Saturday, June 11, 2011

Scrappy Afghan

As I've mentioned in the past, I need to keep my hands busy when watching television.  Frequently, I knit. However, I also try to match the required attention ratio match whatever I'm watching.

Sporting event = simple, simple, simple.  There were way too many mistakes that required ripping on my beach coverup last spring during the Stanley Cup playoffs. K4 rds, rip2.

This year, because I have learned my lesson, and because it keeps me sitting still I'm using scrap wool leftover from many, many mittens and almost entirely straight stockingnette knitting to make long panels.  The plan is to sew the panels together and then felt the whole thing at the end.  I've knit two whole panels and I think I'll need five or six, depending on their width.

My rules:  no buying yarn to finish this project, all of it is leftover or inherited yarn entirely taken from my stash, and everything that goes into it has to be felt-able. I've been trying to use all the same brand and type of  merino wool (Patons Classic) and am prepared for the possibility that the darker blocks will felt up quicker and tighter than the lighter ones but I'm so far away from that point.  I may experiment with some felt-able soy or some squares of non-felting material just to get some interesting textures but that will have to wait until I have the wherewithal to pay attention while I knit.  :-)

What do you do with your scrap yarn?


  1. I'm slowly crocheting my scraps into granny squares to make a totally random and very colorful afghan some day!

  2. I don't have yarn scraps, but I get the limitation thing. I've been trying to do that with all my fabric.

  3. great rules! I need to make more of them to use up stuff around here...especially the foods in my freezer!

  4. I don't knit but sure love knit and felted items. I think that this blanket will be fantastic . . . so much texture! And it will remind you of all of the projects that came before it.

  5. I wish I knew how to knit. I use to crochet and need to pick it back up. I've been loving the granny squares, but don't need another addiction to add to my fabric shopping.


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