I hate throwing things away. I just can't bear it. There's always a chance that It could be useful at some point in the future and I will be Very Glad that I didn't get rid of it. Knitting just makes my hoarder nature worse. I have never used up the entire skein or ball for a project and so there's always half a hank here or 15g of sock yarn there. I look at the tiny insignificant ball of yarn and see a rose tinted promise of projects to come. However, I can, hand on heart, say that I Have Never Used Up Those Tiny Bits of Yarn.
That is, until now.
This was the premise that I began to design Tabitha. I had a sacred tiny ball of sock yarn left over from my recent Knit Love club socks and had the desire to use up every last precious scrap. (Of course I no longer have any spare yarn for fixing any holes but I'll deal with that crisis another day!). So far I've knitted her in 4ply, DK and Aran/Worsted weights and I can't decide which I like the most. I've noted a list of approximate yarnages and sizings below as it's too dull to pop in the middle of a blog post. ;)
She's knitted in the round and her ears are knitted directly to her head. In fact the only sewing you need to do is to attach her paws and tail in place. Simple! And, best of all, because you're only using tiny amounts of left over yarn, not only will you finish her in the space of an evening or two, you're going to start wading through all those tiny tangled balls of forgotten stash, putting them to good use.
Your knitting bag will never be the same again.
You can download her for free at Ravelry. Just click here for the link to the pattern. Please also join the Oliver Boliver group on Ravelry and show us your finished Tabithas (or Tom Cats). If you add Tabitha to you projects page we can build up a list of all the different yarns used for her. I can't wait to see her in lots of different yarn weights and colourways.
She's already in the Hot Right Now patterns on Ravelry at number 13 and considering Knitty's spring and summer collection was only released a few days ago that's Very Exciting!
I am a very happy little birthday bunny!
- Sokkusu Original in Thunder & Blazes approx 12g/44m
- 2.25mm needles
- 10 cm high
- Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend in Orion - approx 15g/41m
- 3.25mm needles
- 14cm high
Aran/Worsted Tabitha (pic to follow)
- Artesano Aran in Deep Teal - approx 50g/66m
- 4.5mm needles
- 20cm high
Please do allow a few extra grams/metres in case your tension is a little looser than mine