Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This wasn't in my stash for very long, as I bought the yarn in December for a deadline at the end of January, but it is out now! (Well, its remains joins my stash of remains....) And I love it! This was a donation to the Red Scarf project: my first, but hopefully not my last! More details on my blog.
Dare I say it that I am going to try to knit a thing or two for each of the charities each month, that will be a great stash buster.
On the needles tonight are a pair of bed socks, this time I am getting ahead this is for one of the February charities.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
This is Miss Dashwood, which I finished last week but never got around to posting a picture of (oops!). I knit it in yummy Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton and traded the bobbles for eyelets and ribbon (a few more details on the blog).
In the upper right of the same picture is my next WIP, the dayflower lace scarf. It's moving pretty quickly. :) I'm trying to kick-start my knitting engines for a long project.
I've been tempted by a lot of yarn sales and find myself wandering over to loopyarn, Little Knits, and Nestucca Bay to load up the virtual shopping cart and then empty it out. Close, but I've been good! :)
My Peace Fleece sweater, that I started on New Years day is also done! It is big and slouchy and I love it. It will never see much light of day, but I think it will get alot of around the house wear. It was so fun to knit and fast!! Plus, I kept plugging away at it. Usually, sweaters go in stages for me, but this one didn't. I think that means I am making progress at not creating UFO's!!
In celebration of these two finishes, I cast on the Pi R Square shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman. It is moving quickly, and I would really like to have it finished for our Vegas trip in two weeks, so once I finish that I will go back to focusing on my last three old UFO's!
Have a great week!!
Monday, January 29, 2007
And from my stash... I made my daughter a felted camera bag tonight to match a purse I made her last year!
My biggest accomplishment of the weekend though was this: Yes. I do realize it's only one sock, but it only took me about a day and a half to knit and I'm pretty proud of it! The yarn is a crazy colourway called Hot Tamale by Bernat Sox and it was in my stash! I just cast on the second sock tonight, but haven't gotten very far with it (so far not even the first row of ribbing is done, but that's what transit bus rides are for, right?)
Happy stash busting all!
It's for a work colleague whose baby is due on Friday. Just needed to give EZ's Baby surprise sweater a try - and it is so much fun! It goes from this:
To looking like a very cute baby jacket:
The yarn is from my stash (yeah me!). I have a bunch of this sport weight yarn, as I was planning on making a fairisle sweater from it. Besides the fact that I have decided fairisle isn't for me, I didn't realize how much it sucks to do fairisle in superwash wool. But - for little baby clothes, it's perfect. I'm hoping to be able to find little truck buttons so I can send this off tomorrow.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
and one project from scratch from my stash, the Monkey socks from the latest issue of knitty:
I'm happy to be cranking out the stash projects, and I'm enjoying taking a peek at everyone else's knitting! I have gotten ideas from you, including the socks that Kate made out of Cascade Fixation... I actually have some Fixation in my stash... I smell a copycat!
Right now, I'm working on the Dayflower lace scarf in super soft Richesse et Soie (an impulse purchase that took me a long while to justify). It's going well so far, and looks better than the first time I attempted it (and was doing my yarnovers all wrong).
Photos to come. :)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I am a serious yarn addict, badly in need of stash busting. In 2006 I completed probably 20 FOs in total. This might sound good but in the same year I placed a quite astonishing EIGHTY TWO online orders for yarn. Add in various 'live' shopping trips to some real stores throughout the year and the total number of stash purchases in 2006 has got to be in three figures.
I feel faint and weak at the thought. And very guilty.
I have to bust some stash. I absolutely have to. Please help me, sisters.
Photos are coming soon.
Monday, January 22, 2007
No, the picture is not blurry, the yarn is just THAT fuzzy! Cute!
Also, I hadn't bought the buttons for the cardigan at the time of the picture, but I totally have them now. Um, I haven't put them ON, but I'm sure I will. Any day now.
Then, I re-cast on my rainbow Jaywalkers and finished them last week:So, I have knit four items from my stash! I'm working on another pair of socks right now, and will naturally share when I'm done!
So while we were watching it snow yesterday and mr.sunneshine was watching football - I finished the front of my peace fleece sweater. I have started the back, it should be done today and blocked tomorrow, so that I will have a cardigan to wear by the weekend! I am dying to cast on a new project, so I have to keep up my finishing!
And one week down without any yarn purchasing temptation! I actually had to go to all my favorite LYS where I sell my stitch markers and re-stock - no yarn for me! Plus I counted my stash - kinda - I stopped when I got to 900 skeins - didn't see any need to go on. That was plenty of guilt to keep me yarn-shopping-free for a while longer!
Have a great week!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Sorry it's blurry, we were gutting ourselves laughing while taking the picis. More details over on the blog.
And we have a button! Awesome!
I haven't made too much progress on my UFO's - but I have used up 2 balls of stash yarn, and started a pair of socks out of another! Go check it out on my blog.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Hi, I'm Michelle and I have a problem. Too much yarn and too many good intentions gone bad. So above is the flash of my stash. Anal me had to organize by weight before I could post even though it means I am no longer eligible for the prize. My UFO is a poncho (which I must find before I can take pics of) that I want to finish in the three mos. So for me the biggest prize will be sticking to the rules! (Yes it is that bad!!!) I am doing good so far and did stick to the start date. Today I even went in and said goodbye to the girls at the LYS (we move to Ohio next week) and didn't buy anything! The real test though comes when I get to Cincinnati where I visited one store while on our house hunting trip. Great store but I found out last week it is the smallest one!!!! Lord, help me!!!!
Right now, I'm casting on for Miss Dashwood using Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton. I think I'm going to skip the bobbles (just thinking about bobbles in cotton makes my hands ache). Wish me luck!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I think that we need a button for this little venture we're all so bravely embarking on. Anyone out there know how to do that? I am completely inept at that kind of thing. I tried making one on a free website, but the thing ended up huge and funny looking! I thought that maybe one of you talented people would have some ideas!
UFOs (projects started):
1. Brown Sweater from 2 years ago (?) - just found it at the bottom of the pile. It's almost done - knit neck and finishing.
2. V-neck Sweater - back done, did the front this weekend, and on the first sleeve. Worried I might run out of yarn - only had 6 balls, so skipped
3. Jo Sharp Cardigan - back and front done, not sure if I like the yarn anymore - should maybe frog and start over with different yarn.
4. Jo Sharp Sweater - back done, worried about running out of yarn.
5. Orange Sweater - didn't actually knit it, but still working on installing zippers.
6. Green scarf - using Rowan tweed
7. Lace scarf - using pale blue yarn
8. Rowan socks - using random yarn - striped
9. Cable socks - using brown yarn
10. Starsky cable cardigan - cream yarn (or maybe brown tweed - depends on gauge)
Stash Yarn to Use - Projects Unknown:
11. Brown tweed yarn - cone, way too much of this - must find project
12. Red wool yarn - cone, made a sweater for mom - still have enough for two more sweaters
13. Dark grey wool yarn - cone
14. Grey cotton yarn - cone
15. Debbie Bliss Red yarn - possibly make another Jo Sharp sweater - depending on how many balls needed (only have 10).
16. Cream linen/silk yarn - 10 balls - no idea
Possible Frogged Projects:
17. Lilac cable sweater - made it a little too short, should just unravel and make a bit longer, might still need time to recover.
18. Red Rowan Cardigan - same thing, still wear it, but too small, should really redo it.
19. Cotton twist sweater - turned out awful - loved working with the yarn though. Need to take apart.
It seems like I have a lot of yarn, but a good third is for weaving, so doesn't count. I have more yarn that needs to be used, but this is the yarn that's been getting on my nerves and needs to be put to a use.
I must add it helps to read others lists, as I seem to be better off than I thought previously. I can stop kicking myself for starting yet another project, especially if it's a sweater. So that's where I am now, must just knit and knit and knit now.
Monday, January 15, 2007
My UFOs include Aimee and my socks which are currently on the needles but they aren't true UFOs in the strictest sense of the word because I am actually knitting them at the moment, they have not yet been abandonned.
These are in fact my unstarted objects, a scarf from the pink/green silk, a sweater from the blue alpaca and Joy from Vintage Style from the dusky purple Yorkshire Tweed.And finally, my UFO for the project - my trellis scarf. I know this is a true UFO because when I mentioned it earlier my husband had no idea what I was talking about - and he bought me the turtle stitch markers. This will also tie in nicely with Project Spectrum because it is the perfect colour for February and March! I am now fully revealed to you all and may the needles have mercy on my stash!
Here is a list of unfinished projects from me:
Figure 8 Shawl
Second Lace sock (from IK)
Weave in ends of baby blanket, and put on backing (or decide if I even want to do that)
Mom's 65th Birthday sweater (just started this week - so not an old UFO)
Kitchner the toes of the socks for Andy
Put on the button bands of the pullover I cut into a cardigan last year
Fairisle Sweater from the Webs fairisle class (more likely that I rip this out then finish it)
I think that is it.... not too bad!
I'm more likely to start my Aran sweater out of my stash of Black Water Abby yarn than I am to finish any of the larger projects on that list, but I know I will at least finish my Mom's birthday sweater!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
My problem as mentioned before lies more in the "oooohhhh. I want to make that, and that, and that, oooh and one of those, and maybe that..." I've got so many projects I want to start! But first things first. I am committing to finish Samus and the IHS by April 15th. Should be easy peasy if I stay on track!
Left to right we have:
- Knitting Pure and Simple #241 - say 1/2 done?!?!?!?
- Coral Crossing - 2 sleeves - about 1/2 done
- CeCe - Phildar Onde - I'm thinking this will be a frog. Wrong yarn!
- Here Be Pirates hat - final repeats of skulls - home stretch
- Mock cable sock - on the heel flap of this one - second sock, yay!
- Noro blanket - love it, but omg, what a time committment.
Here we enter my blue phase:
- Ribbi Cardi - sleeves - 2 almost done Elann Highland Wool
- Fingerless Mitt - 1/2 first one - DB Cashmerino
- Spiral rib neckwarmer - merino angora - sooooo soft.
There, that is about it. There are of course some Dulaan items on the needles, one hat and one childs sweater. They don't count, those are my continuous knitting that I work on all the time. I never seem to have any problem finishing those items, just everything else. I wonder what that says about me psychologically?
Now, the KAL runs until April 15, there is no way on this earth that I'm going to get all of these things done by then but I'd be really happy if half of them were done by then.
There, I've flashed the stash, I've shown the WIP's, I am naked before you. Don't judge me too harshly. ;)
(copied from my blog)
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I did a sort of inventory (just a rough one) and I only have 128 full balls of yarn. I will admit to having probably the equivelant to maybe 10 or so more small balls in partial amounts, but those don't actually count do they? I even found a couple of exciting balls of yarn I'd forgotten about so that was a lovely surprise!
Anyways, now the fun begins. Seeing as it's already almost 8:30pm and my bed is still covered and I haven't figured out a new storage system yet (and I do need one), I guess I should scoot off upstairs and start doing something with it so that eventually I can go to bed tonight!
Ta ta for now... and wish me luck! If they were books I'd just catalogue them and they'd be automatically assigned a home, but alas they're not and the Library of Congress nor the good ol' Dewey Decimal System can't help me out now. I just have to figure out a different way of organizing them.