Friday, October 23, 2009

New Project- GAAA


The Great American Aran Afghan caught my eye several months ago as a challenging and interesting project. It is done in 12" squares by different designers in various patterns of cables, textures and motifs. Since this project required a major yarn purchase, I held off for some time. In Sept, while at Knit Night at A Knitted Peace, I wandered into the back room where the remnants of the yarn sale were stashed and there in a basket was a large quantity of Araucania Nature Wool in the color, Tree Bark. I fondled and counted the skeins, but since the budget is tight, I regained my senses and left them there without purchasing. Knit Night rolled around again in early October, and sure enough, there they were: 20 skeins of TreeBark. I guess it was meant to be and I purchased and then loaded them into my stash. What I really like about this yarn is the subtle variations of shadings.

Actually, I left them in the trunk of my car and brought them into the house one skein at a time!! ;-) One skein at a time and one square at a time, it would always look like a small project and purchase! Who am I kidding??? They are all inside now.

Lifted from my Ravelry notes, here is my progress to date:

10/13 - 10/20 -Square #3: Hannah Burns: I was slow getting started doing the mirror image patterns, but it helped to copy chart B and put the highlighter tape on each chart B. It also helped when I labeled my pattern: odd:right side: {———-

even: wrong side: ————} so that I always knew which chart B to use. The rest of the charts were easy to memorize. (#8 needle)


10/8 - 10/13- Square #2: Barbara Selesnick. (#8 needle) My chart reading skills are getting better. I needed to block this square a lot to get it to the 12”.


10/2. Casting on the first square: Ginette Belanger. (size #7 needle) I had to make lots of notes on my pattern to keep me in the right place and getting the pattern right, and still the bottom 2” was all messed up in the side bobbles/trinity stitch. I also had a mis-cross at about inch 3. If I am not entirely sick of this project when I finish, I may just re-do this square.


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On another note: thanks for all the good wishes for Gary's surgery. He is moving about well now, even if putting on socks is still a challenge. As for Mom's move, it is going well too. I shudder to think what all was in the 4 large trash bags I helped her get to the curb yesterday. Let it go, let it go......

7 comments:

bunnits said...

Cool. It looks great so far. Keep up the good work. Keep posting your progress and let us see the finished afghan.

Jane said...

The squares are beautiful!

Megan said...

OOO! Keep us posted on your progress. I love the GAAA and was about to make it when a different cabled afghan (Burridge Lake Aran Afghan) caught my eye. I love your yarn and the color and your first squares look great! I may still make this one day!

kate said...

I can already tell that that project is going to be amazing! An heirloom. Truly. Magnificent. The yarn is perfect!

Lupie said...

This afghan is going to be amazing!

Iron Needles said...

That is some project. I like your comment about redoing the one block 'if you are not entirely sick of it' when you are finished! Really beautiful, and so it the yarn you bought for it.

Glad the hub and the mom are doing well. Good thought to all of you.

Also, weekend of 11/7-8, alpaca fest at the Ranch north of Loveland...just saying...

helenkosings said...

I have the booklet and am thinking about making this too. I absolutely LOVE your yarn choice!