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Old January 22 2013, 07:12 PM   #76
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If they're made in non-body-fluid colours (who doesn't remember a granny square afghan coloured mainly in bile and vomit?)
My grandmas has always had surprisingly good taste in her color-schemes, so all of our afghans actually still look pretty awesome.
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Old January 22 2013, 07:36 PM   #77
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^ 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...
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Old January 22 2013, 07:41 PM   #78
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Ouch!
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Old January 22 2013, 09:04 PM   #79
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Oh, lordy, I forgot about the ones with the black borders. They are, indeed, the worst of the migraine-inducing lot.
Aww...I think the black border ones are the most beautiful. Though, I only like specific colors with the black. Right now I am doing granny squares with purple and blue centers and a black border. I'll post a picture when I get home.
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Old January 22 2013, 09:12 PM   #80
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^It's not the black boarders themselves that are bad...it's just the overwhelming prevalence of this everywhere, everywhere, everywhere:



They're not bad, but
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Old January 22 2013, 11:09 PM   #81
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^ 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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Old January 23 2013, 12:17 AM   #82
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^ 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.
It was tempting! Instead I just handed her the bag of yarn, and she eventually made the afghans herself.

BTW, I love the baby blanket.
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Old January 23 2013, 01:09 AM   #83
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One thing I know for a fact that all old ladies do is forget how to f**king drive. My mother-in-law is 57 and she drives like she's 100, or something. It's ridiculous.
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Old January 23 2013, 01:36 AM   #84
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Same here. One ought to put out carrots for guests. They'd keep longer.


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My mom just sent me a picture of the first granny square for the all grey afghan she's making me! It will match my grey walls, grey sheets, grey bedspread, and grey curtains perfectly.

That is going to be beautiful!

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Um... does making rosettes and krumkake seem like an old lady thing?
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Wonderfully so! The more of both the better!

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Oh, lordy, I forgot about the ones with the black borders. They are, indeed, the worst of the migraine-inducing lot.
I love the black bordered ones! Your oatmeal bordered baby wrap is divine though! I think tonal/ombré ones elevate the artform, but I'm a fan of kitsch.
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Old January 23 2013, 04:22 AM   #85
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I've experienced it before though; thinking something is blue and people telling me it's grey -or vice versa.
She just posted this picture of her progress on Facebook today, the greys look much truer here, though the charcoal looks black! Hilariously, her middle-aged female facebook friends are already making "50 Shades of Grey" jokes on her wall!

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Old January 23 2013, 04:57 AM   #86
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^That is going to turn out so awesome! I love the colors.


Alright, here are my granny squares. I haven't cleaned them up yet so it's not perfect, and it was hard to pick up the right colors in this lighting, but you get the idea. Black borders with alternating white, blue and purple (well, more of a wine color) starburst pattern.

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Old January 23 2013, 09:45 AM   #87
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I think both the grey and the black-bordered one are going to look awesome!
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Um... does making rosettes and krumkake seem like an old lady thing?
Not at all! Both are a lot of work to make. I think they'd be too exhausting for old people.
When I was a child, my mom used to make rosettes but the prob is always how to use up the fat afterwards and so she hardly ever makes deep-fried things anymore.
i'd love to try krumkake (I have a recipe that sounds quite authentic) but I haven't been able yet to find the necessaty tools. Yet another alibi for the trip to Sweden and Norway I'm planning for my 50est birthday, heehee
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Old January 23 2013, 01:51 PM   #88
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^That is going to turn out so awesome! I love the colors.


Alright, here are my granny squares. I haven't cleaned them up yet so it's not perfect, and it was hard to pick up the right colors in this lighting, but you get the idea. Black borders with alternating white, blue and purple (well, more of a wine color) starburst pattern.

Ah, now these colours look awesome with the black border. It's when very bright colours are used with a black border that my eyes start to melt.

I want to make a throw for friends of mine who have several sable-coloured Shetland Sheepdogs, so I'm going to use a brown border with lighter browns and beiges to match their dogs. Yay, yarn shopping!
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Old January 23 2013, 03:29 PM   #89
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One thing I know for a fact that all old ladies do is forget how to f**king drive. My mother-in-law is 57 and she drives like she's 100, or something. It's ridiculous.
So because one middle-aged woman drives timidly (at least that's what I'm assuming you mean by "like she's 100"), you "know for a fact" that "all" old ladies forget how to drive. Spare me.
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Also, 57 isn't old, unless you're 14 and under.
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