Thursday, 23 May 2013
The second of my Stashdown Trio is some Rowan 4 ply Soft which I bought in a cone a lot of years ago. I've finally got round to winding it into balls so now I know for sure that I have around 500g which gives me around 1750m to play with. Now, apart from socks, I very rarely work with 4-ply so I knew that choosing a garment for this yarn was going to be a tall order. Especially as I've attempted to knit with it before and gave up once the endless rows of stockinette with tiny needles became too much and poor old Hanne from Rowan Studio 3 has been sitting in a drawer for years until I finally ripped it back last week. I'm pretty sure that I have actually moved house 3 times since it went in the drawer! So from long neglected yarn to long neglected pattern books, I have decided to try knitting Laika from Ysolda's Little Red in the City. Like Custom Knits 2, which I mentioned yesterday, I received Little Red as a gift at least 2 christmasses ago and I still haven't knit anything from it so I'm glad to be finally trying one of the patterns.I'm hoping that the lacy pattern should add interest and distract me from the fact I am knitting with 4-ply. I guess we'll see.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Celtic from Rowan 40. I must have really liked it because I actually bought the same colours of the one in the magazine, quite a rarity! Clearly I didn't actually like it enough to get around to making it though and after purchasing Thrown Together by Kim Hargreaves I decided that the Felted Tweed would be put to much better use as an Olivia. Now I've spent some time thinking about this and although I do still like Olivia a lot I'm a bit unsure of whether it would suit me and I've decided to use the yarn for something else. Third plan lucky, eh? After a bit of searching I found 2 likely candidates. Caramel by Isabell Kraemer and Knotted by Wendy Bernard. I absolutely adore Caramel and I keep coming back to it as a favourite, but ultimately I want to make a stripy one and that would mean using a completely different yarn for the stripes so I'll keep it on ice for the future. For this reason and also because it is nearly summer now and Knotted seems like a more appropriate garment, I'm going to make Knotted. It has loads going for it, I can make the basic sleeveless version and then if I have plenty of yarn left I can add a hood and even sleeves as I go. I like the idea of that after some of the 'running out of yarn' issues I have been having later. Also I have all 3 Custom Knits books and have yet to knit a single thing from any of them, so I'm happy with my decision.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
After mulling over my problem with the baby bolero and slouchy sweater I eventually decided that, yes, I would rip back the sweater and that, yes, it was indeed going to be a total pain to frog. I am going to keep going, but I think the only way to do it without losing my mind is to do 10 minutes her and there until it is done and that isn't really helping me to get Cassie's bolero done. I've also decided that I really can't be bothered to rip that back, especially as it will again require two strands to be separated so in a radical moment I came up with the idea of just switching to white KSH and carrying on. Best case scenario is that it doesn't really notice or is just an interesting detail as it isn't the primary yarn. Worst case scenario is that after a few rows it looks ridiculous and I end up having to rip back and I haven't really wasted much time. Plus there is always the lazy option of finishing it that way and just chucking the whole thing in a dye bath and the end and hoping I can even it up. Ahh, it feels good to make a decision.
Monday, 13 May 2013
this one by Yarn-Madness and I'm using a mystery (probably) chunky yarn from my stash held together with a strand of Kidsilk Haze to help me get gauge. I quite like the effect of the two yarns together although the fluffiness of the Kidsilk does obscure the cabling and YOs a little. It feels really great though, sooo soft. Being a small thing it is growing pretty quickly and I should have it done in a matter of days. Hopefully by then I will have identified the mystery yarn and it will be a mystery no longer!
Saturday, 11 May 2013
This year's Blog Week, more than anything, saw me really taking stock of the yarn in my stash and in a way rediscovering it and the lovely yarn hidden within it. While I am aware that compare to many knitters my stash is fairly modest, I have decided that it is too big and that it is time to use some of it. That's right, a stashdown is in order, despite this oh so tempting DROPS sale which is currently goading me! That said, I'm quite excited to get started, especially as it's a wonderful excuse to start a very interesting spreadsheet and accompanying graph. Here is the starting point:
So what is the plan?
First and foremost, no more yarn. Looking through my stash made me remember how much great yarn I have and yet whenever I choose a project I always end up buying more yarn for it. I think the reason for this is that most of my stash was purchased with a project in mind but as I am constantly spotting new patterns that I have to make now those yarn languish, patiently waiting for their project to come to the top of the queue. With this in mind I'm going to try an experiment, choosing projects to go with yarn rather than the other way around. I'm going to start by choosing 3 long neglected yarns, working out what project I wanted to make with them and if I still want to make it. If so I'll just make it and if not I'll pick a new project and make that. Drumroll please..... this time the yarns will be:
Rowan Felted Tweed, grey, 7 balls of.