What to do with Mini Skeins

Hello all! So I have seen yarn boxes and even yarn advent calendars becoming more and more popular over the last few years but they always seemed a little frivolous so up until now I havent given one a go. 
However, what with my new job soon to start and the significant pay rise that comes with it, I deserved a treat. So I pre-ordered the Truly Unbeleiva-Dyeing Yarn Advent calendar. 
This Advent calendar is a collaboration between Truly Hooked, Unbeleiva-wool and Dye Candy. 3 amazing yarn dyers who I have been following on the social medias for a very long time but have yet to purchase from. 
It includes 24 10g skeins of DK (22m) or Sock Weight (42m). 
Now, I am super excited to receive this but my word have I been having a tough time deciding what to do. There are 1 or 2 blog posts around but they all seem to be about knitting so I thought I would put together some ideas here for us crocheters! Feel free to comment if you have any ideas to add!
Now the obvious answer is a blanket (or at least the constituent parts). Something where you could make all the motifs with your mini skeins, then join it up with a couple of extra balls. 

Like for example this Polka Dot Blanket by Cyndy at True North Yarn Co
Or the Weekender Blanket, another free pattern available over at the Cherry Heart. 
Mini Projects
From the largest things to the smallest, you could make some decorative items for your home. Anything would do but how about something where you could make 1 a day through advent and add them to the collection.

We could all do with a bit more love in our lives, so how about filling your home with vases of these cute little hearts by Anne Maries Haakblog. 
Or these ones which you can turn into bunting, By Bella Dia
Scarfs would be a pretty safe bet I think. A scarf of so many pretty colours that it brightens the day just by wearing it. 

I think linen stitch would look lovely – really mixing up all the different colours you have. Try this pattern by Heidi Beukelman Designs. 
Or how about this Chevron Scarf design by Dena of Little Monkey Stitch n Spin. The pattern uses Worsted but you could add an extra chevron or two to make it suited to lighter weight yarn. 

Motifs arent just for blankets. They can be great for shawls too! Check these ones out.

There is the wonderful Blooming Flower Shawl by Eleonora Tully of Coastal Crochet, which I think would work really well. You can find the details here. It featured in issue 75 of simply crochet magazine.

Or how about the lovely Diamond Shawl by Vicky Gorry. From issue 72 of Simply Crochet magazine. You can find more details here
But I think I have found the project for me.
Check out this beautiful Shawl by Kat Goldin. The Lake of Menteith Shawl. Isnt it just devine! You can find it here

I love it because it is constructed fan by fan so I can use the colours as they come out of the advent calendar. I think it will be a cool experiment! It may end up crazy looking but it will definately be fun! 
Happy hooking all! 

7 Replies to “What to do with Mini Skeins”

  1. This is a fabulous collection of ideas! Thanks for sharing what you think and what you’ve seen. If you have a Tiger near you, they’re selling little tubes of cotton minis. I’ve been thinking about buying a tube and crocheting a mandala with them! Mini-skeins are exactly how you describe them, seemingly frivolous but actually quite useful.

    1. Oooh people keep telling me about tiger – a friend at work said she had seen yarn cakes and a nice yarn bowl in there. I will be on oxford street on tuesday so I might pop in then – there are 3 of them along oxford street/tottenham court road!

      1. I bought the yarn cakes last weekend. My tip would be to hit more than one location just in case they don’t have the colors you want for the cakes. In our town we only have one Tiger, so the first time I went I didn’t buy a cake because they only had one color way. A week later I returned and they had more selection and I picked one I liked. Believe it or not, I dream about the tubes of cotton yarn for crocheting mandalas. I saw them, liked them, but thought the price wasn’t right for them so I left them behind. I might get them in the end, even though they’re sort of weird price-wise versus amounts of yarn you get.

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