|The Tetris afghan was a Ravelympics project in 2008, which was supposed to be a major stash-busting project.
But part of me just couldn't deal with the not-quite-rightness of the colors I had, and though that if I was going
to put that much effort into a project, I wanted it to be right.|
|First I had to make a pattern. I started with a screen shot of a game I found on the internet, then modified it
a little (okay, I screwed up and had to 'fix' it). The one thing I implore people to do when they make a
Tetris afghan is to make sure there are no complete rows! Remember, in the game, once a row is full all the
way across it disappears. It would not show up in a game screen.|
|First I thought I would try to do continuous crochet, twisting the yarn at the joins and keeping several (way too many!)
strands active. This turned out to be mind-bogglingly difficult, though it is possible. Mostly I was annoyed with how
much work it was to keep the strands from getting tangled, not to mention the difficulty of trying to put it up for the evening.|
|So then I started thinking I was going to make it out of squares - but not granny squares (too open and holey for me -
I hate it when your toes poke through! This was before I found 'solid' granny squares, which I am using in Tetris Afghan 2.0).
Regular squares that would then be stitched together.
The problem wasn't so much the squares (though the single-strand double crochet I started off with is a bit wimpy)
as it was my inability to come up with a way to stitch them together that I like. Plan scrapped.|
|To be honest I don't remember what I tried here, some weird varient of squares and continous stitching. Note I'm
still using the 'scrap' yarn, with the very game-inappropriate colors. I think it's about this time, when I scrap this try, that
I realize I have put so much time and effort into this project already that I might as well make it right. I went out and bough
Red Heart (I know, I know, but it's an afghan and I'm not going to bankrupt myself making it out of awesome yarn - I'm neither
a yarn snob, nor a purist) neons and got serious. Of course, by this time it was several days into the Olympics and me finishing on time
was starting to look iffy. But I forged on.|
|The final method and the final yarn, at the beginning. Basically I started with one square, then when I added the next I caught
the existing square along the edge. And so on, building it up bit by bit.|
|I couldn't wait until I was done to start with the outlining, which really brought it together (I think)!|