I haven’t posted since last year. I felt like hibernating for a bit. I get like that sometimes.
With the first signs of spring starting to show themselves, I figured it was high time I let you guys see what I’ve been up to.
I’ll refrain from the 2010 rundown of projects, because it now scares ME how much comes off my needles in the space of a year and frankly, it’s not a contest.
(Note to self: must go through Rav Projects and add year tags.)
They’re both still in progress at the moment:
I’ve finished up to Clue 4 on Evenstar
and Block 6 on the Log Cabin.
I do a row or two on the afghan when I can, but there’s now a deadline for the shawl. Because you see…
I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNTIE!!!
My sister and BIL are expecting a little boy (to be named Marc Antoine). Evenstar will be used for his Christening and I’ll also be making this set to go with it:
I plan on shortening the sleeves and the ribbon will be white. I have vintage mother of pearl buttons inherited from our grandmother and purchased the 16 balls of pure white SandnesGarn Mandarin Petit fingering wt cotton needed for the set.
I have a few months before my nephew makes his debut, so finishing this set is totally within the “doable” range.
Hey, with love and a positive attitude anything is possible.
I’ve actually completed quite a bit already this year, motivated by my master stash-busting plan – but more on this later.
(As always, click on the project links for more info.)
Stardust Socks (for my Mom)
(It’s been a reallllllllly cold few months! Canada. Winter. Brrr.)
Vintage Mohair Cloche (crochet)
Hudson Handspun Scarf (for my Dad)
And yes, that is *my* handspun!
I’m such a joiner 😉
So far I’m keeping up with all of them, which given my track record with KALs has me pretty chuffed.
Dreamscape Shawl (Clue 3 Complete)
She is donating 10% of all her pattern sales over the next week or so going to assist the Japanese Relief effort. If you have ever wanted to purchase one of her lovely patterns – now is the time.
Windsbraut Manaus (Clue 2 Complete)
This mystery shawl is the newest of the Bride of the Wind series from the equally talented Monika Eckert (Wollklabauter).
Monika has also created a lovely stole pattern called Prometheus which she is donating all proceeds from to assist the Japanese relief effort. I urge you to take a look and make with the clicky if you like what you see.
March 2011 SKA Mystery Socks (Clue 3 Complete)
2011 Sampler Afghan (70%)
I’m using the 6″ squares from this year’s Crochet Block-A-Month CAL to make a blanket for baby nephew Marc. My design only encorporates the first 6 months of squares as he is due in June and I want to have it done when he arrives.
I made a chart and everything! See – there is method to my madness.
I have two other knitting projects on the go, both well on their way to completion:
I fell in love with this bag (Cinnamon Bark Project Bag by Linda Guzzaldo) the moment I saw it in the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010 issue and knew it would be perfect for housing some of my larger projects (read: blankets). I just have the cotton cinch top & cords to finish and then sew in the liner. Easy Peasy.
It will (hopefully) look something like this when it’s done:
and last but certainly not least,
Torontonian Socks (for BadgerDan)
It’s “prove your love through vintage intarsia” time again (LOL)
Hubby’s birthday is a week away and I still have a good 3/4 of the second sock to knit. I think I’ll be able to finish it in time.
Cross your fingers.
Now, to explain my master stash-busting plan (MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Ahem.)
Last year, I managed to accomplish the huge goal of uploading my entire yarn stash into Ravelry. (Seriously people, this took *months*)
I still have a few stray balls here and there that aren’t inputted and I haven’t included any of my spinning fiber (I upload that when I finish spinning it.) But it’s essentially done.
It was shocking.
Now, don’t get me wrong – My stash hasn’t reached SABLE level yet, but it’s of a significant enough size where I find myself saying “That’s a crapload of yarn”.
I may have mentioned before that I keep my yarn (mostly) in second hand suitcases. What I’m attempting to do is to get it down to where I can store it all in the pretty antique ones and do away with the ugly ones.
There are a few ways to accomplish this – my choice?
I intend to USE IT UP.
Starting in November of last year, I devised a plan which has since been refined.
I have to earn any new yarn and fiber by using up 10 balls of old stash for every single unit coming in.
The following exemptions apply: Christening set yarn (which hubby paid for and had to be to colour specifications – pure white) and any yarn/fiber gifted to me or won in a contest.
I set up a spreadsheet where I’ve been keeping a record of yarn usage for the past 4.5 months and the plan is working beautifully. As of today, I’m breaking even :D.
By doing this, I hope to accomplish a measure of simplicity without a feeling of lack and stimulate my creativity by limiting my choices of materials to what I have on hand.
“Use it up, wear it out and when in doubt, do without.”
In addition to my 10:1 ratio, I’m also including the clause that the majority (95%) of new fiber purchases be made from de-stashes, thriftstores or directly from the independent artisans. I want to know where my money is going and feel good about it.
And isn’t feeling good what life is all about?