As is the case with many a knitter, I’ve got eyes bigger than my stomach (if you take “stomach” to actually mean “knitting time”).
Although I have culled my stash some over recent years, I do still have a large amount of yarn that won’t be knit up in the next few weeks or months and some of it will likely remain in stash for years. In an attempt to at least have a plan, I want to start a somewhat regular Knit List in which I’ll pair up some of my stash yarn with a pattern or two.
And maybe if any of these patterns look like good pairings for your stashed yarns, we could do a mini Knit-Along!
So without further ado, here is the first Knit List:
This fingering weight yarn I picked up at the Estes Wool Market a year or two ago.
I think it would make a great Odd Couple by April Klich.
I’m thinking this combination of half mystery yarn/half Shibui Knits Stoccato should be…
The Saudade by Ysolda Teague. I’m thinking my white for her dark grey, my middle grey for her white, my black for her yellow and my green for her orange – whaddya think?
An additional bonus to these lists will be that it’ll force me to get an accurate stash updated in Ravelry so that I can find patterns more easily!
What’s the state of your stash? Do you have projects planned for your yarns or do you work as the inspiration comes?
See? Keepin’ right on rollin’ with this here blog. Not taking another 3 month break, no-siree.
This week my main project (I think I currently have 3 WIPs total – not counting the cross stitch) is a new set of KnickKnackKnucks. This is an older pattern of mine that originally came out in 2011. I’ve knit quite a few pairs of these and I still have my originals and wear them every winter!
I wanted this pair to be in the same yarn – Pattons Kroy – but I wasn’t able to find a colorway that would work for the recipient. I ended up choosing Premier Yarns Serenity because they had a pretty purple colorway that is knitting up beautifully. The yarn is softer than the Kroy and I’m a little concerned about it’s hardiness but only because I haven’t worked with it before (and obviously the Kroy can hang with the big dogs and still be my main pair of gloves after 5 years). Have any of you knitted with it yet? Does it hold up well?
I’m working on the first glove but it’s going quickly! Compared to my latest projects that were all pretty hefty (sweaters, shawls, etc), gloves are a quick knit!
What are you working on this week?
Crimeny it has been a loooooonnnnggggg time, hasn’t it? I’m sorry. I could go on and on about what happened and why the blog fell to the wayside and how I promise to keep it up this time around but let’s skip that and just get back into the swing of things, shall we?
Conveniently, the last time we chatted here I was talking about the projects that I actually currently am looking for testers for! Yay! The Universe does work in mysterious ways!
The Clover Blossom top is an easy-to-wear pullover that has a unique construction. It’s knit flat, there’s a little seam and then stitches are picked up for the waist ribbing. This sample was knit out of a linen blend and I’ve got another sample out of 100% wool so I’m excited to see what other sport weight yarn knitters will choose to work with!
I’m only looking for one or two testers for this and more information about it can be found in my Ravelry Group.
Ideally it won’t be another 3 months before our next chat, I hope your summer went well and that your fall (these seasons assuming northern hemisphere) is starting off well!
These past few weeks have been crazy around these parts – travel over the 4th to see my family, travel for a wedding this past weekend, house guests, dog injuries (she’s fine, but a princess) and a busy week of meetings and classes and showings and squeezing in friend-time this week. That doesn’t leave a ton of time for knitting but I am getting a little bit done here and there.This week I’m working on the bottom ribbing of the first of two sample tops for a new design I’m working on and hoping to have released before the weather turns cold again! It’s hard to see the construction of the top here but it’s fairly straightforward knitting followed up with some minor seaming and then picking up stitches for the lower bit. Hopefully it’ll all come to life better on a model when it’s done!
What are you working on this week? Is summer a crazy time for your schedule too?
Cross stitching that is! I mentioned a few
weeks months ago that I’d picked up a cross stitch kit in order to have something to work on when my wrists were bothering me. Although I hadn’t worked on it in some time, I did manage to get in a bit more on it last week. It’s awfully addictive watching those letters take shape, isn’t it?
Over the weekend I did manage to sneak in a road trip to see my family for the 4th of July holiday. We had a fantastic time although very little crafting got done so I’ll have to remedy that this week!
What did you do for the weekend? Anything fun/roadtrippy/crafty/relaxing?
I wanted another quick project in my WIP pile a few weeks back and decided that a hat would be a nice addition. I picked out this gorgeous blue mystery stash and cast on for Zarena.
It wasn’t long before I decided that a hat wasn’t going to work and I ripped out, found slightly bigger needles and re-cast on for a cowl. I wanted to get the most out of the yarn and a hat might leave me with a few odd yards left. Besides, the yarn is a bit bigger than the DK called for in the pattern and trying to knit this closer-to-worsted on US 4 needles was going to give me wrist pain.
So this and Soren are rotating depending on what I feel like knitting at the time. What are you working on this week?
I know, I know. For a knitting blog, this space has been pretty sparse on the knitting content lately. I *have* been knitting, I promise!
Remember that shawl I mentioned a few weeks ago? The one that was going to be the Lost in the Forest shawl? I ripped it. The pattern was gorgeous and I’m sure that if I’d followed it, I would make a beautiful shawl. Unfortunately, lately I haven’t wanted any knitting that I have to “pay attention to” – I want to be on autopilot with my knitting which meant scratching that project.
The yarn isn’t being returned to the stash, however. I re-cast on a new shawl project but, as you can see, this one is mostly mindless for the first little bit. Lacy pretty things happen later for the border and I’m looking forward to their arrival but for now, I’m enjoying this simple stockinette project.
What are you working on this week?