It was a Dulaan (before you click on that link, fair warning: It's a pdf) kind of a weekend. My back was still bothering me a bit, and knitting on my sweater seemed too intense an effort. I did several rows on my Baby Burp Cloth scarf, and in addition to making the first "Dulaan Cupcake Hat" from Sunday's entry, I also made these:
Baby, it was cold out there when I took this picture. Each one of these, as well as the Cupcake Hat from Sunday, used up oddballs and remnants of yarn. Have I ever mentioned how much I love to use up oddballs and scraps and turn them into something warm and useful? It gives me way more pleasure than it probably should.
The Final Accounting, since, you know, we self-employed people are all thinking about accounting this time of year:
3 hats (including the one in Sunday's entry) and a neckwarmer for Dulaan. Check.
Ends of yarn used: 1 entire ball Classic Elite Beatrice (the orange blend) left over from making my Kirstin sweater; the ends of a dark brown Lamb's Pride Bulky; the ends of a ball of coral-colored mohair received from a yarn swap at Claudia's; the end of a skein of Lopi (the goldish-orange in the earflap hat); the end of a skein of Patons Divine (the first half was used in a Dulaan scarf for last year; a ball and a half of pale blue Berger du Nord received as a gift from JoVE; the ends of a skein of blue Plymouth Encore used for a hat for Rabbitch's hat drive in December; the ends of Scout's first handpainted yarn.
No dustbunnies were harmed in the making of these, but at least I feel like I made a bit of a dent in the neatening, as a result of using up all those oddballs. (Deluding myself again. Work with me here.)
I think it's quite magical how I can start with a little odd scrap of yarn that looks quite useless, and on a day when I don't have the necessary energy to knit something challenging, I can end up with something cute and warm for the Dulaan box. It's also fun looking at that little oddball and figuring, "I can get a hat (or neckwarmer or trim or even one stripe, or whatever) out of that," and have it come out just about right. Or if it doesn't, then pick up another scrap and continue on. Using every last scrap: It's a Yankee kinda thang.
And the Dulaan box, it is filling up.
P.S. There is a new post in the Red Scarf Blog. Go see.