Round two
Thursday June 23rd 2016, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Knitting a Gift,Life

So the answer is…

Start over on bigger needles with 60 fewer stitches and in a lace pattern which of course will relax outward once water hits it.

Today’s afghan is in the multi-color “Anniversario,” celebrating Malabrigo’s 10th year, of which I bought the bag of ten. Maybe add an edging later once I see how all the variations between all the skeins play out. (I’ve learned.) Note that I’m starting with the skein that most closely matched yesterday’s “Paysandu” purple.

But I’m not ripping yesterday’s out. I had the first of those three skeins of Mecha knit up quite tightly on 4.5mm needles, deliberately so and in a pattern that tends to collapse in on itself for the increased warmth of that, too–but that means that for a 56-60″ wide blanket by golly I was getting three and a quarter inches’ length per skein. I dare the wind to try to blow through those stitches.

But to get it to the length I wanted would require 19 more skeins. Blink. Yow. As I type this I realize that it means twice the wool in not much more than the same space as what I’m making now, and hey, if you want warmth and cushiness….

So I have to do that other one, too. Eventually. It helps that I love it. I think the thing to do is from time to time go find a few more skeins, and then more skeins, and then more skeins, in colors that I think will go well with the start of it and just play with it from there. No hurry.

I even found a fourth Paysandu skein from my Stitches stash and it matches as well as any of them (pretty much).

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I just bought my first Malabrigo (Susie wanted it for a pair of socks). I am so in love.

Comment by suburbancorrespondent 06.24.16 @ 6:44 am

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