We have not given up our quilting by any means, but the portablility of a knitting project has won us over. Come in, sit down and start knitting. No sewing machines to unload from the car.
I haven't done any knitting since the obligatory baby sweater when my children were born. (What? That's not a requirement?) , but my mother and sister are avid knitters and always have a project going. My sister Joanne practically never leaves the house without taking her knitting with her. She brings it out and knits a few rows at every opportunity.
I decided that an afghan would be a nice longterm project that would keep my fingers occupied at our monthly get-togethers but that I would be in no rush to finish. First and foremost, I am a quilter, and I have lots of quilts to keep me warm, so it almost felt like a betrayal to start knitting an afghan.
I found a free pattern that I really liked, and shopped around for a sale on yarn. Afterall, I am a quilter, and I don't want to spend a lot of fabric money on yarn.
I found a lovely, soft, variegated yarn at my local craft shop. There was plenty of it, it was on sale, and it passed my sister Joanne's softness test. (Joanne's softness test: Hold the skein of yarn against your neck and determine if you could wear a scarf made from it without itching.)
The colors in the yarn I picked vary from cranberry to rose to jade to moss to beige. It didn't make me think of Christmas until I saw the name the yarn company had given it which was "Holiday". Undaunted, I bought it anyway and decided that it didn't scream Christmas too much.
The pattern I'm using can be found here. The afghan is made in strips and then sewn together. I decided to make it bigger than the pattern calls for. This was going to be my longterm, no-rush, keep-my-hands-busy, take-along project. Afterall, I am a quilter.
I started knitting in August.
Fast forward just 2 months later. I have completed 6 of the 7 strips needed, and am halfway done with number 7. After that, I just have to sew them all together.
I think this afghan might be done within a couple more weeks, and when that happens, I will be in need of another longterm project. Longterm? It reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride:
"I don't think that word means what you think it means"!