Turn Your Yarn Stash into a Gift Stash

Mar 29, 2010


Last Friday afternoon, my daughter came home and said, “My teacher is having a baby. Can you make her a present I can bring in Monday?” Sure, why not? While I was stitching away though, I thought, “How swell would it be to have a stash of hand-crafted gifts?”

Mags Kandis' new book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet provides just that opportunity. A mix of crochet and knit gifts, this book has several crocheted projects perfect for working up in odd moments to increase your stash of spur-of-the-moment handmade gifts.

Here's a peek at some of the projects in the book.

Crochet Flower Brooch

The perfect gift for teachers or a friend in need of a smile. The fineweight yarn here makes a 3- by 5-inch flower, but you can make a tiny one with thread or a super-large one with worsted or bulky. Work up a bunch to have on hand when the need arises.

Gilded Mesh Scarf

This scarf is just right for that one skein of yarn you fell in love with and bought, not knowing what it would become. This beauty is worked up in silk, but linen or thin ribbon yarn. Finish it off with a fringe of beads and you'll have a truly lovely gift.



Colorful Crochet Flowers

I love these fancy little flowers! Not only are they fun and cheery, but they are a great, showy way to turn tiny bits of luxury fibers into a fun accessory (I do hate to toss that yummy yarn, even when there's just a yard or so left). The fun design lets you play with different color combinations, and when you're done the flowers can become a key ring, a pin, bookmark or anything else you can think of. It can adorn a gift or be a gift in itself.

Granny Bag

After you've used up your odd balls of feltable wool to make this perfectly retro bag, it's the perfect stash spot for the rest of your other leftover yarn. Add your hooks and a copy of Gifted and you're ready to grab it and dive in whenever you have an opportunity to make a quick gift.


With Gifted in hand, you'll be on your way from turning your yarn stash into a gift stash.



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Celebrate the joy of crafting and gracious giving with small but lively projects, all with personal design touches for an extra-special gift.


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liveloveyarn wrote
on Mar 29, 2010 1:52 PM

Love this post! I actually have a "gift stash" of lovely little projects that I simply had to make but did not need or want for myself. It's a great a idea and especially awesome for crunch time like the holidays.

Lalaxton wrote
on Mar 30, 2010 4:53 AM

I also have a stash of newborn baby sweaters on hand. I make them between my bigger projects, keeps me busy!

Marcy Smith wrote
on Mar 30, 2010 5:28 PM

hey liveloveyarn,

That's a great idea! I see many things that I'd like to crochet just to crochet them, but they would be happier with someone else than with me. What a good thing to enjoy making them, then stash them until you find the right person to give them to!

Lalaxton, so good of you to make entire baby sweaters! Maybe if I thought of a baby sweater as say, three or four hats' worth of crochet (hmm and newborn would be only two or three hats' worth), I could add that to my travel crochet. Do you have a favorite baby crochet sweater pattern?