Remember how I said I finished some things??
Now I have pictures to prove it!
This pattern is a test for Tanja Luescher from Knitted in Switzerland designs.
Yarn: Paton’s Lace in the colorway Bonfire (a personal favorite! I just love the color combination!)
Yardage: 672 yds
Weight: a little over 4 ounces
Measurements: 180 cm wide, 72 cm long (that’s about 62×27″)
I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best, so I’m showing you all of them!
Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887886/luxury-medium-weight-knit-ombre-shawl-or?
Project #2: a little corner to corner blanket
Yardage: 492 yds
Yarn: I think it’s Red Heart Boutique Treasure – I LOVE the squishiness of this yarn – you don’t usually find that in an acrylic yarn. I don’t know what it is for sure, though, since it was in a mill end bag at Jo-Ann’s.
Size: 27″ Square – just a little snuggly blanket!
Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887607/ooak-bright-rainbow-snuggle-blanket?
No Photos yet, but I just wanted to share my progress with you!!
This morning I frogged 8 WIPS!!! I also re-arranged my WIPs so I can see what I really have left.
So, that’s a big deal.
Also, last night I finished and blocked my first shawl ever, wove in the ends on a second shawl, a sweater, and a blanket, and i’m really excited! I’m on a roll here – I’m really enjoying finishing up projects, because I have such a super huge list of things I want to make.
It’s actually really freeing to look at a project, realize you’re really not interested, not going to make it, and to just frog it!
My de-stash is going well too. I’ve given away over 8lbs of yarn, which means I’ve probably gotten rid of over 5,000 yds.
Destash totals (I only tally yardage once a project is 100% finished, including blocking and weaving in ends):
April 2015 (so far): -1,165 yds
YTD Yards Used: -9,371
YTD Yards bought: +4,000
Net Yds: -5,371 (woo hoo!!)
Today has been one of those uber busy, non-creative, mom is running errands type of days.
Little Bear had to go to the allergist (food allergies! yay!!..), which went amazingly well, I mailed out some de-stash yarn, which was a total plus (hooray for more space!!), and then had lunch with my mama… before going food shopping.
Plenty of normal everyday type stuff, but then I received an e-mail from a hospital I asked about making baby hats for, and was told that the need lapghans/small afghans for cancer patients, and those undergoing chemo treatments. It kind of puts things in perspective, when you realize that those who are stuck in the hospital with a prolonged illness would love to have the day I just had. I’m tired, but they’re exhausted from fighting for their lives.
Guess my day was pretty good after all – I got to spend it with a happy, smiling Little Bear, and got to see my mama!
Tomorrow is surgery day, so I won’t be around tomorrow, and likely won’t be around for a couple days after that. Prayers are welcome (it’s just a minor hernia repair – nothing crazy!), as always.
A few years ago a tradition of “flashing your stash” was created, and if you weren’t aware of it before, it can be a really fun way to keep track of the yarn & projects you have. It’s kind of like spring cleaning for knitting and crocheting people, especially since we seem to be prone to amassing large quantities of yarn without realizing it, because it’s just so darn pretty!
Here’s my stash flash for this year:
So. Obviously something needs to change. I’ve already come to that realization (see the post below about changes being made over this summer), but doing this stash flash confirmed it for me. I’ve obviously gotten into the habit of just buying yarn because it’s pretty, starting projects, and not finishing very many of them. These aren’t really character traits I want to be known for; I would rather be someone who exercises self control, and finishes what she starts. Therefore, I will be working SOLELY from what is in these pictures for the foreseeable future. There’s absolutely no rational reason why I shouldn’t use what I have and finish the projects I’ve already started. I’m really excited to show you all progress photos as these goals are achieved!!
Have you done a stash flash yet this year? What does it look like, and what did you learn from it?