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Birthday Afgan 
7th-Oct-2008 05:11 pm
knitting for life
Finished the knitting part of the Birthday Boy's afgan while on holiday.


Harvest afgan


I think it needs a cotton or linen backing but can't find a suitably-sized item that won't need cutting and hemming. Advice welcomed from those who know more than I do about sewing. Completed afgan required by Saturday.


Knitted in Lion Brand Homespun, Harvest, Chili, and Gold.

Comments 
7th-Oct-2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Your post reminded me of a local firm that gathers wool from area sheep farmers and sells their wool.

I have an afghan similar to the one you made although the colors are all shades of green. It's very warm and comfy as I suspect your afghan is as well.
7th-Oct-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I loved working with these colours and, yes, it is very very warm.


The yarn used is an American acrylic as MWNN is very alergic to wool. Love the sheep in the coat on that link.

7th-Oct-2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Lovely!

Can't you back it with a sheet?
7th-Oct-2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm goinf with the sheet option and will pin it to the top sheet hem and turn under the bottom hem to form a sort of cotton envelope.


I fear it's going to take me ages to hand stitch it but it's in a good cause, it's the 65th birthday this year.

7th-Oct-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
pin and/ or tack it well first It'll save time in the lomg run

There's nothing worse than painstakingly sewing a seam and then finding a great big wrinkle :)
7th-Oct-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, I'd forgotten all about 'tacking'. I really should learn how to sew. From second year at secondary school, I spent every Wednesday afternoon (when school needlework lessons happened) having physio at the local hospital. Failing the end of year exam always pulled my grade average way down.
7th-Oct-2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
The red colour is lovely.
7th-Oct-2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
It is. The shade is called Chili and it goes very well with the multicoloured 'Harvest'.
7th-Oct-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I've never put a backing on a blanket or afghan, so I don't know how you normally do it--but couldn't you just cut your fabric to size plus 3/4 inch all around, iron the hem under, and then sew it on?

In any case, it's gorgeous--love those autumn colors.
7th-Oct-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I loved working with these colours.


I'm going with the sheet option suggested in a couple of replies.

7th-Oct-2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Beautiful colours. If you really think it needs a lining (are you afraid it will stretch out of shape?) I'd be inclined to use a sheet, and turn under the excess, but I can't see any way round stitching it down.
7th-Oct-2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
It needs a lining so that MWNN can use it on his boat bunk without needing a top sheet. I think I'll go for the sheet option and will pin it to the top sheet hem and turn under the bottom hem to form a sort of cotton envelope.

I fear it's going to take me ages to hand stitch it but it's in a good cause, it's the 65th birthday this year.
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