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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Third Times The Charm, I think?

Work In Progress Wednesday

first afghan stripPlan A was to be to 2 colors, the light and middle color above, was to be separate squares using dishcloth patterns. I blogged about it HERE, you might remember. That was designs using the light color, garter stitch squares using the middle color. The idea being it would provide both color contrast and texture contrast. Onto plan B, because the light colored squares designs weren't showing up very well. That was designs on medium color, using light for garter; and or designs on both...oh wait. Plan B 2 was hatched. I wasn't going to have enough yarn, enter the 3rd color, the above dark brown. After making 4 squares you see HERE, 2 of the light and medium color....plan C was hatched.
close up afghan stripSpoke with DD and we decided to nix the dishcloth pattern idea completely, just weren't seeing the designs, and if you did, without knowing what they were suppose to be...you really didn't know. Using my stitch books and book of 200 squares comes plan C. Three colors, three squares each a different pattern/texture. Then I thought to help make up lost time, rather then making separate squares I would make strips to eliminate lots of casting on, binding off, and minimize the stitching together.
yarn colorsUsing 200 Knitted Blocks by Jan Eaton I soon learned in order to do a strip, you need the same number of stitches in the cast on. Searched the book for 3 squares I thought complimented each other, 3 that had the same number of cast on stitches and have my fingers crossed this works. I truly need want real opinions here folks. Using Plymouth Encore Chunky (25% wool 75% acryclic), and size 10 Addie Turbo's, will make it soft, warm-heavy, but washable.

The 3 squares very in that the lightest color is an eyelet pattern (lightest in stitch appearance), the medium tan is called Little Blocks (I think medium in pattern appearance), while the dark brown is called Arrowheads, and is, I believe the heaviest in pattern appearance. The Arrowhead section has purls on the edge and so curls in a bit; but I believe when stitched to the next strip will smooth out nicely and be even.

This is a wedding gift for my DD best friend. She's the maid of honor. I wanted the ghan to be appropriate for her hubby to use as well. Earth colors should blend with any decor...right?

**note to my fellow bloggers, and wipw members, please please KILL the word verification, try it for a week, you'll be amazed and pleased with how well the filter on blogger works. You really really don't need the captcha thing, it's sooooooooo annoying, and time consuming. Try it at least, change your settings. Most of us can't see those idiot letters and they really aren't needed, the filter is what get's rid of the spam** Please and thanks

25 comments:

  1. I hope plan C works - it sounds like it should ;)

    Earth tones will make for a very classy blanket I think.

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  2. Thanks for the visit and the encouragement pinkundine. Will keep you posted.

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  3. I am not too experienced with knitting.I like your stripe.The eyelet pattern is my fav. Hope it all comes together for you:)

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  4. Thanks Pearlin, appreciate your visit and comment.

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  5. it looks like you are a great knitter! I know how to knit, it's just not my favorite thing to do.
    I'm with you on the captchas....they are very annoying and time consuming. Several times I've commented and then moved on to another blog without realizing it had come back with the captcha and so therefore my comment never really went in.
    And bloggers who do giveaways and have the captchas....I know a lot who won't bother to enter with them there.

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  6. Oh man! I hope #3 goes your way! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  7. Good additional points Marsha, thanks for adding the info.

    Tami, got my fingers crossed, so far I think I like it, just very different than the style and type of ghans I usually make.

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  8. I think it will look great when it's finished!

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  9. Thanks wrchili, appreciate it

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  10. Hi Sandy...and thank you for your nice comment on my quilt...I was just looking at some of your work; very very nice....

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  11. Thanks Marjorie for the visit and kind words.

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  12. I loved looking around your blog(s) at all your work and charity work! Thanks also for stopping by my blog and commenting! :)

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  13. I'm diggin' your color choices, Sandy. The stitches are purdy, too. btw, I read your profile snippet and I like your hairstyle :) My hair is thinning (as I've enterred my 50s) and I'm trying to figure out how to keep it long but not wimpy-looking ;p

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  14. Thanks Mary Jo and Mary, appreciate the nice words, hope to see you again soon.

    Mary I use a couple of products I think really help, as I have very thin hair, though naturally curly, not much body. One is Aveda Sap Moss I bought long ago and forgot I had, the other is Garnioer wonder waves. Both are spread on here and there while slightly damp, then scrunch away. I like the Aveda better as I think it holds up a bit longer; though the other is cheaper. lol

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  15. Thanks for the tips, Sandy. I'll definitely try these.

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  16. Christine (The DD)9:47 PM

    Mi madre! It looks good to me, sorry this has been such a bear of a design!

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  17. YIPPEE DD has checked in, given a thumbs up..........I'm on a roll now folks stay tuned.

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  18. Wow that took some planning... looks plan C like it will be lovely... thanks for stopping by.

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  19. I really think that you are on the right track with plan C. The colors work well together. You can never go wrong with understated neutrals like brown and tan. In looking at your pattern choices, I like how the Arrowhead and Little Blocks play off each other. Maybe because both have geometric shapes to their patterns. I think another geometric pattern, maybe something with little triangles, lines, or even waves, would go well with the other two designs. But in the end, choose something that looks good to you and is fun to knit!

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  20. Thanks Lyneen and autumngeisha. Autumngeisha, I was trying for differences, like you said Arrowhead you have triangles, Little Blocks you have blocks, and so I thought it needed a non geometric for the 3rd and that's why I went with the eyelet. Everything else seemed like more of the same, more triangles and or more blocks, turned differently perhaps but the same. I do like the idea of waves, but don't think there were any with the same number of cast on's, and I'm not really comfortable enough to alter the pattern to make a wave fit in stitch count wise.

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  21. wow! I wish I know how to make a crochet thing...Anyway, thanks for the comment about my son Sandee...yeah, my son always annoyed me, but he's sweet. Oh by the way, at the age of 9, he can cook and prepare food for us.

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  22. Good luck with the squares, I think they look good :)

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  23. Smart lady ... knitting in strips is awesome :)

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  24. Looking good! You may still be able to use some dishcloth patterns and just not pick ones that have an actual image. There are some nice "blocks" out there in dishcloth land.

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  25. Thats a good thought Calophi, appreciate the idea.

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