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I can't stop. My fingers are starting to cramp from the tiny needles, but I keep going. I made two of my sons a pair each (they got to pick their own yarn), and then I made myself a pair, and now I'm working away at making them for the entire extended family as Christmas presents. They're small, they're cozy, they don't take a lot of yarn, and they're new and exciting after years of knitting scarves and mittens and hats and the occasional sweater.
These are my sons':

These are mine:

Oh, and I made these for a friend:

And this is my first pair ever, made, in desperation, out of fuzzy non-sock yarn while I waited impatiently for my knitpicks order to arrive:

I'm currently making a pair out of Knit Picks' Stroll Sprinkle Heather, and the yarn is gorgeous! The heathered yarn is even softer than the hand-painted version of Stroll, even though the fibers are the same, and it feels so lovely to hold in my hands as I knit.

With all these socks on the go and finished, I've noticed that I'm starting to accumulate little odds and ends of beautiful yarn, none of which are big enough for anything other than stripes. I've been wondering what to do with them all. Well, I think I've found a solution that I love! Thanks to the woman at the Ottawa Knitting Guild booth in the recent Almonte "Mississipi Valley Textile Museum" Fibrefest who had my answer displayed for all to touch out on her table. Here's a great link to a picture of what it will look like. "The Heathen Housewife" and I apparently have very similar tastes! I love the look of patchwork quilts, but hate to sew, and her blankie is gorgeous! All those little bits of colour that would never match as stripes in any ordinary socks form a beautiful rainbow as a blanket. It'll take me forever, but I think I'll just knit a tiny square here and there as I accumulate more scraps. And the best part? Each square will remind me of someone I knit for: "Here's the yarn I used for my sister-in-law's socks, and this is the yarn that my oldest picked out for his first pair of hand-knit socks from mommy..." and so on.

I love knitting. :D

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Comment by Amanda S on September 17, 2009 at 11:06am
The pattern for the blankie is written in installments in her blog. I think she gives links to them in that particular link I gave. You have to read through more than just a pattern, but she explains everything really well, and she's pretty entertaining. :)
Comment by Troy on September 17, 2009 at 7:35am
I became hooked on socks before I even finished my first pair! They're so fun and quick, and there's and endless supply of funky sock yarn out there! I looked at the link....what a gorgeous blanket! I love the sentimentality of the idea too:) Its a really interesting pattern (where could I find a pattern to start one for myself?) ......and finally a way to use up all those scraps!

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