We have a yarn problem around here: We have too much of it. I know we could give it away, but we also have another yarn problem: We keep buying it. It was a manageable problem when there was only one person with a yarn problem, but when our now-13yo ballerina turned 9 and started knitting, she came down with the problem, too.
So she and I decided, in the spirit of wasting not, to use at least 5 balls of yarn, each, before we're allowed to purchase more. Yipes.
One of my self-assigned projects is to figure out how to use the ribbon yarn we acquired on a clearance sale, when we no doubt had to have it for something, someday. That day hasn't come yet, and the ribbon yarn just sits (whatever could it be useful for?), so when Interweave Press sent me their beautiful new book, Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit & Crochet, and I saw a pattern for a silk crocheted scarf, I thought of the ribbon yarn.
I think, with a different sized hook, the ribbon yarn would crochet up easily – and quickly – into a fancy, evening scarf. And since I never, ever have a fancy evening (well, I probably have had one, once), I'll likely give it as a Christmas gift to someone. But first I have to think of someone who has fancy evenings. Hmm.
Well, think of someone or not, I'm motivated to complete the scarf because as soon as I use up this ribbon yarn, I'm one ball closer to being "allowed" to buy more yarn!
Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit & Crochet was written by Mags Kandis. It is a beautiful book. The projects are not all quick (there are some beautiful socks that would take me a fairly long year to complete, I'm sure), but they are all definitely lovely gifts that I would love to give (or receive!).
I'm planning on making:
- the crocheted scarf above
- the adorable felted hearts on the front cover
- the ribbed, knitted tea cozy