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Sock yarn. Yes, sock yarn.

MDSW was great this year! The weather was perfect – low 70s and sunny. We got to walk around as much as we wanted and sit outside on the grass and knit for a couple hours before heading home.
Perfect.
I, of course, did a little shopping too.
I got 2 skeins of Mini Mochi in a rainbow colorway. I’ve already started some basic toe up socks with it.
Mini Mochi
I was a bit worried that the lightly spun single would be super-splitty. It can be splitty, but not enough to discourage me from the fun socks I’ll get at the end.
I had still been dreaming about a multi-tonal sock yarn blanket so I got some yarn to start.
Sock Yarn Blanket Yarn
This is 8 skeins of Miss Babs Windsor (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) and Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon). I got the Dragonfly at the Cloverhill booth. Still the best booth at MDSW for indie dyers.
Now here’s the funny part. I thought this would be enough for a blanket. Not a tiny throw, but a real blanket you could snuggle under or wrap yourself in.
And then I finished one square.
First square
And weighed the remainder. I have half a ball left. Oopsie.
I’m knitting them with the yarn held double so I can create variations of color by blending. I thought it would be a good way to get more shades of the green/blues I wanted for our living room.
The good news is the square is a bit bigger than I had anticipated. I was going for 8″ but it’s 9″. However, even at 9″ I think I’m going to want at least a 6×6 grid (36 squares). That means I bought just under half the number of skeins I need.
On a positive note, this will allow me to shop locally for sock yarn too – something I haven’t done in quite a while. I usually reserve my sock yarn buying for festivals – both because I like to have a lot of choices and because it only puts me in the position of buying sock yarn twice a year.
The other positive is that I think this project is going to give me what I’ve been seeking – something simple that I can pick up and fit in a bit of knitting during the week – 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, because I don’t need to figure out where I left off or be cognizant of where I’m stopping. I was able to do a bit of knitting several nights this week and that’s something I just haven’t been able to do. And by the end of the week I have one finished square to show for it!
BTW, don’t expect a full square every week. That just isn’t going to happen. Full disclosure though – I did consider making it a goal but I know better.
While I still dream about more intricate projects, I know they simply don’t fit into my life right now – and that’s OK. I’m just happy to have figured out a way to make knitting a more active part of my every day life. And that I have something finished to show for it.

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  • cauchy09 May 15, 2011, 7:14 am

    ooooooh, blanket! i always end up underestimating yarn for my blankets. yours will be quite lovely. knit, woman! knit! :o )

  • Bonnie May 15, 2011, 9:48 am

    With those colors, it’s going to be a beautiful blanket. Too bad you have to buy more yarn – but the end product will be stunning and totally worth it!

  • Pioggia May 20, 2011, 8:40 pm

    How about bias with the mochi yarn? When I knit with singles my stitches are never straight.

  • replica watch August 16, 2011, 11:41 pm

    Can’t wait to see more from you, and know that a lot of people will be supporting you throughout :D

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