Committed

Or at least I should be. This year I’ve committed myself to participating in The Knit Girlll’s 2014 Stashdash. For those that don’t know, a stashdash is when you have knitting/crochet/spinning/weaving goals that you meet using yarn (or fiber) from your stash exclusively. It’s a great opportunity to work thru some stash, make room for new stash and to get around to using all of those “myyyyy prrrrrrrecious” yarns that have being sitting around in ziploc bags that you’re afraid to use.

Sounds fun and easy right? It is!

HOWEVER, this year’s goal is to get thru 5K (5,468 yards) of yarn. Yup, that’s five thousand four hundred and sixty eight yards of yarn. A shit-ton. Oh, did I mention that you only have just over 2 months to get thru this shit-ton of yarn (May 23rd to August 7th)? Yeahhhhh, a shit-ton of yarn in a short period of time.

Of course this appeals to me in every way and I have to participate.

Since I’m not the fastest knitter and I like to nap, I figured that I need a plan.

Step One:  Over think the shit out of what to make. What do I really want to make? What can I make with reasonable speed? What pattern/yarn combinations do I really want to make happen now or save for later? What Wolle’s Yarn Creation Color Changing Cotton colorway do I want to use? Should I throw in a few more cowls? What about getting my dishcloths for the summer swap out of the way? Blah, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc…

Enter an Excel spreadsheet:

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Why yes, it is color coded. Why do you ask?

Anyway, am I absolutely, positively married to all of these items? No. This is just a rough plan that helps me see everything that I would like to accomplish and how any changes I decide to make can effect the bottom line. It also gives me a reason to build a spreadsheet, which always makes me happy.

Step Two:  Break out the WIPS. My first completion was a beanie (Barley by TinCanKnits – my project: Chestnuts & Barley) that was 85% complete when the stashdash started giving me 148 yards right off the back. My Yellow Dwarf Shawl should be coming off the needles (sooner rather than later) and giving me over 500 yards towards my overall total.

Now is also the time to wrap up those high yardage WIPS that are lurking in the closet. For me this means breaking out my Sunny Spread and Granny Square afghans for completion. I’m guesstimating them coming in around 1,000 yards each, but its highly possible that one or both them will use much more than that. Wootie woot!!!

Step Three:  Have a fast, high yardage project in the mix. I’m not one of those knitters that can make a lace weight shawl in 7 days. I mean, theoretically, I coooooould but I would have to take a full week break from work and do nothing but knit (no sleeping or eating). So since that ain’t going to happen, I decided to put some easy, but awesome yardage in the mix: I’m going to make the Garter Squish afghan by Stephen West. I’ve been wanting to make that afghan since the pattern was first published!  Miles and miles and miles of garter stitch knitting and it uses worsted weight yarn that’s held double throughout. Ohhhhhh yeah. I logged it into my Excel chart as using 1,000 yards but it should really come in around 2,000 to 3,000+ yards.

I think this is a solid plan. If I can just stay true to my plan I should able to make this stashdash my yarnie beeeeyatch.

Raisin in the Sun


Pattern: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski (my project: Raisin in the Sun)
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock
Colorway: Velvet Grapes
Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Hook: US I (Boye)
Dates: January 8 to October 30, 2013
Skills: chain stitch and single/double/triple crochet stitches

Notes: This shawl came about because as much as I looove Malabrigo sock yarn I was warned that it doesn’t hold up particularly well as socks. I’m already a fickle sock knitter so putting a ton of time into a pair that might wear out quickly didn’t appeal to me at all. This yarn is also slightly tonal and I was afraid the light spots would pool in a knitted shawl or hat. Soooo, after hunting around I came up with the idea of doing a crocheted shawl and found the Elise Shawl. And as usual…Great Yarn + Great Pattern = Fabulous Finished Object!


I have to say that it blocked out quite nicely. It was tiny when I finished the border but it blocked to the exact size that I wanted. It was a quick blocking job too. I used my Inspinknity blocking wires for the borders and two straightened wire hangers for the straight part of the top. Under 20 minutes from start to finish!


I Pinch!


Pattern: Pinch Hat (3 versions) by Cecily Glowik MacDonald (my project: I Pinch!)
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky
Colorway: Blue Heirloom
Needles: US 9 (KnitPick circular)
Dates: May 8, 2013 to May 16, 2013
Skills: Basic knitting skills plus increasing stitches and garter seaming

Notes: This hat is knit flat with bulky yarn on medium sized needles. Can you say easy-peasy with awesomesauce results?


And you know I can’t pass up an opportunity to smack a button on a beanie. Booooyaaaahhh!


Because this beanie was knit flat and all in garter it’s a great beginner project.


Miles and miles of garter – but on US 9 with bulky yarn, you almost don’t even notice!

I have to admit that what I really took away from this project (other than an adorable beanie) is how to do a garter seaming. Let me tell you, it was unbelievably easy and fiercely rewarding. I think I was nervous about doing it because you hear sweater knitters bitching and moaning about seaming. But once I saw the instructions and started doing it – love, love, love. Love.

You can never have enough beanies. Make it. Wear it. Look cute in it.

This is a EpicKALCAL project!

Sorry for the long-time-no-post issue lately. Things have been crazy. Someone tried to break into my house, major dental work, crying at work, blah, blah, blah… Lame. The summer is coming and I’m determined to get my shit together and get back on a crafty/blogging track! I will say this, I’m working on an awwwwesome pair of socks right now and I’m almost finished making a giant tote bag from old jeans that made me feel fat (call me fat and see what happens – I’ll cut you!!!).

Taste Like Candy

Pattern: Candy: Stripes and Sprinkles by Tori Gurbisz (my project: Taste Like Candy)
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
Colorway: Déjà Vu and Uva
Needles: US 7
Dates: April 30, 2013 to May 14, 2013
Skills: Basic knitting skills plus increasing stitches, picking up stitches, 1×1 ribbing and making buttonholes

Notes: Love this hat! This hat is knitted flat either with stripes or a brioche-ish type pattern. I loooooooove the Déjà Vu colorway as it is, so instead of striping it with another color I striped it against its self (just knit from both ends of the cake). This made for a cool look and it kept the colors from pooling up. And let me just say, the flat construction of this hat is awesome because it allowed for a WORKING BUTTONBAND!


EEEEEEEE! BUTTONS!!!! And orange buttons to boot. I opted for these bright babies because there’s a little pop of orange in the main colorway and the buttons just help it stand out a little bit more. I love them and it doesn’t hurt that my Dad helped me pick them out too!

I want to make this hat again because I want to do the sprinkle/brioche type stitch with another hank of Malabrigo Worsted (in Charrua) that I have that I think would benefit greatly from the stitch and look ADORABLE in this pattern.

So if you’re looking for a fast, cute and different type beanie this is for you. And seriously, can you have too many cute as a button beanies?

Oh, and check out Tori Gurbisz’s Ravelry designer page. I have a couple of her patterns and they all have a little creative twist. I like her stuff a ton and can’t wait to work up some of her other patterns – especially Ovate and Sweet Shoppe Shawlette. Check her out!

This is a Epic Kal/Cal project!
 (I thought this was on my YOP list but apparentllllly, no.)

Abstract Spectrum

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (my project: Abstract Spectrum)
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Treasure
Colorway: Abstract & Spectrum
Needles: US 7 straights (Clover)
Dates: October 15, 2012 to November 13, 2012
Skills: Cast-on & bind-off, knit & purl

Notes: Easy-peasy. 

Pick out two striped yearns (Noro like the pattern suggest or something less expensive).

Cast-on, do some 1×1 ribbing for a few miles and then bind-off.

Boom.

Done-zo.

Stripetacular!

So my game plan was to work on my Noro Striped Scarf (my project: Abstract Spectrum) and to ignore my new fancy Knit Picks Harmony interchangeable circular needles and not cast anything new on. Self Control! Self Control! And don’t get me wrong, I’ve totally been slaving away on my scarf! See! Look!


It’s totally moving along and I absolutely looooove it, BUT, I totally broke down and cast-on a new project on my new needles!


Clearly I have no self control. Clearly.

Not only did I cast on a new project – Dew Drop Cowl (my project: Cappuccio) – it’s another striped project. What is it with me and stripes lately!? Holy stripes Batman!

Although I’m loving both of these projects, I can’t wait to wrap both of them up! The scarf is a part of a KAL and needs to be wrapped up by Thursday (November 15, 2012), so I will be knitting and purling and knitting and purling away at it. The cowl is easy enough – rounds and rounds of knitknitknitknit stitch – so it shouldn’t take long to crank out. But honesty, it’s also been freakin’ cold lately! It rained last week, it was windy and cold over the weekend and it’s going to rain at the end of this upcoming week! Cold! Cold! Cold!

But seriously, who doesn’t love hand knit winter accessories! Bring on the cold!

Piper’s Journey

Pattern: Piper’s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle (my project: Piper’s Journey)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee
Colorway: Split Pea (130)
Needles: US 6 circulars (Knit Picks Nickel Plated)
Dates: June 1, 2012 to October 14, 2012
Skills: Basics and yarnovers (single & double), k2tog and skp.

Notes: This was a great knit! Don’t let my start and finish dates fool you, this shawl was a fairly quick knit (it really should have taken about a month or so). Gotta love miles of mindless garter followed by a simple applied/knitted on lace border. This is a must knit. It’s a fairly easy knit, even for a first time knitter – even with the lace borders. I highly recommend this knit. Knit it.


Note on the yarn – awesomesauce. Soft and squishy before blocking and amazing after blocking.

Buy it. Knit with it.


Blocking this was super easy – I used my new Inspinknity Premium Super Long Blocking Wires (67″). These things are the business. It took maybe 15 to 20 minutes to block this shawl out…maybe… Hello and what up to not having to pin out every point.


Buy them. Block with them.

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