Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sean Scully Malabrigo afghan -- Done!

Begun on Feb 15, 2009, finished May 16, 2009. I'm counting it as taking exactly 3 months, considering that Feb only has 28 days.

It's about 57 inches wide by 49 inches tall, before blocking.

As you can tell from the name, it's made with Malabrigo, held double, and inspired by the art of Sean Scully.

I love it.

eta: The inspiration came from a bunch of Malabrigo yarn that I had. One each in the orange, yellow, and purple. Two different blues in different amounts, and a lot of the two different greens. I started with making mitered squares but didn't like the way they looked.

Then I came across a book about Sean Scully's art and loved the stripyness of his work. I posted about the specific pieces in this post.

I did end up having to buy a few extra skeins of the greens to make that big field of green. I didn't really want to do that, when the goal was to use up the Malabrigo...but why am I complaining about shopping for more of my favorite yarn? I used other yarns too, mostly Cascade 220 and one Manos del Uruguay in purple, when I ran out of the Malabrigo.

Husband and I snuggled under it as we sat out on the balcony in the cool spring night, and I'm happy to say that it's as soft and warm as I hoped.

Now for the challenging part: washing it.

eta May 19: I washed it by soaking it with Soak in a big plastic bin in the tub. After 15 minutes, tipped over the bin and let the water out. Stepped on the blanket to squish out some of the water, then pushed it back into the bin. Took it to the washer and put it on the drain and spin cycle. Lastly, laid out a bunch of towels on the guest bed and let it airdry for a few days.

1 comment:

KnitTech said...

It looks great! How did the washing turn out?