Sweet As Honey

July 08, 2024

 


This is the most recent installment of my scrappy projects, the Sweet As Honey Blanket, a free pattern from Yarnspirations. If you've followed me for a while you'll know I've been on a mission to get rid of my scraps, either by using them up in scrappy projects, and I've made many, or by giving them away, and I've given away a lot! 




After this I have no more scrappy projects planned for the near future because most of my scraps and leftovers are now gone! This is such a good feeling for a knitter with a large scrappy stash. For this honeycomb blanket I gathered up all my leftover blacks and charcoals (I had no idea there were so many shades of black), and all my whites.  I used them randomly and used many weights--lace, fingering, dk and worsted, and either used them single or put 2 or 3 strands together to make a worsted weight. This gobbled up every last bit of my whites and blacks (at least the ones that I was willing to part with for a blanket). It measures 60" by 64" and my husband has already claimed it for his wintertime TV watching blanket.



The pattern is very fun to knit and a good way to gobble up those leftovers of any weight. Wouldn't it be gorgeous in all colors of the rainbow? It's also very easy and a great TV project. It's just stockinette, garter stitch and slipped stitches. You can make this! The pattern is free, so just download it and read through the one page of directions and you'll see how easy it is. I started this a year ago and kept it in a giant basket in our family room and worked on it sporadically when I didn't have anything else to work on.



After you have cast off for the blanket, you will pick up stitches on the two long sides to complete the border. For the border to lay nice and flat I found this ratio to work best: Pick up 4 stitches from every partial hexagon and 5 stitches for every full hexagon (white), plus ONE stitch at every garter connecting stripe (pictured here in gray).





On my Ravelry project page I listed using 19 yarns, but I'm sure that number would have doubled if I had taken more care to track my yarn.




The Shasta Daisies are at their peak and are completely gorgeous

but the zinnias are about ready to take over.

Zinnia post soon!







We had a fun project last week. I purchased these Composty Sponges initially because they are plastic free and completely compostable. They arrive wafter thin and since I know a little person who loves Sponge Bob, I thought we could make our own Sponge Bob. We drew on them with a Sharpie then put them in water and watched the wicking action take place. After we had our fun I put them in the sun to dry and saved them to use later. When I'm washing up they will be a sweet reminder of a fun afternoon.

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