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Feb 23, 2014

WIP | The Good, the Bad, the Snuggly

Exactly one year ago, I was busily knitting an afghan. I had just finished the Color Check afghan and was so pleased with the outcome, it seemed smart to tackle another right away, while the "yarn high" was at its peak.

Bad move.

While the basic strategy seemed sound (that’s my story, I’m sticking to it), everything else related to the new project was wonky. On even-numbered days, the color mix was quirky but tolerable. On odd-numbered days, it seemed deplorable. No matter what day it was, the stitch pattern looked erratic and uneven. Aggressive blocking helped some, but not nearly enough, and my first efforts at joining the strips were frustrating at best.

Ugly? Not quite but close enough. So the afghan sat. And sat some more.

For way too long, I waffled back and forth. Frog it? Finish it? Frog it? Finish it? 

I know you understand. As unsatisfied as I was with the results, that yarn represented so many hours of thought and planning and swatching and testing and knitting, knitting, knitting. 

Finally, frogging won, and I was back to square one. There have been a few bumps along the way, but overall, it’s been a good decision.

The slightly quirky combination of colors works far better in the reversible fluted rib stitch. Equally important, this particular stitch turned out to be a fast knit. In less than four weeks, a pile of frogged yarn has been transformed into a compact afghan called Twegen, and the home stretch is in sight. (Here's a quick look at side 1, the fluted side.)

                                               
You know the drill, there’s still plenty of finishing work to do. Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist putting this particular work in progress to a preliminary lap test. It passed with flying colors. (Here's a quick look at side 2, the ribbed side.)


Finally, this project has found its natural place in the cosmic yarn-iverse. As a result, it's moved from bad to good. And from good to snuggly. 

Don’t you love when that happens?

UPDATE
The pattern for Twegen has been released: To view the description and purchase the pattern, click here. To read more about it, go to Pattern | Twegen Reversible Afghan.

7 comments:

  1. I do and I think it's lovely. I really think the colors work great.

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  2. I do love it when that happens and I love those colors! It puts me in a real Spring mood!

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  3. Me, too: Love when it all comes together. Also love how these cheery colors brighten a gray winter day.

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  4. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  5. You may think those colors are wonky together, but I love the combination.

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