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carollovesyarn
04-12-2006, 04:30 AM
Yay! I've been wanting to make the Great American Aran Afghan for a while now. I got the book last year and I've been lurking at the KAL (http://aranafghanalong.blogspot.com/)for it. I was hesitant to fork over the $$ for yarn though.

But WEBS is having a great sale (http://www.yarn.com/anivsale-1.htm), so I couldn't pass up Plymouth Encore Worsted in color 1231 (http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/plymouth-encore.html) (sage green). I figured that would be light enough to show the patterns, but it's in my parents' color. The box just came today - I can't wait to get started.

:shock: What have I got myself in for? I have so many things to do right now!

gimmesanity
04-12-2006, 05:41 AM
Wow, good luck!
I've been wanting to do this for a long time, too, but I don't think I'm ready to take that plunge just yet.

Just curious, how many balls did you end up buying? And, how did you know how many to buy?

~Sharon

KNITBIT
04-12-2006, 09:39 AM
Yay! I've been wanting to make the Great American Aran Afghan for a while now. I got the book last year and I've been lurking at the KAL (http://aranafghanalong.blogspot.com/)for it. I was hesitant to fork over the $$ for yarn though.

But WEBS is having a great sale (http://www.yarn.com/anivsale-1.htm), so I couldn't pass up Plymouth Encore Worsted in color 1231 (http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/plymouth-encore.html) (sage green). I figured that would be light enough to show the patterns, but it's in my parents' color. The box just came today - I can't wait to get started.

:shock: What have I got myself in for? I have so many things to do right now!

Hey...Welcome! :waving: I too just recently started the GAAA. It's sooo pretty! LOL :rofling: I thought the same thing..."OMG Now what am I going to do??" "Am I going to be able to do this?" UGHHHHHHHHHH :shock:

I'm currently on my 2nd square. I also bought from WEBS. Plymouith Encore in Soft White 146. Got a discount too! :thumbsup:

The pattern calls for 20 balls of yarn. I bought 23...or 24 LOL not sure :thinking: Wait...I believe 23. :blush:

Before I started when I was waiting for my yarn to come I was reading everything I can from the GAAA along blog site. I read every post month by month over and over. I cut n paste (info.,posts, tips) that I thought would be important or help me out once I started. (I'm glad I did...I've refered to those notes a few times).

It's been fun to work on...When I finished my 1st square..I was like.."Which one should I do now?" :happydance: It's challenging, have learned some things already!

Good Luck and Have Fun!
KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA (Ann McCauley square), Socks

rebecca
04-12-2006, 09:57 AM
:D What lovely colors u both have chosen :D That afghan is just beautiful!! I've bookmarked the KAL for future reference...I have to design an afghan for Lonnie before undertaking another....but I can't wait to see yours :cheering: :happydance:

carollovesyarn
04-12-2006, 07:21 PM
I ended up buying 20 of the sage for my parents' afghan and 2 purple for a pillow for me. I already have 4 dark green and one oatmeal heather that I got at a lys closeout. I think I'm going to use the oatmeal as my trial-&-error yarn.

I need to read and re-read the KAL blog before starting to make sure I don't need more skeins. Now, I'm worried I won't have enough for a full size afghan plus border. Knitbit, what was your first square?

I love Ulla's personal square (http://aranafghanalong.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-last-square.html) and I think I'll do one for mine too, but probably in a combo of Ogham (http://ogham.lyberty.com/)& runes.

Carol

brendajos
04-12-2006, 07:23 PM
Isn't that the afghan Silver did? My recollection was that it took her about 1 skein per square, give or take...but she may have been doing a different afghan! :??

carollovesyarn
04-12-2006, 07:39 PM
Isn't that the afghan Silver did? My recollection was that it took her about 1 skein per square, give or take...but she may have been doing a different afghan! :??
Yes, she did do that one. I've seen and admired it before, but I forgot she did give the total skeins it took her, "17 plus a bit of the 18th." Which is good - very, very good!

brendajos
04-12-2006, 07:55 PM
whew...with my fuzzy recollection I would have actually expected a response like "NO silly rabbit...Silver made purple LEG WARMERS NOT the GAAA! Sheesh!"

:rofling:

KNITBIT
04-12-2006, 11:58 PM
I ended up buying 20 of the sage for my parents' afghan and 2 purple for a pillow for me. I already have 4 dark green and one oatmeal heather that I got at a lys closeout. I think I'm going to use the oatmeal as my trial-&-error yarn.

I need to read and re-read the KAL blog before starting to make sure I don't need more skeins. Now, I'm worried I won't have enough for a full size afghan plus border. Knitbit, what was your first square?

I love Ulla's personal square (http://aranafghanalong.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-last-square.html) and I think I'll do one for mine too, but probably in a combo of Ogham (http://ogham.lyberty.com/)& runes.

Carol

Ya, that's cool how Ulla made a personal square. I'm not that experienced yet to design a square LOL! ACK! :shock: I'm doing good to follow some of the instructions I've had to figure out. heehee! :rofling: This is my first VERY challenging type of project. I've done cables once before for a hat, but that's it for cables. It was just a simple twisted braid look around the hat. So....It's definitely a learning experience.

The first square I did was the Ann Strong on pg. 34. It came out really nice. Looks like it came up a bit small. Not too bad... I read on the GAAA blog site that most squares measure in between 11x11 to 13x13. When it's blocked looks like it'll be 11x11. So a tad small. Other than that all went well.

Just gotta pay close attention to the charts/directions. I had to frog some of the current square I'm on (only 1/2") cuz I noticed I was reading the WS row as if it was a RS row..Then I thought back a few rows and was like, "Did I read the other rows like that too??" :?? I couldn't remember if I did or not...GRRRRR!! :wall:

So, I thought it was best to just FROG and start over..Now all's well...and am on row 9 of my first repeat. WHEW! :thumbsup:

Good Luck...Which square have you decided to start with??
KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA: Square # 2 (Ann McCauley), socks

KNITBIT
04-13-2006, 12:00 AM
Isn't that the afghan Silver did? My recollection was that it took her about 1 skein per square, give or take...but she may have been doing a different afghan! :??
Yes, she did do that one. I've seen and admired it before, but I forgot she did give the total skeins it took her, "17 plus a bit of the 18th." Which is good - very, very good!


17-18 total. Hmmm...I bought 23. I figured if I had extra I could make hats or some warm socks. So...LOL ummm...more socks, and hats I guess! LOL! :roflhard:

KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA: square #2 (Ann McCauley), socks

CateKnits
04-13-2006, 12:09 AM
I'd love to try that, but I'm not sure I've got the stamina. :shock:

KNITBIT
04-13-2006, 12:16 AM
I'd love to try that, but I'm not sure I've got the stamina. :shock:

LOL! I'm NOT sure I have the stamina either!!!!!!! :roflhard: It'll probably take me 3 yrs. to complete. The good news is my first square took exactly 3 wks. :happydance:

KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA: square #2 (Ann McCauley), socks

mintdee
04-13-2006, 12:57 AM
Gah now I want to make it. :shock: Man I have too much to knit now so it will wait ;)

carollovesyarn
04-13-2006, 02:40 AM
I think I might start with Hannah Burns p.32. I'm kind of anal tho so I'll probably read the KAL before starting.

Hey - with your extra skeins, you can make pillows! I figure by the time I get through this, I'll be able to design my own square, no problem. ;)

KNITBIT
04-13-2006, 09:42 AM
I think I might start with Hannah Burns p.32. I'm kind of anal tho so I'll probably read the KAL before starting.

Hey - with your extra skeins, you can make pillows! I figure by the time I get through this, I'll be able to design my own square, no problem. ;)

LOL I've read the KAL so many times! GEESH! So informative and helpful. So I'm right there with ya! ;)

Ya...maybe I could do some pillows. :thinking: You're right,....If I'm able to get thru all the designs in the afghan I should be able to figure something out. I gotta remember that... :thinking:

I had thought about doing the Hannah Burns square for #2 but then went with the Ann McCauley. Maybe for #3?? Hmm...

KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA: Square #2 (Ann McCauley), socks

KNITBIT
04-13-2006, 09:43 AM
I think I might start with Hannah Burns p.32. I'm kind of anal tho so I'll probably read the KAL before starting.

Hey - with your extra skeins, you can make pillows! I figure by the time I get through this, I'll be able to design my own square, no problem. ;)

LOL I've read the KAL so many times! GEESH! So informative and helpful. So I'm right there with ya! ;)

Ya...maybe I could do some pillows. :thinking: You're right,....If I'm able to get thru all the designs in the afghan I should be able to figure something out. I gotta remember that... :thinking:

I had thought about doing the Hannah Burns square for #2 but then went with the Ann McCauley. Maybe for #3?? Hmm...

KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: GAAA: Square #2 (Ann McCauley), socks