Wee Block Wednesday


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My poor sock yarn blankie got neglected for a few weeks.  I was focused on Zack’s birthday stuff, so I put it aside. Now that that is done, I have picked it back up. It is the perfect instant gratification project combined with mindless knitting.  Since I still haven’t been able to focus much this week, it has been my meditation knitting.  I managed to do three blocks (bringing the total to 111 blocks).

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The block on the left is the first block.  It is ShiBui Sock in the Zinnia colorway.  This yarn has been discontinued. It is one of my “time capsule” blocks. I got the yarn in a Blankie Mania swap many years ago. I love the colorway. It is very spring and floral!  The second block is on the right. It is purples, pinks, greys, and a touch of black.  It is Panda by StitchJones in the Umeda colorway.  I believe that this was a hand dye, but I can find no shop or anything on Ravelry.  I got this yarn in the same swap.

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The last little block is the pretty blue, purple, yellow, and red block. This is Plymouth Happy Feet in color 7.  The color is so pretty!  I got this in the same swap that I got the others.  These three little blocks have been great therapy for me this past week!

Well, given the week I had, it is probably not a surprise that I didn’t complete any blocks last week. I did complete a swap for mini skeins for wee little blocks!  I posted a picture of the mini skeins that I sent last week for the Yarngasm mini swap.  I got my package from my swap partner!

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My package was so full of goodies!  I got some chocolate squares.  I sent identical squares to my pal, so I laughed out loud when I saw that!  She should enjoy what I sent since it what she also sent!  There is also some tea. The Candy Cane Lane tea is some of my favorite!

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Of course, she also sent some really lovely yarn!  One of the little skeins (the blue that is almost at the end) is her own handspun! She says it may not be fingering weight, but I am going to add it to my blankie anyway!  I love it.  The yarns are lovely and fun. I hope she enjoys what I sent as much as I enjoy what she sent. I should have some new blocks next week now that I have replenished my supply with some yarns I am really excited about!

Some of the progress on my blankie is progress you can’t see.  I spent time this week winding little mini skeins into tiny center pull balls. I had a bunch of mini skeins from a swap back in 2009 or 2010 (a long time ago either way). I hadn’t wound them.  Now that I have been working through my jar that contains the balls ready to be knit into wee blocks, I decided it looked too empty.  So, I wound a bunch. The problem is that I love them all and can never decide what should go in the jar and what should go in the project bag to be knit with next!  I keep around 10 little balls in the bag and reach in blindly to pull a new one. Then I decide where it will look best on the row that I am working on.  Next week, I am going to try to get pictures of all the storage for my mini skeins and balls for the sock yarn blankie. Until then, I did finish two blocks this week.

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I don’t know any of the information on either of these yarns. I got them in a trade a long time ago.  Block 1 is purple and red and green and blue. It is so lovely.  I tried a number of times to get a picture that picked up all of the colors, but it was impossible. The color changes were super short and blended together in places.  It made for a really fun yarn to knit.  It is beautiful, but in person it is even more so.

Block 2 is blues and greens and pinks and purples.  It reminds me a bit of the Winterberry colorway on the cotton yarn that my mother-in-law really loves.  Again, I could not get my camera to pick the yarn color up.  I was taking these photos at night using my Ott light, but the color changes are so subtle.

My block total is up to 108. Since the last week was spent mostly on the ripple blankie or winding yarn, I should have more to show next week!

I haven’t done as much on my sock yarn blankie this week. I started really working more on my ripple blankie instead since it is so close to bring done. One evening, I not wound little skeins into little center pull balls, so I am considering that progress! I did add two blocks this week, bringing the total to 107.

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The first block is a mustard colored should block. The yarn is from Liisu Yarns in the mustard color way. It is their Leili base which is 75% superwash and 25% mohair. This yarn is fuzzy, but it is hard to see in the picture. This yarn is discontinued. I got it in a Blankie Mania swap a long time ago! This is another time capsule yarn!

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The second block was one of the new mini skeins from Mint Rain. The yarn is Katie’s Creations sock yarn. I believe the color way is Jayne. It is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. Despite being a pretty standard fiber content, this yarn was surprisingly soft. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to knit with more of her yarn!

My blankie has grown to 105 this week! In addition to taking my husband’s socks on vacation, I also took the blankie.  Here are the blocks that were completed this week:

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First up is a pretty sunrise colored block.  It is oranges and yellows. It is actually a bit darker than it is showing up here.  It reminds me of popsicles in the summer!  This was some of the yarn from that recent swap.

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There are two blocks in this picture. The first is reading as a grey. It is actually a grey green color and a grey purple color. It reminds me of a slightly mossy rock. It is also super soft.  I suspect there may be some silk. This was another yarn that I got in the swap.  Next to it is a blue and green block.  I am also not sure what this yarn is. I got it in a Blankie Mania swap a long time ago. It was unmarked.

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The last two blocks are pictured above.  The purple/orange one is from the recent swap. It is unmarked. This yarn is really neat.  Each color had little nubs of other colors spun into it.  It felt like a handspun yarn.  The color is darker than it appears in the picture.  The last block is next to it. It started brown, then purple, then green, then yellow, then green, then blue, then green again. It is really a neat progression.  This was yarn I got in a Blankie Mania swap a long time ago, so it is also unmarked. Basically, this week, I only knit with mystery yarns!

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Now, on to my exciting Etsy purchase!  I got a mini-skein set from Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns.  I discovered Mint Rain when the store was featured on the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast (one of my favorites).  Looking through the store, I knew I had to have a few of her mini-skeins.  The mini-skeins are so cute. They also came with some googly eye stickers and a piece of candy!  The yarns are not marked with a colorway name.  The one closest to the goodies looks like sock monkey colors!  It is one of my favorites. I believe the next one is the Jayne colorway. It reminds me a bit of Gryffindor colors.  The next one is a Christmas red and Christmas green.  After that is some on a Tofootsie base in a spring green and white.  The last one I think is the Batman colorway (although it has a bit more white).  I am going to try to ball these up and make a few squares this week!

 

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My sock yarn blankie is 100 (blocks)!!  Isn’t it pretty?  The more I look at it, the more I think that I might want it to be a few blocks wider. It is 38 1/2 inches wide, so a little over 3 feet.  It just seems a bit narrow.  I may add some width to it. I am trying to decide before making any big decisions.

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So, here is a run down of the new blocks.  The first is from the yarn that DH’s socks are being made out of. I bought three skeins of this yarn.  I wound two of them. The first sock did not use a whole skein, so I took the leftovers and made a blankie square. I have enough to get another square from it at least.  Plus, I will have a whole other skein with leftovers. I am going to make socks for one of my boys out of the remaining skein.

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Next up is one of the yarns that I got in my swap. It is pinks and purples. If you look at what is left in the ball, I can do a whole new square with the same yarn that will have yellows and oranges too. It will probably look like a whole new yarn! I am going to wait a few rows, but it is very exciting to get two totally different blocks from one yarn.

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This is another square made from a swap yarn. This is another yarn that looks like I will get two totally different squares from the same yarn. The square starts out chocolate, then navy, then a sandy color with flecks of gold and blue, and then a cream with more flecks.  The ball has white and brown dashes, yellow, purple, and blue coming up!  Again, I will probably wait a few rows before adding it, but I think it is pretty neat!

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And here is block 100!  This was also a swap yarn. It is really silky feeling. It started out a dark purple, and grew gradually lighter. The color change was gradual enough that I didn’t really realize it was happening.  What is left in the ball is even lighter. This is another ball that will make two completely different blocks.

If I do decide that my blankie needs to be wider, I may that these little balls and use them to add on to the side of the blankie since they will be several rows below their other blocks.  It makes a compelling argument for widening the blankie! The only problem will be how to connect blocks that are above and would have used picked up stitches.  I will have to think about it some more and see if I can find a good way to do that!

I am so happy with this swap!  I hope that other people will want to trade some of their sock scraps for my cotton bonbons!  I did make a square with one of the cotton bonbons (and apparently forgot to mention it last week).  Here it is:

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A nice little solid block to help break  up some of the craziness of the patterned and multicolored blocks!

I have added three more blocks!  The first reminds me of ice cream. I got it in a trade with someone back in 2009, so I no longer remember what yarn this is.  I do like it though!

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The second block is another from back in 2009. I don’t know what yarn this is, but it reminds me of the desert sky.  It is sort of grays and blues with a bit of pink.  The ice cream colored block right below and to the right of it is not the same yarn as the photo above. It looks like it in the photos, but it is two completely different yarns. The one above has additional color repeats which I didn’t use. The one below has only the three colors in the yarn.  The yellows are really different in person too.

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The final block I added is a really pretty, tonal red.  It reads as a tomato soup orange red, but up close there are a lot of different tones.  This is one that a swap pal sent me back in 2009. Again, I no longer know what yarn this is.

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I forgot to mention one block from last week.  It is yarn from The Accidental Knitter.  The colorway is Pretty Feet. I always knew that I couldn’t wear it as socks, so I made it into a cute baby dress for a friend.  I also love it as a block in my blankie!

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I am really excited that I am going to be getting some more scraps from other knitters. When I bought the yellow for my Temperature scarf, I had to buy it in packages with 8 colors. I bought several packages, so I have a ton of the bonbons in those other 7 colors. I am trading those spares for other scraps on Ravelry (see original posts here and here).  I can’t wait to see what scraps arrive. It is a total surprise!

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