I've undertaken a project this summer, sort of without meaning to. I had knitted all the big projects I cared to knit this spring; I was waiting to find out genders of a few babies before I started anything new. But I had an itch to knit still, so I crafted a Ravelry search around a few yarns I had in my stash. Before I knew it, I was matching projects to every yarn in my stash.
I'm not committing to not buying new yarn or anything crazy like that, but it has become quite satisfying to make little things--baby sweaters and hats and toys and booties--out of odds and ends. It makes me happy to think of that yarn out in the world being used rather than just sitting in my yarn basket. And the game of "I have X amount of yarn at Y weight...hmmm, what could I make out of that and for whom?" is, like, the greatest logic puzzle ever.
And that is how Gary the Gecko came to be. I made him--out of some yarn I bought on a whim at the old Wicked Stitch in Wamego before the Kid was even born--intending to send him to a friend's child. When he was finished, however, the Kid looked at him longingly, "That's really cool. Who is he for?"
"Well, he's for you, of course!" I couldn't help but answer.
And then his face lit up, and I vowed to knit him the most Jedi-tastic hat ever this winter just to see him smile like that again.