Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's a Good Thing.

Martha Stewart is famous for many things, one of which is her trademark line, "It's a good thing."

Hey, Martha. You know what's a great thing?

Knitting with friends at a winery... with wine...

That is all.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Does Size Really Matter?

"Hmm, what's that?" you ask...

 Let's look a little closer. See if you can figure it out.

Do you see what I see buried in those baskets? That's right. You are looking at my yarn stash.

I recently had a discussion about stash with some knitting friends where I confessed my eagerness to know their number. We didn't talk numbers, but we did share where/how our stash was organized. I've had this chat with other friends before and I occasionally bring it up to make myself feel better about my own stashing issues (I go back and forth with whether or not I think I have a ridiculous stash). I love yarn. No, I really love yarn. I'm what you might call a yarnaholic or yarn addict. In fact, I think that is the real reason why I love knitting... for the soft, plump skeins of heavenliness.

This week, I decided it was high time that I share my stash with you - come clean about my addiction. In order to do this the right way (the organized way), I took pictures of everything and loaded them onto Ravelry. I admit there were a few Ziploc bags of yarn I did not include because these bags were full of nameless partial skeins. Otherwise, my stash page on Ravelry is up to date (and there you will find "my number").

Let's talk organization:
- The top left small basket is full of current projects.
- Next to that is my fingering/lace weight yarn
- Next to that is my sport weight yarn
- Top right is my dk weight yarn
- Bottom left (big) basket is exploding with my worsted weight yarn
- Bottom right (big) basket has all of the bulky/super bulky yarn plus my knitting tools (swift, winder,  needle cases minus my blocking mats/pins) and a couple more bags of worsted weight.

This picture was taken months ago, in February I think. However, the organization is still the same. Although many items have been added since then. Including:

Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter

Quince & Co.'s Chickadee

Schoppel-Wolle's Crazy Zauberball

Handmaiden's Casbah

Plymouth's Superwash DK

Madelinetosh's Tosh Sock
Berroco's Vintage

Berroco's Vintage

Berroco's Vintage
Believe it or not, I am making progress on de-stashing. All 5 sweaters from my 12 in 2012 have been made with stash yarn.  And I have specific plans for all of the above purchases from the past 6 months.

Okay, now it is your turn. Fess up. What is your number? And how do you plan to de-stash? Gifts for friends and family? Your own 12 in 2012? Sell? Give it away? Hmm, that's not a bad idea. I think I feel a yarn give-away coming on...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Silly List

Here is a list of some very silly knitted items that I want to make. And yes, I am fully aware of how silly looking these things appear, but I don't care. I want them anyway.

Lamb cuffs

These little mitts are so stinking cute! I know I would look a bit ridiculous in them, but I'm thinking that my 3 year old might be able to get away with it.

Leg warmers

Oh! Oh, how I love leg warmers! I wish wish wish that leg warmers were fashionable, but I will not be that girl who tries to make them popular. Come on people, knit leg warmers with me! They are like super cozy sweaters for your legs! How awesomely comfortable does that sound? I want to make these, and these, and these too ( oh! and how about these also?).

Alice in Wonderland Mittens

Like the Lamb Cuffs, these would probably look more appropriate on a kid rather than a thirty-something. But who cares? I like 'em!


Puff Daddy, Puff Mama and Puff- pillow (who really should be called puff baby) should reside somewhere in my home... permanently.

Awkward Garments

The Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables is so beautiful and yet looks completely awkward. I think it would be a wonderfully cozy garment to wear while not moving your arms, but when would you not move your arms? While sleeping? Sitting still for long periods of time? Yeah, I have 2 kids, so sleeping and sitting still for long periods of time are a bit on the rare side.  Another awkward item: Flap Happy Hat (those pom-poms rock but would sooooo get in the way)

Hmm, I wonder what other silly things I should add to my list?

Do you have any silly knitting in your future? Do share!