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The most stressful part of crocheting or knitting from stash, for most of us, is finding projects for scraps and small skeins. I know I’m a bit timid about mixing lots of colors and textures into one project, especially when I plan to use the projects for gifts! My favorite one skein projects, by far, are hats. I love to crochet and to knit hats. I’ve mentioned before that my favorite crochet hat book is Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu - it has quite a few great one skein hat projects inside. I don’t have a favorite resource for knitted hats… yet! I recently started paying attention to Ravelry’s features after being a member since 2007 (yes, it’s true. I ignored it for years), and I plan to use the advanced pattern search to find some patterns for one skein projects if I run out of inspiration. (I’m assuming that I will be mojo-less once I get closer to my holiday crafting deadlines).
If you haven’t already guessed, motifs are my favorite scrap projects. When I first moved in with MC, I made a massive scrap throw for us to cuddle under while watching movies on his projector. It has endured spills, cat sneezes, and a life of laying over the back of the couch, and it is super cozy! I only used yarns that were machine washable and dryable, and I actually collected up scraps from friends to add to the variety. For organizing it, I used a tip I learned when I began quilting – as long as the colors immediately next to each other “go together,” you can experiment quite a bit as long as you have more than 7-10 colors in the project. At that point, matching each yarn becomes less important. I planned some squares and for others, I just pulled the yarn at random from my stash bag. (Note to self: Must take picture of scrap blanket!)
I’m currently working on some scrap yarn hexagons that will eventually transform in to a Christmas stocking. I’m not yet sure what other motif projects I have up my sleeve for the holidays, but I’m sure that all of the pet projects I hope to make for the holidays will be made from scrap yarn. Although I have some fantasies about making this, I know that at the last minute (when pet gifts are most likely to be made), I will probably not have the brain power left to try and piece it together.
Instead, I will probably make pet blankets for my cat, my mom’s dog, and my dad’s cat. For the cats, I plan to make freeform blankets.
Since my mom is more sensitive about her decor, I will have to be more conservative about whatever gift I plan for her dog. I’m thinking of either a motif blanket using the same motif in different color combinations, or different motif patterns in the same size, shape, and color combination.
If you need some inspiration for a Holiday Stashdown Challenge post for next week, here’s the prompt for Tuesday, July 3: What are your favorite last minute handmade gifts to give? Share your tips for quick gifts with us!