It’s starting to feel like that time of year again. We had a couple of slightly less frigid days that normal, and all of a sudden I remembered what spring feels like. The birds were singing. The breeze didn’t make my eyeballs freeze. And for about a day I thought about Spring Cleaning, that mythical act of airing out and freshening up your home, office, wardrobe, stash, whatever. I got about as far as washing my car and organizing my knitting patterns before I lost steam. It’s just as well, because it got cold again.
But I did come away with a couple of things that got spring cleaned.
I took apart an old binder and re-purposed it as my new and improved knitting pattern library. This binder now holds all the patterns I have printed out or purchased since I started knitting. They are each housed in their own plastic protective sheet and are organized by anatomy of use, ie Feet, Hands, Head, etc. it felt good to get all those papers tamed and accessible; and let’s not forget how much I love using my label maker!
As far as Spring Cleaning and knitting go, I whipped up one little FO but didn’t make noticeable progress on any of my other projects. Most of my knitting time went to working on a sharps container cozy, a knit born out of the desire to cover this ugly/scary thing:
This box is sitting on the back of the toilet in my bathroom, awaiting its daily needle disposal responsibilities. Now I’m not typically a cozy person (although I have been tempted by all of the beautiful tea cozies over at Princess Pea’s), but thought it would be nice to cheer this process up a bit.
I went to my stash and pulled out all the little leftover balls of yarn that spoke to me. I found bright pinks and greens, and a couple shades of purple. I then grabbed a brand new ball of teal yarn to act as a unifying background color and set to work. My design was nothing more complex than knitting with a strand of teal and another color held together until I felt like changing, then randomly grabbing a new color from my knitting bag. I did this until it was long enough to wrap around the box, then finagled a 3 needle bind off with 2 needles and a cast on edge. It worked, and I didn’t have to seam anything together!
Pattern: Be a Happy Pincushion sharps container cozy by Me
Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool Merino in color 77734 “Too Teal”, 3/4 skein, and varying amounts of leftover wools.
Needles: US size 10
Notes: This method could easily be used to blend disparate yarns and leftover bits into any knitting project.
This was a fun way to use up some leftovers and to cheer up my surroundings. When you have to give yourself daily shots, it’s nice to have something a little silly around to remind you not to take yourself too seriously. I’m considering hanging up some Teen Beat posters and getting a hot pink Troll doll to finish off the look.