Scrap Happy January

This year I plan to make at least one item every month out of oddments/scraps. My first of the year was actually started (and blogged about) in 2016, but I finally finished it last night.

All the yarn, except that used to edge the squares and make the border, was from my pile of left-overs. I did buy some New Lanark British wool for the borders because I simply didn’t have enough of any one yarn available and I wanted some consistency, what with the squares (and rectangles) being so random.

I had fun trying out some new patterns and relaxing with some old ones, plus I was able to incorporate a few squares that I had left over from past projects (including two that had been given to me by my friend Ann). The colours were, of course, dictated by what was in my bag and were not always what I would have chosen, but it’s bright and cheerful, not to mention lovely and warm.

This is the first of my charity blankets for this year and it’s going to Knit for Peace, who will find it a good home . It’s completely the wrong dimensions for Sixty Million Trebles , so a blanket for them will be my next scrappy charity project, which actually I’ve already started:


just beginning

I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) Scrap Happy posts by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) Scrap Happy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month… do check them out.


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  1. You’ve beaten me to it, this month 🙂 What a wonderful scrappy blanket, and for such a good cause. I’m so glad you’ve joined ScrapHappy!

  2. I’d be thrilled to get something like that! I’m sure it will be appreciated. Love your squares.

  3. I think it is amazing that you have managed to put together so many shapes of different dimensions, and still managed to produce a coherent whole – well done you (and New Lanark wools!)

  4. Do tell us which squares you loved making…..

  5. That is awesome! I have started doing that this year to try and get rid of all the little scraps of yarn have!

  6. It looks like a fun blanket to be under. 🙂 Beautiful. And it will go with any decor.

  7. I love that you are using all your scraps for such a worthy set of causes. I’m so impressed, too, with your skills. xo

  8. Knit for Peace are going to be thrilled to receive your blanket Jan, It’s gorgeous.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  9. magpiesue

     /  January 15, 2017

    What a fun afghan! My mother knitted a sampler afghan back in the day, A little more color-coordinated perhaps, but just as fun for those of us who like variety. This is delightful.

    • I’m trying very hard not to get too obsessed with the colours, but I do have to keep reminding myself that the point is to use up scraps for a good cause, not to create a work of art!

  10. I would actually have to complete a knitting project to have scraps ;)) I think I’ve been working on the same blanket for a year now…although I did manage to make a mouse-shaped sleeping mat for my cat for Christmas. Right now, any scraps I do generate just go into a metal mesh hanging thing for the birds to take to fluff their nests.

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous… I simply love it, and you’ve inspired me to start crocheting again… your rug is so vibrant and creative, and it feels full of love… my heart melted when I saw your beautiful pictures.

    • Thank you… I try to split my creative endeavours between things for me/family/friends and things for charity, but recently almost everything I’ve made has been for charity… it feels like an important statement to make in the world at the moment.

  12. Lovely! Theres something about scrappy projects that is very sweet!


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