But what discourages me is the leftover yarn. I find it hard to put the extra yarn I did not use right back into the stash.
I may have reduced the amount of yarn, but the leftovers are still there, silently reproachful and begging to be made into something - anything.
While stash-diving for my latest project, I found a ball of short lengths of cotton and acrylic yarn that were knotted together. I think this came from an eBay yarn lot. I cut the lengths free and used the longer ones to crochet a round coaster. It's a little oversized, but chunky.
I wove in the yarn on each row, and started the new row in a different place. It's the only way I know to avoid those jogs that mess up dircular crochet.
I told DH that I made it especially for him in homage to the Summer of Love - and he believed me!
I used the really short bits to make tiny tassels for stitch markers.
I just tie them up, catch the tie in a wire loop and run it through a small bead cap. That gets joined to a jump ring with another loop.
These markers are perfect for lace-weight knitting projects--they are colorful and very light.
When I want a stitch marker for my crocheting,
I just add a lobster claw clasp (instead of a jump ring) so they are moveable.