My version of the Horst Schulz African Adventure afghan - it's all done now...

RickeScott's picture

Febr 28, 2009: It's done! At about 6pm this evening I finished the last border fill-in section. Still have a few loose ends to weave in on the back and will do a final block after warmer weather arrives. African Adventure Finally DONE 021 African Adventure Finally DONE 020

A fellow knitter asked me to explain how I connected the strips. I used a "three-needle join." After the shells were knitted together, using the same "three-needle join" method, I had 7 strips. I first picked up stitches along the edge of one strip - that was about 300 stitches. Then I knitted 8 rows and set that strip aside, needle and all. Then I picked up the same number of stitches on the adjacent strip and knitted 3 rows. With right sides together, I put the needles with live stitches side by side. With the third needle, I simply bound off both together. Depending on the stitch, I used garter, it can be virtually invisable. Here's a video demonstrating the technique: three-needle bind-off

Febr 18, 2009 - I finished knitting the strips together just before midnight. Actually knitting on this project 4 weeks so far. If I'm lucky, I'll have it done within another week.

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Feb 12, 2009 - Quick update. Shells are knitted into strips. Blocking the strips and they are flat and fitting together. Knitting the first two strip together.

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Feb 4, 2009 - The shells are knitted, all 63 of them plus two extras! Bill helped me arrange them and now I'll begin to knit them into strips, sans blocking. Just couldn't come up with the right shape/size. Sorta like trying to put a square peg into t round hole...

Jan 28, 2009 - Half of the shells are knitted, the other half is balled up and ready to be knitted. Then I'll block each one and begin the process of knitting them together. How did I ever think this would only take me a month to complete?

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Jan 21, 2009 - I'm pleased with the "green" shells, but the "reds" and "blue-greens" are still debatable. The afghan will consist of 63 shells, 9 x 7. Everyother shell will be a green. My first attempt was to combine shades of red and blue-green in every non-green shell. Made several and feared they looked too "granny-square"ish. Then tried several using reds and blue-greens on separate shells. Think I like this better, but still thinking about it. In the meantime I'm working the green shells, need 32 of them...

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After litterally piling up yarn from Bill's stash while back in Nebraska, I managed to stuff my bags full of as much as I could and managed to get a lot of it back with me to Istanbul. Then I got stuck on color choices...
Then several days ago, a fellow Raveler offered to share her template with the group. That little tool and Bill's suggestion that I look at kente cloths for inspiration, was all I needed to get excited about the project again.
I'm going to work my version in strips of shells, alternating greens and reds. Still pondering the colors of the connecting strips, but I'll have time for that while I knit up 63 shells...
Pics are of the Nebraska pile, the final color groups, the balls (I knitted a shell, unravelled it, measured the lengths of each section. Then I measured, cut and balled-up the yarns needed for each shell. It took some time, but made knitting the shells easy and allowed me to evenly distribute my colors over the entire afghan. I'm done with the greens and will continue with the reds tomorrow). I'm thinking this'll take me around 4-6 weeks.

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Comments

daveballarat's picture

Well done buddy ... going to

Well done buddy ... going to take a break for a while now ?

I love the afghan ...you go from success to amazing success with consistency ... hmmm ... I'll try and get my needles clicking this evening... inspiring...:)
Dave
Istanbul, Turkey

RickeScott's picture

No progress on the next one.

No progress on the next one. Thought I'd decided on the general direction, but now unsure. Going to go through my stash tomorrow and maybe that will guide me. Glad you're feeling better!!

mrossnyc's picture

What an amazing piece of

What an amazing piece of work! Thanks for updating us with the project as it went along, it was fun watching it evolve from balls of yarn to the finished product. So, what's next?

RickeScott's picture

Thanks! I'd been planning

Thanks! I'd been planning on next making a hexagon/triangle afghan inspired by a tiled wall in Tokapi Palace here in Istanbul. But after completing this project, I'm working on a sort of free-form wavy pattern using the 3-needle join. Once I get something going, I'll post pics again.

steve kadel's picture

a mindboggling work of

a mindboggling work of extraordinary art, and i don't often kvehl

RickeScott's picture

Thanks. At times it was

Thanks. At times it was definately brainscrambling. What does "kvehl" mean?

steve kadel's picture

my best shot at spelling

my best shot at spelling yiddish term that means overflowing with enthusiasm and praise and pride

WOW - I am absolutely

WOW - I am absolutely staggered! It is awesome.

RickeScott's picture

Thanks. This project has

Thanks. This project has changed the way I think about using multiple colors in a knitting project. And it's sort of taken my modular knitting to the next level.

Thinman's picture

Truly a work of art! Love

Truly a work of art! Love the colors and patterns. Can't wait to see the finished product.

RickeScott's picture

Thanks! I'm working on the

Thanks! I'm working on the border today and I too am eager to see how it turns out.

mrossnyc's picture

This looks great! Good job.

This looks great! Good job.

MMario's picture

It just keeps looking more

It just keeps looking more and more impressive.!

AndrewNiehus's picture

OMG! I get it now. I have

OMG! I get it now. I have been trying to figure out how you were going to join all the shells, and now I get it. It looks great.

Bill's picture

it's GORGEOUS!!!!

it's GORGEOUS!!!!

MMario's picture

You snuck in an update on

You snuck in an update on us! Looking good!

RickeScott's picture

Thanks. This evening I

Thanks. This evening I finished knitting together strips number 1 and 2 and I think it's looking good.

mrossnyc's picture

Can't wait to see it!

Can't wait to see it!

RickeScott's picture

Thanks again. I've been

Thanks again. I've been knitting shells together, four strips done now. Now that I've dipped my toes into more colorful knitting, I'm getting hooked.

daveballarat's picture

Looks great on the

Looks great on the bedspread.... can't you just attach it to the bedspread... a hell of a lot less work :) I know, I know... that's not the intention... best of luck with the next part... the real challenge I suspect.

Hey I've finished my doggy jacket, Brock slept in it last night. I think it is a lot warmer than anything else he is sleeping in. I have to fix a little part of it... and give it a wash/block it. Then I'll post it.
Dave
Istanbul, Turkey

RickeScott's picture

Thanks. Bet Brock loves the

Thanks. Bet Brock loves the jumper!

steve kadel's picture

staggeringly beautiful

staggeringly beautiful

RickeScott's picture

Glad you like it. It's

Glad you like it. It's definately not for the faint of heart.

MMario's picture

Impressive - even before

Impressive - even before they are put together. What colour are you going to use for the knitting together?

RickeScott's picture

Thanks. Knitting the shells

Thanks. Knitting the shells into strips using the outer edge colors of the "red" and "blue-green" shells. sort of bordering those shells and not the green shells between them. Then I'll use the shades of gold/beige used in the minor bands in the shells to knit together the strips.

daveballarat's picture

Well done Rick... shall come

Well done Rick... shall come around to inspect it next weekend.
I tried to have a look at it this evening but there was a body on top of it ... a yes... you were happily snoring away... Bill kept me company ... your snore, music in the background ... don't over do it... 5 hours str8 is pretty taxing...
I look forward to catching up with you next week.
Yes I am pretty naughty writing this in the public domain... but they'll have a little laugh maybe ... and maybe they'll realise just how hard you work at your projects... obsessively :)
but what great results :)
Dave
Istanbul, Turkey

mrossnyc's picture

This looks like quite the

This looks like quite the challenge! Can't wait to see how it looks as it comes together. I think the alternating colors sounds great.

RickeScott's picture

Thanks! A challenge and

Thanks! A challenge and obsession. I've got about 45 shells done now, getting close to the 63 I need.

chipsir's picture

What a challenge but just

What a challenge but just look at you will have when it is finished, can hardly wait to see it

RickeScott's picture

Thanks! Once I start to

Thanks! Once I start to knit the shells together, it'll really begin to look like something.

TomH's picture

It's going to be stunning.

It's going to be stunning.

RickeScott's picture

That's my hope... If you've

That's my hope... If you've read along, choosing the colors was a real struggle, but I'm hopeful. Bill, my partner was a real help in focusing my choices.

MMario's picture

When you said four to six

When you said four to six weeks I thought you meant the sorting and winding!

RickeScott's picture

LOL... I know it sounds

LOL... I know it sounds crazy, but it didn't really take too long (three days) and then everything was ready to go. Easy knitting and I knew that I'd have enough yarn. If anybody attempts a project even close to this, I strongly recommend doing this work up front.

albert's picture

This is going to be an

This is going to be an exciting project! Your colors are working beautifully together. The Kente cloth idea is brilliant- what better than to go to the source for inspiration. What is this template that you refer to?

RickeScott's picture

One of the Raveler group

One of the Raveler group members used autocad to create a template of the complete afghan, 7 shells by 9 shells. I'm using it to keep track of color placement.