|The handspun yarn for these Lowland|
hats was a prize at Stitches MW
back when it was in St. Paul, MN!
So what did I learn from my busy summer of knitting?
1. Stash Dash is about clearing out stash. This year I dug deep and pulled out some yarns that had been moldering in stash for a decade or more. One hat I knit from 20 year old stash! I had less success with a sweater's worth of yarn from a long-ago Michigan Fiber Festival, but maybe inspiration will strike again.
|All that was found was a cuff,|
but it became a charity hat
and mitten set.
|Only a few stitches left in the bind off|
of my Ashburn shawl.
4. Charity knitting can be used to introduce fun, quick patterns. I knit two full sweaters during SD and since I am not model sized, they do take time. Mixing in some charity hats didn't slow my sweater progress too much, but were a nice break.
|My pre-Stash Dash pile of UFOs.|
6. Yarn bombing creates a new stash of Red Heart Super Saver. This summer I've been working on two different yarn bomb projects. Since I think a yarn bomb should be all about crazy color, I've purchased more than a few skeins of Red Heart at my neighborhood JoAnn's using the weekly 40% off coupon. I think that next summer I will set a goal to knit down this new stash, perhaps by working up a bunch of charity Mother Bears.
So what was my final Stash Dash 2016 total? 11, 703 meters. Pretty respectable for just knit and crochet projects with no spinning or weaving. But . . . perhaps I'll start now on that scrappy sock blanket with a deadline of next Memorial Day?