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ghk
Warming Up

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Posted - 08/23/2006 :  8:10:42 PM  Show Profile Send ghk a Private Message
I love the Mason-Dixon book, and while there are quite a few projects in this book that I'd like to try, for some inexplicable reason, I decided to start with the Absorba bath mat. Probably because we could use a new replacement. Our bathroom colors being what they are, we've got a white bath mat, and white towels. So, I go buy 2 lbs. of Peaches and Cream in white.

Then I decide, the Absorba as written is too thick, that sucker would take a month to dry when washed, so I decide to only use 2 strands of worsted. Fast forward: I've got about half of it done, but I think I'm gonna beat my head against a wall if I have to work on this more. It just doesn't look as plush as it does in the book (well, duh, I only used 2 strands of worsted) and log cabin-ing just isn't fun when there's no color! Just white cotton upon white cotton.

(sigh) Should I just frog? Then what the heck to do with 2 lbs. of white cotton? A girl only needs so many dishcloths.

goldiegirl
Seriously Hooked

611 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2006 :  9:16:59 PM  Show Profile Send goldiegirl a Private Message
If you really like the design, frog it and try again with a third strand, adding a color or two to make it more interesting to knit. If not, frog it. Why continue? Sell the yarn (chances are someone else wants Absorba!), find a project to knit for charity with some of your knitting friends, or donate the yarn to a group that knits for charity.
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  04:51:37 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
Frog it and start again, but this time, put the project near the phone and knit on it when you are talking. That is what I do when I have a big project that is very boring. You'll be surprised how much progress you make.
Sharon
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thdx3
Seriously Hooked

691 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2006 :  05:15:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
Frog it...what's the point of working on something you hate? I've been slogging through the Absorba, too--I'm pleased with the results so far, but I'm using 3 strands of double worsted on size 15 needles (it really does need the thickness) and it's a killer to work on, so I've been putting it down to do other stuff and am resigned that it will be done when it's done.

As for the mega-poundage of white Peaches 'n Cream--keep it in your stash to use as the "mortar" in some colorful Ballband Dishcloths or as an accent color in other projects.

Knit on--

Terri D. in NYC

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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  06:15:33 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I have the yarn but have been putting off this because I know I will get bored with it. I really want the bathmat. I'm thinking this might be a winter project.

Wanda
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Outdoorknitter
Chatty Knitter

USA
211 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2006 :  06:27:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Outdoorknitter's Homepage Send Outdoorknitter a Private Message
I have finished 2 rectangles of the Tailgate Rag Rug and just need to sew them together and add the border. It was boring at times...at least I had the rag yarn between turns to look at.
I worked on it in the car a lot....It makes a ride into town go faster.

This rug calls for 2 strands of double-worsted. It was difficult at times to work on, and I bought enough yarn to also do the Asorba.

Also...I am using the square needles from Kollage. Even tho they are wooden, they worked quite nicely with this yarn.

Joan

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mokey
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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  07:19:03 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I'm wondering what is so boring about this project? I haven't seen the book yet so am just curious.

http://www.femiknits.blog-city.com/knitting_for_canadian_troops.htm
http://greenfishoutofwater.blogspot.com
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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  07:26:16 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I think they are getting bored with knitting all the same color. Here is the link for the KAL where there are some pictures of the bathmat. http://www.masondixonkal.blogspot.com/

Wanda
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thdx3
Seriously Hooked

691 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2006 :  07:29:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
The Absorba is a log-cabin knit bathmat; the pattern as written calls for three strands of double-worsted (chunky) cotton knit together on size 15 needles. I haven't found it boring to work as much as tiring--that's a lot of yarn to be slogging around the needles. The result, however, is really pretty cool and(hopefully) worth it.

Knit on--

Terri D. in NYC

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ghk
Warming Up

79 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2006 :  08:33:39 AM  Show Profile Send ghk a Private Message
Well, thanks everyone for all the advice...into the frog pile it goes! Terri, I think you're right, Absorba is just not the same if you try to make it lighter weight...it's the very between-the-toe plushness that's appealing about this simple design, and in my case, lack of any color.

The idea of using 6 strands of worsted cotton (or 3 strands of double worsted) on size 15 needles makes me cringe at the moment so I'll take a break from this one for awhile. And thus ends for now my brief flirtation with practicality. :)
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pixie_day
Chatty Knitter

130 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2006 :  09:05:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit pixie_day's Homepage Send pixie_day a Private Message
I have made Absorba. I used two strands of cream and one of blue with cream in it of just the regular worsted Peaches N Cream. I thought it didn't look plush enough, until I washed that sucker. Now when it gets deflated looking, I just pop it in the washer and dryer.

Mindy

I jumped on the bandwagon. http://swimmomknits.blogspot.com/
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Knitrageous
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Posted - 08/30/2006 :  09:57:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Just FYI...there's a bathmat in the one-skein book that is two strands of Peaches/Creme or Sugar/Cream. But it's crochet. I'd thought of trying that one instead of Absorba. After reading this I might!

~~~~Jamye

I don't have a problem with authority, I just have a problem with people telling me what to do.
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