It looks kind of kooky

Today I discovered that while I THOUGHT I could knit 3 dishcloths from one ball of Knit Picks Dishie, my reality was that I can knit ALMOST 3 dishcloths from one ball of Dishie.  As I inched closer to the end of my ball and closer to that realization, I mentally shrugged, decided it was just going to be used for washing dishes, and finished in another colour.  My 7 year old niece kept coming by to check on my progress declared at one point that it looked “kind of kooky”.

Indeed it does.  I remembered my grandmother making similar “kooky” dishcloths with her leftover yarn with little rhyme or reason to the colour choices.  (This could also be related to her eyesight issues; my brother has a blue sweater with a purple arm which she thought was the same colour). As this was before I started knitting, I couldn’t imagine why you would do something like that; they were just scraps of yarn. (My teenage snobby-ism may have been at play as well.)  They were distributed to family members only.  I thnk there’s one at my office she gave me before she died.

Now, I get it.  Whether it’s my hoarding tendency or a knitter thing, I save my scraps of yarn. I have great intentions of doing scrappy dishcloths (planned with thought, not by accident on the beach). I have the requisite sock yarn blanket started and I’ve done a number of worsted scrappy-striped hats. 

Today’s dishcloth though felt more like a right of passage; a link to my grandmother as she knit up her scraps of yarn.

I’m wondering if you save yarn scraps and what you do with them?

  One thought on “It looks kind of kooky

  1. March 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, I do save yarn scraps. I managed to use quite a lot in a scarf that I never wear. Now I mostly use them to swatch stitch patterns.

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  2. March 12, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I do save my scraps…I like to think eventually I’ll use them for some project. I have used a bit of my scraps here and there, I ended up taking a good chunk to Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago for the classes I took since I needed yarn to swatch with 🙂

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  3. Knitting Gnome
    March 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I never really understood “scrappy” things either until I was a knitter. I was given a bunch of scrappy hotpads made by my great aunt. I remember thinking they were kind of ugly. Now I totally love them! I appreciate what went into them now so much more!

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