Sunday, February 03, 2008

B is for Basket, Ball of Yarn, and Baby Hat

This is the basket that I used to store my yarn when I first started knitting. I was sure that this basket would hold my yarn and any project I was knitting. That was true for a very short time. My stash quickly overflowed the basket and the basket was eventually forgotten and stuck in the corner of my crap room.

I found this basket yesterday when I was organizing and editing some things and decided that this basket would be nice to hold my bobbins and other spinning wheel parts. I opened the basket and discovered yarn I have tried to forget about.

The basket contains a dizzying array of novelty yarns, fun fur, chenille and acrylic. A lot of these things were purchased around the time I first picked up knitting needles. I had no idea about what I wanted to knit when most of these yarns were collected and stuffed into this basket. I have no idea what I planned to do with the yarn below and after looking at the ball today I still don't. Maybe it can be used as ribbon on a wrapped gift.

I've been editing and reorganizing the posessions in our house to get rid of things we don't use or need. Anything that is nice enough gets donated and the rest gets pitched. I'll eventually be going through all my craft supplies and yarn stash too. Now, I'm not getting rid of all my yarn or even a lot if it, but I don't thing I need a three drawer trolley filled with rubber stamps.

So I've decided that might as well start with the yarn in this basket since I want the basket for something else. There is no need to put this yarn in a storage container and put it into a closet. Decisions will be made today! Some of the yarn will be purged, a couple things might go back into the stash, and some of the yarn will be put into a bag and put beside my knitting chair to be knit up into baby hats.

After reading Turtlegirl's post about Hats for Alex, I decided this is something I can be contributing to as well. My first hat is finished. I knit this up last night. It was quick to do and I'll just knit one up between other knitting projects and at the end of the year, I'll send them together.

This little hat was knit last night with some Plymouth Dreambaby D.K. that I found in the basket. I had about half of skein of this green color leftover from a Christmas tree hat a knit a couple of years ago. Now I've just have to sort through the rest of the basket contents. So, who wants some fun fur?

13 comments:

gilraen said...

Doesn't everyone have a stash like that. It's the one that doesn't make it onto Ravelry ;) :)

Mom said...

Cute hat! Fun Fur??? Sounds like a scarf project. Good luck with the household purge.....

Monika said...

Yeah, I was looking at my acrylic stash this moring, while looking for something else.
My mom didn't knit for about 40 years, but seeing all my knitting, she started knitting again, in the early morning hours, when she couldn't sleep. 40 fun fur scarves later, she's finally thinking of giving sock knitting a try. :o) The one ball looks interesting, and I think it's a great idea to use it as ribbon for gifts. The hat is very cute, and a great idea as well.
I should go through our house and clean it out again. We do that once a year, but I'll wait for my daughter to come home in a couple of weeks. She's great at that, better than I. :o)

Deb said...

I'll pass but I do like the basket and the hat!

Zonda said...

Cute hat! Hehe..yeah, I have some of those types of yarns too ;)

If you have any olive fun fur, I'll take it..only cause I want to knit a christmas tree with it though. ;) no more scarves outta that!

Esoteric Knitter said...

Awww a basket full of memories. :)

Hats for Alex sounds fantastic!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Good for you!! My hair dresser just picked up knitting a few months ago and is so into those scarves that I probably knit a million of years ago...so at Christmas she got lots of my "hidden basket of yarn" and loved it! Go figure!

mel said...

I had a drawer that looked just like that ;) I think I still have a few, but most have gone on to donate to stitches clubs or the TT swap or various other homes. I think there's still some more paring down I could do though!

Lauren said...

I actually like that glittery yarn you might use as a ribbon. I probably wouldn't make anything out of it, but its pretty.

That is a really cute hat!

cpurl17 said...

How cute and naive that little basket seems now!

I love the little hat!

Stacie said...

uh, yeah... I too have a mini-stash of fun fur. I think it looks so tempting to a newbie knitter.... cute hat and a great cause too!

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

LOL I have stash like that too! I'm planning to give most of it away at Sit n Knit this week :)

Cute hat!

Julie said...

I love the little hat! Cute, cute cute!

I think we all have a bit of a stash like that; I recently donated a bunch of mine to the local senior center - they loved it.