That sock yarn afghan I mentioned t’other day.

Like many of us, I have entertained the fantasy of knitting an afghan from my sock yarn leftovers. I even started one a couple years ago but quickly discovered that there are significant gauge differences between the standard 75/25 superwash/nylon yarns of Opal, Regia, and their ilk, and the 100% merinos of the artisanal dyers.

>>>frog pond.

Now I am trying again. This time I hope to compensate for the difference by varying my needle size.

So far, so good.


The ruffly edge is my provisional cast on using Tahki, which is a DK weight smooth cotton yarn. Haven't decided yet whether I will go with a knitted border or attached i-cord, but that fiddly part where I have to pick up a gazillion stitches just got eliminated.

The square at upper left is Blue Moon Socks That Rock lightweight worked on a US2.5 (3.0mm) needle. The rest is various standard sock yarns worked on a US#3 (3.25mm) needle. I think my strategy is working 🙂

Now, please direct your attention to the yarn cake at upper right. I dyed that last night with some strawberry Kool-Aid.

Before and after:


I got pretty much exactly what I wanted. A bit less color would have been better, but I am happy with this. The formula for Kool-Aid dyeing is one package of Kool-Aid per ounce of yarn. I had .9 ounces of the leftover yarn and used about half a package of Kool-Aid.

Now comes the part where I beg for yarn.

Last year I used up a lot of my sock yarn leftovers when I made the doggie poop bag holders for the local animal shelter. I still have a lot of full skeins that I can steal from, but my supply of leftovers is limited.

If you have some sock yarn leftovers that are burning a hole in your stash, would you consider sending them to me? Each square takes xx grams of yarn. Please do not send me full skeins — that would be way too much and I would feel terribly guilty and have to do some ridiculous penance like scourging myself or fasting for a month to mollify my conscience and you don't want that, do you? So, leftovers only, please. E-mail me for my mailing address — click on "About" at upper right corner of blog to get e-mail addy.


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0 Responses to That sock yarn afghan I mentioned t’other day.

  1. Erika says:

    I think if you want to make a sock yarn afghan, it’s perfectly legal to buy several single skeins of yarn and break them down into little bits for each square. Just if you want to fill it out, of course!

  2. soxanne says:

    Let me know when you’ll be at KNO next and I’ll bring you some leftovers. I’ve given a lot to Girl-child but still have a few bits … or you could stop by since you haven’t seen the new place yet 🙂

  3. k says:

    But they are mine! No, really, my teeny stash of leftover bits is like my precious. I sometimes take the box down and look at the bits, and wonder when I will get around to making crazy socks with stripes from all the colors.
    I am so sorry!

  4. Silvernfire says:

    “Each square takes xx grams of yarn.” How much is xx? 😉

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