Destashing Stash busting Yarn diet

Yarn Diet – part 1


In December when I announced I was going on a yarn diet it all felt so easy.  After all I did exactly the same thing a few years ago when I was editing The Knitter.  This time I took a few extra precautions and ordered in some new yarn before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, just in case you understand.  But now reality has started to bite.

I haven’t yet had the nerve to pull out all of my stash and take a long hard look at it but I have started to look at patterns that I think will use up odd balls of yarn.  One of the large wooden trays that house my stash is full of tweedy 4ply yumminess.  It’s mostly Rowan Scottish Tweed (remember that?) and Jamieson’s Spindrift in a rainbow of shades.   I noticed that there was quite a lot of oatmeal among the colours, which screamed blanket to me so off I trotted to Ravelry.

Purl Soho have such stylish patterns but their Optic Blanket really caught my eye.  The design is based on a kind of mitred square, knitted in the round.  Each square is then cast on to the next but I have decided to sew all my squares up at the end.  Partly because I have such a variety of colours I want to see how they turn out first, but also because I want this project to be portable.

img_20170207_095723I absolutely love the way the squares are turning out and can’t wait to piece the finished blanket together.  I just hope I have enough oatmeal to finish the blanket.

10 comments on “Yarn Diet – part 1

  1. josiekitten

    Seeing all the squares together in the finished blanket looks amazing – and makes my eyes go a bit funny! I think it’s going to look good in different colours, but it would be quite funny if your stash busting project meant that you needed to buy more yarn! Here’s hoping the oatmeal colour is in plentiful supply in your stash.

    And of course being on a yarn diet doesn’t mean that you can’t accept yarny gifts, does it?!

    • Absolutely, gifts are allowed! I am also permitted to trade so if I need any oatmeal you’ll find me lurking around people’s stashes on Ravelry 🙂

  2. Great plan for using up odds n ends.

  3. Looks like the beginnings of a beautiful blanket. I’ve been working (on and off) on the Beekeeper’s quilt for six years already. Only about 80 hexapuffs to go. 😀

  4. mariposaknits

    I’m making an attempt to only buy yarn when it’s time for a new project. We’ll see how long this lasts! Good luck with your yarn diet 🙂

  5. Ooh, that Optic blanket is going to be gorgeous. I love the way the oatmeal mutes the contrasting shades. Enjoy.

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