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Old 11-01-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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January KAL: Seamless blanket>planning updates...
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I'm hosting the January KH Knitalong. On top of that, we're getting our engines revved up to begin the new year with the 2009 Year of the Stash! Two separate threads in KAL section!

I'm writing a little now about the January KH Knitalong project so that you will have a little time to think about your yarn for it.

The KAL is going to be called the 2009 Stashghan Knitalong. In other words, we are going to hopefully use up Stash (if we need to) for this stashgan/lapghan thing! Our KAL will open up on a FRESH NEW THREAD, and this one will be closed to further posts. We will be able to read this thread, but our further posts will be within the official KAL!

Your stashghan can be big or small. No particular color artistry to be planned. Just use up the similar weight yarns that you want to! Lapghans that are washable are incredible donations, too! Cripes...I'm feeling like I need a lapghan these days myself, but I'm still in denial about my age.

My goal is to eliminate seaming. Did I mention that I hate seaming afghan blocks?

There are two styles that are potentially seamless: knitting your squares using the intarsia method...or...using that fabulous Mason-Dixon Log Cabin pattern. The Mason-Dixon chicks say that they have a log cabin (in dk and another in worsted) going at all times. They just keep adding leftover yarns to it as they acquire it!

This is the book, and I know Amazon has it.
I have it, and let me tell you...it's the BEST.


As for Intarsia, Amy has a video clip here at KH under ADVANCED TECHNIQUES. Just scroll down. Now don't let the term ADVANCED freak you out. It is not complicated, I promise! And remember, I'm here to help you hammer out the details.

I have started rummaging around for odds and ends and orphan skeins of worsted weight yarn. I personally haven't decided between the Intarsia blocks or that darn nice Log Cabin style! I've been lurking over at the Ravelry Log Cabin Group, but just haven't jumped in! The Intarsia style is worked from end to end, bottom to top...the Log Cabin is worked from the center out.

Both can be set aside when and if you run out of yarn for it.
You don't have to finish it in January...just begin it in January with us! You can, of course, buy (gasp) new yarn for it, too! You can put on your artist's hat and dream up an actual color design! The Mason-Dixon chicks have several color patterns shown in their book.

I think the different stores like JoAnns and WallieWorld will have great sales on yarns this season. We might find great colors for our blankets in those sales, too....if we don't have enough stash around.

But whatever you do...get ready for January!
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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nice beginning "2009"
with best wishes and thankyou for this idea, I want to knit with you, the book is in my stash and I`m happy looking forward to this KAL, greetings,
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sounds like fun, I'll have to see how classes are going by then...
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I'm not sure which style yet. I'm thinking since I don't know how much I have of the various stash I will just do sort of a modern log cabin blanket...although I don't know if I'll do it like this where you pick up the stitches or if I'll do a intarsia type thing.

I found the link on the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket link on Rav.
http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/log_cabin.pdf
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I'm not sure which style yet. I'm thinking since I don't know how much I have of the various stash I will just do sort of a modern log cabin blanket...although I don't know if I'll do it like this where you pick up the stitches or if I'll do a intarsia type thing.

I found the link on the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket link on Rav.
http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/log_cabin.pdf
Oh I love it! Thanks for the input, Jan! That is soooo cool that you found a FREE LINK! With images available to all!! The more we have to choose from, the better! I like the Log Cabin idea because we can take a year to keep adding to it! And the crazier the colors are the better! Or, a color scheme can be used! Either way.

I am now thinking I'll use the Modern Log Cabin design for the yarns and colors I have to use.
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I like the one Jan found with the blocks of color the best.
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What style are we leaning towards: the "Blocks" afghan/lapghan stashghan...or the "Log Cabin" style? I found a FREE log cabin pattern! The pattern is a free download. All you have to do is "join" the freepatterns.com. No USER NAME or password involved, just name and email address, etc. The pattern is a PDF download. Click HERE to get the free download page. And if you're a Raveler, click HERE to view the pattern page. It's in the Ravelry pattern search! Even though it is called a baby blanket, you can really make it as large as you like

Here are 2 photos of sofiecat's log cabin (as seen on Ravelry):




And here is a photo of sallybarrett's log cabin (as seen on Ravelry):


These two Log Cabin blankies obviously have a color plan, but I think they would be just a nice with random Stash Yarn! These two blankies were knit using double strands of DK yarn...but you could use one strand of worsted, too. And because it is knit from the middle-out...you can make it as small or large as you like.

The Log Cabin style is knit from the middle-out...and the Blocks style is knit from the bottom-up.

Either one is seamless! WhooHoo!

Either one can be worked on throughout the year, adding more and more to it as stash yarn or sale yarn comes our way!

I personally haven't decided, however...I have always envied that Log Cabin style and would like to try it out! I may be talking myself into it!

I have some Rowan Calmer yarn in yellows, leafy greens, lavenders, and purples. Sounds like a pansy, huh? I've been saving these colors for something like a Log Cabin.

Here is my bag of "Calmer" stash:

I also have 4.5 sk of ECRU which is in another bag with whites.
The ECRU could be used for the border I guess, or just randomly mixed in. The jury is still out on ECRU.

What have you been leaning towards? Log Cabin or Blocks??
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I'm in! I've got a hybernating sweater at the moment (it's stranded) but I'm sure I'm not going to finish it, since it's my first stranded thing and I don't like how it looks. When I've frogged it, I'll be left with about 15 balls of acrylic (in 8 different colors). I was thinking of combining it with black to make a blanket, but never got further than the idea, so I hope this KAL will give me the courage to frog the sweater and start the blanket.

I decided on the log cabin style. Seems easier to me.
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I'm in, too. I still haven't finished the afghan I promised my son a while ago.
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The seamless BLOCK style is worked using the Intarsia technique. For example, if you decide on 4 blocks in width, you would carry the 4 skeins on the needles, dropping one color and picking up a new color at each transition, of course wrapping the strands around one another to prevent a hole. We have a video for it. It is easy.

The LOG CABIN style just looks more interesting to me! I've always wanted to try it! I just have to decide on my yarn. I've got those 6 colors of Calmer, but I am going to rummage around and see if I can use up some unused acrylics in a wild range of colors. Using up odds 'n' ends would be more useful to the destashing concept!
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