The Great Stash Dash

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Where did all the time go?

So I haven't kept up-to-date and it's now August. How did that happen? I have of course continued to knit and have completed a number of projects. One of them demonstrates the best use of my time and will be written up as a pattern in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

I think it's kinda cute and it only took a night to knit. The letters and heart were swiss darned on afterwards so it's an easy knit. It now hangs in my study/craft room. I think I might do variations as gifts.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Baby blue

Another project complete and it isn't purple! Erika Knight's lacy top from Glamour Knits. I made it in Spotlight's cheap copy of kidsilk haze (kidmohair blend) and again regret that this was a one season yarn  (and that I didn't buy a whole lot more colours). It was an easy lace pattern and could easily pass as a vintage design. The original had shorter sleeves and a picot edging on the bottom edge as well as the neck but since I had used a cable cast on I thought picking up the stutches would be difficult and I liked the look of the edge as it was.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Purple Prose

I am sensing a theme building up in my projects. Purple (or related colours) is taking over. Have a look at my two latest projects: Another Frilly Scarf and Among the Blooming Heather.

Another frilly scarf

Among the blooming heather

Of course my crocheted vest was in this colour spectrum too and even my previous project, the make up purse, had purple in among the 'multi'. Of course it is my favourite colour so it's no real surprise but it might be a good idea to broaden my range. I know, I'll make a present for my nephew, I won't be using purple for that!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The beauty of a stash

Sometimes I think it's not so bad to have a huge stash. Any time you need a gift you are sure to find something to turn to the occasion. In the last week I have made a pair of slippers for my granddaughter and a makeup purse for my daughter-in-law. Neither required the purchase of any yarn. The slippers came about because it is Easter Sunday today and I needed an Easter gift which wasn't chocolate (not a good idea to post even in Autumn). Bunny slippers seemed a good idea and the resultant pair have been named Fluffy and Squishy (although I don't know which is which!)

The makeup purse used a ball of novelty yarn which I had been going to use as stripes in a scarf. I think it makes a cheerful and feminine gift.

Even better, both gifts are my own designs and so completely unique (I love that the slippers used leftovers from a jumper I made for my son to create something for his daughter). Knitting is fantastic.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

And now for something completely different...

I have crocheted a garment. The last time I crocheted a garment was twenty odd years ago. I picked up some crochet cotton on special for $1 each for two balls. I fell in love with a pattern for a cardi which needed far more cotton than I had so after trying to get some more (fruitless) I decided to make a vest. I had hoped for enough cotton to do a bit of a ruffle but had to make do with treble bands. Still I am pretty pleased with this for $2 (I didn't even have to pay for the button which came from a clothing label tag).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cool Cotton

I have 'stashed down' a bit, completing a top with cotton I bought in the 90s. I originally bought Patons Stonewash Cotton to make a cabled top to replace a bought top I had worn to death, but I never completed it because at the time I began I didn't like knitting with the cotton and although I was going to finally finish the pattern I decide that cabled 8ply would probably be too hot for an Australian summer anyway. I saw a Sian Brown pattern for a nautically inspired top in Knit Today and I loved the simple shaping. I only had navy cotton but I swapped a ball of kid mohair for a ball of white so I've ended up with a top which is very like the original pattern which is very unusual for me. Here's the result:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's too darn hot

We've had a run of hot weather. It's been over 30 degrees for over a week. On Thursday it was the school swimming carnival. I was judging which meant standing at the end of the pool in the sun for all of my duty on a day which was over 40 degrees. But I am still knitting...and crocheting. I have taken up the hook for the first time to make a garment for over twenty years. In the mean time crochet has become more attractive (although some of the patterns I am itching to make are from back in the dim dark ages when I last crocheted to make something as opposed to teaching my daughter to crochet for her Textiles Major Project last year).

I have finished the funky baby blanket and I'm now working on a cotton top (knitted), a lacy coverup (crocheted) and a shawl (knitted). A top in a viscose/linen mix is taking a long time to decide on - thought I had the stitch sorted but after most of a ball's knitting it's back to the drawing board again. I'm desperate to get into something to finish quickly (I want something for me: NOW!). I think the knitted top or the crochet are the likeliest candidates.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blanket Progress

Funky baby blanket
Today is Australia Day. It is very hot and predicted to get up to 38 degrees Celsius. What am I doing? Knitting a blanket of course! It's over 34 degrees already outside but I am cowering out of the heat in the airconditioning and trying to complete my sock yarn baby blanket before the end of the holidays (one day to go). I have two squares to go and then the edge. I am writing the pattern up as I go and it will be available from here when I'm done. I will be ready for the challenge of a more complicated pattern when it's over that's for sure.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Please look after this bear.

Paddington is finally complete. He has his official red wellies and his suitcase is complete. I embroidered his eyes because I didn't like Alan Dart's bulbous balls. And I'm quite pleased. Here he is.

Monday, January 3, 2011

71 kilometres of Yarn

Yes it's true I have over 71 kilometres of yarn in my stash. Last year I knitted about 11 kilometres. This means I have over 6 years worth of yarn just waiting for me to knit (and I'm not sure I can maintain the productivity of last year anyway because I am getting a lot of wrist pain). I don't believe in New Year's resolutions but I am going to try not to buy yarn this year with the exception of anything needed to complete a project begun with stash yarn (I know already that I need to buy some more red baby alpaca from the markets to complete a lace shawl I am making from one of my Christmas present lace knitting books).
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