Sunday, 7 December 2014

Stash Stocktaking

I did my annual stash stocktake this weekend. In the course of which, I identified 1830 yards of yarn to discard. However, I just added 880 yards of new yarn to my stash, so I'm about 700 yards up overall.

I did think about declaring that I would not buy any more yarn until that backlog is gone, but I can't really say that given my plan for a sweater next term. 

Back to my stocktaking. It is not so bad when you look at it in the round. I have generally used the yarn I bought during the year, with the exception of the fyberspates 4-ply I added for my ill-fated colour affection in September (now frogged as part of the stock-take), and recent purchases of sock yarn and 3 balls of beautiful bergere de France cabourg in kiwi fruit green.

I have a plan for that yarn, which also involves buttons that look like strawberries, and I really hope this means my knitting mojo will return in January. It's been hiding from me since August!

Here is my current stash all laid out for your enjoyment:

If I don't use some of the older yarn up in the next twelve months, I think it will be for the recycling centre in next year's stock-take!

Saturday, 6 December 2014


Look what I bought from a local artisan yesterday:

They are about 4 ins in diameter and too cute! Found at Claire Elizabeth's cake shop.

Also, I did some crafting in a very small way. Last weekend, I went to a flower market and bought some dried orange pieces, dried limes and cinammon sticks. Yesterday, I attached these to a plain fir wreath, which is now on our front door:

Feeling mildly festive! I'm off to write some Christmas cards.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Stashdown #11: November

Not a whole lot to report. No yarn purchases, but only one minihat finished, so only 12 yards out. This time I made a vaguely festive version.

I'm about to frog my colour affection shawl as I just haven't got on with it. I forgot to do the modification to make the edge stretchy when I started, and then when I got to the first set of stripes, I wasn't sure about the colour choices, and so I stopped work altogether. I only got to about 25%.

My poor productivity in the Fall term means that as of the end of November, I was +1665 yards up on the year.

This week, I intend to go through my stash and discard a few skeins, which I hope will bring that total down a little. I can't think I will end the year on a negative balance though, so this year might be a big fat fail on the stashdown.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Button eyes

A strange thing happened to me yesterday. I bought some fabric!

Seriously, it has been months and months since I bought any fabric. I'm hardly sewing these days. But yesterday, dh and I drove into Derbyshire. We stopped in Crich for a late breakfast, and walked past a haberdashery shop called "Love Hector". I paused to look at the vintage sewing machine in the window, at which point, dh asked if I wanted to go in.

Well. Twenty minutes later, and somewhat poorer, I left the shop again. With this package:

The shopkeeper kindly wrapped up my purchases in an old dressmaking pattern.

Unwrapped, there is this:

And this:

The panel is printed with the pieces to make a doll and a toy dog. They would be wonderful for Halloween, so it's a pity I'm a little late. But next year might be doable, considering how slow I am with actually crafting!

These fabrics remind me of something. Do they remind you??

Apologies for the poor lighting in my photos today. My camera battery was nearly flat, so I couldn't use the flash. And if I delay, I might just not write a blog post, so I thought better seize the moment!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Stashdown #10: October 2014

I bought one skein of red yarn this month, to make a pair of baby bootees. Yarn in: 137.

FOs with yardage out:

  • pair of strawberry bootees using aforementioned red yarn. 78 yards out.
  • innocent mini hat #21 - hallowe'en pumpkin. 12 yards out. 

My total yardage has gone up again for the second month in a row. I'm feeling that this year, my target of nil net increase might not be met. :(

BF from last month: +1630
In: +137
Out: -90
YTD:  +1677

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Someone has had another birthday:

For this year's birthday outing, we went to the National Media Museum in Bradford, where there is a whole gallery dedicated to computer animation, including some vintage arcade games at only 10p.

You can also try operating film cameras, and learn about the history of the internet. We had a great day, although we were less than impressed with Bradford itself. Ended up having dinner in Leeds instead!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Strawberry Fair

I love making strawberries. Previously I made four of the strawberry innocent mini hats:

And last weekend, I made a pair of baby bootees that look like strawberries:

The seeds were done with duplicate stitch. And the pattern was in a book called Knitted Bootees for Tiny Feet by Catherine Bouquerel. Although they are sweet little designs, I can't whole-hearted recommend this book, because there are pattern errors in it. I've made two pairs of booties from it so far, and both had stitch count problems. 38 stitches will not work with 2x2 rib, nor for the strawberry leaf element on this one. Sigh.