22 Sep 2005 Pictures, Pictures…
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So, yes, I’ve knitted a few things.

I mentioned the baby blankets for Project Linus that I finished last week. Two of them. They were knitted in Red Heart Baby Clouds. THe first blanket, done in Tutti Fruit and white using the Angel Baby Pattern. The second blanket was knit in playtime and white using just a garter stitch in a random stripe until I ran out of yarn. The pattern I used for the first didn’t show up that great and the row of yarn overs and knittig up the yarn overs were taking longer than straight garter stitch, so since it didn’t matter, ya’ll get it.

Project number two I finished up last night. It appears Mom may need a cap after her rounds of Chemo this time. You may remember me mentioning that I started a cap out of baby alpaca, but ran out of yarn and gave the hat to Emily since it matched her coat anyhow. This one, I managed to finish (witha little drama). I thought one skien wouldn’t do me for this project yesterday as I was moving towards the crown decresaes. Back to the Joann’s near me, but they no longer had the color I was using. I bought two skiens of a differnet color so I could still turnout a knit hat, but ended up having enough of the cream anyhow.

So….I’m sitting here now with two skiens of “beautiful” by Joann’s and no plans for it. My damn stash just keeps growing!

I do think that this yarn wil lmake a better hat. The acrylic/nylon blend is very very soft and warm and will wash well without worries (unlike the alpaca that could felt some even though it was a blend too).

Lastly, I need some zen knitting. I can’t even begin to get into what all is going on right now, but I’m under so much stress. I don’t even know how to describe it. I had planned on knitting falling leaves from the fall knitty, but went for Bubby from knitty instead. As you can see, progress is going pretty well. I figure Bubby #1 will be ugly, but Bubby #2 should be better. I’m knitting him out of some pink sugar babies that I bought (for some unkown reason!) and may make a skein’s worth. I may donate them or keep them here for quick baby gifts. We’ll see.

Let’s talk about stash for a minute. My stash.

I admit to making new knitter mistakes when it comes to my stash and I’m stil trying to dig out from under then.

Prior to fall/winter 2003, I had tried to learn how to knit/crochet before. Even before I started knitting for real in 2003, I had several odd balls of yarn laying about the house from previous attempts. I purchased yarn one skien at a time, with no idea how much yarn/yardage one actually needed for any sort of project.

One I started knitting in 2003 I began amassing yarn the same way. One skein here. One skein there. One at a time. Not enough, truth be told, to knit much of anything at all. Just enought o take a stab at it. This stopped, briefly, when I picked up a butt load of cotton tots on clearance to knit both Haiku and a very harlot poncho AND baby sweater for the sweet girl in Atlanta. Otherwise, one ball, one ball, one ball.

As a more experienced knitter, I realize the folly of my ways. I have boxes of yarn that I can’t really knit into much of anything. A scarf here. A scarf there. My point is, you can’t knit much of anything with just one skein of yarn.

My goal in 2005 was to try and knit through my stash. Reduce it. And I have, to a degree. Two balls of cotton tots gone for baby sweater. A ball of dk (why oh why did I buy so much darn acrylic dk?) gone for baby booties for charity, but plenty remails. Lots of single skeins.

Really, lesson learned on this stuff, I swear, but now it’s digging out. And that’s a slow process. It’s difficult now, to find things that take just one skein of yarn that i actually want to knit (besides socks and I don’t really have the stash to support much actual sock knititng). It’s annoying.

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