Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Out With the Old, In With the New

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:
blue striped socks
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:
afghan squares

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.


  1. My Mom, Sister and I used a lot of our "yarn bits" to create a patch work afghan for charity. We all made the same square out of our "yarn bits" and made an afghan large enough to fit a queen bed. It was fun.

  2. That does sound like fun! I don't think this is going to be quite that big- and at the rate I'm going, I'm going to have to set it aside until I come up with more yarn bits!

  3. LOL! You know I'm going to have to start using "a few squares short of an afghan" in crafting circles.....Just too good to not borrow!

  4. Nice socks...I like the color a lot. I'm sooo tired of knitting endless baby blankies...

  5. Heehee! Those squares are looking good, and I love the socks!