About a year ago I was lucky enough to be given 2 big bags full of yarn by a Freecycler. Yes, I was that bag lady sitting on a train and then on a bus, occasionally peeking into the bags and smiling happily.
I think I have used most of it by now. But there were several small balls of white dk acrylic yarn....all slightly different shades and textures and all too small to make even a baby hat. The closest they would have come to a hat would be in a starring role as stripes. But I was in no rush.
Then, a few days ago, I heard about Cwtch of Comfort which is a project that gives blankets and quilts to parents who have lost a child. They use blankets of all sizes and recently made an appeal for six inch squares that could be sewn into bigger blankets. See here for more information about the squares appeal. The squares needed to be white or pale pastel. They also needed to be easily washable. Perfect. I have now managed to use up all my odd balls of white.
As someone is going to crochet these squares together, I decided to make it as easy as possible for them. I chose to knit simple corner-to-corner squares. The advantage of this type of square is that there is no cast on or cast off edge. All four sides are the same, which makes sewing them together fairly easy. I followed the SANDS blanket pattern which is very easy and produces a square with a good strong edge.
So, having recently used up all my odd balls of white 4 ply yarn, I have now done the same with my dk yarn. Turning oddments into worthwhile items always makes me happy. Sometimes it really is possible to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.