Friday, August 17, 2018

Fall Back In Love Stashdash

110--that's how hot it got last Friday.  110 degrees, in Idaho. Blech!  In spite of enjoying the flowers,
I think I'm ready to break up with summer.  To be fair, hiding inside with the air-conditioning did give me time to finish two more table runners,
but still.....

So, I'm ready for fall, and as a special request, I brought back a challenge I'd created several years ago on Ravelry - Fall Back Into Love Stashdash.

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From August 15 until November 30, it’s time to fall back in love with the things you already have. New yarn cannot compete with a long-term love.

Complete as many of the following as you choose. As always, please feel free to involve other hobbies or crafts as well:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

 Of course, for me this challenge has an additional step:  FIND my knitting WIPs!  Currently, I'm making do with a sock, which does count as being at least a year old as it's mate was my don't-dirty-the-house project during the house-selling saga: 
But there are some really cool sweaters on my Ravelry projects page, and if I finish one of them, I can wear it to work!  Honestly, I'll even clean the sewing room for a chance at new clothing.  :)