Tuesday, June 26, 2018


A few weeks ago, I ordered yarn and a pattern for a new knitting project. I’m so excited to add this piece to my wardrobe, but I haven’t cast on yet.

You see, the yarn is white. Not ivory or off-white, but new-fallen-snow white.

While I know the project will look amazing in white, I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking. What are the chances that I can get through knitting pure white yarn without staining it? I feel like I should wear gloves as I knit.

Let’s not even think ahead to trying to wear it without staining it.

Mitered Square Blanket

So, I’ve been procrastinating — or procrasti-knitting, as the case may be — by adding some rows to the larger of my two mitered square scrap yarn blankets. Both are based on the Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang; my smaller one is knit in sock yarn, and this one is knit in wool yarns closer to worsted weight.

Detail of Knit Wool Mitered Square Scrap Blanket

I started knitting this blanket in January 2012. I plan for it to be 15 blocks across, horizontally and vertically. Right now, it is 15 blocks wide and just over 6 blocks long, which equates to about 80 by 29 inches (203 by 74 cm) — or a little more than a third of the way complete.

Just as with the sock yarn version, each block begins with 31 stitches. But with the heavier yarn I’m using US-8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles. Along the sides, the blocks measure about 3 1/4 inches (8.25 cm).

Knit Wool Mitered Square Scrap Blanket

Although the blanket is heavy for mid-summer knitting, I’ve been able to shift most of it off my lap as I work. Best of all, none of the yarn is pure white!

I’m caught up on yarn scraps now, so no more excuses. After washing and rewashing my hands, I started knitting swatches of the white yarn last night.

What types of projects make you procrastinate?

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