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Over Thanksgiving, my parents and I drove down to visit my sister in San Jose. It's about 11 hours each way, so that meant lots of knitting time. I took along my mindless, feels-so-soft, comfortingly warm garter stitch afghan in the Bayou color of Suri Dream Hand Dyed. I'm using size 11 needles. With 9 balls of yarn, at 150 stitches wide, I think the afghan will end up being close to 65 inches square.

Sitting in the back seat, with no additional knitting tools available to me, I discovered that the spit-splice joining method (more elegantly known as the felted join) works wonderfully for Suri Dream, except you don't need to (and really can't) splice - all you need is spit, which I did happen to have with me. I know...good thing I had the back seat to myself, right?

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Comment by Amanda Yelland on November 15, 2009 at 3:58pm
I have a question about this. I actually just had a friend ask me to make a garter stitch baby afghan with this yarn. She wants it to be 24x24 - any idea how many balls of this I would need to do that? Plus I am making a hat to match - Newborn size so I know I only need 1 ball of it. Also, I made a hat with this exact yarn/color for her as well but I had to use size 7 needles or else the holes showed when knitting in st st. The yarn did not seem bulky weight to me at all - shouldn't it be more bulky? And loving the ideo of spit splicing! I will have to use that for sure! Thanks for sharing!
Comment by craftyjeanne on December 13, 2008 at 7:14am
I just recently learned from a friend in my knitting group about spit splicing! Ingenious - and a tool that travels with you no matter where you go!!!

I promise not to share this tidbit with non-knitters who might possibly be receiving a knitted gift someday. LOL
Comment by sckristin on December 8, 2008 at 7:11am
Ohhh... I have been lusting over that Suri Dream for awhile, but seeing your garter afghan has pushed me over the edge!

It was when I finished my first "spit splice project" that I realized why I REALLY love it- only two tails to weave in for the whole project! Even now that concept brings a smile to my face!
Comment by MicheleLB on December 4, 2008 at 9:00pm
I love the spit splice; it's so effective and you always have the proper equipment. Don't tell my gift recipients....

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