Life does not contain that many eureka! moments, but I had one on Wednesday and I’m still having it because the result is so pretty. The perennial question “What can I do with all the little golfball sized balls of yarn left over from knitting socks?” has finally found an answer. (Leaving aside for the moment the fact that if I didn’t get plain lazy when knitting sock-legs then I’d finish a ball of yarn every time I finished a pair of socks.)
Various thoughts have presented themselves over the years. Doll’s clothes are a good option:
I wanted a longitudinally-striped scarf, many moons ago:
but couldn’t work out a stripe pattern I liked, so that was frogged.
Then I thought a blanket might be nice, knit out of hexagons:
But this week I discovered linen stitch, and how the woven effect makes wildly varying colours look fantastic next to each other, and lo and behold a longitudinally-striped scarf is back on the needles:
We may be here for some time because sockyarn is very skinny and needs very skinny needles, and a scarf is long (at least 6ft). This translates into 700 stitches per row, and there are about 11 rows per cm. As I don’t like narrow scarves we’re probably looking at a minimum 20cm width. That’s 154,000 stitches, give or take. Better hope there’s joy in repetition.