I used to have a serious yarn buying habit. It was wonderfully therapeutic, and I had a head full of lovely ideas, but I had to accept that I live in a world with limited knitting time, not to mention limited money for such things.
I had to take action!
Two years ago, when I was unemployed, I sold some particularly desirable skeins on Ebay.
Last year, when I was working again, I went on a yarn diet. I knitted from stash and not one single solitary gramme of new yarn came into the house.
But I still have a fair bit of yarn, and I have decided that this year I am going to knit up the oddments. The balls left over from projects, the skeins I wound but didn’t quite get around knitting, and some yarn that I bought for specific small projects.
I went through my knitting baskets at the weekend, I bagged up the yarn in question, and I began to plan.
(The blue tinge is because I only had freezer bags!)
The top row has:
- The yarn recovered from a hat that was too big.
- Two strands of two similar but different shades of Cherry Hill Supersock Merino would together. They used to be a shawl, but I didn’t like the shape.
- A few balls of Debbie Bliss Soho. I bought a pack because I loved the colour, but I realised that the colour was unwearable, the thick and thin single play was less than ideal for knitting. I’ve made a So Called Scarf from some of it and I have to work out what to do with the rest.
- Cardigan leftovers – just about enough for a hat
The middle row has:
- Jumper leftovers that will make another hat.
- The yarn that my mother starter to make a bolero with. She didn’t get on with the pattern, so now I’m thinking that there’s enough to make a little top for her.
- A skein I wound for an Everglade hat and a ball that I don’t remember buying that I think will be well suited to socks.
- Two skeins that I remember winding for a striped shawl, but might become something else, because I’m not really a lightweight shawl person.
And on the bottom row:
- I’ve knitted a hat and mittens from this yarn, and what’s left is destined to become a scarf. Probably this one …..
- Gorgeous Fyberspates Scrumptious DK, enough to make a shawl or a cowl.
- More jumper leftovers that I think will be enough to make yet another hat.
- A few balls of Lang Yarns Mille Colori, that I bought with an entrelac scarf in mind.
I’m not going to say twelve bags in twelve months, because I’d like to make a garment or two, but I have learned that small projects work best for nursing home knitting. They’re portable, and I can show off results and ring the changes before boredom sets in.
So I’ll say I’d like at least six bags to be gone by the end of the year. That’s manageable.
And I must enters projects on Ravelry – I’m horribly behind …..