Hurrah! A Big Finish!

Asia and Trey's Afghan 001

An afghan blanket for Asia and Trey’s wedding

This past weekend (nearly a week ago now),  I finally cast off on the “Winter Lace Afghan” I was knitting for my roommate’s niece, Asia, and her new husband, Trey. Well, he’s relatively new; they were married last September over Labor Day weekend in a beautiful wedding at a historical lodge in Oklahoma. I started the afghan in early August, thinking it would be a quick knit, since I had some time on my hands that month. I was sorely disillusioned when the knitting gods knocked me down for my hubris. However, I think, according to Emily Post or Martha Stewart or somebody, you have one year to give newlyweds their wedding gifts and still be considered “on time.” [Update: I have since learned that the “one year’s grace period” is a wish-fulfillment myth invented by procrastinators like me. Uh-oh.]

In spite of the unexpectedly long production time, the results are beautiful and I would certainly do this pattern again. However, I would time my knitting so I was only working on the afghan during the winter months. Los Angeles in summer (and this is one of the hottest Mays on record) is no place to be knitting a chunky, wool-blend afghan that weighs half-a-ton. Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick ‘n’ Quick is great, versatile bulky yarn, but it doesn’t exactly “breathe.” Phew!

But, as I said, the results were worth it, and I hope Asia and Trey enjoy their wedding gift for years to come. To the bride and groom!

The same afghan, folded, still beautiful

Another view of the afghan — again, pardon the lighting…

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2 thoughts on “Hurrah! A Big Finish!

  1. Silverlotus May 24, 2014 at 8:35 am Reply

    It is lovely! And while the whole idea of having one year to give a gift may be a myth, I think it is somewhat understandable when the gift is such a lovely handmade one. I’m sure they will love it.

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    • Kate May 24, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply

      Why thank you, Silverlotus! You sure know how to make a procrastinating knitter feel great. The blanket goes out in the mail today so I’ll know soon if they like it or not, although I make a point of only making gifts for people I really care about. Thanks for reading!
      Kate

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