Before I left school last week I did a major clean out of my big yarn box. A lot of the yarn in it was stuff I bought when Knit Night was going strong and I wanted yarn to give away to new knitters. However, since Knit Night kind of died off this past semester, none of the yarn was being used. It was mostly acrylic–Caron stuff, I think. I’m not a yarn snob by any means. I love acrylic yarn when it’s really nice. Lion Brand Jiffy is great, and you all know that the Lion Brand wool/acrylic Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn is my favorite in the world. But this yarn was also a rather shocking shade of pink or a dull shade of maroon. I am not a pink kind of gal usually. I’ll sometimes use nice shades for really girly stuff, and I have maybe two pink shirts, but in general I go for the cool purple/blue/green/turquoise type colors. I didn’t want this stuff. I also didn’t want the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in similar shades of pink and magenta. It’s pretty, and it’s my favorite yarn, but I had not purpose for it. The dishcloth cotton that I bought in the fall was also in the box, and I’ve discovered that dishcloths do very little for me. Therefore, I decided to clear out most of the yarn in the box that wasn’t already attached to a project of some kind (even if it was only a project I’d thought about briefly and never actually started.) I filled a large bag.
My friend Melissa, who is also a knitter and a crocheter, did me a huge favor for one of my finals. To say thank you (and to get rid of the yarn I didn’t want), I gave her the giant bag of yarn when I saw her. She was grateful. (She’d wanted to take a trip to the yarn store but didn’t have time between finals, and every knitter can always use more yarn.) My yarn box was still pretty full when I left IWU, but most of the volume was taken up by the giant rainbow blankie sections, which were quite bulky.
Last night I finally brought the box in from the car. I realized after I opened it that it was a big mess. The yarn and needles had gotten all tangled up. I couldn’t find the ends of some yarns. I found projects connected to yarn trapped in the box. I made three crucial decisions then. One was to cut the yarn attached to all the projects I’d discovered in the box. This allowed me to find the balls the yarn was originally attached to, sort it out of the tangle, and reattach it to the projects once the box was in better order.
The second decision was to pull apart the two incomplete sections of the Rainbow Blankie and repurpose the yarn. One of the sections was falling off the needles. I don’t have enough for all the colors to complete the two sections, and I don’t have enough money to go out and buy more at the moment. Therefore, I decided that the completed square of the blankie will be a gift for Nicole’s newborn daughter, Jerusha Rena. (A kid can never have too many blankies, and this one is so bright and soft and snuggly, I figured it was just right for her. Plus the other blankie I made her wasn’t as good as it could have been.) I frogged the other two sections and wound the yarn back into its respective colors.
Finally, in light of the birth of little Jerusha Rena (whom I’m thinking of as Blueberry Girl), I decided to leave the blue baby sweater I started unfinished. The pink one is not as cute as I wanted it to be (a picot edging only makes it kind of girly; it’s still a rather boxy pattern) but I told Nicole I would make it for Jerusha and I intend to. I’ve repurposed the blue sweater yarn for another blanket project.
That brings me to my summer knitting project plans. Looking through the yarn box, I realized that I am mainly a sock and blanket knitter, with occasional baby stuff thrown in. (I made a really cute ruffly hat for Jerusha yesterday. If I get batteries for my camera, I’ll take a picture of it.) Therefore, my summer knitting plan is as follows:
1) Continue the Rainbow Socks initiative. This is kind of a given. I have a bunch of socks at various stages of completion hanging around. I also have four balls of the Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow sitting in the yarn box, waiting to be used. Another pair of Skittles socks may be in order (though I don’t know if I’ll do knee socks again.)
2) The Rainbow Blankie Project (take 2)–Rather than knitting one big log cabin square, I’ll knit small one color log cabin squares and then sew them together. The advantages of this are that I won’t have a giant knitting project on my lap, I’ll still get to knit log cabin (which I love), and I’ll still end up with a rainbow blankie (unless Nicole has another baby before I finish it and I decided to give this one away too).
3) The Currently Unnamed Blankie Project–this will take the yarn from the blue baby sweater, along with two other blue yarns and maybe one more if I can find the right shade, as well as several shades of purple (when I get money to buy yarn) and possibly some other colors if I can find the right shades. I plan to knit both multi-colored log cabin squares (with each layer being a different shade) and solid colored log cabin squares. (The log cabin method is so easy, and seems to somehow go so much faster than just knitting one square in one direction. I suspect it’s the constant turning and picking up. It makes it feel like there’s less knitting than there actually is.) I will then somehow put those squares together to make a blanket of some sort for somebody. At the moment, I’m thinking I’ll give it to my student teaching co-op teacher at the end of next fall as a thank you gift. (If the blanket is done, that is. Otherwise maybe the Rainbow blanket will be finished and I’ll give her that one instead.) The advantages of this plan are (again) that it avoids large quantities of wool on my lap during the hot summer months and that it gives me something besides socks to carry around with me. Sock knitting can get boring and there are places I go where socks are too complicated. (I don’t do ribbing, heels, gussets, or toes at the movies, for example.) A nice garter stitch blanket square works very well.
4) Jerusha’s Girly Sweater (take 1)–This is the sweater I started for Jerusha Blueberry Girl before she was born. It’s pretty and pink and soft and I’m going to finish it. However, this is only take one because after realizing how boxy the thing was, I’ve become determined to also make her a more delicate, girly type sweater (maybe in purple). That’ll be a fall project, though. If I feel really ambitious, I’ll throw in a big boy sweater for her older brother Joshie too.
Well, that’s it for me. I’m off to continue knitting on the unnamed blanket and possibly make another hat for Blueberry Girl. Someday soon I will get batteries for my camera and go outside for a nice, naturally lit photo shoot of all these projects. Until then, knit on, my friends. :-)