Thursday, October 23, 2008

Call Me Crazy

Is it insane to make a blanket out of sock yarn? I mean, Shelly did it, and so did Deb. So it's definitely possible. Have you seen this one by Birgit? It's amazing. So I've toyed with the idea for a while now. I have a lot of leftover sock yarn, thanks to small feet and short, bug calved legs that require shorter sock legs. And readers of this blog know that I am always looking for ways to use up those leftovers. Using up scraps to make something as useful as a blanket feels so thrifty and resourceful. But it's sort of insane, right? Sock yarn is thin, and even in crochet, it takes a lot of time. But I do have a lot of leftover sock yarn. And I quite like crocheting blankets, lots more than I like miters. I hardly ever get a turn under the other wooly scrap blanket. And now it is cold, and wooly blanket is a necessity.

So, crazy or not, I'm making a Granny Rectangle with my sock yarn leftovers, except that I think I'm running out of yarn, and it's only about 30" x 36" at this point. I'm sticking to the cool colors - the blues, greens, and purples and I don't want to vary the color scheme. So I suppose I'll have to generate some more leftovers: knit up some of the blue/green/purple sock yarn from the stash, and have more leftovers to add to the blanket.

OK. Now that does seem a little crazy. Knitting a project just to generate leftovers?

15 comments:

tiennie said...

OMGosh! Crazy yes! Awesome yes!

LaurieM said...

Love it! It's all useful, it's all fun, so where's the harm?

There is none! Just fun.

Kirsten said...

I'll never call you crazy! I love it!!!

Jenna said...

Alright, this might seem EVEN crazier, but why not just devote the whole skeins of sock yarn to the blanket? I know that it means you won't be using leftovers, but it will get you to warm blanket-dom a bit faster. Just throwin' that out there :)

anne marie said...

man, has THAT grown since last wednesday's SnK meeting!?!

very nice, liz!

PS - verification word is "upraph" - oprah's long lost sister perhaps?

danielle said...

that is... SO COOL! love it!

i'm sure you'll generate more leftovers soon... i'd offer to send you some of mine but we seem to have opposite color obsessions. maybe there's some ravelers who are trying to get rid of blue/green/purple sock scraps?

Kristy said...

Dude, you've really got a lot done already! I love the leftovers projects, and this one looks great!

SJ said...

There is absolutely nothing crazy about making a blanket out of sock yarn. I just did it, so I'm sticking to that.

Now, as to knitting a new project in order to generate leftovers, you already have the yarn, right? And you were going to knit it up eventually, right? So the way I look at it, you're only speeding up the process of getting to the leftovers.

Bridget said...

It will only be crazy if you try to wear it in your shoes.

Ann said...

Oh Liz! It is just beautiful! What a wonderful, wonderful idea!

knitalot3 said...

Very beautiful scraps!

My word verification is nityer, cool!

Angelika said...

I was about to add your last sentence in your post as a comment, but you beat me to it. I've been toying with this idea too, but I'm leaning more towards Bobby's Garden Blanket, you know, all those hexagons? But it's so nice, you can sit right under it, while you work on it.

Octopus Knits said...

It's lovely, though :)

sopranospinner said...

Late to the party, but when I started my (and it will never be finished) blanket a la Shelly Kang, I started spinning for it. Insane. Now I wish I hadn't used anything but handspun and will probably end up ripping half of it out!

Dunn Family said...

Very Cool story about your sister's trip. The neck warmers look lovely. another soft and warm yarn would be angora. A bit fuzzy but felts nicely from the warmth of your breath.
I saw your Advent Calendar on Ravelry, so cool!!! Would you share the pattern?
Mary from Maine who desperately needs her mojo back ;-)