I had this nifty idea. Knit a blanket out of all the leftover bits of yarn! Then each time you see it, it will remind you of all the wonderful projects you've completed, it will be a piece of living history. Nice idea. I got this far with the leftover sock yarn, knitting it doubled:
Then I did the maths. Thirty inches long, five inches wide, that means I need at least six of these things. I think I have a problem.
Let me introduce you to the yarn. The red at the far left is Reynold's Swizzle sock yarn, from which I made my first ever pair of socks. I royally messed up turning the heel and I don't care. I still wear them with pride. Next up is the leftovers from the KnitPicks Simple Stripes, which made the fastest pair of socks I have ever knitted thanks to the first Magic Loop experiment. The wild variegated stuff is Regia Lampion, remnants of a pair of socks I made for Sarah when she moved back to Virginia. Sarah comes back to St Louis today. But here's the worst part, the blue on the far right. This is not a leftover. I bought this on my birthday last year thinking it would make a nice pair of socks, then changed my mind about the colour. It became blanket-fodder.
My supply of machine-washable leftover sock yarn is now exhausted. I'm going to finish the second strip with the blue, then hit the sport-weight leftovers and the antibacterial yarn, which is a beautiful sea green. Where is the enormous pile of leftovers I had? Have I been slacking? What's wrong with me? All I want is worsted or sport-weight machine-washable leftovers, did some cat eat them when I wasn't looking? You'd think I would have noticed the results. I know I didn't throw anything away.
Do you have any leftover sock yarn you're not using? I can give it a good home!