This is the year I plan to make a serious dent in my yarn stash. 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 love the satisfaction of moving a yarn entry into the "Completely Used Up" filter on Ravelry. So I'm always on the lookout for stash-busting projects.
I used the really short bits to make tiny tassels for stitch markers.
I just tie them up, catch them in a jewelry 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 can be moved from row to row.