Way Back When…

Remember wwwaaayyy back in November and I shared this post?

From Humble Beginnings

I’m still working on that there project, its slow going, but that’s fine with me because I want it to turn out right.  Its nice to have something to fall back on between Christmas gifts and custom orders, and this yarn is so luxurious and wonderful that its always a treat to work on the project.

Here’s what the beast is growing into:

Mmm basketweave

I was a tad worried about running out of yarn and so I decided to go ahead and get some more.  I ended up deciding to purchase two more balls of the Plymouth Suri Merino rather than just one, and so I will count it as 1 of my 5 Yarn Diet purchases for the next 5 months.

Oh, and speaking of the Yarn Diet, did you see over there ———->

In my side bar I’ve put a little counter so I can show you what I started with and what I currently have.  And yes, the number did jump from 250 to 260 because I found another bag of yarn that I had forgotten to count….don’t judge.  Its a problem.

I’ve overcome the first step, admitting it.

First Pattern Release of 2011!

The Super Slouchy Beanie with PomPom is now ready to be knit by all!

mrsmouse's super slouchy beanie!

I want to thank my very generous and hard-working test knitters, mrsmouse and mamatwitch (both Ravelry links) for testing out the pattern and catching any glitches, thanks so much you guys!

My 1st version 🙂

You can find the FREE pattern for the hat on Ravelry here 🙂

and it grows!


A simple knit, but also the coolest hat you’ll own!  Knit with plenty of extra slouch and accessorized with a sizable PomPom, what’s not to love about this beanie?  The pattern is written to be very flexible when it comes to yarn choice and just about any worsted weight yarn will do the trick making it perfect for your handspun beauties or that single impulse skein you picked up on a whim.  This would also be a great project to use up scrap yarn or those odd balls and skeins that are lying around dying to be used.  Perfect for beginners and experts alike, the hat is also a quick knit and would make for a great last minute gift for everyone on your list!

Yarn Diet 2011

Remember back here when I mentioned my yarn stash?  I noticed over on Tami’s Amis that she and a few other cool ladies are doing a Yarn Diet for the next 5 months, how cool is that?

I’m going to try to participate.

There, its been said finite and out loud (as well as on the keyboard). The rules are that you can’t buy yarn more than 5 times in the next five months except for a few special cases and if you just so happen to use up half of your stash in that time.

I went and counted and photographed all* of my yarn the other day. I started with the shelves in my room.  Didn’t seem so bad.  Then I remembered the closet at the end of the hall….and those drawers over there…and maybe that bag…and…you see where this is going.

Wanna see what I’m workin with?

To start you off today we have some lovely appetizers: the purples and pinks, reds, greens, and whites and creams from my stash.

makes your mouth water doesn't it?

Next up we’re offering some scrumptious blues, blacks, browns and of course the yellows and oranges hiding in there.

I don't know about you, but I just want to dig in!

And now I’m sure you all wanna know what the magic number is huh?

Want to guess first? No?

Ok, its:

1+4+36+16+...+4 = 250?!

I know right? Its a lot.  And I don’t know that I’ll be able to knit through half of it in 5 months, especially with school, but this Diet should help me from adding to it and making my inevitable move more difficult than necessary.

* – “all” was defined very loosely for the purposes of my sanity

WIP Wednesday: Hempathy Necktie

Ok ok, so today’s the day.  The day you get to see pictures of the Hempathy Necktie that I’ve written about.

Here’s how it looked yesterday between job applications:

a seed stitch snake

So far so good, like I said, I had too many a few false starts but now that I’ve figured out the point and the proper angles its coming along smoothly.  I expect it to be done today or tomorrow, blocked and given to a very happy Wesley 🙂

its grown a leetle bit

Want to share your WIPs?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to find out how!

2011 Knitting and a Necktie

I won’t be doing a massive recap of all of my 2010 knitting, and you know why?

Because I didn’t document it well enough.

So! You know what that means?

Yup, I’ll be documenting my 2011 knitting much better.  I’m going to Ravel everything, I may even revive my Flickr feed again.  (Probably not, that’s just another website that takes up a lot of time :/ but I can dream right?)

Empathy for the Hempathy, if at first you don't succeed...cast on again

In the mean time, I did eventually start that necktie I told you about.  I cast on for it yesterday and had oh, about 9 false starts trying to get the point perfect, and the texture, and the width and all that great stuff.  Now, its well on its way to being the perfect necktie for my friend Wesley.

Pictures? No, no, those’ll come tomorrow for WIP Wednesday 🙂

How do you document your knitting?  I need advice and ideas haha

The First CO of the New Year

I suppose this title is a little misleading because I haven’t actually cast on for this project just yet, but I will and it will be the first cast on of the new year when that happens.

The project?

A skinny tie for my friend Wesley.

The yarn?

I love the textures and the subtle color changes!

Hempathy by Elsbeth Lavold in a nice mustard-y yellow color.

I should be casting on tonight or tomorrow for this project and you can rest assured that I will inform all of you when this ever-important occurrence occurs.

What was your first project of 2011?