Tuesday, October 11, 2011

But First...

The beginnings of the blanket

As I mentioned yesterday, now that I am mailing off the last batch of little kid acrylic sweaters knit for charity, I am more than ready to go back to using natural fibers. However, because I am a Yankee born and bred, I was brought up with these words ringing in my ears:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without

That, of course, means that I have to put all the acrylic leftovers from those sweaters into something useful. Why not a log cabin blanket variation? It's fun to do and it's a small and portable project when made square by square. Best of all, it is a way of using up little balls of yarn and making some interesting color combinations along the way. The technique is explained here

So, I am making square after square and plan to join them together with a dark teal-colored yarn. I'll let you know how the project progresses. I've done 12 square so far, and think that I should make 25 in all. We'll see.


becky said...

I am with you all the way- use what you've got! Look forward to seeing your finished project. I still have an afghan my grandmother made for me when I was in my teens.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Looking forward to seeing your total creation when finished! Love your little sweaters; such a sweet thing you've done for these little ones.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I swear Clair, if you weren't such a nice person and such a wonderful blogger, I'd be really jealous of your talent! I loved that you are using it for those sweaters and I totally agree with your Yankee philosophy, even though I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (my grandmother taught me that saying).

Mary Hulser said...

I remember explaining carding to seventh graders when we read "The Witch of Blackbird Pond", a true New England book. Speaking of NE, it's absolutely gorgeous right now, but we MIGHT be leaving soon. I'll give you more details later...gotta hop in the shower and go sub in 4th grade!