Friday, January 25, 2008

Clan Buchanan



Have you ever started a project and wished you hadn't? That's exactly how I feel whenever I attempt to finish this afghan that I started. Afghans are time-consuming, indeed. This one, however, has taken a lot longer than I ever would have expected.

Inspired by the book "The Tartan Rug," by Jenny King, I decided to attempt a full-size afghan in the clan Buchanan tartan pattern. It is intended to be a gift for my aunt and uncle, who take pride in their clan heritage. The instructions are written in British/Australian crochet terminology, with English/US translation. It was intended to be a small lapghan, crocheted in thread. I decided it wouldn't be that much more work to use worsted weight acrylic for a larger afghan.

The base worked up fairly quickly and I thought I was half done. Little did I know that chaining the long pieces and weaving them across to make the plaid pattern was way more than "half the battle." I work on it a little at a time and end up setting it aside. I thought if I got it out and posted my progress on my blog, maybe I would find the inspiration to finish it someday soon. As you can see, I've only just begun the weaving process.


Shhh....who said fringe?

5 comments:

W. J. St. Christopher said...

I love fringe, but your piece looks lovely. And, I love the raspberry wool, below. Amazing color!

smashing.etsy.com said...

holy hand grenade. those colors are so beautiful together. and oh my the yarn is so small and tightly woven. i didn't realize that could be done by hand. wowee. i thought it was on a loom or something. very very cool!

Valerie said...

That's really cool. Love the colors/pattern.

HandMade Goods said...

wow! love the colors. this looks quite challenging! i am impressed by what you have done here!

la petite libellule said...

The road to somewhere is paved with intensions...
I love it though, T, but maybe it's loving the UFO box all fiber artists have :)

bisous, petite

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