I happened to mention that I would like a yarn baller for my birthday this year. This guy is a result of that conversation with my husband.
That is all.
I was trying to explain the concept of stash busting to my husband this morning, while we were discussing the fact that I should be working on Christmas gifts by now. I was telling him that I needed a few, new, specific yarns for some of the projects. He said I should be using what I have, which is true. I have a lot. Trouble is, that it’s mostly acrylic from when I first started knitting again. This is were the fact that I am now a yarn snob really does me a disservice.
I said to him that I would try and stash bust as much as I could this year. He joked, “Good, or I’ll have to stash bust you!” He then explained that by “stash bust” he meant that he had found my stash and was going to mess with it.
So, if your significant other happens to find your stash (and apparently disapproves) you are “Stash Busted!”
This is my stash. It is not large, it is not organized.
I am officially stash busted, and I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours! What does your stash look like? Will you be diving into it this holiday season? (I know, why would I scare you into thinking about the holidays right now? It’s because we only have 114 knitting days left people!)
I have a few hat pictures for you!
It took a lot of driving, but I found some places with weather (sort of) cool enough for me to bust out my hand spun hat and wear it in public!
Yesterday it took its maiden voyage to the Ninkasi brewery in Eugene, Oregon. (Sadly not my taste in beer, but my brother loved their bitter beer selection.)
Then, today in Portland, we made a stop by The Naked Sheep and picked up a few pretties for some future projects.
It was too dark for pictures of the new yarn when we got back to camp, but hopefully I can post some tomorrow. It was a great little shop, and the lady at the counter was extremely friendly, which got me thinking… Does anyone have any Seattle yarn shops that they would suggest? I do love them so, and can’t wait to check out more on this trip!
I’m trying to organise my knitting (and thoughts in general) for our upcoming road trip. I have my Sea Bands to hopefully ward off any potential motion sickness, and several patterns.
I’ve decided that hats would be something fairly easy to work on while in the car. I also decided to knit said hats for Knots of Love (we don’t really go through a ton of hats around here). Per their required yarn list, I will be stash busting A TON of Carron Simply Soft that I came across while trying to organize all my craftiness.
For these hats I’m taking along two patterns:
Then, just to shake things up a bit I’m going to use the Tardis chart from Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley to make a nice scarf for a friend 🙂
(I love that as soon as I had printed up the pattern and put it with my stuff to be packed, my friend actually requested this as a Christmas gift haha!)
I may yet also pack up a pair of socks as I’m trying to teach myself to knit them two at a time with the magic loop. That sounds like a lot of knitting haha. (…oooo maybe I’ll bring the spindle too…) What are your go to travel knitting patterns?
Tonight was supposed to be so much easier than this! I had just gotten my new interchangeable circulars in the mail, but they are the wrong size!!!
As you can see, I am attempting to cope with the cards I have been delt. Of corse, it is all my fault. I didn’t double check the size of the dpns I had been using when I ordered my new circulars. Now, I must keep plodding along on my hat (made of my new hand spun!!!) on dpns that can barley keep all the stitches on. *sigh* Guess I’ll be finishing this hat before I head off on our road trip.
On a good note, I’m loving my hand spun! I got 110 yards out of 1/2 a pound of random wool (can’t remember what it is for the life of me), and I still have another 1/2 pound of hand dyed fluff to spin up. Unless someone steals this hat from me, that other 1/2 pound may end up in my Etsy shop 😀
What projects are keeping you up tonight?
In a few weeks I’m heading on a road trip with my family! Little will be coming with me, sadly Josh will be busy with work. We’re joining my parents, brother, grandparents, and aunt and uncle. We’ll be heading from San Diego all the way to Seattle and back in 3 RVs over about 3 weeks. I have high hopes for all the knitting I could potentially get done (if I can keep the car sickness at bay…).
In planning what knitting to bring, I came across some hanks of yarn that I just can’t decide on the right project for. This hank of beautiful natural alpaca, straight from a ranch here in East San Diego, I’m having an especially hard time deciding on.
It took a lot of effort to make this not look like poo… but it still kind of does
It’s 320 yards of fingering weight yarn. It’s yummy and soft, with a bit of a scraggly halo. I’m thinking hat, but I just can’t seem to find the right pattern. If it was yours, what would you be knitting with it?
This next one is more of a puzzle. In my cleaning up the last few days I came across a bag of my mother-in-law’s old crafting stuff, including the very beginning of what looks to be her first knitting. Sadly she passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2010, so I really want to keep the little bit she knit intact, little mistakes and all 🙂
Diane’s first knitting ❤
The only wrench in this, is that I don’t really want to knit a garder stitch scarf. The yarn seems to be cotton of some sort, no label so I don’t know how much yardage. I really don’t want to frog what she knit, so I’m potentially knitting something with a garder border I guess. So any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated too.
Anyone have any fun summer trips coming up? What will you be knitting during your free time this summer (and I hope you all have some at least!)?