The 06 knitted in this square is a dead giveaway. This is the "Plaid Coeurs et Flocons" from Marie Claire Idees of December, 2004. It took over a year to search for the perfect yarn. Many were sampled and discarded; either the red was the perfect scarlet color but the wool was too scratchy (Candide), or it was perfectly soft but too orange-y or rusty (Galway), or just right in softness and redness but the design lost all definition once knitted up(Lamb's Pride). I searched high and low for a good red in a basic heavy worsted/bulky yarn. Truth is not many manufacturers offer good reds right now.
So I just had to go to the source: yarns from la Droguerie in Paris, which collaborates on all the knitting projects featured in MCI. I bought the yarn on a day of stifling heat, and carried it back with me in the Paris metro, unable even to peek in the bag -- even the thought of holding this wool in my fingers some day was unbearable to contemplate. The heat was that awful. But the seasons went on, the weather cooled and I finally cast on for the first of 39 squares back in February. I worked diligently, finished the squares, knitted up the border...and ran out of yarn about 5 inches from the very end.
Devoted knitter that I am, obviously the only solution was to fly back across the Atlantic to Paris and return to la Droguerie.Bought the missing yarn, took it home again by the usual Metro/Air France route. Wound it into balls. Forgot about the 99% finished afghan. Until now, that is. There is no way I am frogging that square and re-knitting the date to read 07, so my new deadline is, evidently, December 31st. Stay tuned.