Dear diary,

Back in January when Riana Martin of Fibre & Clay in Knutsford and I first put our idea of an Afghan Knitalong to the test with you lovely knitter’s, we had no idea that the response would be so great.

Pat’s Afghan

The idea was that I would design new squares every month, this meant that some month’s there would be 2 new squares and some month’s there would be 4 to do. The squares were going to be a nice and easy size (30 x 30 cm) and we would use Aran yarn. This made them enjoyable to knit and also not a chore to sew up afterwards. All was to be finished with a simple border, a choice was given of a knitted and a crochet version to choose from.

Jackie’s Afghan

Valerie’s Afghan

Sam’s Afghan

Almost immediately we had about 12 knitter’s signing up and more joint during the first month. A small subscription fee bought the patterns and also included a monthly meeting to collect new square designs and have a general get together to exchange Knitalong gossip and get help. Everyone chose their own colour scheme as I didn’t want to impose my taste on anyone and a blanket needs to fit into everyones individual home decor.

Lesley’s Afghan

Heike’s Afghan

The photos here show about half of the finished Afghan’s as unfortunately not everyone was able to be at the great Afghan show and tell meeting. I am hoping to do another post with photos of the other beautiful finished blankets in the not to distant future, so watch this space!

Almost everyone chose to knit their Afghan with Aran yarn apart from Margaret. She decided that she loved Rowan’s 4ply Heritage Tweed so much that she chose to use this yarn instead. On show and tell day we were all totally gobsmacked when she got her blanket out of the bag…

Margaret’s Afghan & Cushion to match

…I think you agree, it is absolutely gorgeous!! A real Ta Dah moment and I am seriously thinking about making one myself 🙂

dear diary,

Hurrah!!!! We are half way there (well some of us are!). Yesterday we had our monthly Afghan Knit-along meeting at lovely Fibre and Clay in Knutsford.

Lovely Fibre & Clay

You might remember, we started this ‘loopy’ knit-along way back in February giving out two new square patterns per month. The blanket will have twenty squares in total and as everyone is progressing so well and we were getting to the half way point, I thought it would be a good idea to surprise everyone and dish out four new square designs this time. This was greeted with the appropriate oooohhhhsss and aaaahhhhsss and when  I showed them mine (so far) needles started making appropriate loops even faster.

The Afghan half way stage

We had a good crowd of ‘loopy’ knitters and the blanket is coming along nicely. If anyone out there is interested in making this blanket and joining in the fun of monthly surprises, please e-mail me at heike.gittins@gmail.com and I can send out a subscription form and some more info.

A 'Loopy' Selection

For now, enjoy the pictures! Happy weekend ‘looping’

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