Monday, November 28, 2005


November's stashbusters project is finished. They're small, probably as much work as a pair of socks, but I've not been knitting as much as usual. And October's is still on the needles!

For December I'm knitting scarves and socks from stash for Christmas and birthday gifts.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Stashbusting report

I haven't worked on my November stashbusting project in a while (we had a heat wave in California and that took the pressure from "I need a cardi" off), but I have a new stashbusting project, mittens!


As you can see I have almost a whole ball left of Cascade 220 Superwash from this project:

Striped Pullover

and I am making mittens for afghans for Afghans and to Comfort Indiana Tornado Victims.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Ack - No Stashbusting

There hasn't been absolutely no stashbusting in my house, because there has been a little bit here and there, but there's no way I'm going to have my planned November stashbuster project done by the end of November ... I fear it probably won't get started until after Christmas. I'm doing a couple of hats and whatnot from yarn in my stash, but those projects aren't really big enough to classify as stashbusting, are they? And, I'm bad, I'm actually going to buy yarn this weekend. But it's only because my cousin requested a certain yarn and colour for her Christmas gift, and since it's for Christmas, it's not counted as adding to the stash! *lol*

Happy Stashbusting! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

September's Project in November

Lynette: Although I started Maggie in September, I put the finishing touch on it this past weekend. I'm very happy that my three-month Stashbuster project is complete. And even though I've sworn off mohair for a while, I might have to reconsider after wearing it. It feels great! The details of Maggie can be found on my blog.

Next up is the Lace Leaf Pullover by Teva Durham using Manos del Uruguay in this color, Pewter.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

October-November project

I finished my Stashbusters scarf for October-November about 10 days ago.
It's the Rumple Scarf. I got the kit in July, during my trip to London, Ontario.
The actual knitting took me about 10 hrs. The scarf is not that long, but I ran out of the boucle silk (I still have a bit of the mohair, but now I don't know what to do with it, since it's not enough to do almost anything). I started in mid-October, so it took me less than a month to finish it. Of course I was working in about 3 other projects so I didn't spend 100% of my time in this one, but it turned out fine and on time!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

First time posting

Hi all, I've been a member since the Stashbusters blog started, but I guess since I am usually hard-pressed to blog on my own blog, it seemed less of an incentive to blog here. Also I was downsized in June of this year, so I have not allowed myself to buy yarn,at all. So every project I work on at this time, is all from stash. The sad part is, it seems to have taken a small hole, but not nearly enough and I have been knitting like crazy. At this point, I stopped doing the project (large) every month, as I have yet to make that goal. I am going to post a few of my latest FOs here though.

First up, is Donna. A pattern I'd been working on since April and sadly didn't finish until November. Although I did have a few problems with it and it had to sit in time-out sometimes while I figured out stuff like short rows, but in the end, it was worth it.

and one of the side ribbing:

Pattern Specs:
Pattern: Donna
Yarn used: Katia Beetle in sage green color
Needle size used: size 7 US for main body, size US 6 for ribbing
time to completed: started sometime in April-fully completed Nov 02,2005

Also a picture of the Thandi scarf I finished recently that I'd started in mid-August:

I've also been working on my Hippy-Chic sweater that I hope to finish soon. This is just a sample of the sweater. Right now, I figured out the sleeve cap wasn't long enough, so I had to go back and knit a few rows and check and see if that will fit into the sleeve. I've joined the sleeves together and picked up stitches for the neck. Once I get the sleeves to fit, I can sew in the sleeves and seam up the sides. Add some buttons and sew in all the ends and get the pockets sewn in and this baby will be done! I can't wait.

That's all for now. Happy knitting all!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November Stashbuster: Check!

I've completed my argyle cardigan from Debbie Bliss' Special Knits and am really happy with how it turned out. You can read more about it on my blog. It ended up using only 2 balls of the blue Bernat Satin in my stash and since I ended up duplicate stitching the pattern, I only needed about 20 yards of the navy yarn for the argyle.

This was my first attempt at duplicate stitch embroidery and I'm hooked. It uses very little yarn and can be used to liven up a boring knit as an afterthought. I'll be doing a lot more of this in the future.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The ultimate stashbuster ...

I have what I think is a great story. I helped someone destash a few months ago (selfless, I know ;) and she sent me an extra skein of some yarn I wasn't sure I had anything to do with. Then yesterday I went to Full Thread Ahead's website and noticed that if you bring a knitted item to donate on Thursday (Hollis' birthday) you get 17% off! Well, I was probably going to buy something anyway, and then I realized I had that extra skein, so today I cast on for one of Lu's Dulaan hats. I can't wait to finish my second hat of my knitting career and her pattern is so cute with the i-cord top! I hope to be finished by Thursday for the sale but it will be hard putting my other projects down for that long!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Stashbusting through Christmas knitting

I'm in full swing holiday knitting right now, which means stashbusting has commenced at Chez Craftylilly. I completed my first Christmas gift, two washcloths that I'll pair with some nice soap. I used up two balls of some Sugar and Cream that I've had in the stash for over a year. I got one pattern out of the latest Family Circle Easy Knitting (I think...), and the other from a pamphlet on dishcloths. I think the design would have shown up better on a single color yarn, but oh well.

A Christmas gift accomplished, with a little stashbusting.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Finally....fuzzy pictures

Woot! I finished stuff in October I swear!

The first being a Rowan Biggy Print tank top sweater. The name and pattern for which of course are at home far far away from where I am currently "not working" It was an alright knit. It was the first time I'd knit with 15 mm needles and yarn that big. I'm not a huge fan.

My first garment that I'm close to happy about although the armholes are *way* to big. Arms are my nemesis appendage

I also finished the messenger bag from Knitty. The colors are even more beautiful live than they are in the picture. I was very happy with the sari silk. My environmentalist sister loves it and was happy about the recycle factor.

November is the month of Xmas socks and scarves...I just realized how close Christmas is and my face started itching!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Few New Items

I finished my Ruffled Gloves from Teva Durham's book, Loop-d-Loop. The yarn was a gift from a secret pal.

And last night I finished my Amble socks. These were my September stashbusting project but I took my sweet time finishing them up.

I also dug up some yarn that has been sitting without a purpose for over a year and whipped up a Bobbi Bear last week. This is a really fun, quick project and you can use pretty much any yarn you like. Marti made one from sock yarn this weekend. Super cute.

I'm about to try casting on for the Latvian socks in Folk Socks for the knitalong using Joslyn's Fiber Farm Twinkle Toes I bought at knitting camp last year.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Picture posting tutorial

For anyone who needs it, I posted a tutorial on how to post pictures in Blogger

Happy stashbusting!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Little Mittens

More stash busting! At this rate it's going to take me years to get through all this yarn! This little mitten and it's half-knit sibling, are made from Dale Baby Ull leftovers.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How to post pictures

Hi All

Would it be possible for someone to post a little tutorial on how to put pictures into your posts? There are some people in our group (me included) that do not know how to do that in blogger.

Thanks for the help!