I am becoming a spoiled brat (becoming?). Spoiled, but not jaded. Every day, the mailman brings me treats in the form of afghan squares. New yarns, new stitch patterns, new color combinations, new improvisations on the eternal theme of ‘square’.
But today really knocked me on my keister. Lookie here:
…a whompin’ stack from Marnie, our Canadian pal.
With 18 squares, you need a panoramic viewfinder on your camera.
I laughed (when Marnie apologized, quite unnecessarily, for sending me several squares in pure, unadulterated “ach!-rylic”), I cried (at their heartbreaking uniformity and classically square shapes), I ate maple sugar candy, I sang ‘O Canada’ with tears streaming down my cheeks.
Well, maybe not the singing part. Thanks, Marnie!!! I am truly amazed at your beautiful, even stitches, your color combos, and your impeccable blocking. These squares are a delight.
In other Afghanalong News, will the owner of these sweet foundlings:
….please email me? They arrived sans return address, i.d., or passport, and I would like to enter them in our April 1 yarn drawing.
Meanwhile, I’ve been churning out squares myself, including this funny little guy, which I present for the log cabin mavens:
The center patch is a 4-inch square knit on the bias, as recommended by Emma to achieve a perfect square no matter what your gauge is. To tweak it even further, I used two shades of red, a bright red and a brick red, and alternated the garter ridges with these colors. Then I did the same with the colors on the strips. I loved the depth and rhythm this gave to the otherwise flat-bright colors of the Peaches & Creme cotton. I didn’t like the wonky way the strips came out when I picked up around the bias square, so I ripped it out and I’m re-doing it as a normal log cabin, but keeping the two-tone strips. That is all for today’s Log Cabin Report.
I’m itching to start laying squares out on the floor.