ScrapHappy May 2020

Whilst I may not have managed to write much this past month, I’ve certainly been busy with my scraps. You might remember that some months ago I started using up scrap sock (and other 4-ply) yarn in a scrappy blanket. The last time I reported on progress was in November 2019, and I’d got to this stage:

November

Since then I’ve beavered away and dug out old scraps and small scraps, until I finally had more than 200 little squares. In order to turn them into a blanket, I did have to buy some yarn, but I supported my local yarn store and, fortunately, had collected it before the lockdown happened.

And now, I’ve got all of the bits joined together and all I need to do is work the border. My intention was to achieve a stained glass window effect and I think that I have been quite successful. Unfortunately there is very bright sunshine today, so the photos don’t quite do justice to the most vibrant colours, still, you get the idea…

Some of the squares are unique as I had only enough yarn to make one, some are made with several scraps in order to use up bits. Some of the yarn was left over from making socks or shawls or blankets or gloves, some was given to me by folks who no longer had a use for it and one ball was a dye test. Considering the varied origins I’m rather pleased with the result. Placement was random with the only rule being that I did not put two squares next to each other that were the same.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHelΓ©neEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, PaulineSue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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33 Comments

  1. That’s gorgeous! What a triumphant scrappy finish, and I can only imagine how lovely and jewel-like the colours are when they’re not being bleached out by that dratted sunshine!

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  2. Utterly gorgeous 😍

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  3. What a gorgeous creation! I love the way we can make use of scraps to make something both beautiful and useful – a lesson to us in so many other areas of our lives.

    Thank you also for your continued inspiration. Glad to hear you’re well and making still.

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    • I’ve been really busy crocheting and sewing and learning a new skill… I just haven’t been inspired to write about it all recently. I’ll try to get some more posts done soon – I have lots of lovely things to share.

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  4. Jo

     /  May 15, 2020

    Lovely! And it does remind me of stained glass windows πŸŒΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  5. Kathryn

     /  May 15, 2020

    I absolutely love this. You have elevated the granny blanket form to art. Send pics to Grayson Perry!

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  6. It does look just like stained glass- what an achievment from scraps.

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  7. Oh wow! That makes scraps absolutely unscrappy – You have done a wonderful job. Love it!!

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    • It’s something I’ve had in mind for a while and I’d put it off because I didn’t have any suitable black wool. In the end I realised that I would need to invest in a little new yarn to use up a lot of scrap, and I think it has been worth it. It really did turn out better than expected, though.

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  8. I love the stained glass look of your blanket. Even though I crochet myself I have a similar one I bought at a charity stall a few years ago and treasure it because I wouldn’t want to do all that joining of tiny squares myself.

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    • I crocheted them together, which was much more fun than sewing them… plus I was a very good girl and dealt with all the ends in batches as I went along, so I only have a few black ends to weave in once the final border is completed.

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  9. It’s beautiful, and I get the stained glass window vibe. It should be gloriously warm too 😍

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  10. It was well worth buying that black yarn. It really sets off the colours and adds to the stained glass window effect. It really is gorgeous! Are you going to keep it or is it one of your charity makes?

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  11. So many sock yarn leftovers, turned into a garden of loveliness – wonderful!

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  12. Wow! That’s beautiful.

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  13. Joanne S

     /  May 15, 2020

    I agree with the others before me, it does look like jewel stained glass and it has set a new standard for granny squares. πŸ™‚

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  14. wow! it is stunning, love how the black made the colours stand out.

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