Ferry Blankie

The ferry blanket is now a live Ravelry project – I expect it will do much hibernating over the coming months. I am just two squares into this project so far.

One of the great things about knitting is that it leaves room for thought. Sometimes simple knitting is a good thing to do in the background while the brain is actively engaged in thought in the foreground. It was in this spirit that I began my first squares this morning.

Thoughts so far:

  • 31 stitch squares are very small indeed – I’m considering changing to 35 for my smallest size.
  • I already know that one day I would like to make a planned version of this, purchasing harmonious shades and resulting in a work of art
  • This version will be strictly a “Joseph’s Coat”
  • Thank heaven I found a use for that Regia I frogged last week – it is perfect in this project
  • I have another design stewing in my head
  • I would like to make a story quilt to go alongside the ferry blankie

Sooooo…. if anybody is kind enough to donate scraps, or even whole balls, of sock yarn to this project – please consider telling me a little about the yarn and the project it is left over from. Maybe where the yarn came from and what prompted you to choose that colour? I would be delighted to document the squares and weave a little history into the blankie.


  1. Steph
    March 12, 2010

    Hi Beth, are you still wanting some sock yarn. I am just catchng up with your blog and I noticed you are doing the sock yarn blanket. I certainly have some partial balls from projects that you are welcome to (I am sure my mum has some too). Would you like me to send them to you? I have been concentrating on a couple of scarves the last few weeks ( for my neighbours as a leaving gift), but am hoping to get started on the shawl pattern you gave me once we are settled in Orkney. Take care (off to read the rest of your blog that I haven’t seen recently), Steph

    • March 12, 2010

      Thank you very much, Steph – I’d love to have them. I only began my blanket today and have a limited range of colours to select from at present.

      Good luck with the move, have you found a house yet?

      • Steph
        March 15, 2010

        Hi, I have collected together all the spare sock wool (with some from mum). Where would you like me to send it? I had better do it soon before all the craft stuff gets packed away. We have found a house in Orkney but we are waiting on the results of a survey before we can be sure it is definitely going to happen (fingers crossed). We are officially moving to Orkney on next Thursday’s ferry so quite exciting. Steph

    • March 13, 2010

      Yours is looking good. I couldn’t restrict mine to one kind of sock yarn as I’d never have enough yarn to finish. Mine is going on the wall so I am happy to mix fibres, and weights to some extent. I’m going to stick to weights of approx 400m to 100g – say, 380m to 430m.

      I’d love to have some Bonny, if you can spare it. I’d swap you some back if I could find any. There’s small piece of PYO left from my Merope socks but the other of my Bonny skeins (Rockpool) is only part knit and I don’t know how much will be spare – and I just gave Jam away to SpinningGill. I can send you bits as I get my socks finished over the coming months?

      Is Toddy any use to you? Or Beautiful? – anyway, anything you spot that you like, do ask. I’ll be getting photos up as I go.

    • March 13, 2010

      Sorry, forgot to say that I don’t know how many yards I need for a square. They are 31 stitches on 2.5mm. My scales supposedly weigh to 2 gms. They tell me two of my loose squares are 4g whereas the third doesn’t register. Together all 3 weigh 6g. The six that are made up weigh 8 gms together. All weights include the provisional yarn. So – between 1 and 2 gms will make a square. At 420m per 100g (Bonny weight) that’s er… probably in the 5 to 8 metre ballpark – but shorter lengths can be joined to make a bicolour square. Waste not, want not!

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