Monday, April 22, 2013

Stash Addition =)

As a reward for organizing my stash of yarn, I decided to try buying a lot of mixed yarns on Ebay. A 5 pound lot of yarn that is all from before my time, in fact.

Cortez thought it was the most interesting thing in the world. She spent the next 30 minutes going all the way around it. The pink one was especially smelly, apparently, because she sniffed both sides of it and made her silly 'too smelly' face. Yuki didn't care.

But then! Then I did something too interesting for even her to resist. I put it outside to air out a little.

They both agreed that the green skein they're sniffing there is super smelly too. I can't really smell much beyond that the yarn was kept in a cardboard box for a little too long, but I thought it might benefit from some time in the open air anyway. It's all acrylic, as far as I can tell, and it's cloudy outside so I'm not worried about fading. What I am a little worried about is matching those smaller amounts with another yarn to make a hat out of. A few of them I can fit well enough to make something I think is attractive enough to be donated, and I'm sure I can find something to do with the rest of them.

Maybe I'll make some slippers, like I did for a cousin. She said they keep her feet very warm. Yay!

With some leftovers, I made a headband and cowl. I still have a little of each left, so they might show up in future hats.

Pattern: Calorimetry.
Pattern: Heather Weave Moebius Scarf.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Stash Organization

Sometimes yarn isn't all about knitting fun. Sometimes you have trouble finding exactly what you want, so you have to pull out all of the yarn you own and put it in the middle of your living room.

Okay, so this is no longer a hypothetical 'you' and more of an I did this. The yarn left over from my blanket is in the lower right, the larger clear container on the left has some acrylics I've picked up on sale, one of the smaller clear boxes is empty and the other has some sock yarn I bought at the same time as the smaller containers. They're airtight, so I decided to fill them with wool.

I have no gone through everything in my stash and put it on Ravelry so I can see exactly what I have and how much I have. If I find a project I want to make with a specific yarn, I put that in my queue immediately so I won't forget (though I might end up changing my mind). ALL of the yarn is now in one of the plastic bins, in one specific storage cabinet (the things I got in a full bag sale and a few cones of cotton), and my blanket leftovers have all been kept together in a box. I don't know why, but I really like that they're all together.

This organization has reminded me I have some beautiful yarns. Now, what should I do with 5 same dyelot skeins of self striping sock yarn?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

198 Yards of Cthulu Commandments

From the maw of the mighty Cthulu came a command: Knit 198 Yards of Heaven.

Here you are, 'Thoolies. I have completed your task. I should have used a bigger needle because it turned out a little small. I only used 173 yards, and I'm worried it's too small for the person I intended to send it to. It was already a shawlette, but the person I'm giving it too is 6 feet tall for goodness sakes! I will have to think on this. At least it looks purdy.