Thursday, 30 May 2013

A little destash

Despite my attempts to NOT buy yarn this year, my stash has increased by epic proportions since 15 April. Although I have Ravelry, I also keep a speadsheet in work so when I feel weak I tot up the yardage and convert it into miles. The current figure was 380 odd balls and 51.7 miles. A bit too huge for comfort.

Thankfully last night I was chatting with two new recent knit night additions, who being poor students, didn’t have a stash. I offered to have a rummage and give them the stuff I no longer wanted.

And here it is. It mightn’t look like much, but there’s lace, sock, sport, DK, aran and chunky weights in there, so the yardage fairly mounts up.


Yardage totals 12,976.5 yards!!

Staggeringly thats 7.4 miles!!!!!

I’m thrilled, as are the knitters who are taking it off my hands.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

And there’s more….

As I mentioned yesterday, I was on a little bit of a washcloth kick, and its not over yet!

After the scrappy cloths, I went back to a pattern and this time it was double bump which I knitted before years ago as Christmas presents. I never did get any comments on whether they were a nice gift or not, but its a simple pattern and knitted as per the instructions. Despite the yarn being aran weight and not worsted, its a fairly decent size.


Following the patterned cloth, I wanted something mindless so made up my own. To be fair, you can’t really concentrate on a pattern when NCIS is on now, can you?


This was swiftly followed by my own personal washcloth pattern hell. This is the second time I’ve knitted this cloth and the second time I’ve made a right mess of it.  It’s not hard, not in the slightest, but I just can’t get it.  The cloths are robust, sturdy and firm. They’re fantastic. But for the life of me I just seem to get it wrong every time. I will try again….. just not yet.

The name of my current nemesis? Chinese waves dishcloth.


In the above photo you can just make out near the top where its not quite right…. and again near the bottom of the photo. Some”thing” went wrong and continued to be wrong for a while and then, quite suddenly, fixed itself again. That “thing” is my brain. I’m sure I’ll get me head around this simple pattern eventually. I’ve plenty more rico cotton to try!

Monday, 6 May 2013

A new craze

To celebrate my 100th day cold sheeping my lovely hubby bought me yarn. Yes, while not quite grasping the concept of the no new yarn, he did a really nice thing. So I decided that everyone should get a new washcloth.

The first cloth, in bottle green rico cotton, is the Waffle stitch cloth and knitted as pattern, needles n all. However, because the yarn isn’t a worsted weight, its a bit on the narrow side but still useful and quick enough to knit.


The second cloth was just a simple square I made up myself, in a nice light green…


While the third was just a stripey scrappy affair… .SDC10590

And yes… there are more but I think 3 a day is enough to bore anyone!