Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Granny Time

It's no secret that sock knitting is probably my favorite sort of knitting.  Nor is it any secret that my sock yarn stash has more skeins than I will probably ever knit up...and the likelihood of the socks ever wearing out is pretty slim.

What to do with all the little bits and bobs left from each pair?

Many knitters have succumbed to the infamous sock yarn blanket.  Truthfully, I'm not a huge fan of the mitered square. (never mind that the Modern Quilt Wrap is still on needles:  a combination of the squares and the ever fiddly Kidsilk Haze yarn--a blend of hairy mohair and silk which is enough to make you pull your own hair out)

I wanted something mindless to knit in the evenings.  So, I did the math to figure out how many stitches to cast on to get my desired width for a snuggly lap blanket.  After casting on somewhere around 300 stitches or so (I don't remember exactly how many, my brain is trying to protect me from the memory), and knitting somewhere around 7 inches of garter stitch...with sock yarn...on size 1 needles...I had enough.  This was not mindless knitting.

About that time, my Instagram feed was blowing up with people crocheting the Granny Stripe blanket.  Not to be confused with Granny Squares...which I suck at making...this looked doable.  Plus, the gorgeous color progressions of so many of my hand-dyed sock yarns were being lost in plain garter stitch.  However...crochet.  My crochet skills are rudimentary at best.  I can whip out the simple borders for blankets and the occasional crocheted dish rag, but this was going to be on a grander scale than a dish rag.  Not going to be deterred, the boring garter stitch was ripped out and the foundation chain started on July a baseball game.

Back to mindless evening crafting.  But the balls.  Oh, the basket of balls was beginning to drive me nuts.  So, this past Monday night at Knit Night, I sat at a table in Panera and proceeded to use my very best magic knot skills to hook together (in random order) all the bits and bobs of balls to make yarn cakes.

At this point, the blanket is close to being the general size I want to facilitate proper couch snuggling.  Then there is the border to add.  It's close...oh so very close...and, it's stunning and squishy!

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