--a square a month! Looking forward to seeing your afghan growing.

stringplay said...

Great project and a wonderful A for the ABC-along. Will be fun to see all the different patterns and you'll have so many memories in it as well.

Paula said...

You've inspired me to start back to work on my Barn Raising Quilt...looking forward to seeing more!

minipurl said...

What a great idea! It's going to be awesome. :)