I remember a conversation between my mother and Aunt Ethel when I was a girl. Aunt Ethel, an avid knitter, said that she had made an afghan using black yarn and would NEVER do it again. She said it was so hard to work with black, and my mother agreed.
“How silly are they?” I thought to myself. But of course, one never countered one’s elders. Later, Mother said that it was indeed difficult to work with black.
Well, the other day I learned just how hard it is. I fell in love with a Halloween throw in rows of black, yellow, white, and orange, starting with black. Ripple afghans (also called chevron or zigzag) are supposedly easy to make, but do you think I could get it started correctly?! I spent last Saturday starting – and then restarting and restarting. It took me hours to get the foundation row right, and then mistakes cropped up as I worked along, but did I give up? No, I persevered and now I’m on my first color change.
While Mike was away recently, I finished the Christmas granny throw I started in July. Yay! The pattern is “Family Favorite Blanket” from Annie’s A Granny Square Christmas (2016). It’s nice that it’s not on the “unfinished” list, which is probably where the Halloween throw is headed.
I don’t suppose I need a whole lot of throws in my cupboard, but I like to make them, especially the simple repeats. I can do those while “watching” tv in the evenings. It’s fun to make other things, too – and I do some of that – but not at night. (I’m not sure I make rows of black ripples at night either.) KW