I love small things! I love mini muffins how you can just grab two or three and pop them in your mouth (not at the same time, my goodness where are your manners?!) I just bought a pack of mini pens from the store for the same price as a full size pack of pens. Why? Well cause they're cute and TINY! And I love collecting mini skeins. They are so small you can have a bunch of them in different colors and shove them into all the nooks and crannies of your stash which helps to pack your stash tightly to reduce felting accidents (wink). It just stands to reason that I should be knitting a sock yarn blanket.
What's that you say? You have no interest in a sock yarn blanket? My friend, I was once like you. I've heard it all and said most of it, but this sock blanket has really been good for me. It will take me forever to knit, but to someone who is a product knitter (and sometimes forgets that I am knitting for fun and not to set a world record in measurable guilt due to WIP neglect), having a project that is not expected to be finished soon is nice. I can look around after I have finished another project and there it is, waiting patiently on the back of my chair. No guilt attached, I just pick up that old friend and it's like we never left each other.
Sometimes I have crazy intervals where work, family schedules and the rest of the world just collide and at the end of the day my brain is complete mush. It is all I can do to stumble to the couch like a zombie and turn on some Doctor Who to let my brain sit quietly. But if you are a knitter, even as tired as your mind is, you can't sit down and not have something for your fingers to do. A sock yarn blanket is just the ticket for me. No thought involved. No purling involved. I just knit and I can stop anywhere I want on my blanket and feel confident that I can pick it back up again with no trouble.
It is fun to collect skeins either by buying them or by trading with friends as they finish their socks and have leftover scraps. I get a little bit of a rush when I am ready to pick the next color and placing multiple little balls of yarn in place before I finally decide. I get excited when I reach another milestone like adding another row or column. It is so much fun to look back on all the squares of yarn that I know I knit projects with and think about how long this blanket will be with me long after my nephew grows out of that baby sweater. It's also fun to look ahead at how my kids and maybe my grandkids will snuggle up under this blanket in the future.
I'm not going to lie, I have very high hopes for this sock yarn blanket.
There are a lot of great sock and scrap blankets out there. Search Ravelry for "scrap blanket" and you get a lot of great ideas. You can knit long strips using everything you have and then sew them together. You can knit log cabin squares or spools that resemble quilting blocks. You can dive into the world of hexagon scrap blankets or mitered squares (like mine). You can pick up your pieces as you go for less seaming or knit them separate and sew them together later to keep it easy to carry. The options are limitless.
I have outlined my blanket squares in KnitPicks Hawthorne in the Blackbird colorway by knitting the pickup row in three rows of black before I move to the color. The next squares add the black on the other two sides as I add squares. This gives the blanket a bit of a stained glass effect and also just calms down the colors a bit so they play more nicely together. If you are a listener to the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin podcast, you know that it is a tricky thing deciding how much yarn to buy for outlining and I am not one to offer advice in this area. But I will say you will feel more comfortable buying more than less yarn for the outline and border. (#skeinwatch)
If you are working on a sock yarn blanket, what kind are you working on and how long you have been working on it?