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KnittingNat
08-12-2008, 04:37 PM
This is a wedding present for my best friend Anastasia and her hubby, Tommy. They are coming to visit us tomorrow, since they came from Italy (where they live) to visit the family and friends. They got married in Prague, but we couldn't attend it at the time, since we had another trip planned and couldn't afford two of them.
When Anastasia heard i got back into knitting big time, she said she wants a knitted present, so i tried to make something for both of them.

I've combined this pattern with twin tree pattern from the Tree of Life Afghan. The tree panel is the middle one. I also added the couple's names first letters next to the trees.
I used to think that cabling without cable needle is overrated, when it didn't work with a certain pattern and yarn. I changed my mind now - it's great with these particular patterns and yarn, i knit much faster.
The edge: I wanted to keep it simple, so i knitted 3 rows in garter st.I also considered fringe, but decided against.
Mods:
1) 5-1 dec: instead of knitting the remaining stitch, i purled it and it gave a much more round finish to the loop.
2) m1 k1 m1: instead i did k1, ktbl, k1 in the same stitch, which turned out really good and saved me a few holes.
3) (k1 m1) 3 times: instead i made k1 m1R, k1 m1L, k1 m1R, it also saved me a few holes and you can't really notice the difference in direction of the increase.
The yarn: Taiga Yarns Melody, a bulky 50% wool/50% acrylic blend I bought in Moscow two months ago. I found it to be a lovely wool/acrylic blend, pretty soft, even more after the Unicorn Fibre Wash. A bit splitty, but nothing to worry about. It definitely gives a great stitch definition.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3187/2757136683_4b0115c1d6_o.jpg


Hope you like it :)

Skater
08-12-2008, 04:57 PM
Very, very lovely!!! :inlove:
Thanks for the notes on your project. They might come in handy sometime.
I still haven't taken the plunge and learned how to cable w/o a cable needle, but you are one of many that I've heard say good things about it.
Anyway, great job! They will most certainly love it!

momwolf
08-12-2008, 06:23 PM
:thud:BEAUTIFUL,they will love it.What a lucky couple:cheering: KnittingNat you do amazing work

Jan in CA
08-12-2008, 06:23 PM
That is gorgeous!!:inlove:

Jaxhil
08-12-2008, 06:29 PM
That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL~ they will treasure it always!!

mks22300
08-12-2008, 07:29 PM
Wow! :heart:

mwhite
08-12-2008, 07:33 PM
:yay: :yay: Very Very pretty and what a great wedding gift! You did a super job on it!!! :thumbsup:

GirlChris
08-12-2008, 09:21 PM
That is so impressive! Gorgeous, what a thoughtful gift, they will love it for sure.

sabrinasmom
08-12-2008, 09:44 PM
:yay: Love the color and detail

Puddinpop
08-12-2008, 09:49 PM
Bravo! It is gorgeous.:cheering:

scout52
08-12-2008, 10:10 PM
WOW!! just WOW!! They are sooo going to love that!! You made such a beautiful heirloom!!

newamy
08-12-2008, 10:22 PM
What a lovely work of art. I am sure your friend will always treasure it.

Hygiene Mama
08-12-2008, 11:06 PM
Stunning! :cheering:

KnittingNat
08-13-2008, 02:11 AM
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments :hug: I really enjoyed this project, the yarn and the patterns were great. Once i figured out the different cables and remembered them, it wasn't too hard.
Very, very lovely!!! :inlove:
Thanks for the notes on your project. They might come in handy sometime.
I still haven't taken the plunge and learned how to cable w/o a cable needle, but you are one of many that I've heard say good things about it.
Anyway, great job! They will most certainly love it!
I also left the same notes on Ravelry project page, so anyone looking for the Celtic Knot Afghan will see them. Too bad that I can't link both patterns to the project.
What I forgot to mention is that both patterns are by Nicky Epstein. They are not charted, so if someone is used to charts, it will be a bit hard at first.

Debkcs
08-13-2008, 03:07 AM
Hope you like it

Are you kidding? It's beautiful!!! And what a gift of love, because any knitter knows how long it took you to make it.

gargoylelib
08-13-2008, 04:26 AM
Wow, this is gorgeous! You're right, cabling without a cable needle
makes these kind of cables go so much faster. I got the tree of life
afghan pattern from lionbrand and now after seeing your afghan I'm
sure tempted to dig it out....:)

Libbie

GinnyG
08-13-2008, 05:20 AM
:passedout: :passedout: :passedout:
WOW, you did an amaging job. That is a real treasure!!!

Slim
08-13-2008, 05:57 AM
What a wonderful wedding gift! It is absolutely stunning. I'm sure they will treasure it.

WandaT
08-13-2008, 06:36 AM
What a fabulous gift!! Your friend will absolutely love and treasure it! You did a great job on all the cabling. Love it!

MAmaDawn
08-13-2008, 07:30 AM
WOW! You did a beautiful job... that is just breathtaking!

dustinac
08-13-2008, 09:44 AM
:passedout: stunning!!!

Cynamar
08-13-2008, 01:37 PM
OOOOOH!!! That's NICE! Awesome!

bambi
08-13-2008, 04:55 PM
Really lovely! What a wonderful gift.

Bambi

Wanda Witch
08-13-2008, 05:43 PM
What an absolutely beautiful gift you have made. They will surely treasure this for a lifetime.

KnittingNat
08-14-2008, 02:16 AM
I gave the lapghan to my friends yesterday and they really loved it :yay: ! So i'm absolutely thrilled that i made something that they like.

Dimpledapple
08-14-2008, 03:19 AM
I love it!! And I'm glad your friends loved it too, but honestly, how could they not? It's absolutely beautiful :heart: :heart: :heart:

ritaw
08-14-2008, 08:04 AM
Stunning work !! They will treasure it :)

Jen17
08-14-2008, 08:08 AM
What a wonderful wedding present, they will treasure it!

sue in canada
08-14-2008, 09:56 AM
That is beautiful and such a wonderful gift. Yours friends will treasure it.

Lima
08-14-2008, 10:45 AM
You did amazing design! :muah: Congrates!!!:inlove: :hug:

KnittingNat
08-14-2008, 12:09 PM
Thank you :muah:! The most important thing i told the couple was "DON'T PUT IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE!":teehee: After i gave them the blankets we went to a restaurant to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary, so we had a really great evening.

Knit4Fun
08-14-2008, 12:33 PM
:passedout: Gorgeous...

stacyk9
08-14-2008, 12:59 PM
Gorgeous! They will love it!!

KnittingNat
08-14-2008, 03:57 PM
I totally forgot to mention that i slipped the first stitch on every row and purled the last one to make the edges smoother and easier to seam and that way the outer edges also looked better.

Thank you everyone, your opinion means a lot to me :hug:

Skater
08-14-2008, 04:24 PM
I totally forgot to mention that i slipped the first stitch on every row and purled the last one to make the edges smoother and easier to seam and that way the outer edges also looked better.Did you slip the first stitch on every row knitwise WYIB?

KnittingNat
08-14-2008, 04:32 PM
Did you slip the first stitch on every row knitwise WYIB?

Yes, because you purl the last stitch with that technique, you will always get a knit stitch at the beginning of every row. So I slipped them knitwise.

Karina
08-16-2008, 09:38 AM
I have only just seen your blanket. it is so beautiful, They are very lucky to receive such a gift. I am sure it was not long ago I saw you mentioning that you were going to make this blanket or had you already started it.

I have both patterns saved and after seeing yours it is definitely something I want to do in the near future.

catlvr
08-16-2008, 10:00 AM
Can only think of one word, WOW!!!

KnittingNat
08-16-2008, 10:23 AM
I have only just seen your blanket. it is so beautiful, They are very lucky to receive such a gift. I am sure it was not long ago I saw you mentioning that you were going to make this blanket or had you already started it.

I have both patterns saved and after seeing yours it is definitely something I want to do in the near future.

Thank you :hug: It actually took me about 1.5 months to knit and i could have done it faster. The yarn is bulky, so it took less pattern repeats than the worsted weight version and i could see the results really quickly. I'm not sure i would have had the patience to do it in worsted weight:teehee:.

ArtLady1981
08-19-2008, 07:18 PM
OMG! Wonderful work! I love cream, white and ecru! What a great lapghan!!!

lynn893
08-19-2008, 08:09 PM
:passedout: stunning!!!:passedout: Gorgeous...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm sure they will treasure it for years to come!

You did a fantastic job on it!
:knitting: :thumbsup: :knitting:

InterNette
08-26-2008, 10:49 AM
what a spectacular present. That is a family heirloomo for sure. What a beautiful gift and just looking at it says how much time and effort and love was put into it. your friends will feel so very special I am sure and how wonderful are you to do somethign so extraordinary. cloud9 :yay: