This afghan traveled with me and was in the works while traveling through Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina on our trip down. All the squares were edged and once we arrived in South Carolina (by the way there will eventually be losts of posts on my travel blog, if you want to travel without packing...click here), I was able to lay it out and begin piecing it together. Finished it just prior to our departure. Without being laundered and blocked it measures 59 x 71.
Yes, I know some people say you can't block acrylic yarn...I would disagree and always launder and block all afghans. Why?
- All yarn gets dirty, gets dusty while sitting on the shelves in the stores
- Get's dirty from the oils in our hands while we're crafting an item
- Picks up household odors, like pets and cooking)
- Get's rid of most of the hairs yarn picks up, both yours and your pets. And in the case of something like this with squares from various households, more hair and odors exists.
- Gives the yarn a chance to rest, like letting meat sit awhile after cooking. Letting the yarn rest, gives a much more finished and professional look to the item.
- Grows the item, yes this will measure several inches larger and lay more flat once laundered. All items do, but again with an item made from several different hands, different sized hooks, and different gauges is absolutely essential.
- It softens the item. We all know how stiff and scratchy many acrylic yarns can be.
Cotton Washcloths: 13
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