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Jul 3, 2013 10:08:51   #
annemon
 
Sometimes I get the impression that some people think knitting afghans is boring. Am sitting watching tennis and knitting an Aran afghan as a wedding present. It's so relaxing, I'd much prefer to knit a nice big blanket instead of sweaters etc.Maybe that's because they scare me! Anyone else like afghans? Also, do you think an afghan is a good wedding present? Wedding not until next year but I want plenty of time to knit it, just in case!
 
Jul 3, 2013 10:11:40   #
jjorissen
 
I totally agree. It is nice and relaxing if you have a pattern that is repetitive and you don't have to think much about what you are doing.
Jul 3, 2013 10:13:42   #
grammyg239
 
Love to do afghans and all the grandkids really use them no matter what age!
Jul 3, 2013 10:14:08   #
jumbleburt
 
An afghan is kind of my go-to wedding gift (if I like the couple well enough). The only problem is when it gets to a certain point I can't knit on it in the summer - it gets too warm on my lap. It is lovely to work on in the winter though.
Jul 3, 2013 10:17:26   #
aprilknits
 
annemon wrote:
Sometimes I get the impression that some people think knitting afghans is boring. Am sitting watching tennis and knitting an Aran afghan as a wedding present. It's so relaxing, I'd much prefer to knit a nice big blanket instead of sweaters etc.Maybe that's because they scare me! Anyone else like afghans? Also, do you think an afghan is a good wedding present? Wedding not until next year but I want plenty of time to knit it, just in case!


A hand knit afghan is a wonderful wedding present! It is a wonderful present at any time, but it is a beautiful reminder of such a precious day.
Jul 3, 2013 10:19:34   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
 
I love afghans.
An afghan is a great wedding (or any other) gift.
I'm making one for my sister (moving this week) as a 'house warming' gift.
 
Jul 3, 2013 10:19:50   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
I love doing afghans. Have made several for each of my children, grandchildren and the great-grands. Good thing too because they are always asking for more. GD just asked for another. This will be her third. And she uses them all.
Jul 3, 2013 10:20:59   #
Savta Fern
 
Afghans are wonderful-so many different kinds and of course they have to be made larger so that it covers toes to head. Run out of babies to make outfits for and the outfits I made are in storage for the next generation. Meanwhile the grandkids have put in their personal requests. Love it.
Jul 3, 2013 10:26:47   #
ck
 
I love knitting and crocheting afghans. I have a container of finished ones and give them as gifts for housewarmings. I also am working on baby afghans for my friends' grandbabies. Such fun!!
Jul 3, 2013 10:27:40   #
yourmother306 (a regular here)
 
I like using up my stash on afghans.(I buy lots of misc. skeins at church sales, garage sales, and Goodwill Store.) I make them for Project Linus.

I made a New Year's resolution that I would make one afghan a month. I'm on schedule! I just finished July's afghan last night.

Thinking about patterns for my 8th afghan of the year. I think a ripple :-)
Jul 3, 2013 10:29:23   #
Homeshppr
 
I, too, have been an Aran afghan addict for over two years, so identify completely with everything you've said. I love watching a big piece grow in my lap and watching all those cable patterns develop. There's no chance of boredom either, when each row is different than the last.

The other thing I like about afghans is that gauge is not so important, as there's no fitting to be done. I always aim for a 50x60" finished size, but it's perfectly okay if I end up a little larger or smaller. Finally, afghans give you a big "bang for your buck" when you can spend a small amount on yarn (I average $15-$30), get 300-400 hours of knitting enjoyment and give a gift that becomes an heirloom and looks like you spent hundreds of dollars!!

I can think of no more perfect wedding gift than a beautiful white or cream Aran afghan. It's timeless, it's beautiful, it's from the heart and you can customize it with cable patterns that have special meaning: Entwined circles could represent wedding rings, an X and O pattern are the hugs and kisses of love, horseshoe cable for good luck, Trinity stitch for faith---and the list goes on and on. Enclose a note with your gift that explains the meaning of the patterns you chose, how many knitting hours it took to complete, and even how many stitches there are in the piece. Together, you have a one-of-a-kind gift that will become a treasured heirloom.
 
Jul 3, 2013 10:30:21   #
luv
 
I love to knit or crochet afghans all year round. I am knitting a cotton blend one now in the hot weather.
Jul 3, 2013 10:32:10   #
gma11331 (a regular here)
 
I like making afghans too and my GKs like them. I have one made that everyone wants so think I'll have a lottery for it to save peace. Always on the lookout for a unique knit pattern. Like doing Aran patterns.
Jul 3, 2013 10:39:35   #
annemon
 
Thank you all so much for your comments, especially Homeshoppr. You said it beautifully. That's why I thought it would be a good gift. The custom here now is to give money as a wedding gift but I can't afford to give much so it looks mean. This afghan will hopefully be something they'll always have. I've made lot s of blankets for my daughters and they all love them. I also made Christening shawls of which I'm very proud. Sadly, none of them were for my daughters, no grandchildren yet! Some day, hopefully.
Jul 3, 2013 10:41:33   #
nitcronut (a regular here)
 
Love to do afghans. Love to do anything square these days. In the winter I do the big monsters and in the summer I do the mile-a-minute or small squares and put them together when it's getting cooler. It keeps me hustling when it is cooler to get it made into a bigger piece to keep me warm as I work on them. Guess it's my method to finish my WIP and to keep my insanity in check. Sold my last bigger afghan for $125 to a person who used it as a wedding present. Nice reward for a hobby I do while watching TV. Now if I could nit/crochet while I do my morning walk I'd be in seventh heaven.
nitcronut
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