Good morning, loves! Did your week treat you kindly? Mine was a good week filled with work and knitting. Making it even better is that I have figured out how to sneak knitting into my work day. It makes a difference!
Today I thought we would chat a bit about scrappy projects and answer some questions that I have received. Being a sock knitting addict has caused me to be completely drawn projects that involve using sock yarn scraps, so that is where my journey began in 2014. Warning this is a long post with lots of links.
I started with this blanket, which is still providing love some 4 years later. There was a question about how and where I got so many minis. There are so many more options now than there was four years ago. Indie dyers are now creating mini skeins that are for sale amongst their full yarn skeins. Here are just some ideas on how to get your collection started:
Ravelry groups ~
- Mini Mania.
- Mini Mall ( this group is soon to be closing).
- Sock Yarn Swappers.
- Crazy Sock Yarn Lady Podcast Group (swapless swap).
- My Sister's Knitter Mini Swap Talk thread.
- Etsy (search mini skeins).
Personally, I started by asking my Ravelry group if anyone would be interested in donating their sock yarn scraps to me and it all started uphill from there. Now with many more socks under my belt I enjoy swapping with friends the best.
I was asked how I make my mini skeins. First off, I never know how many yards or how much they weight, I just eyeball it based on making so many minis. Once a project if finished the remainder is immediately wound into a mini skein. I use my swift at a marked spot and wind 26 times.
Here are some video resources on how to make your own mini skeins:
There are those of you who dread weaving in ends, I am not amongst those. I love weaving in ends and actually find it therapeutic. Not to say I don't understand how you end-weaver-haters feel, as you sometimes want to the project to end with the last stitch. If you are looking for an easier way to knit a scrappy project without creating all the ends, there are tutorials for that, (There is a tutorial for everything nowadays, right?).
You can create a double knot (magic knot), to avoid ends entirely. Now, I did this on my first sock and could still notice the tiny knots and wasn't a fan. But on my projects like shawls or cardigans this was not a problem.
Weaving in ends as you go.
On to all the projects that can be created with minis of all shapes and sizes.
- Mini Skein Sampler Scarf.
- Mini Scarf Mania.
- Head in the Clouds Hat.
- Granny Stripes Blanket (crochet).
- Every Flavor Stripy Socks.
- Knitted Patchwork Recipe.
- Marled Mania Sweater.
I know there are a lot of links. Hopefully it helps those of you who have asked about minis skeins. Of course there are many more techniques, patterns and resources than I have listed. I will leave you with a Craftsy video on project ideas for mini skeins.
Have the best day today!