Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sock yarn scrap blanket.
So I've finally done it...I've given in and started knitting a sock yarn scrap blanket.
I've seen these around ever since I started knitting, but I never really understood the appeal. I mean, making a big blanket from sockweight yarn? Those knitters must be crazy! Well, I guess I'm one of the crazy ones now.
A couple of weeks ago, I gathered up all of my fingering weight scraps, and I was a little surprised by how many I had. Not just from socks, but also from a couple of shawls and cowls. Then I read this blog post and it got me even more excited about the idea.
Yesterday I cast on (using this pattern) and after three attempts, I had my first little square! (Three attempts because I kept forgetting to slip stitches at the beginning of the rows...not because the pattern is hard. It's actually super easy.) It was so adorable that I kept going and a couple of hours later, I had four squares and a new addiction. :)
Obviously I don't have enough scraps for even a tiny blanket. But most of my leftovers are enough to make at least two squares, and of course I'll gather more scraps as I finish more projects. And you know those little mini skeins you can buy? Yeah...never saw any use for those, either, and now I find myself browsing Etsy for them. (Yes, I remember I'm not supposed to be buying any yarn until the fiber festival next month. So far, so good.)
I love the idea of using up my leftover yarn! I kept enough of each yarn to darn socks with, but the rest of it would just be going to waste. It seems that sock yarn blankets are more practical (and more fun) than I realized...