With the freezing temperature here in Illinois it was a good time to have a scrap afghan draped across my legs.  With all this extra time at home I have had a lot of extra time for crocheting.  By the way, if you know me, then I have told you at least once that I’d rather stay home than weather  the winter weather.  This is making me hopeful that I will finish my afghan by the months ends.

If you are just joining us here at “Crochet with Passion” for Stash Month, there is still time to find a few small projects to use a skein or two of yarn from your stash.  Now is the perfect time. If your weather is as cold as it is by us and it stays this way for another month or two, and  you’re like me, this the perfect time to hit that stash.  

First, lets start with some benefits of using your stash:

1.  It is thrifty, you will save money buying using what you have.

2. It is wasteful, to have all that yarn just setting  around not being used.

3. You enjoy buying new yarn when you have just crocheted your way through some of your stash.

Here are some tips to help you get inspired:

First pull out a few skeins that you really like and set them somewhere in front of you.  Sometimes by seeing the yarn out in the open and in the light of the day, it will inspire a thought or word to say, “Oh, that would make a beautiful hat or scarf.”  You get the idea, with me it is out of sight out of mind.  

While you are watching television at night, get out a few pattern books or magazines and just flip through them and see what jumps out at you.  There are so many wonderful patterns out there, new and old, maybe you might even be reminded of one you have always wanted to crochet.

If you really decide that you do not have use for a specific scrap of yarn or because you just do not like the yarn, swapping with a friend might be a good idea. 

Or join me on my Facebook page, as I have been posting patterns  geared toward using your stash yarn before.

Use February “Stash Month” to pare down your stash, get rid of those scrap balls and make room to start afresh with new yarn.   Once you have decided on a project make the commitment by sharing it with us in the comments below.  Would love to hear about what you have decided to make.

Until next time keep those hooks flying.