Sheesh! You’d think I was a knitting perfectionist or something, but all I want is something to have for handwork on vacation.
I have spent way too much time on the internet and looking through my books and magazines to find a sweater pattern that both fits the yarn I have available and that I want to make. I actually have several that I want to make, but I’m too cheap to go out and buy the right yarn to make them! I love this one, but I don’t want to have to think, just knit!
I looked through my yarn stash–also too large and needing to be downsized. I have quite a bit of wool, for a once-planned project, but naturally there is not enough of any one color to make a nice, plain cardigan. Enough compatible colors to make about 2 sweaters, but not what I’m interested in making right now. I have an Aran weight yarn in a nice, creamy off-white, but I’ve already made a sweater with that same yarn. I have about 50 balls of different colored, itchy mohair that I really need to find a use for. Nothing is just right.
So I have decided on a strategy for stash reduction! Anything that is close enough in color, size and type to look good together is going to be put into a scarf or afghan and donated to charity. Anything cotton will be made into small baby blankets and donated to charity or a hospital.
Even if it’s hot pink and I have 15 skeins of it because someone found a bargain at a store closeout and then passed it along to me because they couldn’t figure out what to do with it! Someone will use that hot pink afghan…or maybe a dozen people will use a matching scarf, hat and mittens.
I loaded up a large bag with some of that oddball yarn and that’s what I will be doing during spare time on vacation…hands will be busy and yarn will be getting ready to leave my house. Hooray!
Starting with cotton–two different kinds of hot pink yarn…this is not that first 15 skeins I mentioned! But this is cotton, so I can give it a dye job! But I think I won’t want to see anything hot pink for quite a while after I use this up!