Thursday, December 27, 2007

I Am Healed
(and an FO)

You will all be pleased to know that I'm not sick anymore.

The "bubble guts"* have ceased, and I was able to enjoy a bit of Christmas dinner. Which is a good thing because I was sick of eating crackers, broth, and jello.

Saturday was the first day that I began to feel normal again. I got my first taste of real food when Snookums came over Saturday night bearing gifts of teriyaki beef and hot and sour soup.

Oh, how I love him.

I couldn't do the soup, with all its hotness and sourness. I felt that it would send me back to "bubble gut land".

We wouldn't want that now, would we?

My miraculous healing allowed me to put the finishing touches on this afghan:

50 inches wide. 74 inches long (without the fringe). Wanna know why it's so long? Because the person I made it for is a tall mutha (shut yo' mouth).

This afghan was made as a Secret Santa gift for Brian, a 6'2" tall graduate student who works with me. We were sitting at lunch one day and I was telling my lunch buddies about how my mother never uses the two afghans I made for her because she thinks they're too pretty to use. Which confuses me a little because I made them so that they CAN be used.

Brian mentioned that if I ever made him an afghan that he'd happily use it. And that he would like one in the school colors of North Carolina A&T State University, blue and gold.

Of course I went to A.C. Moore later that evening to purchase the yarn. A knitter can't pass up the opportunity to knit a gift for someone she knows will appreciate it.

The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver, the yarn of knitting champions. The knitting was done on my Ultimate Sweater Machine. I only had about 2 weeks to complete the afghan, so I couldn't possibly do this much knitting by hand. I finished the knitting for this in about 3-4 hours. It probably took less time because I took some breaks.

You can see that the colors alternate. The stitch in the blocks also alternate between stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. I added fringe to each end, and voila, you have an afghan.

Since it looks so collegiate, I thought that it would be nice to add his initials in huge varsity letters. I couldn't find the size I wanted, so I settled for these small 3-D letters. I actually think that these are a bit more classy than the huge ones I wanted.

*See previous post to get a hint at what this might be. I can't bring myself to expose you to the TMI in this post too.