About two years ago I learned how to make beaded jewelry, specifically using the peyote stitch, through this great website called Communiteach. Basically, you can find people who are willing to teach you something you want to learn in exchange for you teaching them something they want to learn. I got to learn beading, and I taught knitting. I finally finished the bracelet and sewed on snaps, which was the most annoying part. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
It's not a great photo, but I think it shows my favorite two features of the bracelet - its iridescence and fluidity. I don't really wear jewelry, but I really enjoyed the process of making it. And this is kind of true of the things I knit as well. I really enjoy the process of making stuff a lot more than having the final product. And this may factor into why I have had so many unfinished projects hanging around while I start new ones.
One of my stash-busting projects I made recently was this crocheted bookmark, which I probably won't use very often, since I don't read that much anymore. It was the first time I worked with such a small crochet hook and fine thread. That made it a little difficult, but the pattern itself was pretty easy and quick to make once I got the hang of it.
pattern: Fan Bookmark
yarn: DMC Cebelia cotton size 30
Another stash buster were these knit jar covers. Since I'm a little bit of a hoarder, I have several jars, some of which I use as vases. And this seemed like a cute and useful way to use up yarn. I also decided to learn the magic loop technique so I wouldn't have to use double pointed needles. It's a great method and I highly recommend it.
pattern: Recycled Glass Jar Covers
yarn: Patons UpCountry & Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
needles: size US 10.5 & 8