Sunday, January 23, 2011

On the Needle and Hook

Having finished the 5 Day sweater, I was as a loss for a mindless knitting project. A stash busting one. Far be it for me to get back to all the UFOs I promised to give my attention to this year. Ah, you know how it goes...lots of time for all that. And it seemed like to much work that actually had to be done. I was not in the mood to be dictated to by my knitting. No way. So what did I do? Got inspired by Smoking Hot Needles. I've done all kinds of large granny square projects before, from squares for my couch cushions to my son's birthday blanket. The former in acrylic, the latter in pure wool. So I got to thinking. I have LOTS of Aussie wool in my stash, mill ends of varying quantities and in a multitude of colours. Granny squares are as mindless as it gets. Yes, it did occur to me that it's not knitting, but crocheting is fast. There was an excellent possibility that I would have a very large finished project before I got bored of it. I saw it as a no-lose opportunity. Heh.

This is what I have so far. A 22" square.

Now, I'm also knitting, although admittedly the crochet is getting a more significant chunk of my time. I started this slip-stitch thing before Christmas. Same Aussie wool as the crochet project. Because like I already mentioned, I have LOTS of it. Do not judge me. It was dirt cheap.

I forget how many stitches I casted on. Many. I eventually plan on felting it. I'm thinking that it may serve it's life as a throw rug one day.

So, there's nothing special or exotic on the needle and hook, but these too projects are certainly making me feel productive. Have I mentioned how I love stash busting?


Wanderingcatstudio said...

I too want to make a giant granny square blanket! But first I have to learn to crochet!

lexa said...

Fellow Raveler and Knitterpudlian, Marti, is going to teach me how to crochet. I want to be able to whip up giant granny square blankets and ripple afghans.

Pam said...

LOVE the colors on the granny square!

Dorothy said...

I'm thinking of making a giant granny square for my niece ... using yarn from my Mom's yarn stash. So for her it would be a true Granny square :)