Sock yarn ends. You know you have ’em. And if you’re like most knitters, you have more than a few. And if you’re a knitter like me, you hate throwing ends out. I, like most of us, love my stash of little tiny colourful balls. I love looking at them and getting inspiration from them. I am also aware of the staggering amount of fabrics that end up in landfill each year well, over a million tons in each of Canada, the US, and UK. (That number is from a few years ago, so I really hope that it’s gotten smaller.) And I hate the thought of adding to that number. So I stash my little ends and try to find uses for as many of them as possible.
So far I’ve found two solutions I really like. First is the sock yarn minion.
If you missed the post about the trouble little Maytal causes, you can read all about it here.
But, here’s the tempting part. The Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang. I’ve been in touch with Shelly on Ravelry and she was kind enough to allow me to use her blanket photo here so that you can see just what I mean when I say it’s beautiful and oh so tempting. I would love to be able to cast this on right now, but there needs to be more holiday knitting before I take on such a huge project. This is the original sock yarn blanket. Thanks Shelly for letting me share this here.
Other knitting friends have started saving their own sock yarn ends for adding into the blanket which will only make the blanket all the more interesting. My ultimate goal is to create a finished sock yarn blanket without spending any additional money and making it a true ends blanket. (The few full skeins that are in the pile I received for free.) I think it would be a great entry into the One a Day Group. I know myself well enough to realize that after the initial excitement wears off I will have to have something to motivate me to continue through the long pretty haul that will be this blanket.
As you can see my post-Christmas wish list just keeps growing and I will have to figure out how to balance it all with my YOP list. But I wouldn’t be me without being overcommitted. I mean I suppose I could work on one project at a time. (I bow down to all you monogamous project knitters out there.) But being slightly crazy gives me way more to write about!