Today I cleaned out the cupboards in the kitchen. I consolidated a ridiculous number of paprikas and curries and poppy seeds, discovered a box of Jello (great delight to my helpers), and finally dealt with a horrible amount of loose bran that had been in the dry goods drawer for far, far too long. I always think it is funny that I love both the incoming and the outgoing. I love to buy an extra can of tomatoes just to have on hand, and I love to use it later and be relieved by its absence. I love cupboards that are empty, so that I can fill them up, and cupboards that are full, so that I can empty them.
Yarn is a lot like food that way. You pick a recipe and buy the stuff. You usually will end up with leftover ingredients. It is just the same, except yarn never goes bad. I love to buy it (very much), and I love to use it (also muchly), but sometimes I start to feel like the remainders are a little too omnipresent in my craft room. They fill up drawers, they tangle their ends together and make messes. But I have a solution! I picked out all my leftover worsted wool and started something rather splashy. This is like the casserole that used it all up. But, it turns out that the random casserole is a new family favorite!
Isn’t this completely made of awesome? I used a pattern which comes from a great crochet blog. It is called “Neat Ripples” by Lucy of Attic24 fame. Several things about this little project amuse me. Firstly, it is a real coming of age (as a knitter/ crocheter) thing to whip off with an afghan this random and wild. This is where it always leads, and I am personally rather happy to have made it. Secondly, would you check out that color palette? Completely hilarious. And third, I love all the things that it reminds me of. I love the yarns that had only a tiny smidget left and I have absolutely no clue what I could have done with the other 200 or so yards of it. So there it is, I’ve let you in on a little secret. Go back and rest your eyes with the lights out somewhere.But first let me surprise you one more time!