Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sock it to 'em! (Year of Projects - Update #3)

This morning we met up with some lovely friends for what I'm sure will be the first of many trips to the local bowling alley. It was so much fun, especially when a tiny TWO year old was the overall winner! A great ending to the Boy's birthday celebrations and it marked the real start of the summer holidays. We have a few things planned for the next six weeks, including the girl's first holiday abroad, a couple of overnight stays with friends and lots of local activities. Clearly I'm planning to fit some crafting in there too, but will be sticking with simple, interruptible projects that can be easily picked up and put down several times a sitting, or can be finished in a single evening!

The first of these has been completed this weekend - another stashbusting FO for my Year of Projects. I mentioned the (unfortunately named) pattern last week, and after frogging the original and making this smaller version, am pleased to present my (renamed) Yarn Sock...
MODS: changed needle size & cast on less stitches
YARN: including I-cord, 7.9g of scrap yarn
NEEDLES: 3.25mm circulars 

The pattern is great - a simple 4 row repeat with a slight change on the decrease section. I decided to make this smaller than the pattern as I originally wanted something to hold centre-pull balls when the middle has already been knit and there is a risk of them caving in and getting tangled. (I'm now considering another with yarn held double with shirring elastic.)  This would make a quick cute gift for a yarny friend as well as being a useful way to use small quantities of leftover yarn - plus it was made in the space of a couple of TV shows - in fact the optional I-cord probably took almost as long as the sock itself!

Looking at my YoP list the stashbusting element has been much more exciting for these first few weeks, but it's probably time to start working on the listed items and to cast on a bigger project. Wish me luck! 
(Click to visit the YoP group on Ravelry)
Edited: Whoops, for those visiting from the group, I forgot to mention the other YoP FO which I blogged on Friday


  1. You really are going it with the YOPs here Sarah! My round up post will have to be tomorrow now (Wallander calls) but I've little to show, largely because I had a rethink.

    Have a lovely summer holiday :D

  2. Really loving your stash busting projects, they are giving me so many ideas! Hope you enjoy your summer.

  3. What a great picture with all those feet in bowling shoes in a circle! Family bowling is SOO fun!

  4. That's a great idea for a project, I may have to make one for my sister. The rename was probably wise though....

  5. I love the bowling shoes picture! Great progress on your YOP goals.

  6. That's great how someone thought of that pattern. I actually bought some nylon like yarn socks from an entrepreneur/crafter at Vogue Knitting Live, L.A.
    I thought that was a hat at first. What cool yarn that is. I can't wait to see a nice yarn cake nestled in that.
    How fun you went bowling! Going w/a group is so much fun! I totally suck at bowling while my dad and bro are pros.

  7. I love it! Stash busting is so awesome, it makes me feel so happy to reclaim space and know that when I do get around to purchasing more, I am not turning into a hoarder

  8. That is an awesome pattern...I really need to try it..

  9. Such a sweet project, I know exactly what you mean about crafting over the holidays, I've just finished my first such holiday project and loved it! So pleased you commented on my blog as now I've found your lovely blog - I'm looking forward to reading through your posts. Enjoy the summer. Emma xx

  10. Excellent Yarn Sock! What a great way to use up some leftovers of yarn you love! It looks like I might be able to make something similar in crochet - I'll have to take a closer look. I've been considering buying a yarn bowl, but this is an economical alternative. Great work - love the bowling shoes!

  11. Your mug cozies are darling and so is your yarn sack! I don't have much of a stash yet but I'm gaining! LOL! Can't wait to see what you do next week!

  12. Bowling...the picture of the shoes made me smile with memories. Haven't bowled in years, but used to love it. Cute yarn sock!

  13. Im loving the cute little stash busting projects, really clever ideas


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