Sunday, 30 November 2008

Its total time!

Once again, its the end of the month and time for the totals!

Bought: 100g
Used: 600g!
Completed: 4

Hooray! The stash is heading in the right direction! I did a bit of a yearly total and there's somewhere in the region of about 500g difference in the incoming and outgoing stash. Seems I bought too much this year after all, and if by some miracle I manage to knit that 500g in December, I'll have knit all that I bought this year and made absolutely no headway in the whole destashing thing.

But there are plans for 2009, lots of destashing plans and knitalongs with Nicky. We hatched a plan on Friday night in Starbucks, and I'll post that next week!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Scary amounts!

I just did a rough totalling of my yarn skeins... and there's over 300 of them floating about. This surpises me for two reasons:

1. I thought I had more yarn when I looked at it all, and

2. How did I manage to buy over 300 skeins of yarn!?

My tallying on a monthly basis seems to be heading in the right direction, and I hopefully can keep this up in 2009. I would also like a decrease in the yarn purchases without going totally cold turkey so I would need to keep an eye on the spending.

I would like to use up about 100 skeins. This is only a third of the stash and a good lot would go if I knitted:

1. my cadigan

2. another cardigan

3. my CPH

4. my jumper

Those 4 garments would bring the usage to approximately 50, so if I just knitted cardigans in 2009 I would be done in no time, lol.

However, the sock stash is really quite large so if I managed to learn short row heels, I'm sure I could do AT LEAST 6 pairs and bring the usage to about 15 balls and altogether 65 skeins.

Its all good in theory though, lets see how it REALLY pans out, lol

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Another one bites the dust

I finished my first ballband dishcloth today and I like it a lot... it reminds me of typical Irish summer weather, but I suppose its best to explain the thing when you can actually see it, lol.

I also cast on some Rose Arm Warmer's for a Christmas present.. these might take as long as the jumper!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

the evils of Supernatural

I was watching the latest episode of Supernatural while knitting this snowflake dishcloth, and must have skipped a row... I ended up with the right and wrong side on the same side, lol.

Naturally I didn't notice until I was casting off, so its a bit of a mismatch. Supernatural was great though AND this little mistake helped me use some cotton so it was Win/Win all round.

I'm also currently in the midst of my very first ballband dishcloth and I'm liking it a lot. New skills are great!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Jumper take 3

Well I finished the jumper yesterday - just a smidge over 9 balls of click DK to took... it also took 2 months but thats what happens when you aren't sticking to one project at a time.

I quite like this jumper, I managed to do it all myself without Nicky having to come to my assistance (although I did need guidance on the v of the v-neck though) but apart from that its all my own hard work.

I asked my brother to put the jumper on, its not his cup of tea since it doesn't drown him, and he hates having to model knitted stuff but tough, lol. Its what he has to do if he wants a knitted Peruvian ear flap hat a la South Park

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Jumper take 2

Well, I managed to finish the sleeve last night, now just to sew that bad boy up, do the ribbing (ick) and ta da!!

I don't know the name of the stitch i ususally use to seam things, but Nicky tried the matress stitch a few weeks ago and liked it - out comes Knitting for Dummies and i shall find instructions on how to do it nicely.

Overall so far, the jumper hasn't used that much - only about 450g of sirdar click dk. Not bad for a manly jumper, lol

Tuesday, 4 November 2008


I've been knitting my dad a birthday jumper for a while, and am nearly at the final hurdle. Its a raglan sleeve jumper and i was raglaning away when it dawned on me that this was not what i had done for the first sleeve. I skipped a paragraph in the instructions first time round.

So tonight, i'm going to rip back to the cast off, pick up those stitches and carry on - totally forgetting the paragraph that was omitted first time round. hopefully itll be finished tomorrow at SnB, giving me time to block, seam and do the v-neck ribbing before his birthday on 15 November!