Well, now that my Beekeeper’s Quilt is no more I need another way to use up all that leftover sock yarn. I mean, look how much there is!
And I think I found the perfect project (just pretend I haven’t said that before…)
The Coziest Memory Blanket by Kemper Wray is a join-as-you-go blanket made of mitred garter stitch squares. I’ve been seeing it around Instagram and Ravelry for a while now and have been quite intrigued, so of courses I had to cast on.
After working a few squares I started thinking: this is a scrap project that will likely take quite a while to complete, and who knows how my taste in colour is going to change. It is a scrappy project so randomness is part of its charm, but can’t I have some controlled randomness? What I wanted was something to tie the whole thing together. Then I remembered this Knit Picks Stroll Tonal I purchased years ago with the intention of making a cardigan. Soon after purchasing this yarn I realized I don’t like the look of clothing made from variegated yarn so the it just languished in the back of my stash. This is the perfect time to resurrect it; I figure I will use two skeins making squares in the blanket and then use the rest as some sort of border.
I also decided to knit this from the centre out rather than starting in a corner and working from there. There’s a very distinct ridge down the centre o each square where the decreases are happening, and I liked the way they looked radiating from the centre. You can see it a bit here; at this point this is comprised entirely of different kinds of Knit Picks Stroll but I do have other kinds of sock yarn to add in here and there.
Each square actually takes quite a while – it is pretty dense garter stitch knit in fingering weight yarn after all! Yet it’s somehow still quite addictive and enjoyable. But let’s be honest here, this is the third scrap blanket I’ve started in an attempt to use up sock scraps, so we’ll see how far this one goes!