This is my scrap drawer. (And bonus Rupert!) Not much, right? Yeah, until you open it and see what’s inside. See this?
That is every partial skein or leftover bit of yarn I’ve worked with. Ever. As you can see some of them are mostly full while some are not more than a few dozen yards.
Why have I kept them all? Because you never know. In addition to the obvious uses (darning, colorwork, scrap blankets) they’re perfect for when a pattern calls for you to put live stitches on waste yarn.
I’ll be honest, though, that’s not why I’ve kept them all. I’ve kept them because. Yeah, it doesn’t go any farther than that. I’ll do a purge of all the old stuff I’ll never use (which is a nice way to make room for new stuff that I WILL use) and get to the drawer and my brain does this:
What craft supplies do you hold onto for no apparent reason? Have an awesome pattern that I can use on any of the non-sockweight yarn? Let me know! 🙂
In other news the shawl is going swimmingly and I’m really loving the way the whole thing is coming out. I was afraid that with the short color repeats the lace would get lost, but it’s just not so! The sweater is also moving at a sweater-like pace, but I’m in a straight stitch patch which makes it perfect tv knitting! (Or, you know, death in WoW knitting. Not that I would do that, or anything.)
Rupert is currently informing me that he is starving and I’ve never fed him in his whole life, so I guess I’ll go take care of that before I pick the shawl back up. (These things don’t knit themselves, although sometimes I wish they would!)