Stashbusting 101

As with any knitter or crocheter of long standing, I have a wee bit of yarn. There is a running joke in my house along the lines of “open a drawer & you are sure to find some yarn”…

In the interest of continuing to work on my house & do some renovating, I’m also determined to knock down my stash a bit. I will admit that it has gotten somewhat out of hand. So this year, I’ve been determined to knit/crochet down the stash some. I’m making some progress on it, having managed to withhold from actually buying yarn outside of a couple skeins here or there for specific projects. I’m actually quite pleased with myself. So far this year, I’ve knit around 3890 yards or 2.2 miles of yarn. ;)

I went to my projects in Ravelry to calculate up how much yarn I’d used & discovered to my amusement this oops on my part…  thought it was funny enough to share:



Ugh, it’s been a bad week on the running front. In my defense, it has been a very busy week at work & I’ve been getting home late and/or tired. It will be different this coming week, for sure! In the meantime, I’ve got my brand new pedometer (the company replaced my last one, which had stopped working), so I’m good to go again!


Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram – I was in the mood for lighthearted fluff in light of the crazy week I had at work. I made a good choice in this one. It was lighthearted, funny at bits & just mostly fun. While I don’t really like her choice of boyfriend (I just can’t stomach the cocky, arrogant jock who thinks he’s irresistible to every female on the planet), the rest of the story was good. A great read for when you want a bit of YA with a dash of geek thrown in.


I finished my Checkerboard Slippers yesterday & immediately cast on a pair for my geek. I’m trying to burn through my tub of acrylic & this pattern is perfect for it! Warm slippers that are SO smooshy on your feet, yet are totally washable & indestructible? Perfect.  LOL

Today’s Ravelry Search

So how about some other patterns for stashbusting? Here are some ideas!

* I know a certain Pixie that would LOVE this blanket – it’s the Ron Weasley blanket from PoA, GoF & OotP. :)

*Oooh, and the Pixie’s mum would love this one, I think! ♥

* Clever! I bet these would be fun to knit.

* I love the story of how this hat came to be, so cute!

Aw, really adorable little sweater for babies!

Stashbusting shawl!

* PUPPEH toys! ♥

* Fantastic scrap blanket!

* Great pattern for using up small bits of yarn leftovers!

* LOL, can’t go wrong with a pattern called The Wool Eater!

Smooshy garter & bold blocks of color – nice!

* What a fun way to use up leftovers!

* Perfect pattern for TV watching & stashbusting. ;)


* Free pattern

What are some of your favorite stashbusting patterns?

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2 Responses to Stashbusting 101

  1. Emily says:

    Oh man. Those afghans make me wish I could learn to crochet. Maybe a class would do the trick. (All my do-it-yourself efforts have failed so far.) And good on you for picking up a new pedometer! I miss mine. Might have to get a new one. It was so good for reminding me to get up out of my chair and walk.


    • H3Dakota says:

      I have SO much love for crocheted afghans! :) I’ve crocheted since I was 9, so it’s understandable. I have friends that knit & struggled with crochet (I was the opposite) – and yes, taking a class was just the cure for learning it! I encourage you to give it a try – once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at how fast crochet can be compared to knitting…


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