It takes so much yarn!

I spent the afternoon in a doctor’s waiting room, waiting for DH to be worked in.  Then it was on to the hospital for an outpatient scan.  All in all, I was away from home for five and a half hours.  I took the log cabin afghan as my knitting, and made a point of checking that I had plenty of yarn before I left home.  However, I hadn’t wrapped my mind around the fact that this puppy eats up yarn.  I finished one side’s red stripe and picked up the second leg of the red “L”, and really didn’t have enough yarn with me to carry on with that side.  Whew!

Fortunately, I also had Knit Two by Kate Jacobs with me.  This is the second novel of the Friday Night Knitting Club books, and a Christmas gift from DH.  I’m enjoying it; it’s good to read more about the character’s lives.  After all, if you can’t knit, read about it!

An Autumn kind of guy

DH is an autumn kind of guy.  His favorite color is orange;  he even bought an orange car back in the days when we were a one-car family.   (I, on the other hand, love blue and green, and cool colors in general.  Autumn colors are strictly for him.) So when I saw Lion Brand’s Cascading Leaves Throw pattern, I envisioned it for him in fall colors:  paprika, golden yellow, deep red, and loden green.  I bought their Jiffy yarn for his fall afghan, and knit a square.  I hated it.  It pulled up all squishy, and it’s acrylic… blocking wasn’t going to help. I just couldn’t envision knitting a second square, much less the rest of the afghan.  I sent it to a corner of  my clothes  closet to repent.

But every time I opened my studio closet I saw this colorful bag of Jiffy yarn, whispering “his afghan, his afghan” to me.  Well, that had been last fall when I tried knitting the Cascading Leaves.  Maybe I should give it another try.  This time, I knit half a square.  Yucky-poo!

What to make of this yarn he loved?  I decided to try a log cabin variation, inspired by Mason & Dixon Knitting.  I started with red, because a red square, representing the hearth, was the traditional center of a log cabin quilt block.  Then I realized I only have four colors, so instead of changing colors every side, I made the second, and subsequent colors L-shaped.  I’ve been careful to rotate the colors so that the next time the same color comes up it is on the opposite side of the block.  This creates a pinwheel effect.

It’s not rocket science, or even cable work, but it is excellent for knitting in the evening with football games happening on the telly.  Best of all — he likes it.