Stashbusting — Or Not

A few weeks ago, I knit a hat out of yarn from my stash. It was a great quick project which used up some bits and ends of wool, and I liked the resulting hat a lot. (Here’s the post on it.) In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to knit another one, using up even more bits in my stash.

Skye in Rowan Colourspun, knitted by Deborah CookeThe yarn I chose to use was left over from the Skye vest I knit for Mr. Math in Rowan Colourspun. I love the colours and he loves the vest—plus it’s very soft and warm.

Here’s the post on the Skye vest.

I used that red from the ribbing for the main colour of the hat. I had less than one ball of it left, but I’d used less than a ball of the main colour for my grey hat, so I knew that was enough. I also used some left over Felted Tweed from my Bute cardigan (which I ended up giving to my Mom.)

Here’s the post on the Bute cardigan.

Here’s the second hat, alongside the first one:

Fair Isle hats knit by Deborah Cooke

I LOVE this hat. I love the colours and the way they combine. In fact, I love them so much that I wanted to make myself a vest in these same colours and stitch pattern. Colourspun is a discontinued yarn, so that meant (ha) that I had to buy the yarn immediately. I could only find that red at one store, in fact. (Insert knitter’s panic.) I bought more than I really needed, then, because if I run out, THERE WILL BE NO MORE.

So, my stashbusting plan resulted in my using up half of a ball of red Colourspun—then buying six more. I don’t think that’s how stashbusting is supposed to work! What do you think of my hat?