Stash Busting

stitch and bitch

I have a lofty goal for 2014. I want to start with a clean slate, and a clear mind.

(I was going to make a joke about faking my own death, but it seemed tacky.)

As I mentioned on Friday, I seem to accumulate a lot of leftover craft supplies, most notably YARN. The photo above is my stash drawer, which means yarn that I don’t have a specific plan for (and one project that I started two years ago and never finished.

As you can see, I’ve been going through some sort of blue period.

The bummer with a lot of these is there’s not really enough to do any big projects – so it’s going to be me knitting a lot of hats and mittens. Which is actually kind of exciting, seeing as I just opened up a shop for my extra crap. This is all coming full circle for you, isn’t it? My goal is to use up my entire stash before I buy any new yarn. I’d like to do it before 2013 ends, but I don’t know if I’m enough of a super knitter to pull that one off – we’ll see.

Since I’d like to sell some of it, I’m going to try to not go off of any specific patterns. It seems to be kind of a grey area as to whether selling something that you’ve made from a copyrighted pattern is allowed, and while I personally feel like if you got the pattern legally, what you do with the finished product (on an artisan level) is your business, I a) would not want to disrespect any of the knitters who come up with these patterns that I love, and b) don’t want to get sued, because my feelings do not = law. Also, if you have a concrete reason as to why I’m wrong, let me know in the comments – I don’t know a lot about this, so I’d love to hear some facts.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects that are currently inspiring me – something I love about Pinterest is that it makes it so easy to find knit goods that are fresh and unique. When I was learning to knit a million years ago, you could only use knitting books and paper patterns, and the majority of the stuff in them was so ugly, and looked (to my eyes) so homemade. Now it’s super easy to find inspiration.

In no particular order:

1. I like the double pom pom.

2. I love the color work on this hat. I have no idea how you’d DO that, but maybe I can figure it out. It’s two colors on one stitch though. How do they do that?? Is it just really precisely variegated?

3. This scallop hat is really sweet, and I want to try doing something scalloped now.

4. I also love these triangles.

5. This braided cable hat reminds me of the scarf I made for my mom last year – I think it would be really neat in a hat, and so warm!

6. These felted stockings are cool. I have some white wool that’s… not super comfy, so a stocking would be perfect. It might be fun to make mini stockings for me and David and Caspian (yes, Caspian gets a stocking. There usually isn’t a gift in it, but it’s still adorable.)

7. I’ve had a lacy scarf in mind for myself for a while, and this one is so, so pretty. I’m not sure if I have enough yarn for it – I have a thinner yarn, but I rolled it in a ball and threw away the tag sooo it’s kind of a mystery. I’m great!

8. Speaking of scallops and beauty, I love love love this scarf too.

9. I definitely don’t have the stuff to make this, but I love it, so I thought I’d include it. Isn’t it cool? She has a corresponding hat, too.

10. Wanna learn this bubble wrap stitch.

11. Also wanna learn mosaic knitting.

12. This pillow would look pretty cool on my bed.

Aah there are so many beautiful things out there! I can’t wait to get started – right now I’m in the middle of a big old project that has taken me over a month and I’m only about 2/3 of the way through. My limit for not being bored is like a week so this is really stretching my patience.

Talk to me about your knitting projects. Any good stash buster projects?

  • Kathleen

    OMG! You have found some great projects. I want to learn the mosaic knitting too and the pillow is amazing. Have you looked for a pattern for the felted stockings? Love those!
    Stash busters? Felted coasters are my favorite thing to make if I only have one skein of wool yarn. And then if I only have a small ball I make I-cords that I use on wrapped presents.
    The link on #3 is not right…just sayin!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • lacey

    i can knit scarves. ugly ones. the end. (go girl!!)