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When I’m using up yarn for squares, and I’m working out if I have enough for borders etc, I also weigh it! When I have made a blanket, I like to know if I have enough of the same yarn left for another blanket (I tend to use 400g balls of Aran and large balls of variegated), so I weigh what’s left and if it’s a bit short, I weigh yarn that I know will go with it and bag it together….. in case I forget!


Gold star for you Chris ⭐!!

That's ultra organised, Chris. I salute you. I'm afraid I just buy more!

Hahaha...I'm with you, Patricia.  :))

I do, but sometimes I go even further. When I am making hand warmers or striped squares I use a ruler to tell how many rows a scrap of yarn will do. General rule of thumb if your yarn does 4 times the length of the row, that is one row you will get from it. (this is for knitting only, not crochet).

So I have my 20 cm (8 inch) ruler, 4 winds is one row (up, down, up and down again). I know I need 12 rows for 6 stripes in a pair of handwarmers. A much more accurate way for me to be sure I will get the rows I need as not all yarns are the same and weights can be deceiving. This rule never lets me down and I can work it out to the last 2 inches of yarn (to tuck in at the end)!

I can even use up smaller bits to do 3 or 4 rows of a contrast colour in the middle of a pair of handwarmers.

Good Heavens, Wendy - you make me feel very slapdash in my approach! I'm sure other members will find your method very helpful.

I have used your 4 winds to a row, Wendy, but only when I've come to the end of a ball and wonder if I've got enough for one last row or if I need to start my new ball and use the remaining piece of the old one  to use as a 'butterfly' for other squares.  :))

Patricia, your blanket is absolutely stunning!!  Well done :)

Anneke, what a delightful song!  I share your sentiment about sharing with the children.  Imagine the smiles and giggles if your song could be played when blankets like this one, with so many gorgeous colours, are distributed!

Sigh ... we give what we can and know that it's much more than they would have without us ... xo

Patricia another brilliant idea for a stunning blanket. We also know and have Elmer books in South Africa but unfortunately not all children get to enjoy them. 

Lovely colours in your blanket, Patricia. I’ve never used this method of joining as you go, although I’ve seen it online. Do you prefer to make it this way?

Definitely, Marion. I have tried joining granny squares as you go in the past and didn't get on too well with that, but this blanket was C2C and I found it very successful.

I HEART the knitted Ladies!



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