Remember back in March when I told you about the master plan to work my yarn stash down to more reasonable levels?
Well, I encountered my first fullblown challenge to the plan a little over a week ago while out shopping with a girlfriend at the local Salvation Army Thriftstore.
You see, I found yarn.
Good yarn. Wool yarn. Useful yarn.
2 balls of Lana Grazia “Lavabile” (100% Wool, DK, 110m/50g) in a lovely camel colour @ 99c each.
1 oz ball of vintage Simpsons Supremacy 4-ply “All Purpose” Fingering Yarn (50% Wool/50% Nylon) @ 79c.
Total purchase price = $2.79
Now here’s the kicker – at that point, I had only earned 30% of a single new yarn purchase. A deficit of 2.7.
Translation: I would need to use up a full **27 balls of stash yarn** before even looking at any new fiber purchase. ACK!!!!!!!
After I finished thwacking my head against the wall for a bit, I girded my loins and decided to face the monster head on.
First up – finish the Sampler Baby Blanket.
I simply couldn’t afford to wait another 2 months for the CAL patterns.
Added an improvised border and VOILA!
One crib sized baby blanket ready for the baby nephew
Next – finish the Exploding Plum Blanket.
And holy cow, did it ever explode! It’s almost 6 ft wide!
Had to get a little creative at the border due to goofing up the pattern sequence a little and not wanting to pull it back to correct it. It’s not perfect, but it still looks pretty cool.
Well that’s 22 balls down. Need 5 more. Hmmm…
I *had* planned on using some Malabrigo for this month’s Woolly Wormhead KAL Hat (“Waffle Slouch“) – maybe I’d better check the wool “oddball” case instead.
Here’s 22yds of a dark brown mercerized wool (okay, that’ll totally work for the brim…), 71 yds of brown tweed Aran wt (nice for the body… but will it be enough? Better be sure…) and 28 yds of red heather (well, it blends a *little* with the tweed… maybe some stripes?)
Crossing my fingers, I used the stitchcount of the smallest size with larger needles and hoped for the best.
The brim yarn yielded a good 2″ of ribbing on 5mm needles. (The pattern said 3″, not too bad.)
Upsized the needles to 5.5mm for the Aran wt tweed and got to work. After a couple of repeats, decided that I’d need the red heather after all and threw a single repeat of it after every 2 of the brown tweed. Had *just* enough tweed to finish the hat. (Whew! That was close!)
There’s still a little bit of the red heather left… hey, how about a flower applique? There’s that one in the Knit 2 Together book…
Add an army surplus button from ye olde button box and…
The Crunchy Granola Hat is born.
I swear to you that the red heather wool isn’t NEARLY as pink as the photo suggests and actually blends with the brown.
I’ve been wearing it for 2 days now – it’s cute as Hell.
Damn – still behind by 2.
It’ll be summer soon… maybe it’s time to do something with those pesky balls of shiny cotton-blend ribbon yarn.
Enter the Steampunk Safari Scarf.
I offset the ribbon with some heavier mercerized cotton braid in a deep rich brown.
The pattern is called “The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief” by Orange Flower and only calls for 240yds of DK wt yarn.
BTW, did I mention that it’s *FREE*?
Lovelovelovelovelove. OMG – Must. Make. More.
Beginning Yarn Stash Talley: -2.7
Current Yarn Stash Talley: +0.1
And that, dear Reader, is why this week’s post is a day late.
Now there’s the small matter of the 9 more balls that need to be used up before this GORGEOUS Highland Handmades Corridale can come home.
I *really* need to get on that.