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the perils of stash diving…


Alternately titled – I ran out of yarn.

stripey mom mitts

I knit these mitts as a Christmas gift for my mom out of some luscious cream colored alpaca yarn I’d had in my stash for many years. I’d used up about half of it knitting a hat for myself back in 2009 and should have had just enough to make these mitts. I never usually worry about running out of yarn because I almost always have enough – I think I’m a slightly tight knitter? I generally use less yarn than a pattern calls for. So I knit a mitt. And started a second mitt…

And ran out around the thumb.


I didn’t want to have to buy more of the yarn because a) nobody local sells it b) I barely needed any and c) that defeats the whole purpose of stash diving in the first place. But the fact remained that I was truly and completely out of yarn.

What’s a crafty knitter girl to do?

I ripped. Rrrrriiiipppped. I ripped back to the cuff on each mitt and threw in some trust Cascade 220 for some lovely stripy contrast. Worked like a charm! No yarn was purchased and I used up even more of my stash than I’d hoped for! Win win.

stripey mom mitts

They’re soft and squishy on the top and smooth stockinette on the palms. They’re very warm. The pattern is Cozy Thermal Mitts and it was a quick, easy knit. (Or, it should have been, if I’d had enough yarn in the first place…)

See mine on Ravelry.

2 thoughts on “the perils of stash diving…

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