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!