Some of this is purely practical, since the stash holds an impressive amount of red, white and blue yarn from a project that didn’t work quite as planned.
Some of this is convenience, since cloths and coasters are a practical way to test new stitches or concepts.
Some of those experiments work (Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots).
Some of them don't.
Some of this is therapeutic, since working on a small, quick piece is a refreshing change from larger or more complicated projects.
Some of this is laziness, since the plain red and white cloths suit multiple occasions and can be pressed into service all winter from Christmas through Valentine's Day.
Strangely enough, it turns out if you do "some of this" on a regular basis, one day you'll discover you have an entire collection of handcrafted holiday items that looks something like this. (And yes, there are more. Many, many more.)
You don't have to be American to be a passionate about red, white and blue. In fact, there are 21 countries whose national flags feature that combination, and the list is much longer if you add those with multi-colored flags.
One of these days, I'll get photos of the rest of the collection.
For now, let me wish Canadian readers a happy Canada Day (July 1) and fellow Americans an enjoyable Independence Day (July 4). Summer is whizzing by so wherever you live, take time to celebrate each day in true knitterly style.
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