Sunday, February 21, 2010

Anybody up for an intervention...

.. becauseI think I'm in need one of one....

This crackghan is totally addictive. While I should have devoted this weekend's knitting time to the Tea Leaves Cardi, which is so close to completion, instead I completed another row on the crackghan...
... it's up to 23.5 inches long, so it's a little more than 1/3 of the way there.

And after completing that row, I went and did something totally crazy.....

While I was cleaning out the stash, I came across many part balls of heavier yarn - DK and Worsted... and I got to thinking... (can you see where this is going?)...
Why not make some heavier ones? So yeah... I started a DK weight one today - Crackghan Mark II.

If there is one thing I regret about the sockweight one, it's not making it wider. It's wide enough for just me... but if Dave wants to snuggle - he's totally out of luck. So - the DK one will be big enough for two.

As you can see, I'm doing this one on an angle so it will have smooth edges, unlike the sock one with has jagged edges. The squares are just a little larger than the sock one, as I went down to 24 stitches from 32. I'm using 3.25 mm needles.

While it is heavier, it's probably going to take me longer than the sock version, a) because it's going to be bigger, and b) because the DK leftover stash isn't near as healthy as the sock leftover stash. I've knit more sock and shawls than anything else and the sock stash got a huge injection from Mom, my grandma and Jeanne. I am going to go raid Mom's and see if she has any DK bit balls hanging around, but it's still going to take a while to get enough yarn for this puppy.

I've started a basket for worsted leftovers, but I'm not going to cast on for that one for a while yet.... at least a day or two. :)

8 comments:

Jeanne said...

Wow - I can't believe you started another one! I'm still trying to get the courage to start one myself!

Do you want me to look for DK weight leftovers? :-)

Susan said...

Maybe there's a Ravelry group for your addiction? But I love them.

lexa said...

I did a mitered square baby blanket, and I did it like your new one, too, square instead of diamond. I don't have much for DK yarn, so I can't help you there. Keep your eyes open soon for a box of sock yarn leftovers, though. :)

(I have to knit another one of those baby blankets for a friend who is pregnant. The first one was addictive, I must say! Looking forward to working on the second one.)

zoom said...

Grace made one of those sock yarn afghans, and it's gorgeous. GORGEOUS. I love the colours and the geometry. Seeing yours, I'm very very tempted....but I think I'm a long way away from having that much leftover sock yarn to work with.

TheBlackSheep said...

Um, I mean this in the nicest possible way, but have you gone insane? Two of them? Doode, I bow to your superior powers of patience!

Now I just wish you were closer and I could send you all the little leftovers I have...

Lost City Denise said...

Interventions based on jealousy aren't good for anyone!

There is yarn in my stash for a small afghan and I can't seem to cast it on. Maybe you'll inspire me to do it for next fall.

So no intervening from the ranks please!

Keep the crackghans coming!

Not ready for handspun said...

Can I send you my sock leftovers? Or does that count as enabling?

Samantha said...

Yay!! Crack!!