Last week at knit night I finished the very last square of the Tech Square Afghan that I began two January’s ago. The very last square was the fair-isle square, with steeking. It was my first steek. I tried to get pictures of the process, but alas, my camera battery died at the very beginning. For a brief second, I contemplating postponing the cut until the battery was charged, but I was already in the proper frame of mind for taking a pair of scissors to my knitting, and I didn’t want to chicken out.
This morning, remembering it was Thursday and I have been trying to have non-essential knitting at Knit Night, so that I can remember the joys of knitting instead of the tedium of churning out tiny top hats for a living, I quickly washed and blocked the last two squares.
They were dry when I got home from work, so I started laying them out to decide how I am going to put them together into the afghan.
It was remarkably difficult trying to find the right balance of color and stitch pattern. I didn’t want it to seem color heavy on one side and texture heavy on the other. I didn’t want too much action on half the blanket and not enough elsewhere. If you look in the second row up from the bottom, you can see in the picture the salmon pink I started out with (the cables and lace square) all the way on the right, and the darker mauve (Intarsia square all the way on the left) I ended up with on my next LYS trip to restock on yarns. This isn’t too much of a problem since the colors didn’t ever come together in a square. Would you believe it is the same color, too? Dye lots are essential!
I just hope the two different dye lots of brown I picked up for the edging aren’t too obvious.