Thursday, May 22, 2008

All That Remains

All that remains of my drawer-full of worsted oddballs and leftovers is these 6 partial balls of yarn. It's some Cascade 220, some Naturewool, a teeny ball of Bartlett's, and a ball of something soft and creamy white, its identity and ball band lost. The crocheted blanket is done.

The original plan for the blanket was to finish every last scrap of the worsted leftover/oddball yarn at least in this certain category of workhorse wool yarns. The idea wasn't about being stash-less, necessarily, but I know that if ever the urge hit to knit something in Cascade 220 or Naturewool, I could just go pick some up. I liked the idea of starting fresh and new, and just getting all of this old yarn used up and cleared out of the drawer.

But I've decided to return these bits to the stash. I value the inspiration that this kind of stash provides. I like having little oddballs to work into charity projects or craft projects for the kids. I know they'll get used eventually. I also like the idea that perhaps when the worsted stash gets to be unwieldy yet again, I'll use these yarns to make another blanket.

I also tried my best to evenly distribute the colors throughout the blanket. I rotated through at least 15 different yarns and about 25 different colors, and at the end of the blanket, I didn't want to repeat so many similar colors so closely. So yes, there was a design choice to be made.

And, yo, the blanket it big enough.

Now, all that remains to do on my blanket is to weave in all these ends.

21 comments:

Aileen said...
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Aileen said...

The blanket looks great! Congrats on the finishing yet another lovely crocheted project.

Carol said...

No, no! Don't weave the ends in!
It's fringe!

LaurieM said...

I thought fringe too, when I saw those ends.

SJ said...

That is impressive! Is it okay with you if I strive to be like you and have only that small amount of scrap yarn?

anne marie said...

schweet!

and just in time for the warmer weather heading our way (wink wink).

Bridget said...

It looks really nice!

And add me to the people who thought it was fringe ...

Kristy said...

Wow, you used up a lot of yarn! Bravo!

Sally said...

Yes yes, make fringe, it will look great.

I am impressed at your speed! Woo hoo!

Jenna said...

Having just a select few oddballs left is certainly a big improvement over a drawer full, so well done on using them up and creating something so useful.

I wish you strength and patience as you tackle those ends.

Mintyfresh said...

impressive oddball busting! and seriously--fringe.

Theresa said...

Wow! I can't even conceive of using up all my yarn like that.

Angelika said...

Have fun with all those ends. I bet looking at all those different colors and yarns, you remember each project you made with it originally.

nova said...

I should think about doing something with more of my leftover stash. but if would have to be something that does not require the weaving of a lot of ends. Good luck!!

twigletqueen said...

Oy. I do not envy you those ends. Love the blanket though, I'd like to do something like that.

tiennie said...

It's amazing! That is a lot of ends to weave in but will be so impressive when you do!

Julia Zahle said...

Why don´t make some knots - and then some fringes?

I think it looks great!

pamela wynne said...

wow, way to oddball bust! I need to get on that -- there's just nothing cheerier than a crocheted scrap blanket.

Ann said...

It's just faboo! The colors work so well together -- good planning. I would be dreading the weaving in the ends, good luck!!

Elinor said...

"all that remains" - what an optimist!!! I applaud you on finishing a project like that. You are my stash busting role model right now!

Sven said...

Good Job! :)