I mentioned a couple weeks ago that would try and have a little chat with you about the socks yarn blanket that I have been working on since August 2014. Yep, you read that right we are nearing the blanket's three year mark. The blanket is the Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis.
Here is where the story starts. Bottom right yarn is Knitter's Nightmare Yarn & Fiber Skeleton sock in the color Fuji'sApples. This yarn came from a pair of socks that I knit. While I knit a lot of socks, I didn't have nearly the amount of sock yarn scraps that would be needed for a large blanket without repeating the yarn many times over.
I put a call out in the My Sister's Knitter Ravelry group asking if anyone would like to donate to this project, as the thought of it containing yarns from dear friends sounded dreamy. What began as a request for donations turned into swaps. To be able to share your own sock yarn project scraps with another is something I recommend highly.
While there are those of you out there who may think that the monotony of a project this big would kill you...I can tend you it won't. Sometimes having a long term project such as this can be just the ticket for those times when you need a break from your current knitting endeavor. Or maybe you don't see the appeal. The appeal can vary from person to person. For me knitting these little squares is much like knitting self-striping socks, it is exciting to get to the next color and maybe try some new to you yarns. Plus there is a bit of a meditative property about this knit.
While most would agree, the actual knitting pattern itself is not difficult...choosing the next yarn can be a big of a problem. Unless your like me and just close your eyes and dip your hand into the basket and pull out the next yarn. It is more fun that way. :)
I am not trying to gloss over the one thing that prevents many from wanting to dip their knitting needles into these scrappy projects- weaving in the ends. While it is not the best part of knitting, it is all about what works for you. I choose to wait until I have about 40 ends to weave in then put a pot of tea on, turn up the volume on my favorite indie music channel and enjoy the process. It is all about tricking the mind into turning a "chore" into something relaxing.
Am I nearing the finish line of this blanket? Only time will tell. When I started the blanket I wanted a cozy little throw blanket. Then I began knitting and widening the project to the point where it was no longer going to be a throw. The numbers as of today is 444 squares and today my thoughts are I will finish when I reach 600 (which makes it 5 ft wide x 5 ft tall) But if history is any indication on if I will stop at 600, the chances are slim.
What do you do with your scraps? Knit scrappy socks or many cushions? Have you knit a scrappy project and if not what holds you back?
Enjoy your Sunday! I will be back next week with our April Indie Dyer feature~ Dyed In the Wool Yarn Co. and a giveaway. :)
Have the best day today!