I suppose we all have them. The leftover yarns from a finished project. The colour coordinated mini-skein sets. The ends we cut off a blocked project. The tangled up pieces of yarn, we can’t be bothered to undo.
There are a lot of people, who have a “Cozy Memories Blanket” or “Granny Stripes Blanket” on the go. And while I tried both of them, it just isn’t my thing. I can happily let a garment unfinished for months, yet I somehow have an aversion towards a project that is supposed to take a while to make. To be honest, it is also a question of aesthetics and probably linked to my background in design. I like to have an idea of what the finished project will look like, and be able to have some kind of control over it.
So I’ve come up with a list of things to do with my yarn leftovers instead.
- Give it to a friend who is working on a scrappy project
- Take up weaving and make cushioncovers or project bags from the woven fabric. Admittedly still a kind of scrappy project, but at a scale, where some planing is possible
- For the really small pieces, start collecting them and at some point do it like Ashley Thurman from Loom Denim: Turn them into some new, beautiful, crazy, fun yarn
- Knit projects that don’t use a whole skein of yarn. Like for example the “Angel Face” Turban by Amy Appel or the “West Wind” Mitts by Dianna Walla. And if all else fails, there are always the “Grazing Sheep” by CiD Hanscom
Let me know if you have some other ideas or pattern suggestions,