Using up your stash

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Arts_and_Crafts

50 yards of funAs knitters, we always have leftover yarn around.  It’s too nice and too much to throw away, but it’s hard to find projects that use minimal amounts of yarn.  Rebecca Danger to the rescue!
In 50 Yards of Fun, Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn, she has written patterns that use approximately 50 yards of yarn to create the cutest little critters, some real and some imaginary.  She has five different body styles, plus arms, legs, ears and wings that are easy to exchange, so readers can create their own. 
While designed for worsted weight yarn, she has knit them in all weights of yarn and has a table comparing the different weights.  In worsted weight, they’re about 5 ½ inches tall, but can range from 3 ½” to 13” in other yarns.  There are no basic knitting instructions, but very clear directions with large photographs for the special techniques she has developed for these critters.  In addition, she has free downloadable instructions and videos on her blog.
I’d love a basket of these in my living room. And one with a rattle inside would make a great baby gift. But I’d also like to knit either the monster bowling set or the monster matryoshka for my granddaughter, and the bats and candy corn for me for next Halloween. 
Choices, choices!  Luckily, they knit up quickly so maybe I can do all of them!