Last year Hubby came home with a bottle of champagne. It was nestling in straw in a gorgeous wooden box. The champagne is long gone and the straw ended up on the compost heap. But the box lives on.
It will never be worth a fortune. But it is strong with rope handles and leather hinges. My eyes lit up; I love pretty boxes and had the perfect use for this one. I saw it as the ideal place to put all those small oddments of yarn that are left over after projects. I sort my oddments into dk, 4 ply etc and use them to make stripy hats etc. But eventually the oddments become too small even for that. I hate waste so I still keep them and sometimes use them for sewing or even for stuffing soft toys.
This week has been far too hot for knitting the blanket I am planning. I dipped into the box and knitted a few stripy hats instead. I noticed that the collection of tiny oddments was growing. Storing them in a box creates an "out of sight, out of mind" situation. But it also puts a sensible limit on how much I can accumulate. Then I remembered a method of joining yarn called the "Russian join".
In the past, I have occasionally used this method to join yarn mid-row. It makes a surprisingly strong join. It isn't right for very fine projects as it inevitably creates a slightly thicker stitch. But it is perfect for things like scrappy scarves. It works well on dk acrylics which I use a lot.
So, yesterday, I set about combining the tiny oddments into one large ball of wool. I was in just the right frame of mind for this relaxing activity. This ball is just whites and pastels.
But I have enough oddments to make a brighter ball later.
What will I do with them? When I have enough I will probably combine the pastel ball with a white 4 ply yarn or even with some of my coned 2 ply yarn. I'll knit with both together to make a variegated baby blanket. I will probably combine the brighter ball with a darker colour and make a scarf or even a pet blanket.
There's some way to go yet. The pastel ball weighs only 40g. But it won't be long before I can use it. When the weather cools down, my blanket will take shape and I will have a lot more oddments. Woo hoo!