Wednesday, October 12, 2011

knit & crochet stash busting

I am 100% committed to lower my stash.

(see my "stash pledge" here)

While I do have plenty of this and that (and that, and that, and that...), my real focus at this moment is the huge amount of yarn that takes about 1/3 of my craft space.

I am surfing the web for great ideas (as usual).
I do have few colors that I can knit a whole sweater with, but I have plenty of leftovers that I want to focus on: these have been there for way too long, and I need to find a way to use these first .

Stripes and color block could be my way out of this blind spot, and I put together  some boards for inspiration and focus.

{all the pictures from polyvore, collages by moi}

it's probably the easy way to combine two or more colors. 

thick, thin, alternate colors, random. 
get your inspiration and start knitting!

1.DKNY 2.Alice+Olivia 3.Tory Burch
4.Jason Wu 5.Maison Martin Margiela 6.Vionnet
7.Marc by Marc Jacobs 8.Sonia by Sonia Rykiel 9.Topshop

Color blocking: 
it you want to do a single block, just change the yarn you're using.
if it has a pattern with interlocking blocks, you need to learn the intarsia. 
It's easy... there are plenty of tutorials and video on the web.

1.See by Chloe 2.Carven 3.Chinti and Parker
4.Viktor&Rolf 5.Tsumori Chisato 6.Moschino
7.J.W.Anderson 8.Jil Sander 9.Rag&Bone   
Granny squares:
if you like to crochet, this is your land. 
Granny squares don't have to be on a blanket anymore!

1.Christopher Kane 2.House of Holland 3.Christopher Kane  
Fair Isle:
although I like the finish products, I'm not a big fan of this technique;
you have to carry around three or four balls of yarn, and they get tangled, 
and you have to knit without pulling too much, or too little. 
But these Rodarte and Burberry take on the Fair Isle are giving me the itch to giving it a try! ;)

1.Rodarte for Opening Ceremony 2.Eugenia Kim 3.Burberry Brit  

I hope this was inspirational for you as well! 

xox, d.

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