This little pile of balled-up yarn used to be a blanket on my bed. It was one I’d made a couple of years ago to try out a new-to-me popcorn stitch, made up with bits and pieces of re-used yarn from an unpicked old giant granny square blanket I’d originally made long before I moved to London (and I’ve been living here for well over 16 years) coupled with odds and ends of other yarn left over from other projects.


For a while I was happy enough with the finished popcorn stitch blanket. I’d deliberately tried experimenting with intentionally using up all the bits and pieces of yarn I had lying around regardless of where in a row I ran out and changed colour – an anomoly which I eventually found to be a bit jarring on the eye at times – and there also were a few suspect colours I feel didn’t really work out as well as I’d hoped in the mix. But I’d set myself the challenge and wanted to see it through, and once it was completed… well, it seemed a shame not to live with it just as it was, after having put all that time and effort into it.


It certainly kept us wonderfully warm over the last few winters, but for ages now I’ve been itching to undo it and re-use the yarn (some of it for a third time!) to make a ‘new’ blanket in a different, less yarn-hungry stitch, but this time be more choosy over which colours I leave out and how creatively and artistically I use those I do keep in. So yesterday I bit the bullet and my poor old blanket found itself unravelled in its entirety and is now sitting stripped down to its component parts, shivering in a precarious mound of potential once more, waiting for new inspiration to strike…

Watch this space…!Β  πŸ™‚



12 thoughts on “Undone…

  1. Relax... January 9, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Wow, it was huge! And lovely. Must’ve taken you forever — you’re very brave to have taken apart such a work of love and art! I’m interested in seeing what you’ll do with it next!

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    • Ruth January 9, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Me too – no regrets so far, so we’ll see what ideas I come up with next πŸ™‚

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  2. Sunny January 9, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Good for you! That’s an ambitious project you’ve already done, the unraveling. Now the purposing. Wow, I am impressed!

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  3. Dan Antion January 9, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I didn’t even know you could do that. Good luck with the next version.

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    • Ruth January 9, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      It’s my way of recycling – I make things, and then unmake them, and then make them up again differently – some of those bits of yarn are a good 20 years old πŸ™‚

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  4. Rose Tinted Ramblings January 9, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    omg I can’t believe you unravelled it! Can’t wait to see what it becomes next though. Wow. I struggle with basic things like sewing on a button

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    • Ruth January 9, 2018 / 11:08 pm

      It’s still going to be a blanket for my bed, just done up differently πŸ™‚


  5. dawnkinster January 9, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I did that once….made an afghan of left over yarn that was all sorts of colors and lengths. It was pretty, just the regular zig zag shape you see in a lot of crocheting. I’ve also done a popcorn afghan for my sister and brother-in-law, way back in the 80s. I lived in the Upper Peninsula and it was COLD in the winter, and this pattern was all one piece so as it got bigger (and it was huge) more and more of it folded up over my lap and kept me warm. Also kept me from eating as my hands were busy, so it was a productive winter! My brother-in-law took that afghan when they divorced. I’ve though about doing another one for her…but think maybe it would just bring back bad memories. Maybe I should just do one for me.

    Can’t wait to see what you decide to do with that pile of potential (great line!).

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    • Ruth January 9, 2018 / 11:11 pm

      Hmmm… I think I feel another zig-zag creation coming on… it’s such an easy stitch to do, and really warm as a blanket πŸ™‚

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