Late last year I moved my craft room into my home office, which meant that the dedicated storage area I had for my yarn shrunk by about half. Because of this, I really felt compelled to start using up my stash yarn to make the storage arrangement more neat and comfortable rather than overflowing. A lot of the yarns I had were things I had spontaneously bought with no plans (looking at you knitpicks minimum purchase for free shipping) so it’s been a (ongoing) journey to make things intentionally with the yarn I have.
First, I wanted to use up a bunch of solid fingering I bought with the idea of doing colorwork. I made version #3 of the Field Hat which finally fit in a slouchy way which I wanted.
And then gave the Deathflake Hat a go. This ended up with a coworker.
Then I tried to make a colorwork scarf but it hurt my hands too much so I turned it into another gift bag for my collection. I really love this color combo…will have to try something similar in the future without the toothpicks for knitting needles.
Then I found an adorable pattern for a toddler tshirt vest and couldn’t resist using up some stash. This is my first time playing with duplicate stitching for the heart. Hopefully it’ll be a nice transitional piece for the springtime.
I found a great charity called Knit the Rainbow which collects yarnie winter accessories and garments to give to unhoused LGBTQ+ youth in New York City.
It gave me the opportunity to make a bunch of scarflettes, hats, and earwarmers out of my heavier weight yarns of which I don’t have a ton to make bigger projects so this was perfect.
Here’s what one of the scarflettes looks like when worn; it’s the Sadie Scarflette pattern.
Falmouth Super Bulky hat
This picture doesn’t do justice to the Barley hat; it has a cool garter section that gives it some texture variation that I did a horrible job capturing. Also super easy to knit.
The Stare hat - I was planning this for a friend but it ended up too small.
This is not a new knit but I cannibalized a sweater I knit last year and sewed the colorwork portion into a cowl, lining it with some leftover fleece I had.
That’s all I can share right now, but there will be more stashbusting to come! I’ll edit this post as I have more to list for posterity sake. As of right now, I think I’ve used up about 40 - 50% of my current stash, and the yarn is fitting a lot better in the bins I have now. That being said, there’s a fiber expo I’m going to next weekend with intentions to shop I am hoping to have some project ideas in mind but we’ll see what happens. I haven’t bought any yarn (minus 3 skeins for a specific project for a friend) since last year!