Posted by notthatkat on January 5, 2008
Remember how I said the other day that I want to continue to knit mostly from my stash? Well, I went to my (favorite) LYS today with a friend as she is having her twice annual store wide sale right now. I did buy some yarn, but I was fairly restrained and almost all of the yarn that came home with me already has designated projects. I know I’m rationalizing a bit, but I also have spent so little on yarn in recent months, I felt a little splurge wasn’t unreasonable. No sweater quantities of yarn followed me home, and I spent a fraction of what I did in July.
At Christmas, my nephew Patrick asked me if I would make him slippers, and I of course agreed. We discussed color choices, and his only request was for green. Not green and a neutral shade, but all green. I went stash diving, but was unable to come up with 2 different feltable yarns in coordinating shades of green that would work. This is the combo I came up with today.
I want to do another Pirate Hat, this time for me, and this yarn worked so well the last time, I went back for more. It is the right weight, fairly inexpensive, and works up well, It is a bit scratchy to work with, but softens up nicely in the wash.
I loved working with the self striping Regia Silk, and the socks I’ve made with this yarn is really holding up well. I’ve been wanting to try the solid color version ever since. I don’t have a specific sock pattern in mind for this one, but I’m thinking something lacy that will really pop in this yarn.
This yarn just begs to be knit up into Thelonious, to me. This might be the next socks to jump on the needles, when the current ones are done.
This yarn kept calling to me, and as hard as I tried to resist, putting it back on the shelf three separate times, it wanted to come home with me. I’ve been looking through the stash for yarn for a Koolhaas hat, but nothing seems quite right. Either it’s too variegated, or it’s a solid that I can’t wear near my face, or I have too little, or it’s the wrong gauge, or another project it’s earmarked for… you get the idea. This yarn will make a very nice Koolhaas, I think. The tonal variegation is enough to add interest, but not so much as to fight the stitch pattern.
So that was it. I spent a bit over half of the maximum I had allowed for myself, and I think I done good. Now I’m not buying yarn again in the near future. How long? Dunno. I haven’t made a firm commitment not to buy yarn for X period of time. I just want to only buy yarn if there is nothing appropriate in the stash, and making knitting with stashed yarns a priority.
The Colortweed socks and Thermal are neck and neck at the moment to see who will be the first FO for 2008. Colortweed seems to be eeking ahead. (I didn’t take another picture of the Thermal sleeves – they don’t look that different) I have more actual knitting left to do on Thermal, but I’m focusing on that project more also, so it’s anyone’s guess. I’m about half way through the sleeve caps, but I still have the neckline and placket to do as well. I’m hoping to have the sleeves off the needles tonight.
Bee Fields continues to languish in the bottom of the knitting bag, but I promise to concentrate on this once Thermal is done.
I’ve managed to spin for 4 out of the last 5 days, for at least 30 minutes a day, and have made progress on my lace weight yarn. I still have a ways to go before I’m ready to ply, but I’m making noticeable progress and if I continue at this rate, I’ll have no problem finishing this yarn by the end of the month. Since pictures of slightly fuller bobbins don’t make for exciting blogging, don’t be surprised if you don’t see much more of this until I’m ready to ply.