Joy in repetition

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:

SONY DSCbut there’s a limit to how many sweaters Portia can wear.

I wanted a longitudinally-striped scarf, many moons ago:

Sideways scarf

Sideways scarf

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:

SONY DSCbut it felt a bit thin and skimpy, fabric-wise.

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.


One thought on “Joy in repetition

  1. You could always try Frankie Brown’s Button Quilt in Ravelry…it’s a free pattern. I’m thinking of using my sock yarn left overs for this project. Or the Beekeepers Quilt, another Ravelry pattern.

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