forgotten yarn

So I’ve been packing stuff up so we can move. Don’t have the new house yet, and it’s always possible that this one could fall through like the last one did, but I chose to do it in the expectation that we will be leaving to somewhere.

Tip: Many recycling centers don’t take wrapping paper. It’s a good substitute for newspaper as a packing material, though.

Tip: Yarn also makes good packing material. I have a lot. So do unfinished projects, of which I have several. I will note that when you’re using yarn or unfinished projects as packing material, it really helps later if you keep all the pieces together so that when you want to finish those projects, or start a new one with the yarn, you’re not left wondering which of the many unpacked boxes still in the basement has the other pieces in it.


I found this while moving yarn-objects from their basket to a box of ceramic pieces. I got it from a swap partner ages ago, and obviously forgot about it. I still haven’t figured out yet what to do with it.


I also found a stack of granny squares and a pile of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick labels, along with another full skein of the same. Unfortunately, I’d already sewn them all together so I couldn’t use them as packing material as I could for the strips of the scrapghan that I found. Fortunately, this was almost finished; I’d apparently run out of yarn on the border and had to get another. So I dug the hook out and finished it, and now I no longer need to keep the ball bands anymore, but I don’t need to worry about the afghan and yarn getting separated.


I still need to weave in all the ends, but that can wait until later. Now I can use it to wrap something large and breakable in.


  1. Mia Karen Sherman

    It’s more solid than the usual type; just has the holes at the corners, and because of the way I do it there’s line of smaller holes where the seam at the end of the rounds are. There is a way to do it where the seam ends up in the corners, but that’s not the way I learned and I have a hard time visualizing how to avoid or mask it on a solid square. On the lacier ones it’s easier to mask the seam.

    My basic solid double-crochet granny pattern:

    Chain 5 or 6, join with slipstitch to first chain to make a loop.

    1st round: Chain 3, 2 double-crochet into the loop then (ch 2, 3 dc into the loop) three times. Ch 3 and attach with slip-stitch to the top chain of the beginning ch3.

    All other rounds: Chain 3, (dc into each dc of previous round, 2 dc into corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into corner space) all the way around and slipstitch to the top of beginning ch3. Each round will increase the number of stitches in each row by four, since two dc will be added into the corners at the beginning and end of each side.

    This works really well with medium-weight yarns; worsted, sportweight, etc. With a thicker yarn you may have to modify it a little bit, so the bulk of the yarn doesn’t make the square buckle too much. I did a few stitch-and-rip experiments, and ended up removing one dc from each side. On most of the squares I ended up doing this in the corners, so it went (2 dc in corner, ch 2, 2 dc in corner, skip one dc, dc into next dc). Some of the squares I can tell where I skipped the stitch elsewhere in the row, but someone else may not notice. :)


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