Does a new project equal new yarn for you?

Hi there, I hope you had a great weekend. I did – this weekend was spent with family that came to stay with us for the weekend so not much knitting got done. However last night I learned of yet another baby due this year in our circle of family and friends, bringing the total of new babies to 3. This means I most definitely need to get going on some baby gift knitting. So I’m thinking of doing a blanket with a softie per baby. I shared some of the blanket patterns I like with you the other day. I’ve also found another pattern that I quite like and think I’m going to use for at least one blanket. That pattern is called Heirloom Diamond Baby Blanket by Colleen Dragon Knits and here’s a picture of that www.knittinginfrance.com

Of course I had to look in my somewhat consistent stash for a compatible yarn and despite a rather large stash I of course did NOT find the ideal yarn! Isn’t that just typical? So what to do? Should I go online and buy some? Or should I dive into my stock of undyed yarn and dye some myself? Well I went for the second solution and as I’m writing this I’m dyeing a merino/nylon/cashmere blend yarn in turquoise. I think turquoise is such a beautiful and happy colour and that it can be used both for girls and boys. Do you agree or do you think turquoise is definitely a “boy colour”? Once the yarn is ready I’ll show you the pictures before actually casting on for the blanket.

And then there is the softies that I want to make. A few years ago, I crocheted and sold softies in a baby shop in Iceland. I used mercerised  cotton for those and they were really nice I thought. But this time I was thinking of something really soft to cuddle up to so for the first softie I chose a merino/alpaca blend. This was not in my personal stash but rather in my stock of yarn for my shop. I used to sell commercial yarns and that is where this yarn came from (Rooster Almerino DK). The idea is to crochet or knit a blanket square and then sew on an animal head for a cute cuddly toy. I started doing my typical crochet square – I’m not an advanced crocheter and it’s been a while since I last crocheted anything, so I’m using dc (double crochet) for the square. Then for the head, I actually bought a pattern. For the next softie, I’m planning on using the entire pattern I purchased instead of doing my own square for the base of the blanket. The pattern is called Sleepy the Owl and is sold on Ravelry. Here’s a picture of that  www.knittinginfrance.com Isn’t that super cute?

So far I’m not quite finished with the crochet square but I hope to finish that today. This is what I have done so far www.knittinginfrance.com

So tell me, when you take on a new project, do you 1) invariably go online to buy new yarn because you already know that you don’t have exactly what you want in your stash?

2) Take a serious look at your stash and choose yarn that fits your pattern, maybe compromising on colours just to be able to use what you already have?

I’d love to be a serious crafter, using what I have before investing in any new supplies or even better, look through my stash and THEN choose a pattern according to whatever I have in my stash and feel like using. Even though I have a large stash and access to even greater supply of undyed yarns, I still have this urge to BUY yarn just for this particular pattern. And even if that is how I function when taking on new patterns I still continue to buy yarn just because I love it, even if I don’t have any pattern in mind for that yarn. So this is sort of a vicious circle for me and I don’t see myself getting out of that pattern any day soon.

Do share how you function. Do you only buy yarn when you have a particular project you want to cast on for? Do you buy yarns just because and then when you find a pattern, maybe buy even more because none of those you already have fit? Have you ever done a “yarn diet”? Did it work? Did you have a plan for that?

I’d love to hear from you on this. So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting:)

3 thoughts on “Does a new project equal new yarn for you?

  1. Hiii the softie is so cute 🙂
    I made a few with cotton for my babies and they loved to bite them, when teeth were coming, so maybe it’s also a god idea soft or not so soft :p
    I think turquoise is a lovely colour for both girls and boys (but I love that colour :p ). And it will change, as often baby girls received a lot of pinky pink clothes and stuff…
    Also me too, never found THE yarn in my stash for any new projects…

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  2. Love that owl softie! It’s adorable!
    Well turquoise/aqua is my all-time favorite colour so I am really rather biased! However, I think it’s a great gender neutral colour. It can be paired with hot pink for girls or greys, blacks, browns for boys. I say go for it–turquoise is the new green!

    As far as projects. Well ideally I try and use something from my stash…but what do you know I always end up being inspired by another yarn or fabric! Or sometimes I don’t have quite enough of what I need–go figure. “The Stash” is such a problem for crafters isn’t it? You always buy yarn/fabric/whatever medium you craft with thinking that you will use it one day or you save it for the “perfect” project and that project never appears.

    Or here is a very idealized and romantic thought maybe the yarn/fabric already knows what it wants to be made into and it is just waiting for you to discover what that is. (Try telling that to your significant other! hahaha)

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  3. Thank you girls for the heads up! My turquoise yarn is drying now and will be photo ready tomorrow. It is a very soft turquoise, just like I wished for – a soft summery turquoise that will be wonderful I think for this future baby about to be born in California:)
    As for the crochet softie, I think I may have been too pretentious thinking I could just whip up a crocheted softie! The blanket square is done but I’m having problems with the head. I should be getting a sort of 3D egg shape and I’m just getting a flat, round something! It’s definitely been too long since my last crochet project. So two options: read up on my crochet or just knit the rest of the softie. Hm hm, must think that over for a while and will keep you posted on which way that goes:)

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