I’m a quilter, and like most quilters, I want to use up every last precious bit of the fabric that I buy. So when I finish up a quilt and I’ve got some leftover bits, I throw them into my “scrap bin”, in the hopes of finding some use for them later on in a different quilt or project.
To date, I’ve used approximately 0 scraps.
I seem to lack that gene that allows you to be inspired by your scraps, and to see where they would fit appropriately in with other scraps to make something Super Fantastic. I’ve come to realize that unless I have a specific plan for fabric (or even for yarn), I’m going to end up getting frustrated and quitting the project, whatever it may be. I have to have a clear plan in place before I start something, and the scrappy quilt movement is much more freeform than I can handle. I’m sure there’s some deep seated psychological crap going on with this somewhere, but for now I’m going to try to combat it by reviewing the fabric I have in my stash and assigning it to particular patterns so that I’m not floundering when I want to start a new project.
Knitting, to me, is easier to stash for, at least with the type of knitting that I do. I stick to socks and lace; these are predictable yardage projects, as I generally know that one skein of yarn will equal one pair of socks and that 400 yards of lace will whip up a small triangle shawl. I don’t enjoy knitting sweaters or larger projects, so I don’t generally have a leftover skein of yarn to contend with and try to work into another project.
Speaking of knitting, I’ve got a finished object blocking in my office – my Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf finally caught my attention long enough to finish the body, knit the other end, and then kitchner them together. Let me say that again – I kitchnered 182 stitches of sticky lace yarn together without cursing, crying, or throwing it across the room. Matter of fact, it turned out rather nicely in the end. The scarf is a little over 5 feet long, and that’s with extra repeats being knit into the body beyond the 30-someodd repeats it required. Once it dries, I’ll snap some photos of it in all its glory.
But now I have this leftover tiny ball of lace yarn….