Adventures in Stash Busting

Happy New Year, everyone!

I don’t know about you, but every year around this time, I get an insatiable urge to declutter things and begin the new year with a clean and clutter-free slate.  Some years I clean out the closet, other times it’s the pantry, and last year I was extra-ambitious and Marie Kondo-ed the entire house.  So after that, what could possibly be left??  My yarn stash, of course!

I’ve spent the last two weeks with all those odd balls leftover from finished projects that I didn’t quite have the heart to throw away.  And now I’m glad of it – look at what one can accomplish with orphan balls of yarn!  Come take a leftovers tour with me:

First, the Antler Hat by tincanknits with a leftover ball and a half of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed.  Lovely pattern – easy to follow and memorize and beautifully rustic.


I think this one will be donated to a local homeless shelter – should keep someone warm on those cold Maine nights.

Second is Peppermint Hat by Celeste Young with leftover Quince & Co. Chickadee in Audouin, Cypress, and Delft.  This one was really fun to knit.  I loved the quick color changes and the way the stripes ripple across the hat.


This one will go to a dear friend who is in want of a belated Christmas gift.

Next is Cancans by Erica Lomax in a leftover ball of Knit Picks Stroll.  These were very simple to knit, but the pattern was saved by the little cable pattern down the back.  They were a close thing, too.  I had to cut the second one short by a couple of rounds in order to finish them at all.


I’m not sure what will happen to these.  They might also be a belated office gift to a coworker who is perpetually cold.

And lastly, more pink, more cute, it’s Stardust the Unicorn by Post.  This is more of the above, Quince & Co.’s Chickadee in Audouin and Knit Picks’ Stroll.  And look how friggin’ cute it is!


This one I made specifically with my mother in mind.  She has a slight obsession with unicorns and now she has a little softie to keep her company at work when clients are difficult.

What do you do when the urge to organize strikes?  Do you need the call?

I hope you all had a safe and happy New Years and that 2017 is your best year yet!



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