My first grader brought home a family project assignment: cut out and dress up the enclosed scarecrow pieces and return to school.
While digging around in my craft drawers for buttons and string, I came across a pair of swatches in the round that I had done a while back when trying out an idea for a scrap blanket. These just happened to be exactly the size of the scarecrow's legs.
I pulled out a complementary ball from the scrap bag, picked up along the top of each swatch to join in a circle, asked myself if it was entirely absurd to be knitting pants for a cardboard scarecrow, decided it was, kept going anyway, then added an inch of ribbing on top and a bow made from one of the swatch tails.
Note to self: try that scrap blanket idea again on fingering again.