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castlesinthesky
« on: January 04, 2009 08:20:16 PM »

I like to knit.  And I don't like to spend a lot of money on yarn.  So I pick up random yarns at thrift stores, and a while ago I started buying big, ugly sweaters so that I could salvage the lovely fibers in them.  It brings me a great sense of satisfaction to rip out the stitches in a horribly designed, huge sweater and give the yarn a higher purpose than haunting a rack at the local Salvation Army for decades to come.

So I had piles and piles of salvaged yarn sitting around, and lots of single skeins of varying colors, fibers and weights.  I live in a fairly small space with two little girls and a packrat husband, so it was well past time to clear out my stash.  I researched patterns online, and wanted to try something random, but not too random, similar to the idea behind the magpie scarf posted on craftster by aliastriona_angerboda.  I decided to use two strands of yarn held together on a long size 15 circular needle, with a "pattern" that allowed for enough randomness in colors while maintaining uniformity throughout the piece.  I used certain yarns at regular intervals, while grabbing others blindly out of a bag, with the rule that I couldn't use any of the random yarns more than three times in a row.  I wanted the afghan to be reversible so I did a very large basket weave stitch (27 stitches x 24 rows for each block) with a garter stitch border around the whole thing.  Since I hate weaving in ends, I just left the ends of each row about 6 inches long and then tied them into a lovely irregular fringe that didn't need to be trimmed.

I started this project just after my second daughter was born.  She turns two in a little over a week, and I just finished it a couple of days ago, to be sent home as a Christmas gift with my mother-in-law.  I call it the Stashbuster because it used up a helluva lot of yarn.  And it's super warm too!

So, without further ado, here are the pics...
(my walls are yellow and green, and I didn't use a flash, so the colors are a little bit warmer than in real life)


I love the way the "random" yarn choices still create distinct paths of color.


Detail of the basket weave squares.


Close-up of one of the squares.


Did I mention it's long?


Happy (and warm) mother-in-law, catalog shopping for seeds under her new afghan!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009 08:34:18 PM »

Oh wow, that's beautiful! The colors look great together; you did a wonderful job with your 'random' selections!  And it must be so satisfying to have finished it after two years.  Congratulations!
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009 09:44:19 PM »

Absolutely lovely! The lines of color are amazing. Love it!

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 07:20:00 AM »

I'm not sure why, but it reminds me of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" ... minus the guy. I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009 08:01:17 AM »

I like it! And I'm impressed both by how long this took  and by how many stitches you must have had on that needle.

Ladyofthelake, I wouldn't have thought of that until you said it, but I can kind of see it. Maybe it's the stripes of color in the bridge in "The Scream" plus the orange in the sky mixing together in your head?
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009 12:28:44 PM »

Oh, I love it!
I love how the colors hang together--absolutely wonderful..........   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009 07:36:49 PM »

Ooh, I really like this! Well done Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009 08:30:00 PM »

I'm not sure why, but it reminds me of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" ... minus the guy. I love it!
Edvard Munch is one of my all-time favorite artists.  Thanks for the kind words, everyone!
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