Trouble with Trebles

This blog is to keep track of my knitting, other craft projects, and the weird bits of life that don't fit anywhere else.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Creativity

"College isn't the place to go for ideas." - Helen Keller

I made the typical rookie mistake with my first sweater, buying exactly as much yarn as the pattern required. Of course I ran out of yarn partway through the last sleeve, the yarn shop where I had purchased it had gone out of business, and I ended up scouring the web looking for just a couple more balls in the right color.

I learned my lesson, and now always buy a couple extra skeins, just in case. This sometimes leaves me with a couple extra skeins at the end of a project. It's always difficult to decide what to do with those last two skeins of soft, lovely yarn. While others seem to have found the perfect use for their leftovers, I appear to be collecting an ever-growing collection of odds and ends.

I also admit that I obsess have concerns about wasting anything. I blame my cheapness frugality at least partly on growing up poor. Just the other day my mother said that being poor forces a person to be more creative. It's hard to argue with a woman who made me a desk from scrap wood, a huge old drawer, and a leftover piece of laminate from the kitchen counter. Many people laughed at my desk (you know who you are), but it was functional and sturdy as could be. I've been told that my brother added a few extra embellishments and is still using that desk 20 years later. Yep, apparently my entire family is cheap.


After a recent FO, I still have a couple skeins left of soft, fuzzy burgundy yarn. Rather than creating my own pattern, however, I figured I could take advantage of the creativity of others and find the perfect pattern. Recently I was also reminded that even in southern California stylish outerwear is necessary at times. So, I am going to jump on the bandwagon and make Le Slouch designed by Knit and Tonic's Wendy. After seeing the one Crafty Canadian made, I just have to have one for myself!

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4 Comments:

At 3:24 PM, Blogger CraftyCanadian said...

YAY for finding creative uses for 'leftovers'! You are going to enjoy knitting Le Slouch :)

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

Sounds like an excellent plan! I never know what to do with leftovers either. Looking forward to seeing Le Slouch.

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger jenfromRI said...

That hat is so cute! I've got to admire the ability to wear a beret - they look ridiculous on me. Lucky you!

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Theresa said...

I, too, am obsessed with using leftovers, no matter how much new yarn I acquire. The hat will be adorable!

 

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