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Topic: Aran Tree of Life baby afghan :)  (Read 117659 times)
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« Reply #50 on: February 12, 2008 04:06:55 PM »

Oh my gosh, you guys, I'm just blown away by all your kind comments. You've saved the day - I needed to come home to this, having had a run-in with my statistics instructor who made it pretty clear she thinks I'm a useless idiot, which is not exactly the kind of morale boost one needs right before the midterm exams  Angry

I think I must approach knitting, especially cables, very differently than most - I see a someone asking how I kept track of the cables, but I just had a picture in my head of more or less how I wanted to to work, then on each row I moved the cables whichever way it seemed they needed to go. Trees being something organic that grow in a predictable manner helps too - I branched the cables off the trunk just as if I were drawing a tree. I can see the cables and how they relate to each other, which may not hold for everyone - I know my mom is baffled by them, but she can do intarsia and I can't!

To be honest, I have trouble following patterns (charts are OK) and I guess I learned pretty early on to think of knitting in terms of the three-dimensional final object rather than stitch by stitch. This also had the handy side effect of letting me look at pretty much any knitted item and (eventually) figure out how to build it. I still hate to swatch though!

Still waiting for neighbours (even just Dad) to get home so I can give it to them!
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« Reply #51 on: February 12, 2008 04:10:55 PM »

this is amazing!

maybe you had seen the tree of life afghan from lion brand's website http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70122AD.html

they also have tree of life sweater (with the free cable chart) http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwe-treeOfLifeSweater.html?noImages=

No, I had not seen those particular ones - I like the afghan pattern. It looks like a little forest! Thanks for the links.

I know I saw a single tree with leaves somewhere!
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« Reply #52 on: February 12, 2008 04:16:38 PM »

This is something that I would consider to be an heirloom. I hope that you neighbors think that it is as beautiful as I do.
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« Reply #53 on: February 12, 2008 04:18:55 PM »

that is one of the most beautiful pieces of knitting I have ever seen! you are inspiring me to teach myself to knit again (the first go didn't stick). just amazing, they'll love it.
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« Reply #54 on: February 12, 2008 04:46:44 PM »

This is undoubtedly the BEST, most awesomest, amazingest baby blanket (any blanket!) I have ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on.

I wish I had half your skillz.  Because, sister, you gots mad skillz.   Grin

TFS- now I have to knit myself a bib to keep the drool from shorting out my keyboard.
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« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2008 05:08:47 PM »

WOW! i love this.
I'm going to try to knit that tree, i'm always up for a challenge.
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« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2008 05:11:35 PM »

Wow that is amazing! I'm in awe.
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« Reply #57 on: February 12, 2008 05:30:37 PM »

 Wink Wow....what a great baby gift! You are an awesome knitta!
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« Reply #58 on: February 12, 2008 06:24:07 PM »


I think I must approach knitting, especially cables, very differently than most - I see a someone asking how I kept track of the cables, but I just had a picture in my head of more or less how I wanted to to work, then on each row I moved the cables whichever way it seemed they needed to go. Trees being something organic that grow in a predictable manner helps too - I branched the cables off the trunk just as if I were drawing a tree. I can see the cables and how they relate to each other, which may not hold for everyone - I know my mom is baffled by them, but she can do intarsia and I can't!

I know I already commented but I'm doing it again, because...seriously?  I think you may be a genius. You obviously have a gift.  I wish I was your neighbor so I could come over and watch you knit and learn how to do this.  I love the way you view knitting as something organic and natural, and you've inspired me to look at it the same way.  And I love the look of cables.  I haven't knit them myself yet, but now I'm definitely going to give it a shot!
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« Reply #59 on: February 12, 2008 07:19:27 PM »

How very beautiful your blanket is! I am so impressed with your talent and the result! You should be very pleased with yourself!!
Congratulations!
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