Catching up, catching a cold, and using leftovers.

This week I finished some socks, helped teach my brother to knit, and got a cold. It's been eventful.  While being sick has slowed my knitting progress, I did manage to get some projects completed. 

Sometimes I have a hard time following patterns to the letter, but, I really enjoyed knitting the ValentineSox. I added a contrasting toe with mirrored decreases to cap off these cuffed lovelies and the squishy softness of Oh!Loops will make these a treat to wear. 

My brother is a relentless fidget monster, so a few years ago I tried teaching him to knit. Although he picked up the steps with ease, understanding how each stitch came together, his exacting nature and newbie nervousness made his knitting terribly tight. Giving up after a few projects I thought that would be it.

The other night he suddenly showed interest again, so I picked out a few colors and some pattern options. He chose the bandana by Purl Soho, some lovely Noro, and flew through the pattern with very little help from Elizabeth and I. He already has his next project on the needles. 

Last week I started teaching a class on the  Tin Can Knits Wheat scarf in Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted and I am in love with this combo. Wooly Worsted has great stitch definition and with the washability of this yarn it's especially my favorite for little ones. 

My fingering weight remnants box has gotten a bit out of control.

My fingering weight remnants box has gotten a bit out of control.

I have a lot of leftover fingering weight, I mean a Lot. So, I'm always on the lookout for great projects that will use up all the bits and bobs I have laying around. While being a bit under the weather I have pulled out some of my favorites to work on. 

Sock Blanket by Shelly Kang in all the yarns.

Sock Blanket by Shelly Kang in all the yarns.

The Sock Yarn Blanket has been a nice relaxing knit. This free pattern by The Heathen Housewife (Shelly Kang) doesn't require any seaming, and that makes me really happy since seaming isn't my favorite. Whenever I need something easy to work on I pull this WIP out. 

Outline by Beata Jezek from Hedgehog Fibres in all the remnants.

Outline by Beata Jezek from Hedgehog Fibres in all the remnants.

Outline is a beautiful giant fluttery scarf that is made specifically for gathering all your leftovers together in one gorgeous project. The simplicity of the repeating pattern is perfect for when you don't have the headspace for more complicated projects. 

So I end this week surrounded by tissues and two questions. What projects have you found to work up your leftovers? Who have you inspired to pick up a crochet hook or knitting needles?