My personal mission this year will be to knit/crochet only from stash and get it down to the point where I can upload it to Ravelry.
I make the following exceptions for Stash Enhancement:
1. Thriftstore yarn.
2. Discounted oddballs @ 40% off or more.
3. The occasional ball of happy dishcloth cotton.
4. One or two splurges (aka sock yarn) on Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
5. Any yarn won in a contest/draw.
I think this is a feasible, realistic plan that I can follow.
In keeping with this plan, I hit the ground running (or crocheting) this year:
The January Squares for the 2009 Sampler Afghan are the first FO out of the gate:
Followed closely by a completed Lopi Vintage Vertical Stripe Afghan! Yep. Done.
What had been taking me *forever* to complete ended up taking 4 days (I had to give my hands a day or two of rest in between sessions) to complete. And holy smokes – what a stashbuster!
The Lopi stash which once looked like this:
is (after setting aside what I need for my Hemlock Ring Blanket) now down to just this:
Not a bad start I think.
Speaking of the Hemlock Ring…
I’ve managed to make it to the first Feather & Fan repeat:
My Seaweed Socks are done too!
First Pair of the year. (And super comfy too, I might add.)
I have signed on for the 2009 Monthly Dishcloth KAL Challenge over on Yahoo! rather than doing the Weekly one this year. This means only 2 cloths a month and those are done 10 rows at a time with my morning coffee. Infinitely more manageable and those not to my taste can be given away as gifts.
January Cloth #1 – Ice Skate Dishcloth
Completely by chance, I stumbled upon Clue one of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Ravelry Group‘s January Sockdown! Challenge. They have the occasional Mystery Sock KAL and this month’s KAL is a beaded lace sock designed by Sheryl Giles (aka Emm1e) who also did the Zombie Socks for last year’s Sock Madness 2.
What can I say? Mystery? Beads? Lace? SOCKS? Potential Prizes? Umm…yeahhhhh…
I’m soooo loving these socks! Already halfway through with Clue 2 (which was released today). Gorgeous.
The socks beckon…must go knit now…
And see if Maverick will let Mommy put the blanket away…