Sampler Afghan

Hi all, haven’t been around in awhile…because I have decided to knit this beautiful “Sampler” for my nephew’s wedding…picking and choosing along the way (he and fiancee are late 20’s)…here’s the question: each block has a meaning, and instead of “including” a pick, I am trying to come up with a way to “label” each one on the back…(I am “awful” at crosstich and embroidery) any thoughts?http://www.amazon.com/Knit-Sampler-Afghan-Unique-Blocks/dp/B000S16WB2/ref=pd_sxp_f_i

I can’t think of a way to label without some kind of stitchery, but it will be a lovely gift! Maybe you can make a ‘map’ to go with it–kind of like the one you get with a box of chocolates?

Thank you Ingrid, that is a marvelous idea!!! When you mention “stitchery” what would you have in mind? I was so suprised too see that my post was looked at over 30 times and only 1 reply! We must be old timers!!! I plan to post a pic at completion…

I confess to looking and not responding to your post because I have no idea what you’re asking. Perhaps others did the same.

Are you wanting to “write” something on the blanket without using embroidery and/or cross stitch? If so, there are fabric paints, crayons, and pens that will work to some degree on a bumpy surface.

Otherwise, yeah, I have not a clue what you’re trying to say: what does “including a pick” mean? Why do you need to label the sampler? In short, what the heck are you talking about? :slight_smile:

(Somehow I’m thinking this isn’t the kind of response you were expecting.)

PICK would be picture (sorry should of been pic)…The afghan has 25 blocks, each one has a “name” ex: Pineapple, Touch of Scotland, HOME, Falling trees, etc etc etc…without Labeling each and every block on the back (wrong side of the block)/square to give a description of the “block”. I DO NOT want to include the picture of the Afghan (cover of the pattern book) with the gift…that’s “what the heck” I am talking about…Any hand made item… knit, crochet, quilted etc.( which BTW … by the way (I can do all) that I make has a special meaning,(keepsake) and in this case, it’s a Wedding gift to my nephew.

Sorry, but WHY do you need to label the afghan at all–I mean, for your purposes to put it together? That’s the only reason I can think to label it, so I’ll go with that–of course, then the whole idea of embroidery/cross stitch/picture of the afghan doesn’t make sense, so you can see why I still don’t know what you’re asking. :slight_smile:

Anywhooo, for something [U]non-permanent[/U]–maybe a safety pin with a piece of paper attached telling you what the block is so you can put it in the right place.

And if it really is something permanent you want, then I’ll stick with the fabric paint, pen, or crayons idea that I mentioned earlier.

As to why few people responded, I’m positive it’s because they, like me, are not understanding the purpose for these labels (in fact, I [I]still don’t understand[/I] what you want and WHY so, yeah, it’s very confusing, which equals few responses).

Does it matter why? My impression was to tell what each square represented.

What a wonderful project, Cheley! Fabulous! It will be a ‘forever family heirloom’ and a gift of love!

If this was my project, here’s what I’d do to memorialize the meaning of each square:

Create a 25 Squares document on Word (“insert chart”). Then type the meaning in each square. Print. Then laminate.

Or, screen the document onto fabric. I think T-shirt shops can screen anything you want onto a piece of fabric.

I like the idea of the laminated copy best. You can print the 25-Squares document onto really cool paper. Some paper looks like a “scroll”. Some paper is ecru with gold embossed edges, like a frame. Then present it laminated, or in a plexi frame-less frame that sits up on its own.

What a wonderful project, Cheley! Fabulous! It will be a ‘forever family heirloom’ and a gift of love!

If this was my project, here’s what I’d do to memorialize the meaning of each square:

Create a 25 Squares document on Word (“insert chart”). Then type the meaning in each square. Print. Then laminate.

Or, screen the document onto fabric. I think T-shirt shops can screen anything you want onto a piece of fabric.

I like the idea of the laminated copy best. You can print the 25-Squares document onto really cool paper. Some paper looks like a “scroll”. Some paper is ecru, with gold embossed edges, like a frame. Then present it laminated, or in a plexi frame-less frame that sits up on its own.

After reading other responses, I finally have something to add that might (or might not) be helpful.

Your afghan sounds lovely and so very meaningful. The ‘chocolates map’ sounds good to me, as does the printed document idea. Maybe somehow you could incorporate either or both with a photo or something written of the occasion that particular block represents or they could add their own photos.

I look forward to seeing your pic when you post it.

:hug: :hug: …Thank you Artlady, your idea is fantastic…nope, safety pins wouldn’t work…:aww: Now on to my next question…What about blocking? I am using acrylic (Rd Heart) just for the durability factor…but some of the blocks use “bobbles”, so what should I do block or not? Would’t want to “squash” anything…SQUASH meaning FLATTEN :roflhard:

Thank you for your input…I can not wait to finish the project and post a PIC:teehee:

Exactly, Ingrid :heart: thank you!

For ‘blocking’ just wash and dry them in the dryer. You can do each square separately, or put them together and do the whole afghan. That should steam everything lightly without squashing the bobbles.

I came across a site about blocking acrylic, there has been some discussion on it, I haven’t tried yet and don’t know if anyone else has. http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=110653 For prepping for assembly, you might try something like what’s describes and let us know how it works for you, if you do try it. With no heat involved I don’t see how you could do any damage to anything.

can’t wait too post my “pic” :heart:

Your projects are always well done. I can’t wait to see this one. Enjoy knitting every square!

:muah: Thank you for your kind words…it’s been a long time coming, many years of “sweat and tears”:happydance: and still lots more too learn! I considered the “Tree of Life”, but I only had 6 mos to complete…now it’s down to the wire! Will Post a Pic ASAP:heart:

Yes, it matters. If you read my response, you can see that pretty clearly!

But I’ll explain it again: If it’s just labeling blocks for the purpose of putting something together, then you need something temporary. But if you need it to say something to the beneficiary, then you need something permanent.

That’s pretty basic need-to-know information, if you ask me!

…Look, you obviously do not “understand” this entire post…I DO NOT NEED INSTRUCTIONS TO PUT IT TOGETHER, THE PATTERN OF ALL THE FINISHED BLOCKS IS PICTURED ON THE BACK OF THE SAMPLER BOOK…I would say that around 98% of the replies to this post are Moderators, and they understand exactly what I am referring too…so why don’t you let it go…:knitting: your sarcasim is not appreciated by anyone who is trying to get help on the forum…my opinion is: Even if you have knit/crochet for 50 years, you still are learning new things everyday…