I freely admit that throughout this long holiday weekend, whether I was feeding children, or whether I was enjoying one of the delightful moments when someone else was feeding the children, I was either knitting squares for my Psychedelic Squares Afghan, or thinking about my Psychedelic Squares Afghan.
As you can see from the photo above, I have sewn up a grand total of 6 blocks for my afghan, which I have decided is going to be 20 blocks avec Grandiose Border. (More about the Grandiose Border later.) Since I have been working on this thing since Memorial Day, you’re thinking, ‘Big deal. 6 measly blocks.’ But hold on just a cotton-pickin’ minute–this afternoon I wet-blocked these:
…48 squares! This adds up to 12 more blocks. Which, I humbly submit, qualifies me for Severely Obsessed Status. This afternoon and evening I produced another 2 squares, which leaves me only 6 squares short of my goal of 20 blocks. Clearly, by next weekend, all will be in a state of readiness.
Along the way, I’ve learned a thing or two. For one thing, when you want to wet-block squares that are a bit, er, stringy and dangly, and you don’t want to weave those ends in yet because you’re planning to sew them into the joining seams so they won’t pop out later, waddaya do? I tried the method of running them through the wash zipped into pillow covers, but found that the ends got so tightly enmeshed that I had to cut them apart. So this time, I threw them into the washer as is, without benefit of pillow covers.
Eek! What made me so bold? I was betting that the cause of the entanglement was not the spin part of the cycle, but the agitation part. So this time, I put them in the ‘soak’ cycle, and when the machine started agitating (as washing machines will do), I switched it immediately to the ‘spin’ part of the cycle.
Yippee! It worked, and here is the Square Salad to prove it:
No tangles, and they were a snap to lay out on the bed after a quick shot of steam from Rowenta to stop the edges from curling.
Now, what about that Grandiose Border? I love this blanket. When the squares get sewn into blocks, the colors really move. Having paid homage to Kaffe Fassett with the ‘juicies and blahs’ color scheme (thanks, Kaffe! I love you, man!), I am thinking of paying my respects to another of our mutual idols, Debbie New. Debbie New is right there on the MDK Walk of Fame, next to Kaffe and the Gee’s Bend Quilters. (Hey–there’s Patsy Cline! How did she get there?)
What I’m saying is, unless somebody stops me, I’m planning to border this thing with my very first attempt at…..Labyrinth Knitting. And what I’m also saying is, I’m sort of hoping somebody stops me! Please, anybody out there who has tried Labyrinth Knitting, tell me if this is madness or not. I have a kind of Greek Key thing in mind, sandwiched betweened plain old garter-stitch borders in single-row stripes. (Back-up plan: plain old garter-stitch borders.)
Perfectly prepared to proceed straight to the back-up plan; just say the word.