So, I’ve been trying to prune some of my stash. I used up a bunch of that blue Provincial Tweed for my big old sweater that I finished the other day. I knit that fair isle sweater for my kid a couple months ago, using up a lot of leftover sock yarn. And, I’ve made a couple scarves, cowls, and other little in-between-big project projects.
Sometimes I actually use up my yarn.
Sometimes I end up with more yarn than I started with.
So, I’ve had these two little balls of purple yarn for years. (I got them to make a baby sweater for a friend’s kid. I think she’s in kindergarten now. It’s been a while.) I lost the label, and couldn’t figure out what kind of yarn it was, but I know it was superwash and baby-appropriate. So I though, “Hey, let’s use up this yarn and make a cute little purple sweater for the boy!” Seems like a good idea.
Except that I apparently have no idea how much yarn a baby sweater takes.
You’ll notice that I ran out of purple just about halfway through the sweater. (I knit it bottom-up, so it’s easy to see where I ran into trouble.)I also kind of guessed on the size, so it’s very, very big on the boy. Of course, he’ll grow into it, but I was kind of hoping he’d be able to wear it now, when it’s cold out, instead of in 6 months when it’s a million degrees out. (Well, 80. We live in Seattle after all.) Oh well.And, I ended up having to buy a whole big skein of sock yarn to finish the top part of the sweater. Because, of course, I didn’t have any yarn that matched that particular shade of purple in my stash. So now I have 3/4 of a skein of sock yarn to add to my stash. So much for paring down my collection.At least the kid seems to like his new sweater!How do you use up your yarn? Or do you just keep buying it, like I seem to be doing?