I've been slowly chipping away at this yarn that's been sitting in my stash for a couple of years. It's big. It's bulky. Some of the colors are ugly. And I had no idea what to do with it.
Enter the need for instant gratification knitting. I haven't been working on my striped dolman since the summer, mainly because it's for me and it's now too cold for it anyway, but also because after knitting for two hours it doesn't feel like you've accomplished anything. This crappy yarn that I have is the perfect solution to my dolman problem.
I found a pattern that called for super bulky yarn on really big needles that required. It's a big loose thing that you call "finished" when you run out of yarn. I finished in about an hour and 15 minutes. It's that fast. Seriously.
Then I started looking for a hat pattern to go with it since I still had two skeins left. And then I found the pseudo-jester hat.
It's knit in the round, but when you get to the top you don't do any decreasing, then just three-needle bind off the top so it's flat on top with two points. And you know those points need pom poms. The had used less than one skein. And you know what eats up a TON of yarn? POM POMS!
BOOM! Hat in about 2 hours of knitting.
For some yarn that I used to call crappy, I think they both turned out really cute. As I was photographing the scarf on the couch it was mentioned that it was reminiscent of the flying carpet from Aladdin. Totally! Love it.
I have one skein in this colorway left. Now that I've done a hat and a scarf, I'm not sure how to use it. I don't think they're enough left for mittens, but since it works up so fast there's no harm in trying.