While shopping at tag sales or in thrift stores, I often find handmade afghans in beautiful condition and with wonderful prices. Some, like the peach baby blanket I found in May, I pass on just as there are and they’ll go into comfort packages for children entering foster care. Others I buy with the sole intention of recycling the yarn, like the three and a half pound one back in March. Right now, I have two afghans that fall somewhere in-between.
#1 – Yellow! and a Variegated
The first one was an amazing yarn buy, only $1.49 at Sal’s and yet it weighed over two pounds; that’s only 75¢ per pound!
I reconsidered my idea of taking the entire blanket apart for its yarn, once I realized I could simply remove the sections that contained two mismatched yarns. The yellow I unraveled is more of an antique gold, colder than the yellow in the rest of the blanket, and the large ball of variegated yarn has long sections of each color, which, when crocheted, looked very different from what’s in the blanket.
Now I have seven ounces of the gold yarn, four ounces of the mismatched variegated, and one and a half ounces of the matching variegated, plus…
a small, but nonetheless, better-coordinated 32″ x 46″ afghan.
I’m going to add a border to cover the long strands left where the yarns were carried up the afghan’s side. At first, I thought I’d use this blue yarn, which matches the blue in the variegated very closely. (Another interesting idea would be to put blue on the sides and green on the ends, or possibly green on one side, blue on the other, and red on the ends!)
When I saw the above photo, I immediately thought Wow! Too bright! That particular yarn may be a closer match to the shade of blue in the variegated yarn, but I’m still switching to this darker, calmer one. It helps create a better overall balance in the blanket’s colors, with some light/bright, some medium, and some dark.
It would be nice to finish the border with a narrow edging of a contrasting color or two. Too bad there’s not enough of the matching variegated yarn to make it all the way around the blanket. Maybe I’ll use red.
#2 – Turquoise and Browns
The second blanket, made completely with one variegated yarn, TLC’s “Surf and Turf”, was even larger and heavier, weighing two pounds and ten ounces. I paid more for it, $4.00 at Savers, but I expect to pay more for variegated yarns, don’t you? What a deal at $1.50 per pound!
Although the original afghan looked just fine the way it was, I really wanted some of that variegated yarn to play with! A variegated yarn is often my starting place in choosing yarn colors and stripes for a ripple.
After some thought, I realized I didn’t need, or even want, over two and a half pounds of a single variegated yarn, pretty as this one is. I decided to unravel it back to a four-foot square, leaving me with nine and a half ounces of the variegated yarn for my charity yarn stash and a child-sized blanket to give away. Happy, happy!
I can’t resist doing the math; inquiring minds want to know. At $1.50 per pound, my ball of variegated yarn cost me just 89¢. ($1.50 ÷ 16 oz. = .09375¢/oz. and .09375 x 9 1/2 oz. = 89¢) That means my “new” blanket was $3.11. ($4.00 – 89¢ = $3.11) Such a deal.
A multi-colored border will be a nice finishing touch for the modified blanket. I’ve already started adding a white half-double crochet row.
The crochet pattern of this blanket is two rows of double crochet, alternating with two rows of single crochet, but I noticed three rows of single crochet in a few places. Shhh, the crocheter’s secret is safe with us, right? After all, we’ve all had that sort of thing happen to us, at some time or other, haven’t we?