Friday, December 12, 2008

We are REALLY close to done here






I couldn't get the usual cat to pose for a size comparison, so I drafted Nadine's postcard to give you an idea of size.  It is as big as it is going to get but I think it will block out larger and also a bit smoother.  The weather has been raining for the last ......forever....days, and since I needed to stop and start building the ark, I took the pictures and declared myself nearly done.  Colors, however, are a little off due to the total lack of light.

Blocking however will wait til the hundreds of inches of applied i-cord are ....... applied, I guess.

Inches and inches.  Since I always do these things by the seat of my pants, I did a test and ripped it out using 2 strands, a different one using different size needles, yet another using 2 strands and a third needle size and a FOURTH try using one strand and bigger needles.  I finally settled on 2.75 mm needles and one strand of the cotton it was knitted with.  I am happy with it at last!!

Now all I have to do is make it all the way around and weave in a couple of ends that I didn't knit in as I went or didn't get all the way tucked in. 

The next pictures will be when it is blocked.  It has been an obsession and I am happy it is done.  I probably could have kept going but it works and I decided it was going to last forever if I didn't just STOP!!

Thanks again to Mason Dixon for the washcloth idea that started this madness!!

3 comments:

blackbird said...

It's very beautiful.

Gill said...

It's the biggest washcloth I've ever seen!!

(but if it keeps raining, that's what you might need?)

Very lovely and a real test of your stamina...tenacity...skill.

nadine said...

oh my goodness, i can't believe you're on the finishing already. SO impressive !
and oh, look. that's my postcard.
i'm honoured it gets to visit with THE blanket !