I'm doing what we knitters call "stash-busting" with this weeks project. Stash-busting is taking yarn that you already own and making something with it. It could be yarn that was bought but never used or it may be leftover yarn from a completed project.
In this case, it was leftover yarn. I made a sweater with it back in 2007 and had a lot leftover. I always buy too much. The sweater had it's issues, but it came out nice enough that I do wear it.
This yarn is a hand-dyed cotton that I bought when I visited Mass one winter season. It is a cotton yarn that when it was spun, it was done in a way that makes the strand thick in some places and thin in others; very cool.
I chose to knit a small shawl that I am calling a wrap. It came from the Holiday 2011 issue of Knit Simple. This is not the suggested yarn, so I had to wing it a bit. The original pattern called for a silk yarn that had beads and sequins attached to it. That sounds very pretty, but not within my budget for this week.
The wrap is knitted by casting on 3 sts and increasing at the beginning of each row to create a triangle. I used a size 13 circular needle to accommodate the large number of sts it will have when finished.
The yarn is a purple/brown/pink variegated yarn, which you can see a bit better in the above pic. This worked up pretty quick because it was just knit and purl back and forth.
I cut strands about 12" long, held two together and placed it at every end-of-row hole. It came out very chic, in my opinion. My new summer cotton wrap:
Stash-busting was fun. You can stash-bust too, by seeing what supplies you have on-hand (which could be fabric, beads, ribbon or anything that is leftover) and make something nice for yourself. Go ahead - Stash-bust!