Friday, January 12, 2007

Yarn Diet and The Stash

I have a confession to make. I have been terribly bad at sticking to my knit-along commitments. Please don't shoot me! I signed up for Socktoberfest, and guess what: didn't submit a single pair of socks. I just didn't make any during that time ( :-O !!), and didn't feel like starting new ones just for that. I also signed up for Lonesome skein, and, well, you guessed it, haven't submitted a single thing. I haven't even been following what others have knit -shame on me! But this time I'll do better. I signed up for a yarn diet that I found through Kristel's blog (her blog is in Finnish, but don't be scared away, her knits are beautiful and worth looking at even if you don't understand a word she is saying.)

A couple of weeks back I organized my stash, and inventoried everything I have. I wasn't actually even doind as bad as I thought. Half of my yarns were leftovers from previous projects, which I don't think counts against me. It just means I knit a lot. But during the yarn diet I'll try to use up as much as I can of the new yarns in my stash. Here's what I've got to work with:Three totes full of yarn. Well, actually more like two and a half, and only one of them is full of new yarn. But to be honest with you, all my sock yarns are elsewhere, and if I'd put them in these totes, I'd most likely have all three of them full.

Some Misti Alpaca lace weight in a delicate green color for a lace scarf. Haven't decided on the pattern yet.

Nashua Handknits Creative Focus worsted weight. I was originally going to use this for some mittens, but now I'm not sure. We'll see what comes out of it. This stuff would felt nicely, so maybe some felted slippers...

Artfibers Sylph, 1060 yards, which should be enough for a sweater. Adorably soft, I can't wait to start knitting with this stuff!

Undyed yarns, both worsted for a kid's sweater, sock yarn and mohair for a scarf. Or two. There's a lot of yarn in there!

Tahki Donegal Tweed. This is a sweater for me. Still haven't decided on a pattern, but I've got some ideas. I should get started on this and get it done.

Jo Sharp Classic DK wool, also a sweater's worth. This I was planning on dyeing, but I haven't really thought about it any further than that.

Patons soy-wool, a very nice yarn, and the colors are beautiful, but I have absolutely no idea what to make out of it! Felts very nicely.

Artfibers Hana, 100 % silk. This will be a scarf.

RY Cashsoft, 9 balls. I bought these for making scarfs, but when I got them, I just loved all the colors together, and now I think I should make a sweater out of it. I might have to get a ball or two more to have enough, and I have absolutely no idea of how to combine them (stripes? Fair isle?...), but I love the yarn and want to use it.

Koigu and Lorna's Laces sock yarn. The parrot colored LL will make socks for the 2-year-old, and the Koigu is for me.

So plenty of projects for the next month or two. Or even more. :) I did place an order for some Treking XXL last week that hasn't showed up yet, so that'll be a part of the stash, too.

Last week we made another trip to New York, and again I had a lot of knitting time on planes and at airports. I started a new project just for that, and started a week ago on Friday and finished yesterday. Perfect little travel project, the Diamond Fantasy Scarf:

The yarn was Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock in Black Purl, 100 g. Needles 3.5 mm Inox aluminum.

P.S. You probably noticed that I changed my blog template. If you find anything that isn't working out -colors, links, etc., please let me know!

1 comment:

spajonas said...

oooh, that koigu is just lovely! and i love all the yarns too ;) i'm sure you've got some good knitting ahead in 2007.