It’s a new year and therefore time for a new challenge. A couple of years ago I decided I was going to work on busting out some of my stash yarn and make hats for chemo donation. My 2013 Stash Bust Challenge was focused on a box full of Bernat CottonTots yarn. I ended up crocheting 5 pounds, 15.5 ounces of it into 32 hats for Halos of Hopeor other charitable donation. I had also crocheted other hats for donation in different yarn that I didn’t include in the count. I was pretty busy with hats that year. Last year’s challenge didn’t focus on any yarn in particular, just random yarn in my stash. Last year I made 24 hats out of 5 pounds, 4.25 ounces! I must have made some pretty heavy hats!
It would seem that most of my stash yarn would be close to gone at this point. Sadly, no. I still have too many boxes of yarn. So 2015 will once again be all about working from stash yarn for charitable causes. This year’s goal will be a minimum of 24 hats and 5 pounds of yarn. I’ve got some funky fun fur that needs to used and a ton of cotton and cotton-blends that will be perfect for chemo hats. I also hope to make a lapghan or two.
Let’s start this challenge off with the first 3 hats of 2015 completed!
The first is called End’s Swell. I won this pattern in the Gift-A-Long on Ravelry last month. It is stitched with slip stitches which was totally new to me. The final result is adorable. The pattern is a great way to use up smaller leftovers without having to work in a million ends. I can see making more of these in random stripes as leftovers come available.
Next is another Divine Hat. This is a great pattern and my third one. I used Caron Simply Soft for this one. It looks great but, going forward, I’ll use thinner yarns when making this pattern. I loved it in Caron Spa.
Last is a Happy Puppy. Last month I re-worked the pattern in Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand. I also re-formatted the pattern and took new pictures. The pattern was originally written with Bernat Denim Style-a great cotton/acrylic blend. Unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued. I (of course) have a few skeins of it in my stash and found this hat partially finished. Because Denim Style is super soft and perfect for chemo hats, I finished it and will include it in my next batch of hats to Halos of Hope.
This 2015 challenge is on and off for a good start!
The three hats weigh 7 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 3
Total weight of yarn used in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 7 ounces
The adorable Happy Pets hats was one of my earlier patterns. The original recommended yarn had been discontinued so I reworked the pattern with the awesome Vanna’s Choice yarn by Lion Brand. In addition to the new yarn, and photos, I reformatted the pattern presentation. The original pattern is still the same, just presented a little bit prettier now. I hope you like it! In celebration, I’m offering it at 50% off (Ravelry only) from now until Jan. 18, 2015 midnight EST. Just make sure you use coupon code “HappyPets50percent”.
December 31, 2014 and my last hat of the year for the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge was just finished. I didn’t think I’d have time for another hat this year but then remembered this hat I had started a couple of months ago and hadn’t finished. There’s a reason I didn’t finish it…fun fur/eyelash yarn. I’m not a fan of this type of yarn but for some reason (clearance aisle a few years ago!) there are a few skeins of this stuff in my possession. UGH. There’s no pattern for this critter. I just made a hat. As it progressed it was kinda large so I added some super bulky yarn as an edging to tighten it up. Then, to use up what was left, made some ears-why not?-to create a critter of some sort. The edging part is pretty tight on Buffy’s head so I’m hoping it will fit a large child. The good news is I used up all the super bulky and the dark blue fur yarn, less than a yard leftover of each, and created a hat some child will (hopefully) like. The bad news, I have more of this fur stuff, lots more.
This hat weighs 4.25 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge: 24
Total weight of the hats made for donation in 2014: 5 pounds, 4.25 ounces!
Check back in a week or so for a new 2015 Challenge!
Here’s the second hat for December in my 2014 Stash Bust Challenge. This is the Cable and Rib Slouchy Hat from Red Heart. I really like this pattern. It uses short rows for the crown shaping and it’s pretty easy. When I was a little more than half-way through I realized I wouldn’t have enough purple yarn (Caron Simply Soft) so I added the blocks of cream to get the needed circumference. The only other modification I made was a slight adjustment to the brim. I’d like to add a pom-pom but I’m going to wait until I have a chance to crochet another Divine Hat with the remaining cream yarn as I don’t want to run short. If there’s enough cream left over, I’ll make a pom-pom for this hat. If not, it looks good as is!
Another Winter Tracks by Sarah Jane Made for Halos of Hope
I’m still plugging away at my Stash Bust Challenge. I’m beginning to realize I won’t be making 7 pounds worth of hats but that’s OK. I’ll make what I can. This is my second Winter Tracks hat, designed by Sarah Jane. The hat is written to have a brim. I was so tired and so excited to finish the hat last night that I completely forgot to add it. Oh well, I think it looks great with and without so I’m going to leave it as it. Great pattern! Gotta go, I need to get stitching…
Two more hats for donation completed in November! Whoo-Hoo! These two cuties will be donated locally. I had an almost full skein of white Red Heart Super Saver in my stash. This isn’t the best yarn for chemo hats so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then I received notification that this year’s White Christmas has a Frozen theme. Every year the employees of the local university where I work collect A LOT of food and toys (White Christmas) for those who live in the town and are in need. So, I decided to make an Elsa hat for the collection. I’m pleased to have found a charitable use for this yarn. And because it will be worn by a child who will have hair, this yarn should be OK.
The Ninja Turtle hat was crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver also. I hope it will go to a young boy who will have fun with it. I have a lot more of this green and I wish I had the time to make more Ninja Turtle hats. If I still have the yarn next November, I just may make another turtle or two for the collection next year.
Two weeks ago I mentioned the Gift-A-Long that is occurring on Ravelry. This is such a fun event, please check it out. It is still going strong through Dec. 31, 2014. The participants are having a lot fun sharing their WIPs, FOs and random thoughts. You never know what you might find or learn there; lots of new designers and patterns as well as learning what Vegemite and Marmite are. I gotta try this stuff!
While searching the GAL crochet designers, I discovered this beautiful hat by Betty Fay Wallace, La Villa Lace Brim Slouch Hat, and just had to try it. I’m so pleased with the hat. I haven’t made anything like this before. It is crocheted in mercerized cotton and it is gorgeous. With three more hanks of this same yarn in my stash it is very likely I will make more of these.
This hat weighs 3.5 ounces. This is my fourth hat this month. There’s one week left in November and I have a goal to make a couple more!
Third week of November and I have one more hat to be donated to Halos of Hope! This is the striped version of the Bentley HatI made in September. I finally wrote the pattern down and it is now available.
Although the pattern is written for Cascade Yarns Bentley, I made this one in Caron Simply Soft. For some reason have 2 more skeins of the mauve so you will be seeing more pink hats in the future!
This hat weighs 3.75 ounces. I’ve made over 4 pounds so far-it’s going to be tough to make the full 7 pounds in 2014 but I’ll keep on trying.
Total hats made in the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge: 19
Total weight of the hats to date: 4 pounds, .75 ounces.
First week of November and I have two more hats to be donated to Halos of Hope! I was so excited to receive the gifted yarn that I just had to make some hats right away. The first is a pattern that was suggested through the Hat of the Month Ravelry group. Each month, the members of the group decided on a free hat pattern to stitch over the month. I’ve found some great patterns this way. The second hat is a pattern I found written for bulky weight yarn. I wanted to use the gifted ombre yarn paired up with some solid yarn I had in my stash. I had to tweak it slightly to adjust for the different gauge but I’m really happy with how it turned out. Click on the photos to be brought to the project pages and the links to the free patterns. The two hats weigh just under 11 ounces! Heavy hats!
Crocheters (and other crafters too!) are such generous people. We love our craft and want to share it with as many others as possible. How often have you found yourself saying to others “If you’d like to learn, I’ll show you.” Not only do we share our skills, we also share our stuff. Last week, one of my regular pattern testers mentioned she had some cotton yarn she couldn’t use and asked if I’d like it. She said maybe I could make a couple of hats for Halos of Hope with it. Because she lives rather far away I suggested she see if she might be able to find someone local so we wouldn’t have to worry about shipping costs. Her response was, if I wanted, it was mine and she would treat on the shipping. I said sure thinking it was maybe 3 or 4 balls of yarn. Yesterday (Halloween), I arrived at my house to find a large box at my door. “What?” I wondered, “What treat did I receive?” I opened it to find 17 full and a couple partial balls of cotton yarn. WOW! Yeah, I think I can make more than a couple of hats for Halos of Hope with it! The yarn weighs over 2 pounds, 10 ounces, almost as much as the yarn I have used in 2014 (to date) to make 16 hats!
This isn’t the first time someone has shared her craft items with me. Last year, a woman my husband knows through his job, was clearing out some knitting items. She sent him home with 2 large bags of books, patterns and needles for me. She said for me to take what I wanted and donate the rest. How sweet! I pulled out a couple of books and some lovely bamboo needles and brought the rest to the thrift store that supports a local women’s shelter.
Thank you both Heather and Maggie for your generosity. All of these gifts will be put to good use as I continue to bust out my stash for Halos of Hope. If you’ve received a generous gift from another crafter, I’d love to hear about it!