WIP Wednesday: Trying Things Out

I have a hard time with change. I’ve said it before. It’s nothing new. I like when things stay the same. Boy am I living in the wrong time! I miss knitting the socks. But it’s time for new things.

When I was finishing my last sock (Thanks for the compliments. It’s a fun and challenging pattern. Give it a try if you’re interested.) I had this plan to start two new projects. One the Arachne KAL. The yarn is sitting here. The plan is formulated in my head. The pattern is in my hands. Just have to grab some needles and swatch. Oh, swatch. How I dislike swatching. You know they lie and I don’t know how I feel about listening to more empty words. Anyway, I had a second project planned. Something long term. Something to use up the many, many, many bits of leftover sock yarn hanging out all over my house. Sarah has her always in process sock yarn blankets and I have wanted to copy her. She knits a square every day and in what seems like no time she’s showing us a beautiful completed blanket. I want to do that! I want to be like Sarah!

So I pulled out the leftover yarn from the Double Heelix socks and sat down yesterday morning with my iced coffee and cast on. I picked out the pattern The Coziest Memory by Kemper Wray. Above is my first square. It took me most of the day to knit. Man I must knit slow or something. The pattern said the squares would be about 3.5 inches. Nope, mine isn’t quite 2.75 inches. Of course I didn’t do a swatch. See above. I think I’m using the wrong size needle too. I also neglected to read the helpful suggestions on Ravelry.

So lessons learned. I’ll gather needles for both projects. I’ll do some reading on Ravelry and make some notes so I make the most of both projects. I’ll cast on and check back in later.

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25 Responses to WIP Wednesday: Trying Things Out

  1. A sock yarn blanket sounds like a great idea: manageable daily knitting, frugal stashbusting, and the reward: a FO that will keep you cozy on the couch next to Miles. Since this is an unusual time, a project that is a change of pace from your normal socks seems appropriate. Good luck!

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  2. I’ve only ever done one mitred square, and it was, to be honest, a total failure. It was triangular. Ah well. Onward and upward.

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  3. cattknithat says:

    Your socks are so beautiful! Maybe ONE day I will try that pattern . . .I’m almost finished with my first simple sock with a heel. It has a heel flap and gussets, and now I’m decreasing for the the toes.
    I’m tight knitter too! The pattern suggested a 2mm needle and I had to jump up to a 4mm (?) to get the correct gauge.

    I always wondered why my socks would never turn out. I measured my cast on, but when I kept knitting the socks got smaller.

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  4. ReginaMary says:

    I have my first real crochet project going. It is a scrappy blanket which uses my sock yarn remnants. It is fun to pick up and work on when I want to be on auto pilot.
    PS. My husband and I started watching Voyager (after watching every other Star Trek series a million times). I’m really enjoying it. The doctor cracks me up.

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  5. Marsha Noce says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the memory blanket. It is in my list of “to dos”. Swatching is highly over rated, in my book.

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  6. chrisknits says:

    Why are swatches so hard!! Why can’t they be true and easy and loads of fun? LOL

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  7. Laura Kate says:

    Making a blanket from leftover sock yarn sounds like a good way to take a break from knitting socks. Also it would be a perfect travel project, once we can travel again.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    This will be a lovely blanket to watch grow, I’m feeling it!

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  9. Oh I don’t have the patience for those adorable blankets!!! I want you to succeed!

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  10. I’m so excited you are starting a blanket. I hope you find it as enjoyable to knit as I do. If the squares seem big you could try the Knitted Patchwork Recipe, it has smaller squares so they go faster. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-patchwork-recipe

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    • I actually thought my first square was too small so I found a helpful note suggesting 48 stitches so that is what I went with on the second square. I’m excited to have finally started a blanket:)

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  11. Sarah does always have the nicest blankets going – and yours if off to a beautiful start! Before you know it you will have a lovely, cozy blanket to use 🙂

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  12. bonnyknits says:

    I never would have thought to swatch for a blanket! But really, as long as they’re squares and they’re all (mostly) the same size, wouldn’t it be okay for them to be smaller?

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  13. Its very free form, and the final square size is based on yarn weight and needle size. I was also surprised at how long it took to knit one, they look like they take less time than they actually do.
    Your first one in purple looks nice!

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  14. Hi,
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  15. A sock scrap blanket is such a great idea! I love looking at them. To be honest, mine has been a WIP for 3 years now haha but it is still lovely. I work on mine in bursts. A little tip if you are joining as you go. I slip my first stitch and I knit the last stitch through the back. This makes a slip stitch edging which is much easier to pick up.

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