This past week I did finish two small projects: adding beads to some Christmas cake stand mats and beads and fringe to a winter scarf, but my main occupation has been knitting afghans. Compared to previous years when it would take me two to three years to complete an afghan, so far in 2020, I'm just about to bind off my fourth.
As a result, empty bins have begun to appear in my craft room which meant emergency replenishment orders and yarn for four more afghans.
I don't like sewing things together, so making these afghans in one piece using big needles and a heavy-weight yarn is perfect for me. These patterns call for US needles sized 15 and up and a double strand of worsted weight yarn, so it's easy to see that they would knit up quickly. But I don't always follow the instructions. (Life's dull if you can't be a rebel once in a while.)
Instead of using a double strand of worsted weight yarn, I've been using one strand of Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick 100% acrylic yarn. This yarn is every bit as warm as the double strand of worsted but-- in comparison-- is as light as a feather. I've just been careful to use patterns where stitch definition is not important.
Let me show you two afghans I've knitted. One is for me, and the other is for a yet-to-be-determined recipient.
This is my afghan, and it's perfect to snuggle under while reading a good book. It's a basketweave pattern using Homespun Thick and Quick in a lovely lavender color called "Purple Aster." In trying to get a photo in which the pattern showed up, I couldn't show you the true color, but I might make up for it in the next photo.
This afghan was made using the exact same yarn, and the photo gives you a much better idea of the color. The pattern is called "Sunny."
New Tricks about a Detective Chief Inspector relegated to a new cold case squad for a minor transgression and three retired police officers who have been called back in to help her.
This series has it all: good stories, good acting, a wonderful cast, and one of my all-time favorite theme songs which is sung by one of the actors (Dennis Waterman) in the series. The humor can be laugh-out-loud funny, too.
I have to admit that when some of the original cast members began leaving the show, I began to lose interest because the chemistry between the originals was sheer magic. Sad though it may be that I lost interest, that still leaves me with eight seasons to watch-- and I'll probably watch the others, too, just to refresh my memory about why I didn't care for them as much. Now that I come to think of it, I probably should have begun watching in reverse order, shouldn't I?
New Tricks is currently available on Amazon Prime for any of you who are hooked on British crime dramas like I am. I hope you'll give it a try.