Any thoughts anyone? Stash buster spring clean for the new year perhaps? Can we all try to use up the bits of yarn we keep shoving to the bottom of the pile?
This hat pattern works great for using up bits of yarn, if I do say so myself!
Granny squares are great for using up bits too. It does add to the textures if you just keep on adding the next bit wherever the last one stops. You can work from the lightest pink through to the darkest purple using up all your pink/purple tones on the way or just keep working from something dark to light to dark to light. If I have lots of bits to use up I often start the centre of a square with the smallest bit then h#the next smallest bit etc. By the time I have completed a good batch of squares, I only have larger or full balls of yarn left.
I don't always finish a round before changing yarns - just change when the previous color ends... The advantage of making a hat is that, while you still have to "weave in all ends", it doesn't have to be super neat (as with a square) because you can pull the ends inside the hat. I try to make the inside look neat too, of course...
Here's a pic of one I made recently with scraps of yarn.
I try to use yarns that are similar in weight and content. although as you can see there's a row of definitely synthetic "fun yarn" in this one! :)
I always wash the hats I make by hand with mild soap and air dry before sending them - gives them a nice, finished touch, and they smell nice too!
Perfect bits buster Mary. I love it when other textures sneak in too.
Perhaps we can check the online calendar and see what it says, if anything? I'm just about to dash out the door so I don't have time to look myself. Personally I'm voting for "Colors of Hope". Any color for a hat or square or sweater that means "hope" to you, hope for the child's future who gets it, hope for improved living conditions for them, hope for a smile from them when they receive the item. Stuff like that. But that's just me. Can somebody check the calendar? Later! Ciao! Jeanne :)
(of course it could also be "hope that we'll finally use up all the odd bits in our yarn stash" as Jeni suggests!)