The War on Scraps continues to be fought here at joey’s house. I have a metric crap tonne of sock yarn scraps it seems. Some of them don’t even really fit into the “scrap” category – there is enough left to make a whole sock or mitten – but not TWO socks or mittens. Some are just the little walnut sized balls that seem to transport from room to room. I’ve tried to corral them all in one spot; I don’t think it can be done. Using them up is the only means of taming them. I started the summer with a new pattern which encourages the use of the larger balls – or a bunch of little ones combined. A Study in Scraps is still free, and doing especially well on Craftsy. It’s also available on Ravelry, should you prefer.
I’ve recently finished up two more scrappy projects – first up are Socks of Summer Punkiness, made for (of course) Punky. She has a great time playing with colours in the scrap bowl. When I asked her what colours I should use for her socks this is what she came up with. Bright and pretty, just like her.
These are basic 3×1 rib socks knit over 56 sts. Regular flap heel and corresponding gusset. The fun part is the random stripes at the cuff, heel and toe. No planning required whatsoever, just use whatever colour you feel like next. These socks have been my travelling companions this summer – I started them on our first camping trip to The Pinery, and have taken them everywhere since. They’re done just in time for school.
Punky was away last week, and I decided I needed to do something fun while I had some time to myself. So I dusted off my loom, watched a bunch of tutorials (since I didn’t really remember anything) and got out the scraps. AGAIN. Here’s the result this time.
I used a 12 dent reed on my Cricket loom. I figured out how I wanted the stripes to look in the wrap (I was really just going for even amounts of each colour) and then wound random amounts of each colour onto my shuttle and wove until it gave out. Which turns out to be pretty effective in the end. Who knew? I really liked doing this – I don’t think I could have stood another scrap sock right away, but I do plan on making more scarves. As soon as I can get my loom back from Punky who insists that her teddies need another blankie. Oy.