Monday, April 21, 2014

Rowan & Martin Afghan

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I've started a project that will put a bit of a dent in my stash.  It's the knitalong project from ROWAN Yarns, an afghan designed by MARTIN Storey....hence, the name!  The afghan is made up of 48 blocks plus the trim and calls for Rowan's new superwash worsted wool.  Each clue/square is knitted 6 times and there are 8 clues, plus a trim.  I'm not using the suggested Rowan yarn as I've made a promise to myself to knit from my stash as much as I possibly can.  For this project, I can.

My color choices may look like a Laugh-in, but I think I'll probably like the results.   I have 3 possibilities as what I might do:

Clue #1
Dig deep into my stash and make every square in a different color.  It doesn't matter to me if it looks like the colors may not all go together.  I'm thinking that it could be like a large group of singers.  Maybe not all can sing well, but when you put all of them together, you get music.   So, for my first clue I just pulled out the first six colors that I put my hand on.  Although I haven't checked yet, I think that I'll have no problem coming up with 48 different colors.  If I really dislike any of the blocks when all are complete, I can always reknit in a different shade.

If it looks like I might be running out of new colors and I've only knitted about half of the squares, then I'll start duplicating colors, having two of each color.


If I start running out of colors but I'm getting close to the 48-square mark, then I'll finish up with some squares in semi-solid or slightly variegated colors.

I plan to make the trim (Rowan calls it "trim", and I'm wondering if that's different from a border) in one of the lighter shades.  I understand that there is cabling in the trim and I want to be sure that it shows up well. 

So, the first clue is completed and I have my six blocks.  Clues are published every Monday and the next one will be on the Rowan website on April 28th.

Added 04.22.14:

I have some dyes and natural yarn in my stash - I could dye some colors if needed. 


life ldc said...

I like the stash busting idea.......who said the trim was cabling? Gosh, everyone has opinions of what this "mystery" is all about, and we are only in week one :)

Dayana Knits said...

Anne, he says so in his intro video, "a cabled trim".

Kristen Rettig said...

lol! Love the name of your afghan!