I keep my knitting group's bag of extras. Mostly dollar store yarn and project leftovers that are most of a skein, there was some cute #20 cotton crochet thread in there. I've added quite a bit of my leftovers and unwanted yarns, mostly dollar store stuff, acrylic, and mohair, as I can typically find uses for wools, and don't feel bad grabbing this little 20 gram dollar store yarn for my own purposes. Especially when those purposes are as nice and pure as a bookmark or two for Christmas and snowflakes to decorate my school's Christmas-themed robot, if in fact there are leftovers. 20g doesn't go very far.
Things were all well and good, I was about to finish the majority of the work on the first bookmark, and I realize I've messed up the directions:
The outside edges of the fans are supposed to join a lower fan. Less than an hour of work, the first two fans are okay, and I have the pattern memorized. Not too big a deal.
Except I scoured the directions looking for such a thing because I was sure they joined. Somehow, I missed it, and only saw it halfway through the seventh of eight fans. Now I get to rip back to halfway through the third fan.
I'll probably go out and pick up another skein or two of this stuff though to make another bookmark and hopefully get at least three snowflakes, preferably more like ten so the students can keep them at the end and everyone on the team gets one.
But we'll see. Such things can only be accomplished if I can read directions correctly in the future. I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.