I’m going to let you in on a secret!
In the corner of my studio, behind a small bookshelf (that is currently holding a half-dozen half finished projects instead of books), there is a small wooden chest.If you pull that chest out, and open it up, you’ll find something amazing.All the homeless projects I’ve made over the years!I’ve got prototypes, and one-off projects. Socks that turned out too small or to big. Hats that are too warm for Seattle. I’ve got scarves that I really wanted to knit, but don’t really want to wear and more dishcloths than I could ever use.
(I’d show you everything, but I know I have friends and family who read this blog and might just receive some of these items as gifts in the future…and I’d like to preserve the surprise at least a little bit.)
I don’t usually think about what I’ve got stashed in my secret chest, but it is satisfying to open it up from time to time to see the result of all my hard work. And, it’s particularly handy when I get invited to a baby shower/birthday party/whatever at the last minute- I can pull out a pair of socks I knit in 2012 and look like I did a heck of a lot more planning than I really did.
Do you have a finished object stash? Or, is this a symptom of my hoarding tendencies?
I feel like I’ve been talking about using up leftovers a lot lately. I suppose, I have been trying to use up my stash before I go buy more (I’m almost out of space in my yarn bins).
And this week isn’t any different.
Over the years I’ve collected a bunch of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in a selection of natural heathered colors from off-white to dark, chocolate brown. I’ve used this yarn in a bunch of projects- mostly blankets, and no matter how carefully I plan, I always end up with a bunch of half-skeins leftover. I even had several half-skeins of the same colors, but different dye lots.
I had to figure out what to make with this ragtag bunch of yarn. Anything fancy, like a sweater, was out because of the weird amounts of each color yarn. Anything that took a lot of planning was out, too- I wasn’t in the mood to do a lot of math on this one.
So, I arranged the yarn in a gradient from lightest to darkest, dug out my crochet hooks and just started making a granny square.
And kept on going- using up one skein after another. (The little bits leftover are going to turn into another Mother Bear– I think I have a problem.)The blanket ended up about 4 feet by 4 feet- a nice size for a lap blanket or maybe a baby blanket (though I don’t know if I’d give a baby an itchy wool, non-washable blanket).Ollie seems to like it. He saw me taking pictures and came over to give it the official “Dog Seal of Approval.” And then he fell asleep- because he leads a very high-energy, stressful life.What have you been doing to use up your leftover skeins of yarn?