Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bumblebee Baby

I spun this yarn forever ago -- I think I always planned on it being a baby sweater, but I never really had a reason to knit one. I have a lot of friends having babies or getting ready to start families, so I decided just to jump in and finally get to it.

I also have been thinking a lot about knitting through current stash. As I said in a previous post, I'm not a huge yarn buyer. I buy yarn that I know is going to turn into something particular or that I have an idea for. But lately I've been looking on yarn I bought for patterns and re-thinking what I meant to make, or deciding that something just won't work out the way I wanted.

Do you ever find that the stash 'enhancement' that you purchased so long ago doesn't appeal to you anymore? I have tried destashes on Ravelry but I never seem to get rid of that much yarn, and I feel guilty destashing anything that was given to me by a company or as a sample. It doesn't feel right to make money off it, really.

I've decided that I'm going to start some stash gifts. I have a lot of people in my life who have asked me to knit for them. Maybe at one point or other, they asked for something specific. Usually I have said no, because I don't have the time, or I didn't want to look for yarn, or I just didn't want the obligation. I've decided to approach it from a new angle. Instead of someone asking me to knit for them, I am just going to start making things. Things maybe that I wouldn't wear, or the color isn't quite right, or that aren't my 'style', but might be someone else's, and will certainly be enjoyable to knit up and wait for the right person to come along.

Starting with this baby sweater. Aren't the bee buttons cute?

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