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Stash Down and Library A-long

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through January! I figure there is no time like the present to actually start putting my goals for the new year into action.

If you remember my first goal for the year was to refresh my stash (if not you can read about it here). I have decided to put this into perspective and figure out how much yarn I actually had in my stash.ย  While ravelry is great for logging your yarn into to virtually see what you have It really doesn’t tell you flat-out how many yards you have squirreled away. So what does any logical person do in this situation? Well they create a spreadsheet of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

Wait a minute… what do you mean this is not what “normal” people do?!? ๐Ÿ˜•

Well a spreadsheet of course is an awesome way to track yarn by weight, yardage and date purchased. However the actualization of the numbers is over whelming! I knew I had quiet a bit of stash but I thought it was manageable. As a matter of fact I thought I had maybe a year or twos worth of yarn.

Well I can tell you I was very wrong! It turns out that I have 19,429 yards of yarn and that is just the yarn that I entered in my ravelry stash! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I will be spending sometime this weekend finding the yarn that I have managed to “overlook”.

With numbers like that I figured I needed a really good plan! Well it just so happens I have one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Arlin from The Lost Geek podcast (if you have not listened to the podcast go over and check it out!) has come up with a library a-long. Which is an awesome way to use stash and use patterns that you have already purchased that you haven’t used yet, that were purchased before 1/1/2014! What a great idea! I mean I have so many patterns that I have purchased that I have wanted to make but then set it to the side and make something else.

The best part about it is that the shawl I have been knitting counts for both the stash down and the Library A-Long, as well as the preemie hats!! I can’t wait to search through my books and magazines to find patterns I love, that work with the yarn I have!

 

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Happy New Year!

Hello again my friends! Happy New Year! I am so happy to be sitting at my keyboard blogging again, it has been far too long since my last post!

Toward the middle of last year things got really hectic, I moved and the kids started a new school. This might not seem like a big deal but it was enough to throw my whole free time schedule out of whack which left little toย  no time to knit or blog. However, I would like to believe that this is all behind me know. With the start of the New Year I’d like to get back in the swing of crafting and blogging about my projects and other tidbits of my otherwise mundane life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Like last year I would like to start off the New Year by posting what my “goals” are for this year and taking a moment to reflect on my goals for last year too. Last year my goals were to finish up WIP’s and to have no more than 3 projects on the needles at all times. I would like to think that I have achieved this goal. I started off 2014 with only 3 projects in progress and 2 of them are socks (another is a Christmas present that I am still working on). ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night I finished up a pair of socks for my daughter that had been in the works since October. So even on the last day of the year I was still whipping up WIPs ๐Ÿ˜€

Tiny little feet!

These are the socks I finished up New Year’s Eve. I let my daughter stay up until 10pm so I could get her to model them when they were finished. LOL

As for my goal to learn to sew, well… that one didn’t happen. To be completely fair though I did try to sew a bag but my sewing machine hates me and I can’t seem to get it threaded let alone sew anything! And the goal about blogging well I made an effort but clearly need to devote more time towards it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for 2014 Goals:

  1. Refresh my stash! Now this doesn’t mean that I am going to go on a wild yarn shopping spree (although that does sound delightful!) What I mean here is that I really want to use up quite a bit of the stash I have (mostly acrylics) and slowly replace it with better yarns (natural fibers).
  2. Learn a new craft. This can be anything from sewing to spinning to food art.
  3. Whatever I do have fun! Too many times this year I found myself gritting my teeth to finish a project because my goal was to finish all things!ย 

I would love to hear what your goals are for 2014. I hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday!

Some Knitting and a lot of Waiting!

It seems like forever since my last post! The past week has been filled with some knitting and a lot of waiting!

First I’d like to talk about the Baby Sophisticate sweater I was knitting. Thisย  is knit from top down, so that it is seamless. I think this is the first time I have ever knit a seamless sweater, and I have to say that I love it! It is amazing that when the knitting of the sweater is finished you actually have a sweater, not just pieces of a sweater!

Almost finished!

The knitting part of the sweater is done!

I did make some adjustments to the pattern. I picked up 4 stitches in the armpit of each sleeve to avoid the hole the would need to be sewn (can you tell I hate seaming knitted items).ย  Then to avoid the wrist opening from being to large I decided I would decrease the 4 extra stitches out just before the cuff.

I have found the grosgrain ribbon that I am going to use on the button band, but the search for the perfect buttons is still on. :-\ While on a button hunt this weekend I thought I came across the perfect buttons, only to be disappointed to find out they only had 2 of the buttons in stock and I needed 4! Also I am planning on adding a sheep applique to the front of the sweater.

I had placed an order from Knit Picks and have been waiting for what seems like forever for it to arrive. Today after sending 2 people to the post office to check the mail it finally arrived!

Oooh! Look at all the pretty colors!

My first yarn order from Knit Picks ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am not sure if you can tell, but I am super excited! I have never ordered yarn from Knit Picks before and I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed fondling all the yarn this evening! The colors are amazing and the textures are great! Definitely worth the wait. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Elefante

Last week I mentioned that the month of February was going to be mostly baby knits, and I have finished my first baby project for the month. Shortly after posing last week I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, using size 3 dpns (double pointed needles). I used an array of worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Working with stripes is a challenge especially when knitting in the round. Often the stripes don’t line up exactly where they join. I tried to use the jogless stripe technique (the tutorial I used can be found here) and I think it turned out alright.

Body of elefante (work in progress)

You can still see where the stripes join but not as noticeable as if I hadn’t used the jogless striping technique.

Everything was going great until I was almost done with the head of the elephant and my boy friend points out that if it is supposed to be an elephant shouldn’t it have a long trunk. After taking a good look at it I had to agree it looked more like a pig snout then a trunk. I reread the directions and noticed I overlooked a tiny part in the directions that said – continue knitting until trunk measures 1 1/2″. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Of course I frogged and re knit the head. Better to redo your mistakes then to hate the finished project, even though I had thought about leavening it the way it was. ๐Ÿ˜›

Side profile of the elefante.

Side view of elefante.

 

front view of elefante

The elefante is all finished! Ends weaved in and all!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I still have to order the yarn for the other projects that I had planned on doing this month. Which left me with nothing to knit! :-O So I spent a good part of the night last night looking for a baby pattern that I could do, while waiting, with yarn I had on hand.

I decided on knitting a Baby Sophisticate sweater by Linden Down. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and has been knitted than 4,400 times! I have just cast on today using red heart yarn in heather grey. I am also ordering buttons now, hoping they will arrive around the time the sweater is done. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Wow,ย  it certainly got brutally cold here again in upstate New York! This morning upon leaving my house it wasย  -5 F. While that isn’t record-breaking temperatures here it is still cold,ย  even if I have lived here most of my life.

I had a startling realization as I knocked snow off my head, while climbing into the car. I am a knitter and I do not own a hat!! How is this possible?! Everyday I make sure that my kids have their hats and mittens on before leaving the house, yet I walk out without a thought to my own head. So I have decided it is time to knit myself a hat. ๐Ÿ™‚

I checked out my queue on Ravelry (which is far longer than it should be) to find a pattern, and my queue did not fail me. Subconsciously I must have been longing for a hat, for there were several hat patterns that I had tagged for myself throughout the years. However, most of these patterns required fingering weight yarn (something that I don’t have an abundance of in my stash). I hemmed and hawed for a while on whether or not to find the perfect yarn online and order it. But a voice of reason inside my head said “Silly girl by the time the yarn gets here and you knit the hat spring will be arriving!”.

So I have decided on knitting myself Sanpo. I have a lot of worsted weight yarn on hand and I am on a stranded knitting kick. ๐Ÿ˜‰

An Ancient WIP

Today was one of those days where nothing ever seems to go right, so therefore not much gets done. I have been working on crocheting a bunch of veggies for a bunny that I am giving to my 20 month old niece, for Christmas (Yes, I know it’s late…. but better late than never right?!). Well I was finishing up a cabbage when I started thinking ….Hmm, where did I put the little bit of left over orange I had. I looked around in the few baskets I have sitting by my computer desk, but couldn’t find it. So I have a brilliant idea, let’s look through the bins of stash.

Looking through my stash is not really as time consuming as I have heard others say. I have two plastic totes, neither of them are very large. I pull the totes out of the small closet behind my furnace and start rummaging. Still did not find the orange yarn, must be in the spare tote up in my bedroom closet. However, I did find a WIP in my stash tote. Not just a regular WIP, I would classify this as an ancient WIP! In the tote was a little girl’s cardigan that I was making for my sister who is now 21! I think this must be at least 16 years old! I tried it on my daughter and it looks like it might fit her in the spring , so now I am aiming to finish it up.

I will post pictures tomorrow of the rabbit and it’s veggies. By the time it was finished the natural lighting was gone.