As you probably already know, I enjoy finding a use for every last scrap of a yarn.
Scrap balls the size of a tennis ball or larger end up in scrappy ripples, while smaller balls go into scrap grannies. As you can imagine, it takes a looong time to gather enough small scrap balls to make a granny afghan. And it takes even longer if you decide to limit the range of colors, like I did for last year’s “SweeTarts” granny.
Eight months and more than 30 ripples later I’m not really surprised to find that I’ve only collected enough tiny pastel scraps to make two-round granny squares equal to about half a small afghan.
But, having seen this unattributed Perler bead piece,
which I happened to come across on someone’s Pinterest page, I’ve decided that the rest of this granny’s squares can be any and every shade of white! I’ve already crocheted a few dozen.
Soon I’ll hit up the box of bigger scraps for more whites.
Looking at the rest of my small scrap balls, I thought there might be enough darks to make a second granny blanket. . . as long as I used the term “darks” loosely, including reds, rusty oranges and grassy greens.
I made as many three-round granny squares I could, which Emily assures me are not enough.
Luckily, I have plenty of larger “dark” scrap balls, and a partial skein of a grassy green from Sandi, with which to fill gaps in this granny’s developing color scheme.
Boy, those colors don’t look very good together but, trust me, they’re just what this particular blanket needs.
My dark one and two-round squares are going back to the attic for now,
as will my pastel onsies – all starters for future grannies.
That brings us down to scraps of less than 2 yards, too short for even a one-round granny.
I used to give these yarn bits to my sister, who passed them on to someone in her church who used them in tassels to decorate bookmarks, which eventually got sent on to a mission. Unfortunately that project has ended, which left me pondering what to do with all future bits.
Then I remembered having read somewhere in Ravelry about ‘Magic Balls.’ A Google search brought up this photo tutorial, which shows how to make a Magic Ball with Russian Joins. – far too time-consuming for me! While this one recommends square knots with closely clipped tails – too close, I think.
I’ve decided to use simple square knots and let the tails fly! lol.
Well, if you’re going to crochet a blanket with obvious yarn tufts, I say, the more the merrier! So, instead of following the trend of using yarn bits that are at least a yard long, I’m including everything one foot or longer. – On second thought, I could neaten the yarn tails by adding a second knot, like on this Out of the Box shawl. –
I’ll think I’ll use my Magic Yarn along with a solid-colored strand. Traditionally it would be black, but I may try bright RED! as I have so much of it in stash.
Oh. My. I’m about to have THREE scrap blankets going at once: one pastel, one “dark” and one magical!