WIP Wednesday, the sock yarn edition. Part 2.

Many thanks to Betsy and Donna for sharing their sock yarn leftovers with me.

Sock yarn lots
That is one heck of a lot of sock yarn, yo.

The packages were waiting for me when we got back from vacation. I opened them and marveled, then spent an entire Saturday evening and most of Sunday rewinding things into tidy center-pull balls. 

Sock yarn windingI adore winding yarn on my ball winder, although it did get a little tedious after the
first dozen balls. So I moved the entire operation to the living room, where I could watch TV.
Please note the clever use of Edward Said's Orientalism, which I read on vacation.

My first pass at categorizing the yarns by color family.





As you can see, I am a bit light in the greens. If any of you have leftover sock yarn of the green persuasion, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.

Some of these — previously mine and donated — didn't make the cut, althrough no fault of their own. They just didn't quite fit into the plan.


Somewhere in the knitting of the first dozen or so squares, the overall plan of the afghan morphed into a different overall plan, one that I liked much better. It also had the advantage of being doable, as opposed the original vague plan which was not achievable without some significant warping of the space-time (and -color) continuum.

I happily knat away with the new plan in my head but soon realized that having a definite plan in my head did not necessarily translate to good yarn/color selections every time I started a new square.

So I did a real plan for the current quadrant…


…which looked like this before the infusion of all that new yarn.

Aside: Elizabeth asked how much yarn each square takes. I weighed the afghan-in-progress and divided by the number of completed squares: each square is ~5g. There are 4 rows of black at the beginning of each square so the colored part is slightly less than 5g, but I need to allow for the ends to weave in. Let's say 5g of colored yarn for each square.

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0 Responses to WIP Wednesday, the sock yarn edition. Part 2.

  1. Erika says:

    What an awesome project! I can’t wait to see how it develops. Lots of progress pics, please!

  2. Carole says:

    Good luck! My sock yarn afghan is languishing.

  3. soxanne says:

    I’ll check for greens and ask Girl-child about them too … as soon as I get home from Rapid City… let me know if I should mail them or if you’ll be in Mpls soon for in-person delivery.

  4. Jocelyn says:

    This is totally where I come for my yarn porn.

  5. gayle says:

    I want to make one of these too, someday, but I haven’t been collecting sock yarn for nearly long enough. Yet another project to look forward to.
    I agree with Erika – lots of progress pics, please!

  6. Kim says:

    I’ve never particularly liked the phrase “yarn porn,” but looking through this post makes me rethink my position.

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