A great charity/community project is on-going at Mason-Dixon Knitting. Kay and Ann are organizing an Afghanalong, collecting 8-inch handknit squares from all over the world to assemble into blankets for Afghanistanis. I'm sure every knitter/crocheter has some stash or remnants somewhere, why not make good use of them for people who really need them?
Back in November last year, I was busily knitting the leftovers from Jiyuan's Sweetness sweater into 3x3 garter stitch squares to make a pair of squares slippers but never got around to assembling them. The sweetness sweater turned out too big despite my re-sizing it to a child's size that it'll fit her in another few years time.
Anyway, the other night while I was knitting away on a square, the thought struck me that I could actually assemble 4 such smaller squares and whip a garter stitch border around them to make 8x8. I began sewing the squares but found that the cast off edge created a stiff and unsightly seam. So I unpicked the cast-off rows and grafted them together. Now, I'm a novice grafter and had to repeat "Ridge, valley, ridge, valley" in my head in order to get the garter stitch right. For the sides, I used a sort of mattress stitch. The final product is a bit wonky but at least there are no seams except for the picking up for the border which I've yet to do. Let's see how the squares'll turn out.