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.