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Old 03-17-2006, 07:47 PM   #1
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anxiety WHOA anxiety over choosing yarn for afghan
so i went to a real yarn store today, not a michaels or a joann's and i spent 70 bucks on a few skeins. i was so high from all the lucious yarns and colors that i walked out of there with my stash and by the time i hit the car i was flipping out. i was on a yarn crack high!

i dont know about you guys, but its simply plainly NOT affordable for me to knit an afghan (really a king sized blanket is what im doing) in lambs pride or cascade superwash or something that i really want. those colors in lambs pride are like nothing id seen before though. truly remarkable. i bought two skeins of that, in blue and green and a couple of cascade pima cotton blend (smooth and silky looking) and then 3 balls of this hand spun hand dyed stuff from japan that i couldnt pass up. i know exactly what knit im going to use with it

ANYways, this yarn store was heaven until i got the bill for my few balls and skeins of yarn

so i went and picked up some red heart and some TLC

way too plasticy for a blanket. what is a girl to do? i know you guys used encore for the amy project, but even that is like 6 bucks for 200 yards and im doubling up on the yarn so it can be a thicker blanket (did you guys do that? because the blanket looked so thick in pictures) which means literally hundreds of dollars. im the sole supporter of my family it seems like a crazy indulgence. am i just too poor to knit?
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:58 PM   #2
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The Encore in the afghan wasn't doubled.

There is Encore worsted on sale here.

Maybe you could knit squares and do a few at a time as you can afford it or find yarn on sale.
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:59 PM   #3
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Noooo you're not too poor to knit! You just need a little help! Caron Simply Soft is super soft, not plasticky, and very easy on the wallet.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #4
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i think if you double up Encore you are going to have a way heavier blanket than you are anticipating. I think mixing colors like we did and maybe starting with just getting color A until your done, and then color B ...etc...will make it less painful. those square we did were 12 inches each so you can kind of estimate by that how much you would need. Not sure how much yarn everybody went through for their squares though.
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I love Encore but not sure I could do it as an afghan either.. unless I put some back then went and got it... I really like Caron Simply Soft and its not expensive.. and I have not made an afghan from red heart but I would (prolly will for Christmas gifts).. this is all my grandmother uses and after a wash its soft and they are durable... I know once you get a feel for lys yarn its hard to go back but my budget says I must lol.. have you tried knitpicks.com for yarn? I really enjoy knitting so what ever I can get my hands on at the time works for me.. you won't be alone belive me if you use red heart or other brands
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by dustinac
I love Encore but not sure I could do it as an afghan either.. unless I put some back then went and got it... I really like Caron Simply Soft and its not expensive.. and I have not made an afghan from red heart but I would (prolly will for Christmas gifts).. this is all my grandmother uses and after a wash its soft and they are durable... I know once you get a feel for lys yarn its hard to go back but my budget says I must lol.. have you tried knitpicks.com for yarn? I really enjoy knitting so what ever I can get my hands on at the time works for me.. you won't be alone belive me if you use red heart or other brands

i agree...i don't really like using red heart but that was what my grandmother used too and i LOVE LOVE LOVE my afghans from her (yeah it might have something to do with it being a gramma afghan i suppose! ) i have been cuddling up under her afghans all my life and have never felt like they were unpleasant.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
The Encore in the afghan wasn't doubled.

There is Encore worsted on sale here.

Maybe you could knit squares and do a few at a time as you can afford it or find yarn on sale.
even though the sale colors arent what im looking for, with not having to double up and buying in bulk (it says that its $45 pr 10 skeins) i think i can afford to do it in encore if i buy one bag at a time. thanks!

silver im glad to know that i dont have to double up to get the desired thickness. good to know!

dustin i thought of caron anmd knitted some ofc it up but its just not sturdy enough for a big blanket i think.

my son is fussing at me gotta go
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Originally Posted by brendajos
i agree...i don't really like using red heart but that was what my grandmother used too and i LOVE LOVE LOVE my afghans from her (yeah it might have something to do with it being a gramma afghan i suppose! ) i have been cuddling up under her afghans all my life and have never felt like they were unpleasant.
this makes me feel squooshy and warm. grandmas are almost universally wonderful.
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Originally Posted by Silver
Noooo you're not too poor to knit! You just need a little help! Caron Simply Soft is super soft, not plasticky, and very easy on the wallet.
I soo agree with that. It's so soft, and smooth feeling. Keeps you very warm too!
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Noooo you're not too poor to knit! You just need a little help! Caron Simply Soft is super soft, not plasticky, and very easy on the wallet.
I soo agree with that. It's so soft, and smooth feeling. Keeps you very warm too!
ill knit up a square and see how it goes. if two of you say it would work, ill go for it and see what it does

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