I need your help

Two things require outside input. Neither is urgent, but if you have thoughts/ideas, please leave them in comments!

1.) What to do with small amounts of leftover sock yarn? No babies to knit for in our family. Other ideas?

2.) What should we see without fail in Charleston, SC??? We just booked the hotel last night (YEAH!!!), and will be driving down in April. Staying for 5 nights, and that will translate to 4 full days there, with the possibility of a partial day on arrival. We are staying in the historic district, but other than looking around there and seeing Ft Sumter, I don’t know what is there. Have you been? What should we see? Where should we eat? Is there a LYS I should be on the lookout for?

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28 thoughts on “I need your help”

      1. well, if you have really small bits, I would say jewelry…either crocheted jewelry or woven like dreamcatcher earings or something like that. somewhat larger amounts, you could do flowers, leaves, hearts, or other embelishments that can be saved for later projects or turned into hair clips….maybe even knotted or wrapped yarn buttons of some sort. If you have enough, you could add a contrasting color to another pair of socks. There’s a cute sock pattern called “pretty little things” which has a double knit, reversible cuff edge to it that requires just a small amount of a contrast color. the same sort of thing could be done with a hat band or around the wrist on gloves. Headbands or scrunchies are another option too…or how about a thin belt to tie around a sweater or jacket? I-cords to use as draw strings or package ties…lace bookmarks…or small lace circles wraped around coasters…or ornaments for next Christmas…

    1. that is a good idea! I have seen theses hexapuffs, but never really thought about making them. But it is a good thing to make with leftover bits. I’ll check out the pattern, thanks for the idea!

      1. I like the idea that you can in future years look at your blanket and pick out things you’ve knitted! Plus, I don’t know about you but I buy sock yarn that is far more expensive per gram than any other skein I buy (if that makes sense) – so I’d never buy that level of expensive yarn for a blanket but I might get one by default!

        1. you are right – I never would buy that expensive a yarn for a blanket. Sometimes I can’t even believe how much I am spending for socks! But I would like having that puff blanket when it was done – I often thought I would make a quilt with all my favorite old clothes, but I never have. Maybe this will do instead.

          1. Um, Claire? Emergency? πŸ™‚

            I do have a little box in the closet of sock yarn I just got for the Sock KAL. The cheapest skein was $18. But I have to say, I am using the Tosh Sock yarn right now, and it is REALLY nice. I am going to love these socks, and I have 2 more skeins, in other colors. Life is good. So I am glad you had an emergency that required nice sock yarn.

            Maybe next year, Sarah will do a hexapuff KAL witrh sock scraps. πŸ™‚

  1. Make cat toys! My two cats favorite toy is a ball of yarn. Inside, the person who made it took two bottle caps and put a small bell inside then taped the caps together like a capsule, then wrapped it with a nylon stocking filled with catnip until there was a tight ball. Over that, is a knitted shell. The whole deal is a bit bigger than a large fist.

    1. nice idea! Allie’s favorite toy is what we call her binky – a pompom that long ago ceased to resemble anyhting so much as a felted ball of fuzzy dust. She loves it. She might like a new toy. πŸ™‚ Zumba loves innersoles cut into pieces so she can play soccer with them. Tigger really loves the little nobby rubber balls. But maybe I can convince Zumba and Tigger they would rather play with knitted balls. πŸ™‚

  2. You have to go to the art district. Also they usually have the Festival of Homes and Gardens in the historic district, if that is your thing. Be prepared, you will buy something to transport back home.

    1. I WILL find the art district. Thanks for telling me to look for it! I’ll look up the festival as well, I wonder if it coincides with our trip? I noticed hotel rooms toward the end of the week were higher than the beginning of the week so I thought there might be something.

  3. Just found your blog and am reading back a bit……I love leftover sock yarn and knit many things with them. I have knit a large hexagon blanket a few years back. And this year I just started a new blanket that will be knit on the diagonal. It is mindless garter stitch with all my leftovers.
    I also knit little mini toys with leftover yarns ….. Kids love them and I love knitting them.

    1. Thanks very much – I like the idea of a blanket with all the scraps. The hexagon idea appeals as I can decide later on the arrangement. But all that sewing – ugh. πŸ™‚

      I am glad you found me, and wandered around a bit.. I hope you like what you see and come back often!

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