Christmas Holiday Greetings

December has been exceptionally busy on the crafting front. I have more yarn than I know what to do with and more ideas than my crocheting fingers can keep up with. Does this happen to anyone else? I have to keep scribbling down ideas before they get lost in the mahoosive pile of WIPs I already have on the go, perched as they are on various surfaces about the house.

Christmas has been lovely. I filled the house with handmade bits and pieces.

And became even more determined to be as close to a 100% handmade Christmas next year.

I’ve been increasingly focused on using up all the yarn that I am privileged to possess. Hence an abundance of cowls and scarves appearing on an almost daily basis…

I’ve also spent hours trying to decide what to do with some new yarn I got for Christmas and have thus far come up with a stitch pattern that looks like little bows in a column.

Quite what I’m going to do with it all next, I have no idea.

I’ll be back in the new year with some 2017 crafting resolutions. Most of which I cannot wait to get started on!

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How to Use Up That Yarn Stash #1

Hey y’all, (I’ve been watching A LOT of Nashville lately!)

I really want to show you something I’ve made that has used up a tonne of leftover yarn from my stash. It’s the perfect pattern for using up scraps because there are parts that need quite substantial amounts of yarn and then other parts that only require a tiny amount. The VERY BEST thing about it is every row gets shorter, so it actually gets easier towards the end of the project. This is a wonderful thing and has gone some way to curing my usual problem of being a bad finisher.

Here’s a peak at it…

So it needs some blocking to square it up slightly, but I think it’s looking pretty good. It starts with long rows around two edges but decreases by two whole stitches every row. It’s chunky, squidgy and gorgeous and is full of Autumn/Winter colours. In fact I arranged the scraps to run from warm autumnal burgundy and orange, to the duller greys of November, then finally to the crisp reds and whites of December and January.

Pin it for later!

Pin it for later!

It costs nothing and even the smallest scraps of yarn can be used up in the short rows at the end. Back loop double crochet and holding the yarn double adds an on-trend chunky quality not to be missed.

Is anyone interested in making one? I can add it to my pattern pages if other folk have a stash to bust.

Hope it helps y’all (I’ll stop doing that by the time I next post)