My Work Here is Done

February 21, 2019

Have you ever heard an interview with a teacher of someone who’s being honored for a big accomplishment– like winning a Nobel Prize or an Academy Award — and the teacher marvels at the former student’s achievements?

That’s what I felt like when Marcia, my friend, neighbor, and former knitting student, showed me her nearly-complete Great American Afghan.

I know…breathtaking, isn’t it? And before you ask, she started the first block about 2 1/2 years ago. Of course, she’s knit many other beautiful projects since then: multiple pairs of socks, several fair isle sweaters (one of which involved her first game of “bind-off chicken”), several baby cardigans, and more.

Each of the 20 blocks is a work of art unto itself. Go ahead, zoom in, and you’ll see.

I’m particularly smitten with the Aran sweater block, which includes a beautifully detailed flat sweater.

Marcia took her first knitting class with me a mere three years ago. Clearly, she got the hang of it pretty quickly! As an accountant, she has a particular affinity for numbers, choosing to read through patterns and make sense of all the stitch counts before diving in.

She blocked each piece as it was finished and is now in the process of sewing them all together. She asked me whether she should block the border before connecting. I don’t know for sure, but since blocking is easy and almost always makes seaming easier, I said yes — and even suggested that she block the totally finished piece one more time. She nearly fell over but agreed to consider the idea!

Just amazing. Clearly, my work here is done.

13 Responses to “My Work Here is Done”

  1. […] friend Marcia, she of the exquisite afghan, returned from vacation in Ireland with a gift for me, this whimsical project bag from Vanessa Bee […]


  2. That is just wonderful! I think the little sweater is my favourite too

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  3. Wow! That is amazing work! Congratulations to Marcia, and congratulations to you! You must be so proud of her :)


  4. Patrick L Dober Says:

    Fantastic craft work Marcia! Congrats and well done to you and to your knitting teacher!


    Liked by 1 person

  5. MaryAnne Says:

    beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. Melissa Powers Says:

    I have to wonder how many yards of this yarn she used. I love the color-it works best with this old fashioned off-white choice. It is delightful but technical beyond belief. A great deal of work with a very lovely outcome.

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  7. Bonnie Says:

    That’s beautiful!


  8. Cathie Says:

    Wow wow wow. If only I could do this. Amazing.


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