So, one more FO to start- over the weekend I finished the socks I started in San Francisco. Don't tell me you're surprised--of course I brought sock yarn! I knew, or at least hoped, I'd finish the sweater on the trip, and I didn't want to be caught knitless! So here they are:
Just plain socks, made from a skein of Lana Grossa cotton/wool blend I picked up when my LYS sadly went out of business this summer.
As for the new project--well, it's like this. When you use a lot of donated yarn, you find yourself trying to pick projects to go with the yarn. Which I kind of enjoy, because sometimes, as now, I wind up going out of my way to learn something new I might not have done if I'd been choosing the project first. This is how this weekend I found myself finally learning how to crochet an afghan square. My grandmother did a lot of crochet, but my mom never really got into it, and so I didn't have the handy instruction that I did for knitting. I've picked up some odds and ends over the years, but am still pretty much a rank beginner. And yet, for some things, like bags and blankets, where you don't really want a lot of stretchiness, it's a great technique.
I would be quite embarrassed to tell you just how many misshapen wads of yarn I frogged en route, but I persevered until I got this:
Success! Amusingly, I'm going to need more of the pastel colors that I started this project to use up, as I'm blowing through them at such a rate that I already know I'm going to run out, or as they say, be a few squares short of an afghan.