Off the Needles :: Scraps

It feels really, really satisfying to knit a project and use up almost all of the yarn.  It’s as if it were meant to be, as if the yarn and the pattern were a perfect match.

Occasionally, however, you overestimate the yardage you’ll need for a project, only use a few yards of that extra skein, or inherit someone’s leftovers.  What is to become of all those partial balls of seemingly unwanted leftover yarn?

I usually toss all my partial balls into a bin inside my stash cupboard and let them marinate until a use becomes apparent.  I don’t really worry too much about them. Perfect for stripes, toys, crafts, gift wrap, and baby hats, I know my leftovers will get used up eventually.

First, I knit this:

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Earth & Sky

And used the leftovers for this:

Scrappy Sockhead Hat

Scrappy Sockhead Hat

And then I knit this:

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Tidal Cardigan

And used some of the leftovers for this:

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Little Scallops

Isn’t this a fun game?!  How do you handle your leftover bits of yarn?

You can see details of all of these projects over on my Ravelry page.

Long Days + a New Sweater

The days are long right now. Early morning wake ups combined with hours full of fun, work, challenge, stress, and play: all the things that make up ones day. It all seems incompatible, yet at the end of the day it is the paradox that makes up my life right now. The transition from work to home life is particularly challenging.  I’m working on eliminating unnecessary stresses and adding in things that fill by cup of bliss, but it is hard (as I know you know).

When times get like this, I turn to my knitting. Always the knitting. It has changed my life in so many ways, and continues to be a source of calm, creativity, and comfort.

Over the weekend I got a chance to take some photos of my finished Tidal Cardigan.  It’s been done for a fair while now, but I have to admit I wasn’t in love with it at first.  It’s a little bit too big, the buttons a bit small. Because it wasn’t perfect I hesitated sharing it in this space.  Silly, right?!

These things happen in knitting as in life, and the more we choose to only share what’s gone according to plan, the more we perpetuate this idea of perfection.  Particularly in the blog world…

In any case, this sweet cardigan has grown on me.  There are ways to fix what bugs me about it, and that’s a gift; not everything can be altered or redone after the fact.  Nor should it. Instead of focusing on what I don’t like about something (or didn’t accomplish), I’m going to shout out what did go well.

The seaming is beautiful on this sweater! The yarn is cheery and has silk!

Okay, that’s enough of the Peaceful philosopher brain dump for today!

Morning Meeting

Come Friday morning, after a week of early morning wake-ups, preschool drop offs, and busy work days, I’m ready for a mellow breakfast by myself.  Just me, my knitting, and some freshly brewed and baked goodies.  This is one of the ways I center myself before a busy day and fill up my Bliss Cup, Kathy Stowell style.

How do you center, rest, or recharge yourself when life is moving so quickly all around you? Let us know in the comments!

p.s. That’s my Tidal cardigan!  I’m almost finished with the back, then it’s on to the short sleeves and finishing.  Yipee!