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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  05:06:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit angie-knits's Homepage Send angie-knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have some leftover sock yarn from one sock I just made. I have another ball of yarn for the other I figure I am going to end up with about 1/4 of each ball leftover.

What do you guys do with the leftovers?

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  05:31:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I save some for darning my favorite pairs. The first few I made will be allowed to disintegrate, since they're less than ideal. But my well-made socks are darned when necessary, and I like to have the original yarn to darn with.

The rest, and the leftovers several kind friends have given me, are turning into a blanket made up of mitered squares, which you can see in this post if you scroll down ( I got the idea from The Heathen Housewife (, who has a tutorial on making her style of blanket over in the left margin down and the page a ways. It's a really fun project.

I've also seen leftovers used to make hats, gloves, and all sorts of other things.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  05:43:38 AM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I combine them and knit new socks, with different parts of the sock in different color(ways). Some do become very wild and colorful, true, but I like that.
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  06:19:07 AM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I make toddler socks, for my 4-year-old. Most sock yarns have enough yardage for me to get a pair for myself *and* a pair for her -- hers I do toe up, using whichever ball is lightest first, so I can stop when I'm about to run out. The very small amounts leftover from that go in a box for darning use later.

In those instances where I don't have enough to get toddler socks, I save the leftovers to either make stripey socks in combination with other leftovers, or to use as toes and heels with a different yarn.
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  07:27:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit PuppyMomma's Homepage Send PuppyMomma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I haven't used my leftover sock yarn right away, but I don't want to throw it away. So I've been putting it in empty vases in my house and using them for 'decor'. Thatt way they don't migrate back into general stash either.


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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  08:03:27 AM  Show Profile Send YarnAndCoffee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't bear to part with the leftovers. They're all in a bag so that I can darn with them if necessary.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  08:04:18 AM  Show Profile Send procrastiknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm thinking about doing mitred square socks/cuffs. There is a knitty pattern called [I think] "Cut your Teeth" that uses mitred squares for cuffs. Plain coloured leftovers would make nice horizontally cabled cuff, I think.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  08:17:20 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm thinking of making a Mosaic Pillow la Barbara Walker (in the 4th Treasury? or maybe Mosaic Knitting) using black for one of the two colors and a variety of colored yarns for the other color.

I love the idea of the blankie, but I think I would kill myself before finishing it!

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  08:34:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit probablyjane's Homepage Send probablyjane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been experimenting with slip stitch patterns for socks which use a small amount of handpaint on a base of solid yarn. It's a good way of making expensive hand paint go further as well as diluting colour combinations that might be too busy undiluted. It's also a good way of using up left over yarn. Slip stitch patterns are fun - lots of opportunity for a two colour effect without the hassle and extra thickness of fairisle.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  09:37:17 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I make mitred square blankets and baby caps. If I have a little left from that it goes for scrap yarn used for peasant heels, or to hold sts for other projects.
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  10:50:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kipster's Homepage Send Kipster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I plan on making little Christmas stocking ornaments out of leftover sock yarn.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  11:23:19 AM  Show Profile Send nanetteb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do colorwork so there is always a use for a small amount of sock yarn. If you don't like stranded color knitting, check out entrelac socks. There is a pair in the Spin-Off sock book that uses like 16-20 colors if I recall correctly. I made them using some Kool Aid dyed yarn and they were so much fun. Here's a photo:

If you are talking about self-striping self-patterning sock yarn there was a woman in Brazil named Flor (now disappeared from the web unfortunately) who used to just combine all sorts of random self-striping yarns into one new and wild sock. Some of her results were quite interesting and it was certainly a good way to use up every extra bit of yarn.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  11:28:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm slowly making them into a Log Cabin blanket.

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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  3:56:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Larjmarj's Homepage Send Larjmarj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As someone else posted above, I take all my left over bits and make a pair of crazy color socks. I am working on a pair on my lunch hour at work right now. They will match everything and nothing all at the same time. :-)
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  5:23:08 PM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I save mine, in small snack size zip lock bags with the original lable. I keep notes on each sock I knit, with the lable information, so if I need to darn, or what ever I can find the right yarn.

I imagine eventually using leftovers to make a fairisle pattern with a solid color yarn as background.
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Posted - 03/17/2007 :  7:06:11 PM  Show Profile Send Louise B. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Knitters,

Did anyone see the Rambling Rose throw/afghan at the Spinning/Knitting Spa in Portland, Maine last month? I would love to use this pattern, as they did, for my left over sock yarn. The vendor who had it on display ran out of patterns. I can't remember who was displaying it. I want to call and order a copy.

If anyone knows I would appreciate it so much.

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Posted - 03/17/2007 :  8:16:39 PM  Show Profile Send metromaples a Private Message  Reply with Quote
baby hats

I just posted one on my blog and there's more in past posts. I usually double up sock yarn and knit the hat on size 7us

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Posted - 03/17/2007 :  9:15:01 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I can't get to a local yarn swap I toss it into the compost bin or garbage.

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Posted - 03/17/2007 :  9:38:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit roofth's Homepage  Send roofth a Yahoo! Message Send roofth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Because of my love for all things miniature (enter squealing here), I saw this:

Wee Tiny Sock

Wee Tiny Sockblocker Keychain

Too cute not to pass up with leftover sock yarn.


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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  01:02:05 AM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I use mine to knit squares, which I later sew together for doggy blankets for the RSPCA and Lost Dogs Home. I'm sure the dogs don't notice, but you never know!!!

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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  06:10:22 AM  Show Profile Send SweaterGrrrl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use it to make clothes for dolls I find at flea markets. I clean up the dolls, dress them, and then donate them to different charities.

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