Yay! I’ve been wanting to make the Great American Aran Afghan for a while now. I got the book last year and I’ve been lurking at the KALfor it. I was hesitant to fork over the $$ for yarn though.
But WEBS is having a great sale, so I couldn’t pass up Plymouth Encore Worsted in color 1231 (sage green). I figured that would be light enough to show the patterns, but it’s in my parents’ color. The box just came today - I can’t wait to get started.
:shock: What have I got myself in for? I have so many things to do right now!
Hey…Welcome! :waving: I too just recently started the GAAA. It’s sooo pretty! LOL :rofling: I thought the same thing…“OMG Now what am I going to do??” “Am I going to be able to do this?” UGHHHHHHHHHH :shock:
I’m currently on my 2nd square. I also bought from WEBS. Plymouith Encore in Soft White 146. Got a discount too!
The pattern calls for 20 balls of yarn. I bought 23…or 24 LOL not sure Wait…I believe 23.
Before I started when I was waiting for my yarn to come I was reading everything I can from the GAAA along blog site. I read every post month by month over and over. I cut n paste (info.,posts, tips) that I thought would be important or help me out once I started. (I’m glad I did…I’ve refered to those notes a few times).
It’s been fun to work on…When I finished my 1st square…I was like…“Which one should I do now?” :happydance: It’s challenging, have learned some things already!
What lovely colors u both have chosen That afghan is just beautiful!! I’ve bookmarked the KAL for future reference…I have to design an afghan for Lonnie before undertaking another…but I can’t wait to see yours :cheering: :happydance:
I ended up buying 20 of the sage for my parents’ afghan and 2 purple for a pillow for me. I already have 4 dark green and one oatmeal heather that I got at a lys closeout. I think I’m going to use the oatmeal as my trial-&-error yarn.
I need to read and re-read the KAL blog before starting to make sure I don’t need more skeins. Now, I’m worried I won’t have enough for a full size afghan plus border. Knitbit, what was your first square?
Ya, that’s cool how Ulla made a personal square. I’m not that experienced yet to design a square LOL! ACK! :shock: I’m doing good to follow some of the instructions I’ve had to figure out. heehee! :rofling: This is my first VERY challenging type of project. I’ve done cables once before for a hat, but that’s it for cables. It was just a simple twisted braid look around the hat. So…It’s definitely a learning experience.
The first square I did was the Ann Strong on pg. 34. It came out really nice. Looks like it came up a bit small. Not too bad… I read on the GAAA blog site that most squares measure in between 11x11 to 13x13. When it’s blocked looks like it’ll be 11x11. So a tad small. Other than that all went well.
Just gotta pay close attention to the charts/directions. I had to frog some of the current square I’m on (only 1/2") cuz I noticed I was reading the WS row as if it was a RS row…Then I thought back a few rows and was like, “Did I read the other rows like that too??” :?? I couldn’t remember if I did or not…GRRRRR!! :wall:
So, I thought it was best to just FROG and start over…Now all’s well…and am on row 9 of my first repeat. WHEW!
Good Luck…Which square have you decided to start with??