Sunday, 3 May 2015

Stashdown #3: April 2015

I was away in Cornwall on holiday in April and I went to the yarn shop there, in search of souvenirs. So yarn came into my stash! And, I also bought yarn for my next term big project. I imported it from Sweden. So yet more yarn came into my stash. Oh dear.

Yarn in:

1017 yards Ullcentrum 2-ply wool (for making a Marta colourwork bag next term
220 yards Alpaca aran yarn, hand reared and spun in Cornwall
445 yards Alegria sock yarn just because I liked the colours

Total in: 1682 yards

Yarn out: 129 yards. I finished my colourwork hat I started in February, and wore it on a windy day in Cornwall. But most of the time, we had great weather and I did not need a hat!

Month end update:
CF from last month: -968
Yarn in +1682
Yard out -129
YTD new total: +585

Let me make a start on getting that back down again! I cast on for a hat in the grey alpaca already!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Stashdown #2: February and March 2015

Oof. I have been too busy to post in my blog. That's sad. But in February and in March, I did not buy any yarn.

Yardage out in February:

391 yards - Hogwarts express shawl
90 yards - soft lace edged hat
Total out: -481

Yardage out in March:

994 yards - Lazy Sunday jumper
17 yards - a pair of minisocks
Total out: -1011

What a lot of yarn out. Most of it in this sweater:

Brought forward from end Jan +524
Yarn in 0
Yarn out -1492
New total -968

I shall need to buy yarn for next term's big project, so this is about to go up in April, but still, I'm doing well to have got the totals down so much for the year already. And if I continue to work from stash for everything except a single large project, there will be further reductions, I hope.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Oddly productive month, so far.

#1 Hogwarts express shawl - done to timeframe. Although it has to be said, I hate this shawl now I have finished it. I went right off the yarn during the knitting.

#2 Soft lace edged hat - gift for friend starting chemotherapy. I'd rather not have made this one, really :( Hope she will be OK. I knitted it in the softest cashmere yarn I had in stash.

Feeling a little sombre today, dear readers. I've also been ill, in the last week, and the virus has left me feeling a little weak and tired. Looking forward to the weather perking up for Spring. Hopefully soon. The snowdrops are out in my garden, and daffodils are getting ready to bloom, so hopefully not much longer.

Friday, 6 February 2015

On the needles

I seem to have a case of startitis.

#1 (cast on 1 Feb)

#2 (also on 1 Feb)

#3 (cast on 2 Feb, and with a deadline of 15th. I must be insane!)

Could this mean the return of my knitting mojo?? Also, it mustn't mean the demise of my sweater! I am keeping a careful eye on this.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Stashdown #1: January 2015

Another year, another stashdown! My target is to be at -716 at year end, to offset last year's growth.

In January I bought yarn to make a sweater. Yardage in 1030 yards. Lovely yarn!

It is rooster almerino aran and I'm already in the middle of the third ball, so making good progress.

All my other knitting in January was from stash.

I made a pair of baby hats for charity out of cotton yarn. 90 yards out.

I also made a lace ribbon scarf to wear to work. 416 yards out.

For this second one, I was using up yarn I bought for my ill-fated colour affection last term. 

I also made a tiny polar bear toy, but that one doesn't count for stashdown, as it was a free yarn kit with a magazine. 

So, end of January update as follows:
Yardage in 1030
Yardage out 506
YTD +524.

Hopefully I can get that at least to zero next month. I have no need to buy any yarn, honestly, so it should be all yardage out. Fingers crossed! 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Winter birthday

Another year older. I have finally found someone to make me a birthday cake, after my previous favoured baker moved away six years ago. This one is chocolate layer cake with salted caramel filling.

My son gave me these:

Such a thoughtful boy. The little owl is a brooch made of broken tiles in a mosaic. Really lovely.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Cold Start

How I hate the beginning of January. Every year, the days are so short and gloomy, the weather is cold. This year, dd also has looming exams and on Monday, absolutely no-one wanted to go to either school or work. But lo! I have finished a whole working week! Today is mostly about housework, laundry and a little bit of knitting.

I accepted a quidditch challenge this week which means I have been knitting for charity. Two little baby caps due to be sent to Loving Hands, a UK charity which accepts a range of crafted items and distributes them to a selection of charities, both here in the UK and internationally. I'm using up stash yarn to make these, so all good.

I've also cast on and been working on another lace ribbon scarf. I made one of these last year, and I like it so much, I'm making another in plain black stash yarn. I think it will be eminently wearable in the office on cold days, as I have actually worn the other one also, only being blue, it clashes terribly with some of my clothes. Black seems like a universally useful colour.

Onwards on the stashdown! Tomorrow, I will go to knitting group and discuss with other knitters on swatching and measuring stitch counts, before I properly start my jumper. I'm still conflicted on which size to knit!