June 07, 2005
Joining Stashbusters was just the nudge I needed.
On Sunday, I updated my stash spreadsheet. I haven't touched it much since creating it in the beginning of the year. Avoidance is great for self-deception.
I had yarn to add that I had found around the house (in fact, there's still 9 or 10 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky hiding somewhere), and the "few" purchases I've made this year.
Well folks, after taking into account the yarn I've knitted, I've still increased my stash by almost 50 balls this year. This is even ignoring the "found" yarn that wasn't in the original count. Ugh.
This really feels like a burden to me. I don't think anything of other people having a big stash, but I don't want one. A good 20% of the stash is from old purchases that I should probably donate -- I have no interest in ever knitting with the yarn. But, most of it is nice stuff.
It's just so much more fun to knit with something "new" than something from the stash. And then there are also all those UFOs I have hanging around with 10 balls of this or that waiting to be knit up. And that's why the stash keeps growing.
So, I decided this weekend to pick a UFO and give it some more love. Even if I couldn't finish it. I worked on Zipo for a bit and finished off another ball. 4 down, 10 to go. I've now knitted as much as I ripped the first go round with this sweater!
Then I took out Clapotis. I knitted. I weighed the yarn. Knowing that Kate needed another hank of this yarn to finish her Clapotis, I thought I might come up short. And sure enough I did. I had to stop 2 straight repeats early. And even with that I didn't quite have enough to finish the corner. But luckily the way it rolls no one will be the wiser.
No, I'm not frogging Clapotis.
|oh how i hope my nose really isn't this big|
So, one more project off the UFO list, and another 300 yards and .5 balls off the stash spreadsheet.
And can I tell ya -- I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Clapotis! So versatile! The way it twirls and curls is fun! How can you not be happy wearing it? big nose and all
January 06, 2005
I couldn't hold out any longer. Last night wihile knitting on Clapotis I decided to drop all the stitches. See?
I love it! The drape is wonderful and I continue to be amazed at how special such a simple pattern can be.
I think I spent 10 minutes in front of the bathroom mirror last night draping it a variety of ways. It's so much fun and I can really see why people say they plan on making more than one.
I'm using Over The Rainbow's 50/50 silk/merino yarn in the colorway Nite Rainbow. It's the same yarn that Kate is using. Kate mentioned a few days ago that she ran out of yarn after 9 straight repeats, so I've been concerned that I'd run out too. I'm done with 6 and still have a lot left but I'm still crossing my fingers that I don't run out.
I don't think I ever showed you the gauntlet (note -- singular usage) I made for Kelly for Christmas. Here she is:
I'm calling her Natalya. The gauntlet took a little more than half a hank of Classic Elite Lush. I've been working on finishing up gauntlet number two when I noticed last night that I messed up a cable way down toward the end. I've been doing the crossovers every 4 rows but on one of them I did it at 4.5 rows -- so one half looks fine and the other half is elongated. I remember thinking at one point that a cable looked too tight. It must have been after that row because that would have only been three rows later. This gets back to yesterday's post -- trust your instincts!!!
So I need to frog most of it and fix the cable :(
On a positive note I really like the way these turned out. I've kept track of the pattern and have started writing it up. Let me know if you're interested and I can post it when I'm done.
December 30, 2004
Alive and Well
Ahhhhhh! That's how I can best sum up my feeling this week. I survived the craziness that work brought on right before Christmas and I'm now enjoying a week+ off work.
Christmas was wonderful! My Mom, brother and sil came over Christmas day. I cooked and baked like crazy and things went off smoothly.
As for gifts, I couldn't be luckier! I got a new digital camera* (I've been coveting one for months), some accessories for it (including a tripod for some solo picture taking sessions), a blocking board, the knitter's purse, a new crock pot, some candles and a few other smaller items. The blocking board is backordered so I'm still waiting to see it.
Monday I spent the day at my mom's and it was just what I needed. I sat on the couch and knitted ALL DAY! I got through 1.5 repeats on St Brigid (uhm, in a new colorway):
I think this is finally it. I was forcing it to be a dark color and it just didn't fit. The cables pop beautifully -- just what this pattern needed.
Yesterday I got together with Katy in the city. We stopped by a very crowded Purl. And can you believe it? I didn't buy a single skein of yarn! I did however get a bargain on AS's Celtic Collection -- 13 bucks! I couldn't leave it behind.
After Purl we ate lunch at a Thai place and then found a coffee shop to get in some knitting. I brought along another new project -- Clapotis:
What a great little pattern! So easy to memorize, and the dropping of the stitches makes you just want to keep knitting. I can completely understand why people say they'd want to make more than one.
I also joined Alison's sockapalooza. What could be better than getting my very own pair of handknit socks! Made just for me -- not by me!
As for the rest of the week, I have more of the same planned. More knitting, more getting together with friends, and lots more knitting.
I'm going to take off the rest of the week from blogging and come back refreshed on Monday. I just don't want to spend much time in front of the computer and I don't want to write entries just to write them.
So, I'll be back -- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed -- next week.
Have a wonderful New Year!
* the blurry pics can be blamed on the learning curve for the new fancy-schmancy camera.