Category Archives: stash

Where…

…did October go and how are we a third of the way through November already?! I decided early on in the year this year that I would not be doing any holiday gift knitting this year. I did, though, knit this super soft and warm hat for my mother-in-law’s birthday last month! I knit her an Everglade out of a skein of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. The colorway is Alpine Pearl and it looks SMASHING on her!

Everglade Hat

I also untangled a skein of yarn for a friend. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes untangling a skein of yarn is something that makes me want to cry. Other times, I find it oddly soothing. This was one of those second times.

Before and After
Before and After

And finally! I am nearly done with my oldest current WIP. A baby blanket that I started WAY back in January. I should be done with it no later than the first of the month, when it will be sent by a awesome friend of mine to his baby nephew in New Jersey! As soon as it’s all done I’ll let you know!

What sort of excitement have y’all gotten up to while I was MIA? Let me know in the comments!

Finishing The WIP Pile

I have a bad habit of starting a large project, getting not quite halfway done, and abandoning it for something new, and portable, and quick. Startitis is totally a problem I suffer from. So, high on the feeling of finishing my Wurm, I decided to knock out the one WIP that’s been languishing in the corner since January. (Really?! Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that long!)

So the Diagonal Baby Blanket is once again back in business. It’s not that it’s a hard pattern, it just seems to go on and on and on. And on some more. Luckily I’ve got more time recently to work on it and it seems to be moving at a pretty good pace. As of right now I’m nearing my halfway point and I know from experience that the decreases go MUCH faster than the increases. There’s also the bonus that any potential leftovers will go to my son’s pre-K class to be used in art supplies! Yay!

Once I hit the 50% point I’m rewarding myself with casting on Gansey Wristers in a skein of Creating by A Verb for Keeping Warm (unfortunately, they’ve discontinued this yarn. You can, however, check online for destashes, if you have your heart set on this exact yarn) that I received as a gift. The colorway is called Aortic and it’s a tonal in shades of red. Wristers are my second favorite knitted item (after hats) and in my opinion there’s no such thing as too many pair!

What’s your current oldest WIP? Are you pretending it doesn’t currently exist or have you decided to tackle it in the hopes that you can start the new year with a clean knitting slate? Do you have a fun project to dangle as a carrot to keep you going?

Let’s Do The Wurm!

Today I dug out the yarn I’m using which is Baby Boom by Fiesta yarns in the colorway Pansies (a GORGEOUS purple that I got from The Loopy Ewe), printed out my pattern, grabbed an empty project bag from the bin, and wound my yarn.

Using my nifty swift is always fun

I got everything ready to go. I even took a picture of everything all together for my project page.

Artistic, no?
Artistic, no?

I was ready to settle down and cast on. But then I heard my weekend project. It was calling to me. Telling me how sad it was to be unfinished.

Knit me!
Knit me!

How can you say no, when a project looks at you like this? YOU CAN’T! So tomorrow will be the official casting on of my Wurm. If you are Wurming along with me it should be obvious that this is a very unstructured KAL. Feel free to talk about your progress, post pics, ask questions, or cheer me (and anyone else) on.

In the meantime, I’m going to spend some more quality time with this cutie:

Aww, it's so cute!
Aww, it’s so cute!

Yarn Dieting (AKA Cold Sheeping)

There comes a point where you have to go on a yarn diet. Maybe it’s due to space restrictions. It could be due to guilt. Perhaps you’ve managed to blow your yarn budget for the year on one big purchase. It happens. But going cold sheep is not for the faint of heart.

There are entire Ravelry groups and threads devoted to this. (I should know, I just joined one!) And for the dedicated crafter or general yarn enthusiast it can be every bit as difficult as losing weight. There are also so many excuses to cheat “just a little bit” that will totally do you in. I refer you to the commonly known “sock yarn doesn’t count” clause as seen in the comic below. (Which is from one of my favorite ever yarn-based web comics Worsted for Wear who had a great 3 year run.)

 

I personally decided that I was going cold sheep on Tuesday, July 15th. I snagged some of the last Cephalopod Yarn (which is truly a miracle) from the wonderful Eat.Sleep.Knit (who I’ll blog about another day) and decided that with that, I needed to knit some before I add to the stash. Also, I’m pretty sure my husband would notice if I bought a new Rubbermaid container. Currently all 4 of mine are full. As is the 3 drawer plastic cabinet. And the extra drawer on top.

I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM, OK? I CAN STOP ANY TIME I WANT!

Anyhow, I made a solemn vow to my husband and my stash that this is it for awhile. At least 6 months. I’ve built the following provisos into my yarn diet, though. I know me. This is to help ensure I stay on said yarn diet. So, my lovely knittens, here is my formal cold sheep vow, that I share with all of you:
I, Kristi, solemnly swear that I will buy no more yarn for the next 6 months barring the following exceptions. A gift certificate for yarn, buying yarn for a present for a fellow knitter, or if the CY update on Saturday has lace in blue, gray, or purple. If that last exception is met, I will only purchase 1 skein.

Have any of you gone cold sheep? Are you currently cold sheeping? How did it go/are you doing? Feel free to share your struggle with me in the comments!

The One That Got Away

I was browsing through hat patterns on Ravelry last night before bed, looking for my next hat. The first picture it shows me is the one that got away and like Ahab I must chase this particular white whale…luckily I’m not likely to die knitting a hat. This is a good omen to begin with! ^_~

I first tried knitting Wurm a few months after learning to knit. In retrospect this was a terrible idea as I hadn’t learned the skills needed to knit this hat, and the pattern doesn’t lend itself to easily learning things like picking up and knitting stitches. Of course, attempting it in acrylic was my second mistake. One that I won’t make again!

One of the things I love most on Rav is the “Stash” function. I have every yarn I own, along with pictures and number of skeins, listed which makes it super easy when I’m looking at patterns to find out if I have yarn to make the pattern that I want, or if it’s an excuse to buy yarn.

I when I hit Loopy Groupie status at The Loopy Ewe a few years ago, I got a skein of beautiful purple yarn. In a fabulous coincidence it’s the exact weight I need to knit this, and I might even have enough for a pair of mitts or boot toppers to go with it! 😀

Isn't it GORGEOUS?!
Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

This is my carrot for me. Once I finish this gorgeous shawl (which is very nearly done at this point. Only 11 rows, bind off, and blocking to go) I will give myself permission to cast on this hat for me. I’m confident that round 2 will go MUCH better.

Playing with Stash

I took some time today to update my Ravelry stash page. Generally I stay on top of adding in new yarns and taking their pictures as I get them. Over the weekend, though, I was gifted some new yarn and when I went to add it this morning I found 2 OTHER skeins that were hiding on my desk! (Which means it’s time for another desk cleaning, ugh)

I also went through and moved all my mostly used up yarns to the “Used” section of my stash page. I didn’t know until recently that even if you mark a project as having used an entire skein of yarn, it will still show up in your stash list as having “0 remaining”, lol.

I currently have 120 yarns stashed. That’s a lot of yarn. 30.80 miles according my Ravelry generated Excel spreadsheet. (Well, it’s 54, 213 yds, which I then converted to miles. BUT CLOSE ENOUGH, RIGHT?!) Wow. That’s a lot of yarn. And I have so many plans for lots of it. And the skeins that I don’t have plans for right now just haven’t told me what they want to be yet, is all.

The only bummer is that I have 2 skeins of yarn that I have NO IDEA what colorway they are. I know they are from a Walking Dead inspired yarn club dyed by Bohemia Fibers, but that’s all I’ve got. Pretty sure it’s DK weight yarn, but it could be worsted (they are close, after all)  and one I MIGHT have figured out by poking around Ravelry.

I think this is “The Rocker is a Walker”, but I might be wrong.  

This one, however, I am stumped on.

The top one wants to be a hat or a cowl. Not sure which yet. The bottom one is keeping mum for now. However, if anyone knows WHAT colorways these are, PLEASE tell me. I’d be ever so grateful! 🙂

Let’s Talk About Stash, Baby

It’s spoken about in slightly hushed tones, sometimes accompanied by furtive looks. It’s a topic that is spoken of with awe and embarrassment. Shame and reverence. Yes, I’m talking about stash. It’s a topic that inspires more confessions and jokes than any other in the knitting and crocheting community.

I have a decent stash, if I do say so myself. With the most recent move I took the time to neatly separate, label, and store my stash. This is my stash now. Each bin and drawer neatly labeled with the type of yarn inside.

Closet stash on left and drawer stash on right. 

Which is a much easier system to search than my old stash storage (which began life as an entertainment center)
It was organized roughly according to weight. Mostly.

Obviously my stash has grown since the entertainment stand as all of those bins are full. Not bursting open full (well, not all of them) but definitely full. And yes, all my yarn is in plastic storage bags. This keeps all my yarn from each colorway together as well as keeping it safe from yarn stealing kittens. 
How do you store your stash? Are you SABLE (Stash Acquire Beyond Life Expectancy) or approaching it? Let me know in the comments!