I said earlier this week that later this week I'd be sharing a pattern for a circular Garter Stitch Cowl.
I was totally kidding. Some deadline knitting popped up and I haven't finished that one yet, but I'll get it to you next week.
Instead, I wanted to share with you another of my explorations in Garter Stitch, one that I hope will clear up my excess oddball/stash problem for a little while.
I'm working on a Garter Stitch Blanket that I hope when completed will measure about six feet square. I started it around the first of the year and work on it in dribs and drabs, when I don't feel like doing anything else. It's completely mindless knitting of the most wonderful sort.
What I'm doing is working in strips, alternating between 12 stitches wide and 24 stitches wide. In the center I may do a wider strip; I haven't decided yet and I'm a long way from needing to. I'm joining the pieces as I go and I'm knitting pretty much every inch of yarn other than what's needed to weave in the ends, so there are partial rows and some color changes happen on both sides of the blanket.
It's going to be crazy and huge and colorful and wonderful. Small though it is (well, the strips I've done are 6 feet long, of course, but I'm only on the third strip so it's just about a foot wide) it's already keeping me warm as I knit. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Though it will probably take me all year.
Have you ever done any giant stash busting projects like this? I'd love to hear about it!