Sunday, May 29, 2011

Travel Afghan #42

Taking a trip meant adding another block to my Travel Afghan.  This afghan has been a decade in the making and I've just added block #42.  There are 55 blocks in the afghan, plus it will need a border.  The pattern I'm using is one of my favorites, the  Rambling Rows Afghan from Cottage Creations. 

Each time I choose a yarn that will remind me of the area that I'm visiting.  It could be a local yarn, or the name of the yarn, the color, or perhaps it's a yarn I've never seen before.  This time, for my trip to Georgia and visit to Creative Yarns, I chose Classic Elite Yarns' Magnolia.  When I think of the south, I think of magnolia trees, so it seemed like a perfect choice.  The color is "Forget-Me-Not", which is also very appropriate.  It's light lavender, leaning towards blue.  When I started the afghan I chose fairly neutral colors but I've gone a bit astray on that over the years.  I have no idea what my afghan will look like when it's finished, but it will be very special just the same, and filled with memories.  By the way, I keep a chart listing the yarns, dates, and places and the reason I chose that particular yarn.

Color #5448 - "Forget-Me-Not"
70% Merino, 30% Silk
DK weight ~120 yards/50 gram ball
There is no sewing and assembling of the blocks, only the weaving in of ends. There are 3 mitered shapes: large and small squares and a rectangle. The pattern gives you a specific number of stitches to cast on but, actually, you can use any number as long as it is divisable by 4. I made a sample once using fingering yarn and starting with 32 stitches. This block was a large square.

For my Travel Afghan, I'm starting with 80 stitches for the large square and the rectangle, 40 stitches for the small square, and worsted weight/dk weight yarns on size 7 US/4.5 mm needles.  If all goes as planned, my next block will be made with yarn from Calgary, in July.

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