A supernova of Noro!
What a joy it was to knit… I loved every minute, and I plan to make another. The yarn was obviously the biggest draw here – the Noro Cash Island was decadent to knit with the brilliant colors and the mix of cashmere, wool, and all of the other goodies. I bought this yarn in the sale bin at Maryland Sheep and Wool a few years ago; initially, I was planning a garment, so I only got one bag. Had I known that I would make an afghan, I would have picked up two bags (20 skeins). That would have definitely made it bigger and more “afghan-like”, but it would have been quite the feat to find circular needles for it to fit on! This was nearly 1000 stitches in the round with 10 skeins. It was becoming quite heavy, but never became a chore to knit in anyway.
I came across this pattern when searching the free pattern library on Bernat’s website – there are some great patterns for both knitting and crochet – and when I saw this pattern, the wheels started to turn. (You have to register on the site, and then all the patterns are free!) Noro has that amazing self-striping quality, and in a star-shape afghan, that could be quite eye-catching! Luckily, my bet was right. I am thrilled with the way it turned out!
I used a friend’s interchangeable needles from Knitpicks. I have not taken the plunge to get my own set of interchangeables, but I must say, it is tempting. I plan to make more circular afghans, and 40″ circs are not available in most stores in a range of needle sizes. This Knitpicks kit was useful, but I was annoyed that the joints kept coming unscrewed. I don’t know if this is something that happens often in other brands, but it’s a quick way to lose stitches, and that is not good… Do you have an interchangeable kit that you recommend?
I didn’t know as I was making this the star points would create this wavey edge, but I really like it! As I bound off the stitches and saw the natural curve, I was thrilled with the results. Blocking only made it better.
Stashbusting is at an all-time high over here – and with all the hockey-viewing lately, my hands have been quite busy. I have more projects to share very soon!