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I started the Hemlock Ring Blanket that was re-envisioned by Jared Flood. I've never knitted an afghan before (always crocheted 'em), but this is a fun knit. I can't seem to put it down! I'm working on the charted portion of the feather and fan lace. The yarn is Peruvian Highland wool in burnt umber. I'm not a good photographer, so it came out construction orange in the photos, but the actual color is a rich rust color. I'm using US 10 circulars, but worked the first several rounds with US 7 double points (thanks to Mario for that wonderful tip) before moving up sizes. I used the TechKnitter's circular beginning cast on as opposed to Emily Ocker's crocheted one. The latter left bulky, loose stitches. With TK's version you basically do a figure 8 provisional cast on using the ball end of yarn on a looped circle made from the tail-end of the yarn. You pull the circle closed once you've distributed the stitches on the needles giving you a nice, neat beginning.

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jessemkahn's picture

it's looking lovely. and i adore that yarn!! what is it?

TheKnittingMill's picture

It's Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in the color Masala. Like I mentioned, the color in person is a rusty brown-orange--sort of like UT's orange color. It's really beautiful. No negatives about the yarn so far. It has a bit of lanolin left in it which is great for the hands! I love wool!

mysterJay's picture

Very nice. It certainly is a fun knit too.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I'm not saying a word.... I'm provisional

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

TheKnittingMill's picture

But that's why we love ya Texy!

glorydays's picture

Very impressive, specially for a bigener like me :)

Mnjack's picture

Great job. I can't wait to see the finished product. Keep us posted on the progress.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks! Will do!

DavidAtlGA's picture

I love it and have this on my list... Just as soon as I can get my hands to knit such a small number of stitches in the round... Mind you, I have no issue knitting in the round, it is my preferred method... I just cannot get that small of a number to work for me... I have actually considered crocheting the center for a bit and then changing to knit... We will see...

Regardless, keep up the great work!!!

TomH's picture

Have you tried the magic loop technique? It's what I use.

MMario's picture

magic loop, or two circs, or doing a cast on as for a toe-up sock (there are several) and then working back and forth, until you get enough to split up onto three or more needles\

there are many different ways to start.

If the yarn/needle combination I like to work a few inches of icord in waste yarn and then start my workinhg yarn.


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Bill's picture

>I like to work a few inches of icord in waste yarn and then start my workinhg yarn.>
That's a VERY clever start!!!

TheKnittingMill's picture

It IS clever indeed! I just read a blog entry the other day on TechKnitting about it and seems very efficient and simple! Of course, I had already knitted the middle of my Hemlock, but next time.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks David! I considered a crochet start too (after my first couple of beginnings looked like poo), but I was determined to knit it and wouldn't let it beat me! Even if you start with those 8 stitches on DP's the agony only lasts 5-10 minutes before the increases make it more comfortable. The smaller needles used for the first few rounds helped a lot.

scottly's picture

Beautiful, I can't wait to see the finshed product.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Extremely nice, Mill. I have always liked this pattern since first seeing it on Jared's blog. I haven't knit another person's design for an afghan for quite a few years but keep thinking I'll make an exception for this one. Can't wait to see the finished piece. -- BTW, Thanks again for the heads-up on the pocket book slippers...I've begun the second pair and have decided to keep the first ones for myself. Plus, I've shared the pattern with a couple of friends, giving credit to you and the original designer. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

You're welcome Joe! My Mom LOVES hers and has already requested another pair in a different color. The Hemlock is so beautiful and deceptively simple. It's also a quick knit--I'm 60% done already.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'm nearly done with #1 of the second pair. I think the doubled worsted is going to be just what I want for my sister. A bit rough on my wrists and hands after a few rows but stretching exercises - and breaks - help. Good thing the Hemlock knits so fast. Helps sway me towards making one. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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