Welcome to week one of my attempt to decrease my yarn stash (and maybe some other stuff too) and turn it into something useful and beautiful or failing that give it away to someone else and spread the joy!
Please feel free to join in with a comment and/or a link to your own projects (on flickr, Ravelry or your blog). I am hoping that we will share ideas for using up odd balls or inspire someone else with a perfect quick project and if you need an extra skein to make your perfect shawl maybe someone else has just what you are looking for and might be happy to swap...
I have been knitting frantically and my first "stash buster" is completed...some Toast wrist warmers in gorgeous Noro yarn and a matching hat as well...
The wrist warmers were inspired by a pair I spotted on the Loobylu blog and are knitted using two balls of Noro silk garden. I bought the yarn to make them at Fibre and Clay back in January, with some birthday money and had meant to get started right away. Instead, as often happens, I was busy finishing some other things and the yarn got stowed away in my stash drawer (top picture). This post was just what I needed to kick me in the pants and get me started and they were a dream to knit, both finished in a weekend.
The hat is my favourite pattern from "Last minute knitted gifts" and was knitted in an evening using the same technique as the Toast and some left over yarn, as I was so in love with the stripes.
Both these projects would work well with hand-spun or any left over half balls of DK yarn and would be a great way to get started on Christmas gifts.
Now they are safely tucked away in my hand knits drawer (second picture) and I am already well on the way with finishing a couple of other projects that have sat on the needles for far too long. I look forward to hearing what you are all planning or making, please take a look through the links and comments and join in with all the fun!