Friday, October 24, 2008
The climate here favors wearing my wool sweaters way more than Houston. I suppose that is a big DUH. I've had Fern on most days this week. My other favorite is the Starz sweater.
Even after three months, I'm still settling in. I still need to find places for some of the things we brought with us, and re-arrange what I've already put away. Also, lamps - our little house is dark. Thus, not a lot of time, or even interest in knitting, and with no knitting, what is the point of a knitting blog?
Well, I have finished this sweater for my sister in law. As you can tell, it is a companion sweater to the green one I made earlier in the year. I hope they enjoy them.
I have found the flying geese sweater, and will try to get that together and finish it next.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Has it been the normal summer slump?
Swatchy is moving to France.
So, knitters with large stash, consider this. Imagine that you will be leaving for at least two years, but perhaps quite a bit longer. Then look at your stash. You have three months to prepare your entire house, and you work a normal 40 hour plus week, and have a daughter to care for.
What do you do?
This is what I did.
First, I stewed, and cleaned a different closet.
I took all the yarn that I didn't love. I bought a lot off of EBay for 50 cents per ounce or so, plus shipping. Since I was a motivated seller, I decided that the 50cents per ounce mark was good. I was lucky enough to be able to attend an annual knitting guild yarn swap. I also volunteered at a workshop and sold more at lunchtime there as well. A Ravelry lady bought some too. Two or three large bins gone, and I made more than $100. (ummm, you do the math on the volumes) Great!
Message here is that local knitting guilds and clubs rock. I quit going because it conflicted with Girl Scouts. When the troop quit, I never got back to going. I should have.
Third, I thought about my basic stash problem. I don't use this because it goes with that, and there is enough of that for a whole sweater.
I bought a lot of those canvas/plastic sweater bags at The Container Store. I took all my yarn where I had enough for a large cable sweater, and put two sweaters worth of yarn in each bag. I'm liking to do two color Norwegian type sweaters these days, so then I took two color combinations and stored them the same way. And so on. I ended up with 18 bags. Now, since I knit about six sweaters in a normal year, that amounts to six years of knitting.
Message here - I let my purchasing get way out of control. Hence, the yarn diet. Looks like a six year yarn diet.
There was still more yarn. Nice yarn. Some of my favorite kinds - the vintage Wool/Shetland wool. Hmmm. We decided to keep our house, and to have an "owners closet" in that house. So that is where it went.
Then, what to do with the books and patterns? When I was pulling yarn for the bags, I also noted ideas for patterns when I had them. I pulled all the books and magazines where those patterns lived, and a few more that I especially liked. They also went into the shipment. Over the years, I have marked a number of magazines up with sticky notes where I really liked a pattern, so it was pretty quick to find those pages again. The rest went to storage.
Message, Sticky notes in magazines are handy.
Fourth, or maybe some time in the middle, I had to think about what I was bringing with me. There will be six to eight weeks from the time all is packed until it shows up on the other side of the pond. I took the three project that I have in progress, and one more. So, one of my suitcases is about half full of yarn.
I haven't looked at my projects for about five weeks because I have the rest of the house to work too. But, now it's done. The packers came and packed. The container was filled, and is at a warehouse, getting re-arranged for shipping and storage. The ship sails on July 9th.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Now for the anxious part. I started with 16 skeins, and I have used 11 1/2 for the body. That leaves 4 1/2 for the sleeves and collar. This seems like not quite enough.
This color is not discontinued, so it is possible to get some more, but probably not the same dye lot. There is a pattern break about the elbow of the sleeve, where I could add on in a different dye lot, and if there is a slight color change, I don't think it would take away from the work.
We shall see.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
The front is finished on the Flying Geese gansey. It was politely admired this weekend while I was at camp.
I started teaching my very first basic sailing class this weekend, and my students all did very well. We had great weather, and all that they need to do is test off their skills next weekend.
Learning to sail is pretty hard. If the weather is bad, the students don't get enough time on the water to practice. This weekend, we had to start late on Sunday because of too much wind, and Saturday, cut the session short because the wind and current conspired to sweep our beginners all over the bay. So, all who could sail in were sent to the beach, and the motorboats rounded all the rest up. We had a damaged spar set, and a few freaked out sailors, but all were safe, and the weather was better in the afternoon, so we sailed again, and it was great.
I was leaving feeling very satisfied. In the parking lot there was a mother yelling at her daughter. The girl looked to be pretty young; probably just old enough to take the class. The girl apparently needed to come back next weekend to finish testing out, and to get her card. This is very normal, and the fact that she was invited to come back indicates that she was one of the ones that just ran out of time. The ones who don't seem to be intereested are simply allowed to leave. This mom was screaming about how many times she had to drive to camp, and how this girl should have tried harder. She ended up with how she was tired of wasting her time on this girl, and no more camp, and no more Girl Scouts.
I did nothing. I've had enough parenting challenges to perhaps be over sensitive to people who know nothing about my circumstances to butt in. However, I don't know if I could ever tell my child that I was wasting my time on her. It made me very sad.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Upon returning, the sweater didn't want to be photographed on the circular needle. She didn't think being all bunched up was flattering. I suppose I had to agree, as I have waited until now to take her picture.
This pattern really looks nice, and isn't all that difficult. I really like the way the bobbles nestle into the little cable. Maybe I'll post a close up when my camera battery is recharged.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I suppose if you have to think inside of a box, this is a way to do it.
Ah, it is April now. First quarter is finished. So many reports to do. Let's do a fun one
STASH USAGE Report
Charlie Brown Sweater - Complete
Florida Baby Sweater - Complete
Green Fair Isle - 80%
Brilla pullover - 50%
New Gansey - 30%
Gold Wool/Shetland Wool - 8 skeins; 16 oz
Black Debut - 1.5 skeins; 2.8 oz
Avocado worsted - 2.5 skeins; 10 oz
Pine Green worsted - 3 skeins; 12 oz
Brilla print - 5 skeins; 8.8 oz
Nature Spun sport - 5 skeins; 8.8 oz
Cotton odd balls - 5oz
1 adult sweater
1.6 unfinished sweater equivalents
1 baby sweater
25 skeins of various weight.
63.4 oz, or almost 4 pounds.
That feels like success.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Well, Mr. Brown is done. Good thing too. I'm leaving Wednesday for a two week trip, and I think it would be nice to send it off before I leave. Poor cousin Joe has been waiting since Christmas. I hope he enjoys it.
Some off schedule knitting. I was playing with my stash, and decided that these colors of cotton/Acrylic yarn made me happy. Strange, as I was tossing the skeins into the "garage sale" pile. There was an oddball of orange/pink cotton chenille stuff that I aquired during my "ebay problem" days. It looked like it would work well, so I used it for the collar, cuffs, and button band. I'm happy with how it turned out, and I hope the Floriday baby's new mom will enjoy it as well.
Most of the knitting for this pretty was done on the way to and from a Backpacking trip. It's great to go backpacking with teen age girls.
I'm off on vacation later this week for ten days. whooo hooo.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Two sleeves for Charlie Brown. I spent some quality time with some graph paper, and worked out the zig zag. Hope I don't lose my paper.
Three and a half repeats on the fair isle, and set the sleeve steeks.
I did start a spreadsheet for stash use this year. 29.8 ounces.
Monday, January 28, 2008
From a stash busting perspective, by the way, I used up 12 ounces of yarn just this week. Wow!