I little while ago I gifted an afghan to my cousin (I’ve just realized I never blogged it because I was waiting until after I gifted it to her, so I’ll have to do that), and she has since told me that her son (and her dog) keep stealing it on her. To prevent fighting over the blanket, I decided to make him his own. I may even go so far as to make one for the dog. We’ll see.
Because I want him to be happy with it, I asked her what colours she thought he would like. She consulted with him (but in a way which would not give away the surprise) and told me his response: Toronto Maple Leafs colours (royal blue and white), and yellow and green. Since I was doubtful that all four colours would go well together, I decided to go with Maple Leafs colours.
I searched online for a while for a suitable pattern, and then went through my pattern books and leaflets, and eventually decided on a this Herringbone afghan from Yarnspirations. I actually had a leaflet from a few years ago, and it was only after I started stitching, and looked at the pile of afghans sitting on the end of my futon, that I realized, I had previously made this same pattern in brown and pink! Apparently this pattern appeals to me!
The pattern was written for Bernat Super Value yarn, and I honestly can’t remember what yarn I used for my brown and pink one, but this time around I’m using Loops and Threads Impeccable in white and royal blue. You may notice that there is some pilling on my original afghan…I use it a lot, so it gets a lot of wear and has been through the washing machine many times. It’s a really, nice, warm blanket to cuddle with on the sofa on a chilly night.
Here is the new Maple Leafs afghan in progress. As you can see from this photo, and from my bullet journal, I’ve barely started.
I set up a page in my bullet journal to record my progress and so that I could easily see which row I should be working on in the pattern since it is all done in repeats. I’ve tried various methods of recording my progress on different projects, and I like this one because if I set it aside for a while, I don’t lose my notes. have also tried using One Note, and I haven’t made up my mind which method I prefer the most.
Do you have a preferred method for keeping track of your progress on projects? I would love if you would share what you’ve tried.