2018 began with a post announcing my goal to reduce my yarn stash. 3 months have passed and I’ve made some progress. A good bit of progress. I gave away a full box of felted sweaters to someone on Ravelry. I sold 16 hanks on eBay. I gave away 2 skeins in my pot-holder swap group and donated almost 2 full boxes of yarn and misc. craft supplies to a local thrift store. In addition, I completed 3 potholders, 2 scarves, 3 hats, 5 dryer balls and 1 votive cover. My only yarn purchases were 2 teeny tiny skeins of cotton yarn as I needed them for one of the hats. So, with all that, you would think I would only have about 8 boxes of yarn remaining, right? Nope. I have 10 boxes and at least 1 box worth of loose yarn that is not boxed up. UGH. Apparently I significantly underestimated the amount of yarn I had scattered about the house and in project bags and such. So, I DID clear out about 4 boxes worth, I just refilled those empty boxes with yarn that wasn’t boxed up. Oh well. It is still progress and I’m happy to be reducing my stash. I addition to the completed projects shown below, I have a few WIPS. Hopefully they will be completed by June 1 and I can share photos in my next update.
Click on the photos for more information about each project. Patterns used are linked below.
I’ve always loved potholder patterns. There are so many cute, silly and fun patterns available. I have a lot of crocheted potholders. They were my first crochet projects. It was a great way to perfect my tension. But because they were so simple, they are plain and not at all exciting and are showing some wear. I’ve had them for about 10 years now. So when I heard about a potholder swap, I was super excited.
I’ve never participated in any swaps before and have always been curious about them. I’ve learned that you make the item then mail it along with return postage to whomever the organizer of the swap may be. She (or he) sorts them all and mails you an item made by another person. For this swap we are each making three potholders of the same pattern. The colors can vary but the pattern is to be consistent. Then, we will receive back three potholders made by three different people! I think it will be awesome to see the work of others.
I had a heck of a time deciding on which pattern to use. I was tempted to go whimsical. Many of my bib patterns could easily be converted to potholders and I was really leaning toward making three pigs (three little pigs, get it?) But then I saw this Granny Stitch Potholder pattern by Recycle Cindy. I thought it was adorable and genius in its simplicity. And I’m really into grannies lately as I’m working on three different pattern designs that incorporate granny squares. So, the combination of this cute potholder pattern with my quest to work from stash and I quickly became hooked (sorry, no pun intended).
So far I’ve completed one potholder. Each one is using up a lot of scraps, which is great but results in a ton of ends to weave in. My goal is to get them in the mail this weekend. I have a lot of weaving and crocheting to do to in order to finish!