Monday, May 23, 2016
Stashbusting, or, "What do I do with all these little balls of leftover yarn?"
There are lots of reasons why you might have random balls of yarn stuffed in odd places around your house:
- You made a pair of socks and had almost 1/4 of the skein leftover
- You bought an extra ball of yarn when making a sweater
- You bought souvenir yarn ... in every town you've visited for the past decade
Crochet is the perfect way to use up those precious little bits I can't bear to throw away. For example, you can make:
- Embellishments - sew them on a hat or bag, or attach to a pin and use as an accent on many different outfits.
- Stuffed animals - give them to a child or put them on your desk, they're not just for kids anymore!
- Scrappy afghans - granny squares, stash-busting stripes, and log cabins are all good choices.
My obsession started with the yarns in the "grab bags" we had in the shop, and when I ran out of them I moved on to raiding my leftover yarns. Seven shawls and three blankets later, I still love the look of it! Almost any pattern for worsted weight (or larger) yarn will work, so have fun poking around on Ravelry to find a pattern that looks like fun to you.
And by the way ... if you try this technique, don't be afraid to join yarns in the middle of a row. There's a great way to do it almost invisibly called the "magic knot." Check out this tutorial for more information on how to do this crazy-useful technique, which also comes in handy when you're making a lacy fabric where it would be difficult to hide the yarn tails.