Okay, I said I was going to try not to bore ya'll with afghan updates. But it is hard to stop the course of random thoughts that run through my head as I knit endless rows. Since there are less than 24 rows left, I decided to go ahead and post a few of the opinions that have been floating around my head about this project. That way, when the FO Photo is posted, there won't be any distractions from it's obvious visual charms.
First of all, I am not a fan of intermediate projects. What I mean is, there are some stitch patterns that become very boring after a few repetitions. However, they require just enough counting and close attention at times to move it out of the "mindless knitting" category. The combination of a fuzzy, no-stitch-definition yarn and a pattern is just fiddly enough to keep one from enjoying conversation or listening to anything requiring a modicum of mental concentration makes this a frustrating knit. As a "knit-along to a familiar old movie" project, it works. To do anything else while knitting this pattern was a waste. Give me utterly mindless or incredibly intricate patterns any day. Bah!
Secondly, I am not a fan of acrylic yarn. I honestly try not to be a yarn snob. After all, I am on a tight knitting budget and purchasing luxury yarns for everything I end up knitting would land the family in bankruptcy. Synthetic fibers have a legitimate place in the knitting universe. For instance, I would never had made Bubba's mermaid costume out of anything but inexpensive, washable synthetic yarn. It's a dress up costume that is meant to be used without an anxious knitter hovering around to make sure the costly yarn isn't snagged or stained. Given my considerable FO output and legitimate budget constraints, using acrylic occasionally is a given.
Afghans, obviously require a significant amount of yarn. And, this is a gift for a non-knitter (i.e. Daddy) so easy care is a must. Thus, the choice to use a reasonably priced synthetic was unavoidable. And, frankly, the yarn for this project is very pretty to look at and the finished fabric has a nice, soft hand. But knitting with it just plain sucks. For me, handling polyester just gives me the willies, especially when it's wet. It affects me like fingernails on a chalkboard. And this yarn actually squeaks as I knit with it. In order to stand it, I need to avoid knitting when it's hot and humid, to keep the sweat from compounding the goose-pimply effect the yarn has on me, and I need some kind of noise to cover the squeaking sound. Thus, the t.v. has been on way more than I like this past few weeks. For a homeschooling mom who is trying to wean children off of t.v. for the summer, this creates somewhat of a conundrum. Children, can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e? Meh!
Third, I don't like non-symmetry. Wait, I like some non-symmetry. But it has to be deliberate, well-balanced, artistic non-symmetry. For the most part, though, I prefer ordered repetition and perfect symmetry.
As the end of this afghan approaches, it has been a niggling frustration at the back of my mind that this afghan pattern ends in a non-symmetrical way. Let's see if I can explain my dilemma. The row pattern starts with 5 rows of garter stitch, then 7 rows of chevron stockinette stitch. The bottom of the afghan starts with the garter stitch section. But as you reach the top, the pattern ends with the chevron stockinette section. Well, as you probably know, stockinette fabric will roll, so the blanket just can't end this way. So the pattern writer added 4 rows of garter stitch to the end of the blanket.
I know, I'm being knit-picky about this but it's going to make the last stripe an inch thicker than any of the other stripes. It bugs me. Logically, since this is a gift to an uncritical, non-knitting Daddy who is not the type of person who will notice such a discrepancy, I should be able to let this go. If it were for my DH, I would expect him to get out his calipers and compare stripe depth, since he is an engineer who also likes symmetry and precision (my soul mate), but my Daddy is not at all like that. So why am I worrying about this? It's just neurotic of me but I can't help it, it bugs me. Pfthththt!
There, I've purged myself of all the negative little bugaboos that have been floating through my head. Hopefully, the next post will show a lovely FO photo with an appropriate joyful, positive post.