Using every scarp of your supplies. Being a good steward of your resources. Living frugally without extravagance. These are all very Amish traits. I have been putting these ideas to use while attacking my yarn stash. Time to knit with what I have!
As a sock knitter, I am forever trying to come out even with yarn. If I knit socks for my son, I have to use two skeins and dip into a third to make it all the way to the toes of his long feet. If I make socks for my sister-in-law’s tiny feet, I can make three socks from one skein and still have a little bit leftover. Knowing one skein usually makes a pair, sock yarn is my favorite impulse buy of choice when I visit a new yarn shop. My stash of sock yarn also grows when I find new “flavors” I like. So many beautiful colors to “taste” and so many cold feet to knit for! To try and use up yarn I have started knitting accessories out of sock yarn too. It uses up bits and pieces. Yet, even with all this frugal knitting, I end up with small amounts of sock yarn and little idea of what to do with it. And yet . . .
Many sock knitters are in the same situation. I discovered the idea of Frankensocks. Named after Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the monster made from pieces and parts, these socks are meant to eat up leftover yarn. (I’ve also seen them called blender socks) The idea is simple, you start with your basic sock pattern of choice (Here is a pattern for a plain pair). You look through your stash and select an assortment of yarns that go together in some way (or let it clash, the choice is yours). Then using a kitchen scale I weight the yarns I’ve chosen. I divide each color into two balls, one for each sock. Then I cast on and go for it changing yarns as they run out. I like to work in the magic loop style of knitting.
The pair I am working on pictured here is for my father-in-law. Happily he has very large feet I can use up a lot of leftovers. And his birthday is coming up. This bit of silliness should cheer up his winter blues. There are yarns from my green socks, my son’s Valentine socks, my husband’s Christmas socks, my sister-in-law’s birthday cowl, and my brother’s fingerless gloves. How nice to wrap his feet in love. And I knit with what I had in my stash.
What frugal ways are you using up the supplies in your stash?