I learned something new over the last week. Remember that fluffy yarn I mentioned before? The one that I had no clue what to do with, and that I wasn’t even sure what kind, or weight, or style of yarn it was? I finally found out what it’s called (thanks to friends at Ravelry!)
Eyelash Yarn. Isn’t that a great name? It reminds me of my Sesame Street Days, and Snuffleupagus had those ridiculously long and flowing eyelashes.
Well, even though I’ve discovered the name of this floofy-fluffy yarn, it hasn’t made it very easy to find projects to use it up. My Challenge Box has several skeins of this stuff, so I’m going to continue to seek out new projects.
And now another new vocabulary word: Amigurumi. It refers to crochet or knit stuffed toys, and they’re really growing in popularity. One of my favorite ones to make is Georgina the Giraffe from Lion Brand Yarn. I found this yarn in my stash, though it was slightly thinner than the recommended worsted weight:
Following Lion Brand’s pattern, I used a smaller hook (size G instead of H) because of the thinner yarn. After creating the body, legs, ears, and horns, I got to thinking about the eyelash yarn and how that could make for some fun accents. So I pulled this skein out of my Challenge Box:
I made the spots, braided a tail and added some fuzz to the end. And then, I knew he just had to have a mohawk. Tying slip knots into a strand of the eyelash yarn, i sewed it down his head and neck, and he was all done! And so, I introduce to you my Week 3 Blue-Eyed, Grey Giraffe with a Purple Mohawk! As he is a one-of-a-kind piece, you can currently find him at my Etsy Shop until he sells.
For those of you participating in The Yarn Stash Project 2013, how are your weeks going? Are you making progress? As always, you can join the Ravelry Group (currently up to 137 members!), or tag your creations and progress through Instagram (#yarnstashproject2013, #yarnhoarderprevention) and Facebook.
One last success to share: I actually used up ALL of the grey yarn, so that’s one full skein I’ve COMPLETED from my Challenge Box. I still have a lot of the purple eyelash yarn, but I guess that just means more mohawks to come.
De-stashing, one skein at a time,