The Afghan Project

When I was young my Mom sewed dresses and pant suits, knit us kids plenty of mitts and scarves, and continued to have some sort of needlework on the go throughout her life. My favorites were her crocheted afghans. She followed a wave pattern with three or four alternating colours. They offer cozy comfort with a book or while watching TV. 

Decluttering our home this summer I came across a partially knitted scarf, in multi blue hues, that Mom had started. She had several things going at one time and it all did not get finished before she passed away. 

Feeling like I needed to have a rainy day project on this trip, an afghan seemed doable. Mom’s blue wool would make a good start. Google had a pattern similar to hers, along with the guidance I needed to relearn the stitches.After a few trial and errors I finally had three rows of a decent length. The Canada rows.

The Plan. For each country that we visit, search out local yarn, using it to add another set of waves to the afghan.
When completed it might look like a mess.  But if I get yarn from enough countries I hope to have an all americas afghan.
USA. I purchased hand spun yarn at a fabric museum in Oregon. I think the colours represent the fall foliage that we enjoyed through all three states.
October 28 California campground

I started this a few weeks ago and then ripped it all out because the waves and troughs were all out of sinc. Haha.

Canada and the USA November 19

Mexico. In the small village of Teotitlán, beautiful colored rugs are woven on hand looms from sheep wool that is spun and colored with natural dyes. At a rug making shop, I purchased a skein of green wool to represent the agave plant which is grown in large fields here, and also grows in the wild. Both field and wild are used to make mescal.

Large agave growing in the mountains

There must be a method to unraveling a skein but I don’t know it. So it took me two evenings to get most of it rolled into balls. Then the crocheting went along ok but there are hard bits in stuck in the wool, that feels like  course hair.

Canada, USA and Mexico December 16

Guatemala and Honduras  I looked in many shops but could not find wool in Guatemala, so decided to combine these countries using the colours of their flags which are blue and white.

Flag of Honduras

I found Chinese wool in a small sewing shop in Copán and purchased it just in case I can’t find anything else.

Flag of Guatemala