A few weeks ago, I shared this photo on Instagram of my yarn basket, filled to the brim with neutral colored yarn.
The truth is, most of that yarn was single skeins left over from projects, or odds and ends that have gathered up over the years (though there are a few gems in there for sure).
I also shared awhile back about my desire to start purchasing yarn more mindfully. I knew that most of the yarn in that basket wasn't going to get used up. I didn't have projects in mind for it, nor did it fit with the new direction I was hoping to go in with my fiber pursuits.
So. I did what any resourceful crafter would do and started a scrappy blanket, to turn those unloved, mismatched skeins into something useful, comforting and full of love.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I had no plan whatsoever for the order of the colors- I just tried to pair yarns together based on their weight. Nor did I have a plan for the size, but I'm all out of scraps and it feels pretty good to me. At the last minute, I decided to use some white yarn to create a lace-like edging and I'm really glad I did. It ties it all together nicely. I really love that the stripes are all different widths and finish at all different points in the blanket. Some are large and some small and I think together, it ties in rather nicely.
Earlier this week I was getting pretty anxious to finish it up. It's been a blast to work on (for sure!) but it's getting warmer out, and working on a blanket isn't really what I want to be doing on these almost Summer-like days. I've got a whole list of new projects I'm hoping to get to eventually and I just really wanted to be done. So I pushed through the last few rows and she's all finished.
Yaaay! I've already been getting good use out of the blanket in the mornings while it's a bit cooler, curled up on the couch with a warm cuppa and a good book to start the day!
Honestly, it's been so great to work through my stash. Though I'm not at all against having a stash (and I've still got some yarn kicking around) I feel so much better without all that yarn staring at me, begging to be used up, all the while I know that's not going to happen. And now that I've used up some of it I'm hoping to give away or donate the rest of what I won't use (just a few skeins now) and then I'll have a blank slate of sorts to work with. Stay tuned for a post with some of the yarn I'm hoping to get my hands on next!