Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Love it? Hate it?

Here is a WIP (work in progress) that one can't feel ambivalent about. It is a scrap afghan and you either love it or hate it! My goal was to use up a bunch of scrap yarn I have lying about. At first, I must be honest, I hated it. I am not good at being truly random. I want to work with color, play with it, arrange it. But this is supposed to be an easy project where color placement is random and does not matter. The only rule I imposed is that every 4th row is black to offer a bit of continuity.

If I was making it for myself, it would have been ripped long ago. Sometimes I like it. Sometimes...ehh. However, it is for my teenage son, and he likes it. In fact, all my teenagers like it!

So, whaddaya' think?? Love it? Hate it?

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9 comments:

slugmom said...

Ermmmmm ...

you really must not ask for such blunt answers. ;)

I will say what I've asked my children to say at dinner, "it's not my favorite"

but then again, I have opinionated, and hate a lot of lovely things, LOL!!!!

:-D

I love that it is made with love.

busyHSmom said...

It's okay if you don't like it! Like I said, I don't even think I like it!! But my eldest son, for whatever reason, is happy with it, and so I guess that makes it okay! One thing is for sure, if he takes it off to college with him next year, there won't be anyone else in the dorm that has one just like it! ;-D

Wool Winder said...

Well, I like it. Does that mean I'm a teenager at heart? The black rows were a good idea. They pull it all together and make it work.

Marcia said...

I just clicked here from Wool Winder's blog. I have to say that I love the afghan! I think I want to make one. What pattern are you using?

busyHSmom said...

Marcia, I used a pattern from a book put out by American School of Needlework but apparently distributed by Leisure Arts. The title is The Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans, (the crochet version.) This particular pattern is called "Southwest Passage" and is on pages 48-49. It is really a simple pattern because once you get it established in rows 1-3, then the rest of the afghan is just repeating row 3 and changing colors each row. Makes for lots of ends to tuck in, but otherwise, nice "mindless" work. That is what I call it when I can just get into the rythm of a pattern and I don't have to think and count. With 7 kids around the house, patterns that don't require a lot of concentration are sometimes what I need. I save the more complicated stuff for when I can be alone (which is hardly ever!! ~grin~ )

busyHSmom said...

Oops! I forgot to mention, the photo is misleading in one small way...actually, the stripes of the afghan are horizontal. The way I have it draped over the chair makes it look as if they are vertical. Sorry folks!

Marcia said...

Ack Crochet! I should have known. *sigh*
A lady from church has offered to teach me to read a crochet pattern. So far all I can do is chain and sometimes (though not always) the crazy fringe things. For this afghan I would be willing to try to learn. I'm currently knitting an afghan that is pretty mindless - just a repeat of the same eight rows and after making nearly 6 strips (the afghan is a total of 8 strips), I have the rows well memorized. For all that I am thinking I ought to knit more than one of these things.

busyHSmom said...

Marcia, I can tell you from experience, this crocheted afghan is so much easier than knitting cables!! If you can knit what I have seen on your blog, you can easily crochet this!

Debra said...

I love it, it is quite cheeky! I love cheeky.

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