Once upon a time I was in a yarn store on the Upper West side of Manhattan and spied some hand-dyed variegated wool yarn that I just couldn't resist. I was very very into green at the time and well, you know how it goes! I saved this bag of precious stash, not knowing what to do with it. Finally a few years back in an effort to "use what I have" I decided to knit an afghan with the yarn. I had only one major problem, I didn't know how many stitches to cast on as I had no idea how to calculate how far the yarn would go, and there was no one around to ask.
Being an inexperienced knitter (and sleep deprived from a young baby) it didn't occur to me that I could probably even locate this info in a knitting book on one of my very own shelves. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to knit a decent sized rectangle, and then crochet a border as thick as the left over yarn would allow. Interesting idea, I must say! I decided to crochet a border using the bobble stitch, which looks a bit like knitting, and as it turned out I had quite a bit left to make a hefty border.
I'm so glad I used up that yarn, one less item on the "someday" list. My only problem now is that the too precious to use yarn has become a too precious to use afghan! Silly me, I'm sure my kids will jump at the chance to curl up with this one anytime, and why deprive them? I'll let you know what I've decided.
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