3/23/10 - Update for you all, I added photos of the pattern book and the yarn I have chosen for my sampler afghan. I think it is going to be a lot of fun and a lot of learning! I'll keep you updated as I finish squares...
3/22/10 - So there was a recent post about starting a new class and several of you talked about your experiences in your first class. Well, I received an e-mail this weekend that talked about an afghan class that meets once a month at the LYS in my home town (which I am embarassed to say I'd never shopped at yet). So I thought, what the heck, I'll sign up. I went to my first class tonight. I was the only guy of course, but the LYS and the other knitters were wonderful! There were two others that were on their first night and several that were either almost done or somewhere in between. We all knit one of many squares out of an old pattern book that is the shop owner's grandmother's (circa 1963). There are 100 different stitches in the pattern book and you choose 63 (or any combo of the stitches) to knit then crochet together into a samper afghan. So I started my first square tonight which was a simple seed stitch square which I am very familiar doing after the baby afghan I just finished, but the other two that just started tonight are beginner knitters. So it was a lot of fun! We are using Plymouth Yarn Encore to knit these squares. I have decided to only use three colors for the whole afghan. Two tweed (one natural looking and one mint green) and one chocolate heathered. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them somewhere. I'll let you know. Now the next class isn't until April 26th, so it will be torture to wait until then. The homework is to finish my square before then which I will probably finish it and a few others.