Merry Stashmas!

And, from my crazy and creative roommate, I present the World’s Best Way to Use Up Your Yarn StashTM:

Deborah's Knitted Christmas OrnamentsThese were so fun and easy to make–and the assorted novelty yarns and yarn mixes hid a multitude of flaws “design elements.” A couple of the balls are just gauge swatches I had lying around that have been sewn up and gathered at both ends. So this is a great way to use up those old gauge swatches too.

Chullo Christmas OrnamentYou are doing gauge swatches, aren’t you? OK, OK… Christmas is no time for nagging, especially not when you’ve got multicolored yarn-covered Christmas ball ornaments to wrap. To the left is my absolute favorite, a gold ornament wearing a chullo hat–with a fair isle design no less! Chullos are originally from the Andes Mountain region of South America, especially Peru and Bolivia, but they’re starting to become very fashionable here in the United States as well. If you’re interested in styles from this region, I highly recommend you start with Marcia Lewandowski’s Andean Folk Knits: Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador & Bolivia.

Happy Stitching to all and to all a good night!

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