snood operator wool and the gangI was looking around on Pinterest, as I often do, and I saw that Wool and the Gang has a free pattern out for its Snood Operator, a gigantic cowl worked in garter stitch with the company’s Crazy Sexy …

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stash busting hat patternsToday I thought we’d look at a slightly smaller project than scarves and afghans to focus our stash-busting efforts on: hats. Hats are one accessory that you can make really wild (well, scarves, too, I suppose) and throw lots of …

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stash busting scarvesIf you search “stash scarf” on Ravelry you will fall down a rabbit hole. I could have linked such a search here, but I’m not going to do it, because I don’t want you to go where I’ve jut been …

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stash busting afghan patternsThe first thing I think of when I think of stash busting is a really big blanket. I guess that’s because I’m working on a really big blanket, and have been on and off (mostly off, admittedly) for about a …

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stash bustingOver the next week or so I’m going to be sharing a lot of different specific patterns that would be good for stash busting, but first I wanted to offer some general considerations for using bits of stash in projects …

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stash scarfThis is probably going to be the first of two posts about organization, because organizing your stash in a way that will encourage you to use it is slightly different, to my mind anyway, than organizing it for more long-term …

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yarn burn testYesterday we looked at our odd balls and organized in terms of yarn weight. Maybe you already have an idea of some yarns that you’d like to go together in a project. If so, that’s awesome!

But sometimes you need …

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wraps per inch toolToday we’re ready to dive into the stash and start organizing it in a meaningful way for using it in projects.

For the most part when I think of using up stash I mean the little odds balls left over …

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stash busting As I’ve been reading the comments on this week’s giveaway about crafty resolutions, I noticed that a lot of people want to finish more projects and work from their stash. I can’t help you much with the finishing (I’m the …

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keppi yarn lion brandHave you seen Lion Brand Yarn’s latest creation, Keppi? I haven’t gotten a look at it in person yet, but it looks like a lot of fun.

This yarn is like a whole bunch of yarns of different textures …

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schoonheid berrocoI love simple patterns that include just one or two little details that make them really special. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to add those kinds of touches to my own designs, whether it’s an interesting hem line …

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mendocino woolI try to keep an eye out for interesting fiber-related projects on the crowdfunding sites, and I just recently saw this one from Mendocino Wool & Fiber on Indiegogo. It’s a great one if you have the means to support …

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make tshirt yarnI have made T-shirt yarn before, and while it’s rather a tedious process it is pretty fun to knit with, and it is a great way to reuse shirts that might be stained or otherwise unusable.

Here’s another method for …

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wool people 6The new season means lots of new knitting patterns to consider, and Brooklyn Tweed has just released its latest pattern collection, Wool People 6. It has 13 patterns, including sweaters, scarves, hats and a cowl, all with the kind …

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olympics sweaters ralph laurenMost people know (I think, anyway) that Ralph Lauren has long been the official outfitter of the United States Olympic team. The fashion icon designs the outfits the athletes wear in the parade of nations as well as other gear …

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