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.