Stash-Busting Scarves

Jan 4, 2011

Marsha of Texas writes in with this great stash-busting idea. Here's Marsha:

One way I've found to destash is to sort all of my little leftovers by colors that go together--complementary, analagous, anything that looks good together. I don't worry about size of yarn or style--all together. Then I put them in bags. I make skinny scarves using all colors and styles. I may have to change the hook/needle to keep it the right width, but I just keep going. Usually I repeat the yarn 2-3 times throughout the scarf. I put them together--knit and crochet--practice stitches. I usually leave ends dangling--really a rustic look. Add some fringe--on the sides, at the ends, buttons, all type of fun trims. Everyone loves them.
 
Here are two--I think I may have knit more on the skinnies, the wider is crochet--I haven't added buttons, bead or fringe--I may, but I may not--just not sure yet.

What are some of your favorite stash-busting ideas? We'd love to know! We have a lot of yarn looking to be crocheted in the new year!

Best,

Marcy


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Shellie2355 wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 12:50 PM

I have a bag of autumn colored yarn from making my fall leaf wreath that I intend to use to make a cat cozy for the stray who lives in our garage attic. We already have 5 cats in the house, so this guy needs to stay outside, but I want him to feel safe and warm over the cold winter. Plus, this yarn has been passed around for a long time and deserves a "happy ending" as it were. :)

dgast wrote
on Jan 7, 2011 1:09 AM

I had lots & lots of acrylic worsted weight yarn that had been given to me and knew I could never use it all. So, using 4 strands of yarn at once and a P crochet hook, I made a great rug. Whenever one color was used up I just added in another. The rug has gotten many compliments.

jengpal wrote
on Jan 8, 2011 8:33 AM

Great tip re working with different weight yarns and changing hook size. What a simple (and obvious) solution yet it never occurred to me.

Re Shellie2355 what is a cat cozy?

Thanks,

Jen

Shellie2355 wrote
on Jan 11, 2011 8:00 AM

Jen,

A cat cozy is a bowl shape created with yarn that many people make for their local animal shelters. The cats (or small dogs) climb in and snuggle, the sides are slightly curved in so that the animal feels wrapped and secure. I got the idea from this web site: www.snugglesproject.org/crochet

Shellie

nobelboy wrote
on Sep 13, 2011 5:13 AM

I had lots & lots of acrylic worsted weight yarn that had been given to me and knew I could never use it all. So, using 4 strands of yarn at once and a P crochet hook, I made a great rug. Whenever one color was used up I just added in another. The rug has gotten many compliments.

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