Thursday, November 20, 2008

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    I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.
    -Oscar Wilde

    I talk about my stash occasionally on this blog (note to self: take some pictures). Today, let's talk about the non-stash. I know we all have one. I'm talking about the partial balls of yarn that even the most OCD of us don't list on our stash spreadsheets. In my case, I separate out the sock leftovers from the regular ones. And while the sock leftovers are quickly overflowing their basket, the regular leftovers fill an entire wicker laundry basket by themselves. Sure, they don't count in my yardage, but they sure do take up space.

    Steathily, in the last few months, I took some promising skeins and matched them with some promising projects in my Ravelry queue. And there you have it - something from nothing.

    Halley's Comet Hat
    Pattern: by Marnie McLean, free online
    Yarn: Cotton-Ease in red (not quite as orange as it appears on the screen), about 1/2 skein
    Needles: US8
    Notes: Speedy pattern. Looks a lot better on.
    Best Thing About This Project: Something from nothing.

    Huckleberry Ascot
    Pattern: from Interweave Knits, Holiday 2007
    Yarn: (I think . . .) Lionbrand Wool-ease Sportweight in blue, about 1/2 skein
    Needles: US 6
    Notes: Great fun pattern, very clear, and intuitive once you get into it.
    Best Thing About This Project: Something from nothing.

    And, last but not least (and please ignore the photo issues - I just learned that you can edit photos in iPhoto and while it made the colors much more true, I can't fix what I did with the border. . .), a kerchief.

    Apres-Ski Kerchief
    Pattern:
    from Handknit Holidays
    Yarn: Knit Picks Decadence (now discontinued, which is too bad, because it was a great yarn for quick Christmas gifts!)
    Needles: US 9
    Notes: Technically the reverse stockinette stitch is the right side, but it actually looks good both ways.
    Best Thing About This Project: Something from nothing.

    Something from nothing doesn't just apply to knitting. Last week I stocked my freezer with homemade chicken stock.
    The bones from a full chicken, and peelings from all my veggies that had been hanging out in the freezer waiting for this day. Gosh I feel industrious!

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    4 Comments:

    Anonymous lynda said...

    In 28 years of marriage- I've never made homemade chicken stock. I'm a little squeamish with the chicken parts... I'm big on boneless/ skinless chicken!

    I did make completely homemade chicken soup once, parts and all... and when I asked how it was, the kids said it tasted about as good as the canned stuff. Yeah..

    11/20/2008 5:46 PM  
    Blogger bySarah said...

    Cool post...something from nothing!
    I love that apres ski kerchief...such a great idea for after winter play!

    11/21/2008 4:57 AM  
    Blogger P and P said...

    I used to love to make chicken stock, but now we're raising our own rabbits, so it's rabbit stock. Life is so inefficient anyway,it's great to make a few little somethings.

    11/21/2008 4:49 PM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    What a great selection of projects! I am very much into using the leftovers, whether it be yarn or food. ;)

    11/24/2008 12:43 PM  

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