…can you handle afghan?

First, something completely unrelated, but anytime I think “afghan”, I get this song in my ears, hard to get rid of. See 1:04.¬†I get this song – see 1:40. (sorry for the atrocious quality, but the nicer one was removed ;<)

Now, watched the song? So here’s my afghan:

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Nasty mobile photo taken with a shaky hand, but it gives the general idea. It’s 150 x 125cm currently, 1,4kg of wool, acrylic, mixed wool/acrylic and some other, unlabeled yarns. No cotton, silk or alpaca, though.

I kind of started with various leftovers from other projects – I separated them into “earth” colours (green, brown, beige, mustard, white), pinkish (all kinds of pink, purple and violet) and others, of which i don’t have enough to make them a class of themselves.

But when the amount of squares or part-squares grew, I saw I have too much of some hues and way too little of others. Meanwhile I ordered a package of yarn in which I got (among others) 4 balls of extremly slick yarn, very hard to work on needles or mill. Hook deals with it easily.

Over time I bought some yarn for that purpose РCrazy Colour in 3 coloursets, some brown Alize yarns, then found some squares from an afghan once planned but never finished, so I added these, with some  framing in brown or green, to blend it in. Some flat plain squares, too.

I crochet on my way to work or back, I crochet on conference calls, on workshops and on presentations. It’s really good I can crochet without watching more than a few seconds, so I’m able to work quite quickly, especially in case of granny squares.

Now, looking at the leftover green/brown/gray yarn I have 350g, which would mean at least another 4-big-squares row added, if I manage to get these properly calculated.

I really hope to get it to some reasonable, useful size.

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Yarn Review: YarnArt Crazy Color

Today after work I came by my favourite yarn shop and, as the seller already knows me, I again left with a bag of nice things. Two balls of YarnArt Magic Fine, a thick crochet hook to crochet “milled” tubes and a big ball of YA Crazy Color. This one on the top here, brown, gold and blue:

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It’s… nice. And soft. Even though (or maybe because?) it’s 25% wool and rest acrylic. No fuzz, really cute colours – at least this colourset – and it’s lots for really little. About 4 euro paid for 100g and I’m starting to think that the afghan I’m considering is looking more and more probable.

Back to the yarn itself – works nicely as basis for granny squares, crochet hook 02. Even though it’s 260m per 100g, with this content of acrylic it’s much thicker than the same with more wool. It has thickness comparable¬† to 7 Veljesta Polkka, which is 200/100. Tiny bit thinner, but close enough.

Has no visible faults, no uneven spin, only some tiny spots of black dye here and there in other colours, but I’d say it’s by design.

In general: Yarn I would suggest to a beginner – quick effect, no fuzz, easy to undo, vivid dyes and cheap enough. Gonne buy at least another ball, for the afghan.

(as an aside, the other yarns in the afghan are also on that photo – the green one to the left and the brown/cream one below)


New toy :) And some rambling.

I have just ordered and paid for PRYM knitting mill Maxi (in some countries this is called Innovations knitting mill).

I really hope it comes ASAP, as I can’t wait to try it out.

I’ve already created lots and lots of meters of tube from my small knitting mill, so now it’s time for the bit one.

Plans? Well, I’ve also ordered some yarn (Himalaya Rengarenk, YarnArt Magic Surf, YarnArt Jeans rust and black). The first one will become my son’s new knit waistcoat. I’ve promised it to him so long ago I’m afraid he already forgot. The second will become a scarf, and this will be the first thing I’ll try to make on my new knitting mill. And Jeans will become a huge bunch of Granny Squares, to join the ones already waiting in my “work in progress” box.

I’ve just finished my gloves recently, and I’m knitting another pair for my husband, I have started to consider an afgan. I know perfectly well that if I set out to make one in one run, I’ll never finish. I’ve tried. But now, I had these pieces of pretty tourqouise and green yarn left over from the gloves, and I have a ton of other tiny pieces. So I thought I don’t have to have that afghan now. It can wait. And I will be making the squares one by one, any time a bit of yarn comes my way. This way after a few months I will hopefully have enough just to cover a pillow…

As to the knitting mill, I really hope I will be able to knit scarves on it. Unfortunately my left hand does act up from time to time, especially if I abuse it, and last Friday I was knitting 6,5h straight. Done almost all glove, except for 8 cm of the cuff, which was done before. Thus, I want to cut down on all activities that may be substituted somehow – so probably my next scarf, or two, or three, will be done with the help of this fabulous contraption.

Currently knitting: A cap. In Yarn Art Magic Fine – mix of red. In reality, it’s much more saturated that on this photo. I hope to charm winter away with it, as it’s going to be White Easter if nothing changes.