Monday, February 13, 2017

Evolution

This blanket project has been on my conscience long enough.  I can't even remember when I started it--it's been years, I know that.  Years and years.  Actually I can roughly carbon date this thing because I know I was thinking about it during intermission at a performance of "Sleepy Hollow" in which Doc played Ichabod Crane, and that must have been, what, 2012?  Wow.  That's a lot of languishing.  It went really quickly in the beginning, as these things typically do, while it was fresh and interesting, and there were (and still are) a lot of things to recommmend about it:  this was a project intended to 1) use up a little bit of the always-growing sock yarn leftovers, 2) provide quick and portable and easily achievable small project pieces, and 3) offer some opportunity for creative color and design play.  For all of that, it was so great, for quite awhile...and then...it got stale, and then I changed a little bit, and (stripy socks excluded) stopped wanting so much of all the color all the time.  The things I want to make now are more natural and more neutral, and this blanket-in-progress has just not been feeding that need.  I don't think I've made even a single square, which only takes me about an hour, in over a year.   I just don't want to finish it.  There's a lot of knitting in it, though, and it deserves better than the likes of me at the moment.  It needs some love, and it just isn't getting it around here anymore.  We've grown apart. We're not right for each other.  It's not you, it's me.  
 So.  Want it?  Eighty-six garter stitch squares are available for adoption, and free to a good home.  You can sew it up like it is (and have, in the process, a fairly comprehensive archive of my sock drawer, past and present) or you can add your own sock yarn remnants--you know you have them!--and make it as big as you want.  From the Keeping It Real Department, I am compelled to tell you that the situation with all the ends--an unfortunate side effect of stripes--is fairly dire.  There are roughly forty-million ends to weave in.  Wait!  Some of them can be used for the sewing up!  And I carried the yarn up the sides when I could!  But there are still a lot.  Anyway, if you'd like to have this pile of squishy, zany, colorful, unwoven-end-infested almost-blanket, leave me a comment below saying you'd like to have them (and please make sure there's a way for me to contact you--don't leave your physical address in the comments field, that's not a good idea--but make sure I can be in touch through email.)  
There are eighty-six of them.  They are unblocked, approximately 5" x 5".  They are knit in mostly wool sock yarns, some superwash and some not.  Must love weaving in ends.  If there is more than one willing adopter, I will draw a name tomorrow at 3:00 EST.    

50 comments:

  1. Yes, me. Ladams@juno.com. A fine Afghan they shall make.
    Lisa

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  2. *raises hand* If you'd be willing to send them to the frozen north, that is!

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  3. Gasp! Double gasp! Oh my! They are lovely! I can't believe you don't want them! I would cherish them. And I love weaving in ends. So does my 11-year-old daughter. She knits with me and would help me put it together. I am new to sock knitting and was wondering what kind of scrap blanket to start with my remnants. I'm at ariannecope@gmail.com

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  4. oh my!!
    all those lovely stripy colors.
    it really deserves a good home - one that will appreciate all the love that has gone into it. I have committed to a couple of these and seen them through to the end even though it can be hard to commit to the long term sewing and weaving. I will put my name into the draw and assure you that if I am picked I will complete the mission.

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    1. Apparently I forgot to include how to get ahold of me -
      I am mjm on ravelry if You decide to pick me.

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  6. I'm brave. Weaving in those ends looks like lots of movie knitting. Beautiful colors!

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  7. I would love to sew them together and treasure the blanket. (If you ship overseas...)

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  8. Please count me in! I would love to win them.
    my email is boyeas@tds.net
    Thanks, Mary

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  9. Warm up America is a charity that would take them and make a nice blanket for someone would love to have them

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  10. Yes please! You can reach me at abs3ntia@gmail.com

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  11. Oh, I would love them. The stripes are just so lovely. I can understand why you would be tired of having the project hanging over your head forever but I would have such fun making them into a cozy blanket. Eas239@hotmail (dot com) if you draw my name.

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  12. I see there are several people interested. But if that wasn't so, I would have recommended you to give them to charity.
    There are groups of knitters who knit afghans for charity, and I'm sure they would be delited to receive these.
    I am not interested myself, so no email-adres of me, just wishing these lovely squares will make someone happy in the end!

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  13. hi
    I would absoultly love this...being an art teacher for persons with disabilities
    who has been teaching them knitting, crocheting, felting for years i know this would be a great project for them, and they would just really get into this, keep us in mind please
    ps i love your watercolor birds
    fern
    pondview@nycap.rr.com

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  14. If your willing to send to England I'm game!
    Frankie
    Www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk
    Knitwitsowls@gmail.com

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  15. Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

    Nieves.urbina@gmail.com

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  16. I would really love to adopt your squares. What a generous offer��

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  17. I am a yes- even will spring for postage- it would be awesome to create something with you

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  18. I'd totally love to adopt them as well! I live in Missouri and of course would pay for shipping. danna0218@gmail.com

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  19. Hi if you ship to the UK I would definitely be interested. I'm a person who really enjoys the making up bit more than the initial making. I crochet blankets and sew bandandas for Battersea Cats and Dogs home. I am not sure how I can leave my email address without putting it in the comments. This will probably be the one time I win then .... and won't be given the prize ;-)

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  20. Oh. My. Goodness. Yes! A thousand times Yes!
    Delighted to cover postage to Canada :o)
    sarahjphillips68@gmail.com

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  21. I would love to take all your lovely squares into my home and heart. As you said, we all have lots of sock yarn scraps,and something that's "finished," no matter how small, is both motivating and inspiring. swiedom@megalink.net

    PS--I'm happy to pay shipping, of course ☺

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  22. YES absolutely YES! So kind of you to offer your work in this way. I have commented on your knitting speed before...as a slow knitter, I'm always so impressed! Even though i may knit slowly, I'm a champ at weaving in ends. ;0) Thank you! Jennifer Tuggle tugglep@bellsouth.net

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  23. Oh, My ! I can't believe I'd be LUCKY enough to win those lovely babies ! PLEASE count me in. I'd be more than delighted to make a very special, cozy blanket out of them :)
    THANK YOU !

    In stitches,
    Nadine

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  24. PS : of course, I'd be happy to pay for the shipping cost !

    Nadine

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  25. I am in! I think it would be so much fun to make, and ends never scare me a few episodes of Gilmore Girls and they will be all sewn in.

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  26. In Canada we have Warm Up Canada that accepts squares. Michaels takes the squares and gets people to sew them together. It might be something to look into, and a needy people benefits.

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  27. Hi! I would love to inherit your squares. Have been a reader of your blog for awhile and would be proud to own some of your knitting treasures.

    Mary (stewart_m_c@yahoo.com)

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  28. Wow. Just wow. Would love to inherit your squares and turn them into a blanket. Love to! Thanks for the chance :) greenwgirlAThotmailDOTcom

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  29. Count me in. I would love to piece these together for the local hospice. Happy to pay postage to the UK. lizstewart_4@aolDOTcom

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  30. I remember how much you loved knitting these squares - I was always amazed at the amount of sockyarn you have :) would love to finish this blanket!!

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  31. Not me, not in a million years but thanks for the kind offer. I'd love to have a blanket like that of course, the squares are absolutely gorgeous, I love the colour play and the garter stitch, these go well together. I have a blanket project that I should give away, what a great idea. Mine are tiny crochet hexagons, if you are interested :-)

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  32. OMG ! These squares are so nice and they look exactly what my daughter who is learning knitting wants to make. We'd like to add them to hers to turn them into a warm nice blanket from here and there !
    I'd of course pay the postage to France !
    Anyway, keep sharing all your fantastic knittings on the blog: it's so great !

    Cécile from Provence

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  33. Squeeeeeeeee!
    These are swoon worthy and would make a fabulous throw for our cottage. :)

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  34. Please add my name to your long list of fans. You do beautiful work admired by all. Dabbsc@aol.com

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  35. Oh, what I could do with this wonderful assortment! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  36. You know I'd give this project a good and loving home!!!!!!! Twigwoman@gmail.com

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  37. Hi Kristen, Lovely blog and blanket squares!
    Nancy koaladreaming@gmail.com

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  38. Wow - look at the response! No, I'm not interested. I did a throw with 24 blocks for the motor home. Didn't understand weaving in ends, so left them waaaaaay too short. I now have holes all over the throw, and the yarn is at home while I'm in Tucson and points east for the next many months. Can I use sewing thread as a stopgap?

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    1. Aunt Barbara, I think my magic cure-all could help you. Sewing thread might cut your yarn, but embroidery cotton is just that: cotton. If you use it with all the plies, you'll have lovely soft thread with which to sew, in any color you need for your afghan. (Make sure to pick up a needle with a big enough eye, although you probably have a yarn needle already.) The cotton won't affect the yarn you used for the afghan, it's washable, and it's easy to find embroidery cotton too.

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  39. Oh, heck yeah! I'd love to sew that together and add my own collection! bennetthp@gmail.com

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  40. I would so like to finish your colorful blanket! tsarina3 at comcast dot net
    Thank you for the opportunity.

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  41. Oh my gosh yes! So many wonderful colors!! Did I mention that you are my favorite blogger? It would be so cool to sew up your sock yarn collection. violetpharm@gmail.com

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  42. I actually like weaving in the ends, it's the sort of mindless task that is also mindful. But as I live in the UK I guess that rules me out as a possible adoptee. Ah well......

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  43. I (or actually, my Mum - she's been trying to steal mine) would adore it. kimberley dot spence at gmail dot com (please note the 'ley' at the end of Kimberley, if I'm the lucky one - unusual spelling for USians, I understand!)

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  44. I've been hoping for an update on your progress with this project...Never dreamed you would decide to part ways with these beauties. I do understand. Sometimes a project that is energizing at the beginning becomes a drain over time, and it's best to pass it along to someone with fresh energy. Count me among those who would be thrilled to put them together! cdriscoll(at)ne(dot)rr(dot)com (Carol, a loyal follower who is hesitant to create a profile.)

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  45. i would love to adopt them (as would many!) i'm sure they'll go to a good home. :)

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  46. I would love to be in the drawing for these, I think they are glorious! I love scrappy knits, and sock yarn, so they are exactly what I would love! My email is WithYarnAndThread at yahoo. I'm also WithYarnAndThread on ravelry.

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  47. I would love to be in the drawing for this - I am not a good knitter so having something like this already would be great - I know how to put blocks together - I could do this!

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