Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Every Last Bit

I'm always worried about how much of everything I waste--food, paper, consumer electronics, you name it, my garbage is shameful! That's one of the reasons my ripple/granny project appeals so much to me. I think people used to horde their yarn as precious. Waste was not only immoral, but just plain impractical. I read in one of my vintage pattern repro books that even cabling was sparing in wartime patterns--it used up too much yarn--and was only used for embellishment. The ripple afghan is a way for you to use up your stash for something useful. And even more wonderful, the little bits left over from the color runs can be used for the grannie squares!



I have found that, with some planning, this is all I am left with from a skein of yarn after it yields several ripples and pieces of a granny or two:



Now what on earth can be done with these scraps? It doesn't really make a difference in the world, I guess, but at least it's mindful...

When I think about my yarn exercise, I remember that we're in wartime right now, but who could tell? It's so easy to forget the soldiers and their families, I'm so removed from it--there's no rationing, little news, I'm not uncomfortable or worried (well, any more than usual). This is probably the time to send something overseas through a program like My Soldier. My friend told me about this lovely kit. I wonder if a soldier would like a pair of handknitted socks...probably too impractical...but it's certainly alluring!

7 comments:

Kris said...

hey, about the leftover scraps of yarn...how about throw it out in the yard for birds' nests? or just hoard it all up and use it to stuff something small, like an amigurumi animal. just thoughts!

Leah said...

I love both those ideas!

Jodi said...

What gorgeous crochet projects! I love the colors that you're using together. I'm a knitter, and I'm dying to learn to crochet so that I can ripple- and granny-along.

faycat said...

I'm rippling now too! I thought it would be a good way to use up my random stash. Then I realized that an afghan uses A LOT of yarn. Ooops. I just bought some lovely modal/cotton yarn from Knit Picks. I love it, but I think I need about 4 times as many skeins...I clearly have no idea how to figure out how much yarn I need.

nutnoh said...

Hi - I found you through the Ripple-Along! I love the colours for both blankets - gorgeous! How big is the coverlet?

Leah said...

Hi ladies! My coverlet is almost wide enough to cover the top of my double bed--will be wide enough once I crochet a border for it. But it's true what Faycat says--boy does this project eat yarn like a starving afghan! So, I would have liked it to drape over the sides of my bed, but since I began with prohibitively expensive yarn, I'll just have to resign myself to a top cover!

nutnoh said...

Oh, looks like I did ask the size question already! :D