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auburnchick
01-30-2010, 03:42 AM
Wow! This is my first FO for 2010!

I began this project on October 5, 2009. My daughter and I had received an invitation to a friend’s bridal shower.

“K” and “T” were getting married! They are a very special couple. Both graduated from college in December, and T just got hired on as a full-time youth pastor at my church. He’s been an intern for quite some time and is very close to the local kids. K worked at the church last summer and became very good friends with my daughter.

This is a couple that adores being with teenagers. They have been such a blessing to my own family, so I knew a special gift was in order.

I quickly decided on a project as, of course, a knitted item was in order.

I bought the yarn…

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Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool - Color 098 (Natural)

I was ready…confident that I would be able to finish the project in the three weeks time-span to the shower.

The knitting gods laughed at me.

I mean, let’s face it. It was Fall…the holiday season.

I worked when I could, but other projects came up.

But then things settled down, and I finally focused all of my energy…

To finish…
The Tree of Life Afghan
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You can find the free pattern here (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70122AD.html). There’s also a Ravelry group dedicated to this project.

This project kept me interested. The tree sections were actually the easiest and fastest to complete…

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These panels alternate with garden sections, which required a new technique for me…using a crochet hook to pull the yarn from back to front (trust me…it’s not too hard when you read the instructions)…

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The sections in-between were simple garter stitch…easy-peasy!

There are different arguments out in internet-world about the best way to complete the border. I didn’t read ahead in the instructions, so I was oblivious. I pretty much did what I was told and knit it separately from the rest, attaching it by using my own modified version of the mattress stitch…

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The border was very simple but very elegant, forming leaf petals.

I worked on the border when I subbed for a history teacher for a week. My classes spent most of their days watching movies…which allowed me a lot of time to knit as the movies were long, and my students were incredibly well-behaved!

Now, I’ve gotta say that I mustered up some brain power and smartly decided to leave live stitches on my needles, not binding off the edging until I was absolutely sure it was long enough. I knit 58 repeats, stitched them to the blanket, and promptly ran out of edging. So, I knit another 17 repeats, adding this portion to the blanket’s edge, and discovered I needed one more repeat!!

Oy!

In total, I worked 76 pattern repeats of the border.

The border really made this project complete. It added a very elegant touch to what was already an incredibly amazing project (if I do say so myself).

My son and husband held it up so I could get pre-washing/blocking pictures…

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K and T came to the house so they could open the gift in front of us.

I was so nervous! Would they like it? Would it match their decor? Would they realize that I want them to USE this…not be afraid of the 100% wool thing?

I needn’t be afraid. I think you can tell what they thought of it from the pictures below…

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K inspected the work up close…

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Final stats on this project:

Began on October 5, 2009
Bound off on January 18, 2010
Used 4.6 skeins (2,139 yards) of Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (Natural)
Knit on size 8 needles
Finished blanket size: 78 x 58

Thanks for looking all!! :muah:

JudyD
01-30-2010, 05:46 AM
Truly a work of art (and heart)!!!

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Judy

newwooley
01-30-2010, 09:01 AM
I echo Judy's response. That will be treasured forever! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

ArtLady1981
01-30-2010, 06:30 PM
This is truly a work of art! Wonderfully knit, and best of all, right from the heart! What a blessed gift!

jheatherley
01-30-2010, 06:31 PM
Incredible!!!! I've gazed at that pattern, even printed it out once. But have always lost my nerve and did not start it. Seeing yours, I may have another go at it. Just beautiful.

auburnchick
01-30-2010, 06:55 PM
Incredible!!!! I've gazed at that pattern, even printed it out once. But have always lost my nerve and did not start it. Seeing yours, I may have another go at it. Just beautiful.

I think a lot of people get intimidated by the cabling and the size, but it's entirely doable! I even cabled without a cable needle. The yarn was GREAT for that!

One recommendation I would have is to use an acrylic yarn. Using wool leaves the person who will own the blanket with a difficult time cleaning it.

It really is a wonderful pattern. Not difficult at all! So, go for it! :thumbsup:

cheley
01-30-2010, 07:02 PM
:chair: I think a lot of people get intimidated by the cabling and the size, but it's entirely doable! I even cabled without a cable needle. The yarn was GREAT for that!

One recommendation I would have is to use an acrylic yarn. Using wool leaves the person who will own the blanket with a difficult time cleaning it.

It really is a wonderful pattern. Not difficult at all! So, go for it! :thumbsup: Very Very beautiful..I too have been gazing at this pattern (even before it was free)..I have just stumbled upon a "baby" size version that I might explore..again your work is simply gorgeous...:heart:Just pulled up the pattern:passedout: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90430AD.html?noImages=
Umm I think I need more experience..Yikes.

WandaT
01-30-2010, 08:09 PM
WOW!!!! THAT is incredible!!! Congrats on such a work of heart. You gave them a lovely heirloom they will treasure for life.

Dimpledapple
01-30-2010, 08:41 PM
Bee-you-tee-full!! :inlove:

auburnchick
01-30-2010, 08:49 PM
ust pulled up the pattern:passedout: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90430AD.html?noImages=
Umm I think I need more experience..Yikes.


No...that is such a great size to try!! You can do it!!!! Go for it!!! :knitting:

cheley
01-30-2010, 09:23 PM
No...that is such a great size to try!! You can do it!:hug: !!! Go for it!!! :knitting: I have been researching B/blankets (have a cousin who is "trying") so that gives me lots of time...however, this chart totally blows me away!!!!! it looks like waaaay too much for me as I am not fond of charts.....:aww: just ordered some yummy LB yarn too..think I better stick with a basketweave pattern:aww:

auburnchick
01-30-2010, 09:47 PM
I have been researching B/blankets (have a cousin who is "trying") so that gives me lots of time...however, this chart totally blows me away!!!!! it looks like waaaay too much for me as I am not found of charts.....:aww: just ordered some yummy LB yarn too..think I better stick with a basketweave pattern:aww:

Hmmm...my pattern didn't have a chart...just the instructions written out long-ways. Maybe you could write them out and do them that way?

MesaVerde
01-30-2010, 10:12 PM
wow!

Belphoebe
01-31-2010, 01:42 PM
What a beautiful project! I am truly stunned! You are awesome!

Sewing Angel
01-31-2010, 09:33 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous! What a lucky couple to receive such a beautiful gift. Your work is amazing!

Daylilydayzed
01-31-2010, 09:57 PM
You did a marvelous job on that! I bet the couple who received it will treasure it for a long time.

tilllie
01-31-2010, 11:36 PM
You made a lovely gift for your friends that they will treasure always. I have a different version of this pattern and agree that it was easy to do once I got started. Congrats on a great job!

sylvia
02-01-2010, 09:57 AM
you did a beautiful job
just gorgeous
we have a lady in our knitting group that has knit this afghan many times
she never uses her patterns she just comes talks and knits
she has made them for her granchildren and now her great grand children
this blows my brain
icant even do simple feather and fan
again yours is just beautiful
sylvia

auburnchick
02-01-2010, 10:04 PM
I cannot imagine making this afghan multiple times and having the pattern memorized!!

:passedout:

robynbird
02-01-2010, 10:50 PM
So beautiful! It's in my queue on Rav.

bambi
02-01-2010, 11:06 PM
Stunning! I can't say anything that has not already been said so I second everyone else's remarks!

offgridgirl
02-02-2010, 12:41 AM
WOOzers!! What a master piece!! You should be on-top-of-the-world!!:yay: :yay: :cheering: :cheering:

Debkcs
02-02-2010, 03:21 PM
They look like a great couple, and very happy with their gift.

You do such beautiful,painstakingly perfect knitting, just amazing.

auburnchick
02-02-2010, 07:12 PM
They look like a great couple, and very happy with their gift.

You do such beautiful,painstakingly perfect knitting, just amazing.

Thank you for your kind words! I draw my inspiration from the wonderful knitters here!!

:muah:

Gerda
02-02-2010, 08:59 PM
It's breathtaking ! :)

mks22300
02-02-2010, 09:09 PM
Absolutely beautiful! :heart:

Ronda
02-02-2010, 10:05 PM
Wow! Gorgeous and what an incredible gift!

Gertie
02-02-2010, 10:25 PM
Wonderful!! Stunning!! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

Thank you for the spec info.

chj
02-03-2010, 10:19 AM
What everyone else said... wowee! That is just bee-yoo-tee-full!!!

:woohoo: :woot: :cheering: :yay:

melmac51
02-04-2010, 02:52 PM
That's amazing! So beautiful...and your descriptions of how you did it make it sound easy! Great job. :thumbsup:

margz3
02-04-2010, 03:30 PM
Beautiful work as always Nathalie! I :heart: that blanket! Maybe someday I'll dig in and give it a go - I know it would probably take me years to finish it at the slow rate I knit ;)

auburnchick
02-04-2010, 07:31 PM
That's amazing! So beautiful...and your descriptions of how you did it make it sound easy! Great job. :thumbsup:

Oh, it really was easy! I do not lie, I promise!

Beautiful work as always Nathalie! I :heart: that blanket! Maybe someday I'll dig in and give it a go - I know it would probably take me years to finish it at the slow rate I knit ;)

Thank you so much! I don't know about the "always" part as I had two Christmas project flop. This was a little bit of redemption. :wink:

Laurun3
02-09-2010, 08:35 PM
That is gorgeous! Great job :-)

GinnyG
02-09-2010, 08:53 PM
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bow to your ability!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa R.
02-10-2010, 12:33 PM
Beautiful!

auburnchick
02-11-2010, 12:38 AM
An update...

I went to K and T's apartment to love on their new puppy, and look at what I saw...

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They said they were pleased with how well it matched their couch!

Made me feel really good!!

ritaw
02-12-2010, 02:56 PM
An update...

I went to K and T's apartment to love on their new puppy, and look at what I saw...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4339587980_8c56464cde.jpg


They said they were pleased with how well it matched their couch!

Made me feel really good!!

Makes it all your hard work worthwhile . :)

Gertie
02-12-2010, 11:15 PM
Good for you!! It's beautiful.