Thursday, January 31, 2013


Thanks for the kudos on my knitting goals, friends!  I tell ya, there's nothing like hearing back from your peers to make you realize that you might maybe be serving yourself a nice big slice of crazy-pie, heh.  15,000 yards!  15 pairs of socks!!  12 shawls!!!  Ooh, boy, this is going to be good!

One thing having a yardage goal has made me aware of is my leftovers.  This is the first time I've kept track of the amount of yarn that actually gets knit up chez Dear.  Before this, I tended to think of my output in terms of FOs rather than quantity of stash yarn actually USED. 

Up until now, when a project was done, well... as far as I was concerned, so was the yarn.  I didn't throw it out, of course, because it was still yarn after all.  I don't think you can develop the kind of relationship we as Knitters have with yarn and just THROW IT OUT (unless we're talking about acrylic.  But that's a debate for another day).  No, I just put it in a bag and sort of, just... forgot about it.  The project was finished, the yarn was done.  Out of sight, out of mind, and definitely out of the stash.

Here's the thing though.  That bag?  Where yarn leftovers go to die?  Turns out there's, um... a lot of yarn in there.  Like, A LOT, a lot.

Does this count as stash?!?  I'm already finding it challenging to find projects for the yarn in the stash, should I be trying to find projects for the leftovers as well? 

What do you do with your leftovers?

Happy Knitting, Everyone!


Maryse said...

Very good question! I have quite a lot too! I'm thinking baby knits maybe... I'd love to use it, I will come back to see what ideas you get!

Alrischa said...

Bet you could sell them off to a hexipuff addict :) At least you're organized enough to have the leftovers all in one place... mine are everywhere!

Mrhide said...

you fix holes in socks :) that's what you do with it!!

margaux said...

I have a ton of leftovers too... there was a cool idea on Nice & Knit blog to knit up a few swatches and frame them??? Could be a good idea!

SapphireBlue said...

Yup, I have a ton of them too that probably won't ever get used.

Jenntly Juniper said...

No idea what I'll be doing with mine (or my Grandma's - inherited a whole bunch of UFOs and also random skeins). I did make a couple of "scrappy lengthwise scarfs" that I like, be warned though that the linen stitch is s.l.o.w..