Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sam vs The Stash

I mentioned in a recent post that I have a ridiculous amount of yarn stashed away, and that I'm attemping to whittle it down. Thing is that for the most part the stash is comprised of lovely yarn with sufficient yardage to make sweaters, socks, and fancy schmancy scarves, and this I can live with -- it looks pretty, and it has a purpose.

And then there's the basket of worsted weight odds and ends.

It just goes against my sense of order to have this sat around without knowing what I'd be able to use it for. Especially now that I'd got through the annual batch of felted slippers. And then it dawned on me -- with the weather starting to turn cooler I should put it to good use by making a big warm blanket for the B&B Team. (Mostly for my big baby boy Buster who is a softy and, now that it is getting chillier, likes to be tucked under a blanket to go to sleep).


So I dug out my biggest crochet hook, stuck my hand into the basket pulling out odds and ends at random and started my seemingly never-ending spiral of single crochet. And I just kept going and going until there was no more scrappy bits of yarn left in that basket. I then stuck the whole thing in the wash to felt it slightly in the hope that it would make it a little more resilient as my dear sweet (and mischevious) Bella seems to think her blankets and bedding should double up as chew toys!


So it's a win win: I got to use up the scrappy worsted weight yarn, and the B&B team get a snuggly new blanket.


I think they like it, don't you? Although Bella obviously thinks it's even better when accessorized with her old dog bed and my old dressing gown!

15 comments:

LaDonna said...

What a great idea and such lucky pups! Glad they are enjoying it.

carla said...

Aww, something like that would make for some happy puppies at my house. Until someone got their collar or dew claw hung in it, that is, but yours looks pretty tightly packed.

Corwink said...

Such spoiled pups! Looks like the dogs even like a good handknit item now and then.

Stacey said...

They are just too cute!

Donna said...

That's a great idea. I might have to steal it for Jezebel. Your guys are just the cutest.

Denise said...

They are adorable, and what a good Mama you are using up your yarn just for them.

Kim said...

Awww--looks like they both appreciate your leftovers. And apparently it is very comfortable--it's making me sleepy just looking at them ;)

tiennie said...

What a great idea!!

StarSpry said...

What a great blanket for them! I love all the pictures of Buster & Bella :D

Bea said...

I love the blanket (and the idea behind it), but OH MY GOODNESS those puppies are so so cute! I especially like Bella's idea of relazing.

amanda said...

Looks like you have 2 very happy dogs there! Scary chewing though! Yikes!

5elementknitr said...

Holy cow! Even when you're blindingly reaching into a random basket - you STILL have an amazing sense of color!

And such cute pups, too!

WandaWoman said...

Aww, those doggies are so cute. And they look happy to be under their blanket.

Joanne said...

Your pups are the picture of contentment, and congratulations on making a dent in your stash!

Terri Lynn said...

Very cool crochet! I thinks me doggy, Tipsy, needs one too! Nice happy doggy!