Sorting Squares

I finished my squares for my blanket project a couple weeks ago, and now I am on to the sorting and blanketifying process. (Let’s all just pretend that is a real word and move on, shall we.) The sorting process is moving much quicker than the knitting or end weaving processes.

I started by dumping them all out and splitting them by neutral, warm and cool colors so there would be less to separate in each group. Plus I had three bags to put these in and splitting them that way made the most sense.

Then I took each group and sorted by main color. IN this picture of the cool colors, I have purple, blue, and green, even though there are many different shades in each. Those piles were then separated further into their shades, counted, and bagged with the number on them.

Once I had them separated, I went ahead and roughly measured them to even further group them by size. This will come in handy when I go to join them together into blankets.

Of course, at first I neglected to realize my L-square actually measures from the outside edge so everything I was measuring was coming out an inch larger than it really was. I fixed that and catalogued all the colors and sizes in a nice little spreadsheet for even easier reference when I’m setting up the blankets.

Quick facts from the chart:

  • The most popular size of square was five inches by five inches
  • This was a little surprising since I set out to make four inch by four inch squares originally

  • The color that was made into the most squares was white.
  • The only color to not have a five by five square was teal.
  • I managed to only make the cornflower blue squares five inches by five inches.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

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The Secret to Finishing Your Knits

And by finishing, I don’t mean knitting it. That’s the easy, fun part. No, I mean weaving in those inevitable ends sticking out all over the place. That isn’t fun. You know what is even less fun? Having over 800 ends to weave in (because each square has two ends to weave.

I tried handing off the squares for weaving, but that only got so many of them done. And I’m not about to put literally every other project on hold while I constantly weave in tiny ends. Not going to happen. So instead I’ve taken my project bag and filled it with squares, my needle tin, and a pair of scissors to toss in my bag on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I babysit at a house other than the one I live in, so I don’t have anything but what I bring in my bag to do while the little guy sleeps for an hour or so after the park.

This has forced me to finish these for two reasons: 1)I have nothing else to do while I’m there, and 2)My project bag is already full of squares which makes it less likely I will empty it to put a more interesting project in there. Hopefully all this means I will be finished with these squares by next week to get a final tally on how many squares I really created. Plus, then I get to move on to making them into blankets and giving the blankets aways so this project is no longer sitting around everywhere taunting me to get it finished.

Finally Finished with 400 Stitches

Over a year ago I set out to knit swatches of every pattern in the book “400 Knit Stitches.” I finally finished today! More than a year after I had set out to be finished, but I stuck with it anyway.

Even though the swatches are finished, I am not completely finished with the project. Now these 394(ish) swatches have to have their ends woven in and then they are going to be separated, sorted, and made into blankets for Project Linus.

I only knit 394 of the patterns because a couple were the same pattern repeated in the opposite direction (like reverse stockinette is just regular stockinette turned over to the bumpy side), two wouldn’t work on the type of yarn I was using, or other reasons I can’t remember. I say I have around 394 squares because I couldn’t find the pictures for some I swear I did, so I redid those. I may have actually hit the 400 mark, I’ll find out when I count them this weekend.

It’s so nice to no longer have such a long-term project on my mind constantly. I can now start other projects without putting off finishing this one. Although, now I will have to figure out what my next project is…That’s a project in itself.

I Can See The End

And it looks like hundreds of tiny pieces of yarn that needs to be woven into knitting.

I thought I was done with the squares, and I almost am. Only twenty-five to go. Potentially ones I have done before, but I can’t find pictures for them so I am re-making them to be sure. I have committed myself to sitting down and finishing these last twenty-five in order. You know, with plenty of video game breaks in between actually working on it. Because I’m not sitting here knitting twenty-five squares straight. But I do have two-and-a-half done so far since I sat down. I’d say that’s a pretty good pace to get these finished this week.See the photographic evidence of my progress here.

In other news, I also joined Pinterest over the weekend. Click that link to see my few boards so far.

Swatching Up A Storm

I’ve got to admit, I was not very good about swatching before starting a project for many years. Most likely because I was using cheap worsted weight acrylic yarn that doesn’t really change gauge much for so long that I didn’t think it was necessary. Using real yarn has taught me the value of doing a gauge swatch first. That and reading the book Custom Knits Accessories by Wendy Bernard. I rarely follow a pattern to the letter, so swatching is pretty important.

I’ve even started washing the swatches to see how the yarn does in a normal wash cycle, so I know whether or not it will be okay to wash the final product. Much better to find out that a small square shrinks than having an oddly misshapen hat or glove at the end of laundry day.

I’m casting on two projects this weekend:Starry Stole (swatch 1) and Zooey (swatch 2). I knit the swatches Wednesday, hand-washed them yesterday, and now I am ready to measure once more to be sure and cast on.

Oh, and my other swatch project is still going strong. Up to 297 out of 400 right now according to my Google+ Photo Album. Only 103 more to go.