Thank you all for the lovely sweater comments on my previous post! It’s great to get fall started with a nice cardigan. Now that that one is well off the needles, my knitting brain wants me to cast on immediately for four more sweaters, naturally. (Specifically, another Venezia pullover, another Jurisfiction cardigan for me (the original sample now lives with the knitter friend who modelled it for me), something with some Miss Babs Yowza from past Rhinebeck purchases, and something cabley from my Ravelry queue that i’ve been staring at for the last month. So many sweaters, so little time.
Instead of giving in to the new project impulse (at least right away), I’m leaning in to the small shreds of willpower that remain in this almost-fall time of start-itis, and putting in some work on my ongoing granny square afghan. I’ve calculated that I’d like to have a little over 300 squares for my ideal size, based on the final squares being a little under 4 inches in width. I’ve been proceeding with just the colourful centres for the moment, but once I passed the 100 squares mark (which feels like the one-third-of-the-way mark if you forget that said squares still need borders) I decided to start alternating making new squares with adding border rounds.
In the beginning I flirted with the idea of a charcoal grey, but eventually decided I preferred a cream colour and I’m glad I went in that direction. The majority of the sock yarn leftovers I’m using for the colourful parts of the squares are fairly dark in tone, so the paler border colour gives it a nice contrast. I like how these are coming out.
The border yarn is Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock, birch colourway. This is a superwash merino/nylon blend that behaves very similarly to most of the sock yarn I’m working with and has a semi-solid look that also plays well with the colourful leftovers. I’m estimating one skein will be enough for the borders between 50-60 squares, which sounds like a huge number except when I remember I want to get 300 of these suckers. I’ll be headed back to the yarn shop for more in due course!
But, I’m still using up leftovers and that’s the important thing, right? Yes I thought so too. 😉
Happy knitting this weekend!
Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube), 3.0mm crochet hook
Yarn: Miscellaneous sock yarn stash leftovers, including Tanis Fiber Arts sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Madelinetosh sock, Dream In Color Smooshy, Van Der Rock sock (no longer available), Indigodragonfly sock, Miss Babs sock, and more.
Border yarn is Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love Sock’ in birch.