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Orange You Glad You Weighed In?

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Dear Kay,
Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. I have been riveted as I’ve read everybody’s thoughts about the fate of the border of the tweedy squares blanket.
The thing is, each argument for a particular border idea makes perfect sense. So much sense that as I read all the ideas, I decided that the only way to sort it all out was to count all the responses. Consider the tally:
1. Finish the border as is, 10 rows of orange: 23
2. Wide border, all orange: 22
3. Narrow border, all orange: 21
4. Wide border, with a narrow stripe of orange and a darker, wider stripe outside: 14
5. Not sure—too wide or not enough/don’t worry/doesn’t matter/chillax, honey: 11
6. Make the border in I-cord or crochet: 4
7. Use neutrals for border, not orange at all: 1
8. And of course, you’re gonna have the renegades who reject the whole premise. Good ol’ Amber suggests five different stripes altogether.
I’m no political science major, mind you, but these results seem pretty close. The top three are each only one vote apart. Could it be that it really doesn’t matter?
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As I look at the ten rows currently edging the blanket, they do seem to be sort of uncommitted, sort of twixt-n-tweeny, which is completely par for me. (Every time I take the Myers-Briggs personality test, I get a different result. Who the hell am I, anyway? Introvert or extrovert? Thinker or feeler? Sensing or intuiting? Judging or perceiving? AAAAAACK!)
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So. Here’s the plan.
Regarding the width of the border: The border really does need some width in order to keep the stockinette squares from curling under, and the current width doesn’t seem to tame them quite enough. So: I’m going wider, at least 10 garter ridges total. I may go more, or I may croak before then.
Regarding the color: I just don’t think I can go all orange, but I love that orange and think it keeps this blanket from sinking into a place that even I would consider too grim. The solution that resonates most with me is the idea that the orange should echo the 4-row squares inside the blanket. I really like those skinny orange squares. I just like ‘em. So: I’m going to do 3 garter ridges of orange, which will be about the same width as the 4-row squares. (Yes, I’ll be ripping back 4 rows, but I’m so far gone on this absurdity of all this that I’m totally punch drunk.) Then I’ll add an outside frame of neutrals (different on each side). Then I’m going to do two rows of stockinette with a WS bind off, as you guys so brilliantly suggested. I love the idea that the cast-off edge will curl under and hide. Beeeyooteeful!
One million thanks to you all–I admire your certainty and wish I had it too. I guess. I mean, I guess I wish I were more certain about things. Um . . .
Love,
Ann
P.S. If you’re curious about your personality type–if you don’t believe it when people tell you you’re a big ol’ bossypants show-off, you can take the official Myers-Briggs test here, if you want to pay up and get a fancy report back. If you want to blow off work, well, here’s a fine timesucker. And of course, it’s only a matter of time until there are Ravelry groups for each and every sort of Myers-Briggs personality type. “INTJ Knitters: For the super-rational knitter.”

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44 Comments

44 Comments

  1. The afghan will turn out perfect!

  2. Problem solved!
    Now all we need to know is how did you get all that yarn to stick to the wall (in the first picture)??
    I guess you must have a *magnetic* personality..!

  3. Sounds like a great plan!

  4. Good Girl! You made a decision!! Done is/will be good. As an ENTJ (and sometimes INTP) I can appreciate the problem. And, you just used your kniting energy to make this GInormous blanket! I know you’re the co-author of THE BOOK and all, but, jeez!! That’s a lot of finishing!

  5. That sounds like a great solution. I don’t think anything suggested would look bad but that does seem like the best of the bunch.

  6. whew! I stayed out of the whole thing – that kind of deciding is too hard! But you did it! Sounds like a perfect plan with little pain involved.

  7. Dear Ladies!
    I love the decision, I think it will be GREAT! Gosh, I love tweed. The only thing better than tweed is tweed and orange.
    Finally, after many reads of your delicious book, and much staring at the beatiful work on your blog, I decided to try a miter square blanket. O.M.G. It is so much fun, you were not kidding! The colors! The speed of the rapidly diminishing, pleasingly right angular squares! I can hardly put it down! I haven’t been this happily crazy over a knitting project for a while.
    I decided to go with the individual square method, instead of the low sew method, b/c I have Master and Commander on audio book for the sewing up part, and also didn’t want to commit to anything up front. Maximum degrees of freedom, to be paid for later by maximum sewing up. No problem. (I’m considering sewing up the blocks, then doing 3NBO between the blocks. We shall see.)
    I could go on and on, like any decently obsessed person…my color theme (for the first blanket -ahem- ) is “Oregon Coast.” Lovely crushed seashell ecru, heathered sea green/blue, some jewel tone deeper ocean colors, and several really beautiful driftwood browns. The best part? It’s all stash.
    Thank you! Your words and ideas inspire, and bring joy.
    Yours Truly,
    Alice

  8. The great thing about any design problem(and I’m in the design world, so I’m sticking to this answer) is that there may be more than 1 right answer, and for any right answer, there are a number of ways to design to that problem, whether “front-door” or “back-door”.
    The blanket is beautiful, and I can’t imagine being anything but thrilled with it, if it were mine.

  9. I enjoyed putting my 2 cents worth in, and I enjoyed even more reading everyone’s responses. What a variety of ideas there are out there! And while any one of them would have worked, I love your decision! As I read it, I thought “Dang! Why didn’t I think of that?” :)
    What a beautiful blanket this will be!

  10. Well, I was one of the small orange, larger stripe neutral voters, but I MUST say, I LOVE the idea of the four different neutral borders and the curl under edge. That is totally why I enjoy my quilting group and forums such as this one, because we get so many ideas that stretch us, or are just beyond little ol’ me.
    I admit I’m being drawn to knitting up one of these beauties as well.

  11. Ann,
    As Homer Simpson would say “You’re all nuts. I’m going to Moe’s.” But I’m glad you now have a plan. I promise the Blue Moonies group on Ravelry is making the D.J. wait to play the Macarena until you’re in.I’m glad to see you’ve become a Ravangelical. Yes it’s a new word spread it. ;)

  12. I was the only one who thought what I thought?!?!? Oh, great. Feeling a little naked all of a sudden.
    I still LOVE this blanket!

  13. with borders….there are no set “boundaries.” it’s going to be an artistic statement, regardless. do you use spreadsheets in your everyday life, ann? you seem brilliantly organized in your thinking!

  14. Committment to Orange? Is that anything like A Clockwork Orange? My head is still spinning from all the suggestions. When you are done, I need to see a close-up of the “two rows stockinette, bind off on WS in purl so the edge curls under”. I need to see how that works, my mind is blown thinking about that one!!
    All these tutorials you put out should be in a book!

  15. Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Lemon.
    Lemon who?
    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Lemon.
    Lemon who?
    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Orange.
    Orange who?
    Orange ya glad I didn’t say lemon?

  16. What a solution. :) Perfect..you just had to marinate it out. ;)

  17. I’m glad you picked the narrow orange stripe — I think it’s more proportional and pleasing to the eye, although I didn’t want to say so in the original go-round. The whole thing is going to look great.

  18. No no no. Must be a wide orange stripe. It does matter. Another color in there is going throw the whole thing out of orbit. Go tonal if you like, but not a whole new color, PLEASE! Belinda, where are you?

  19. I like your solution — all the more because making the orange part narrow makes me feel like my advice is validated, if not taken ;-)
    As an INFJ, I’d love to be in a Ravelry group, but of course would never start it!

  20. Is there a such person as a rational knitter? Sounds like a catchy blog name to me;) To make a project this huge, one has to move far from reason anyway. This is one gorgeous piece and I envy the lucky person who gets to warm up in it.

  21. Ann, you crack me up. I just picture you with a pile of tweed to your right hand, the blanket facing you down the middle, and an excel spread sheet to your left. (Which reminds, me I should get back to work…)
    P.S. — I like the final decision.

  22. Go Big Orange (and neutrals)! Love it!!
    For a quick and free Myers Briggs, try googling “humanmetrics”. They have a variety of personality tests guaranteed to amuse and entertain until ravelry lets us in. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a “type migration” thing going on!

  23. Yeah. Let me know when Ravelry has a support group for Knitters Who Think Too Much. Still think a l’il green wouldn’t kill ya. Even if you just get bored after a couple of sides, you know, just slip it in, all Gee’s Bend-y like. You know you want to….
    Thanks for the shout-out as Amber, voice of INSANITY! (I’ll be laughing about that one as I commute home and knit on the subway with my tiny, tiny needles)

  24. Thanks for the jolly Myers Briggs links. I ALWAYS come out the SAME, no matter which version I take. I feel very dull. Enjoyed the interpretation site links from the second link you posted.

  25. It’s that Tennessee thing, all that orange. I’m sure it will be lovely. I like edges that curl, too.

  26. I love the orange. I am currently using the Rowan Tweed for the Mystery Stole 3 Project and it is different. Just remember that you want to “frame” the afghan, just like a quilt. Think of picture frame. Usually, a dark finish will end the piece. If you use a light border..it will look like it is going off to infinity. Just my 2 cents…..

  27. So I wasn’t the only one making cootie-catchers in college with fortunes like, “You’re friends are meeting tonight to dissect your personality.”? Count me in as an INTJ Knitter for Orange.

  28. Whatever you do before that, a DARK color is ultimately needed to frame the blanket (think quilt borders).
    I just LOVE the geometrics of it all and it’s “Hommage To A Square”-like affect. Beautiful outcome/endeavor!!

  29. REally?? There is an INTJ group in Ravelry? Whoa, can’t wait to check THAT out!

  30. Cristina, what can I say? Great minds think alike. I’m sending out thought waves for a ‘wide orange, with narrower neutrals’ border, but the deed may be done already, ripped back to 4 ridges. Mind you, if the photo shows ALL the orange yarn available (unless there’s Other Stuff, hidden somewhere) – there might not be enough orange for a proper wide border. Not that I want to sound downbeat, or anything…. x x x

  31. While I’m not a big fan of orange (I’m a member of the Bulldog Nation (UGA Alum)), I have to say that the border looks fantastic. :)

  32. I’m just glad you’ve decided. It makes me ‘chillax’.
    It also makes me want more tweed yarn. So pretty, so right for fall.

  33. Love how the thin orange squares pops against the sedate tweeds, so I think your solution to echo those are perfect.

  34. Love the orange. Love that you picked my MBTI type as your example… :)

  35. Excellent choice of borders. I am obsessive about my personality type too. Does that make me a narcissist or a neurotic?

  36. good call on the 10 ridges. I like a nice wide border. As I always say, “go hard or go home.”

  37. Wow. I think it’s going to be a fantastic blanket. I really do love the orange, but it will be nice with the neutrals mixed in.
    It’s funny you’re talking about MBTI today – I just took a full day PD session on it and I almost always come out as an ENFP – the extra cuddly knitter. :) But I tell you, taking that session has really helped me figured out why I do the things I do and why I do them that way. I know it sounds confusing here, but if you ever get a chance to do something like that – take the actual indicator test and learn more about each of them, I highly recommend it.

  38. Love the blanket… but i’m dying to know what’s next. i thought of you when browsing through an old magazine and saw a pattern for mitered square socks… now there’s a match in heaven.

  39. Wow, how nice to know I’m not the only other “super rational” knitter out there! I take the M-B test every couple of years, convinced that the last test couldn’t possibly have been right. INTJ every time :)

  40. The orange is great. I like it as it is; strong enough to bump up the many mutted shades.

  41. My Negotiation and Mediation class in law school had us take the Myers Briggs test. We were told that those who were pretty much in the middle for each diad were “well-balanced.” Congrat! And of course, I love that blanket! [However, as a formerly "well balanced" myers briggs type (they say you may change ttypes over time and I'm sure I have), and a pisces to boot (we are notorious for indecision -- two fish going in opposite directions -- it means we see both/all sides of everything, so how is one to choose?), I couldn't even hazard a guess on what you should do, but I am sure it will be great!]

  42. Charli–Um, yeah, I’m a Pisces, too. I guess that isn’t surprising. Off to recheck my astrological reading . . .

  43. Hmmm-interesting first photo here. It looks like you’ve learned a bit of magic and can make a pile of orange yarn stick to the side of a wall. Very cool.

  44. Okay, maybe it is because I’m always an INTP, but I would rather do anything than pull out rows!! Can’t wait to see the finished product.