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Old January 22 2013, 11:09 PM   #81
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Re: Things old ladies do...

Tora Ziyal wrote: View Post
^ My mother's were in nice color combinations, too. But, speaking of her...

I knit (not crocheted) an afghan for myself when I was in my 20's, and my mother really liked it, so I offered to make a pair of afghans for my parents for their 30th anniversary. My mother and I picked out the yarn together, and when I asked about patterns, she said I had such good taste, she knew they would love whatever I chose.

Fast forward a few months, and I've put in several hours of work on the first afghan. My mother sees it for the first time and announces that she doesn't like the pattern and I shouldn't waste my time...
Ooh, that's painful! If anyone pulled that on me they'd be pulling knitting needles from random body parts.

Thankfully my mother also had pretty good taste when it came to 70s yarn colours. What strikes me now is what terrible quality that yarn was, though, no matter the colour. It was the same in the 80s; a lot of the acrylic yarn was so plastic it almost squeaked. Acrylic yarn has come a long way since then, but I still find it uncomfortable to work with, which is one of the reasons I'm a yarn snob.

My main complaint with black-bordered afghans is that the colours are so vivid against the black background they make my eyes hurt (visuals are one of my sensory quirks). I made a baby blanket a few years ago with an oatmeal-coloured main border/background colour, and I loved the result. I was able to use strong, bold colours for the rest of the pattern, and the background colour softened them up.

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