I finished the afghan! Now Jim can stop shivering and stay cozy and warm while he naps on the couch.
- Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from "Mason-Dixon Knitting." The suggested yarn was a DK weight, and I bought worsted, so much math ensued to make sure mine didn't come out large enough to cover the house. And it worked perfectly! (Amazing, considering my weak math skills.) Finished size is 55"x64".
- The yarn is Plymouth Encore Tweed. 75% acrylic/22% wool/3% viscose. While I prefer to knit with 100% natural fibers, I needed something that Jim could safely throw in the washer and dryer, if necessary. This fit the bill, and is soft and warm, too. Win-win.
- I used 15 200-yard skeins in a variety of colors: red, black, white, rust, medium and dark brown, and dark green.
- It seemed like it took forever to knit, but considering the size, and the fact that the holidays and my trip to Alexandria at the end of the year, it didn't. December 17 to January 24. Not bad.
It's in the washer now, undergoing cat hair removal. Mittens, who never, ever sits on my lap, took a liking to the blanket and snuggled in every chance he got. That slowed down the knitting process, but made both of us very happy anyway. Tomorrow, the blanket will be packed and shipped. And then I can move on to other projects - much smaller other projects! Until all the left over yarn from this one starts bugging me and I decide to knit another afghan. Maybe next year.