Saturday, December 31, 2005

Some 2006 Planning

Now, I don't have a picture, yet, but I have been mentally planning on what I am going to knit out of my stash this year. Yes, some of it is current stash enhancement but that is of course a reason to knit it out of my stash right?! I have one stalled project that I plan on finishing, my Crofter's Vest from Folk Vests and then at least 3 more vests from the stash yarn.

I figured I should finally post that I AM going to be using up some of my stash. My goals for 2006 are listed on the side bar of my website. There are only 10 projects listed .... Ummm ... I'll be like the little train that could since i am bad at finishing projects ... i think i can i think i can i know i can i know i can.

Happy New Years (almost) Stashbusters!

Friday, December 30, 2005

December/November

I felt like November and December were the final sprint points of the year. I finished my thrummed mittens in Fleece Artist Aran and Jae's Cable Toque in Lamb's Pride Bulky. The toque was easy as pie and I finished it in 2 days. Christmas Knitting was sacrificed in the making of these FO's. I love them.

The culmination of Christmas Socks. I finished the last sock on Boxing Day and they still need to be mailed to Nova Scotia but they *are* finished. The orange socks are Crusoe from Knitty it was hard to get the sizing right with the pattern but once I got going they were mindless fun. The yarn is Regia - 4 ply (I think) Canadian Colours (I don't know why Canadian).

The boy socks in Blue and Black are standard simple socks and I have *no* idea what the yarn is. The blue/green/yellow socks on the top are the Grumperina's Jaywalker pattern done loosely for my friend who hates tight socks.

All to be mailed today thank. god. I don't even think these socks will fit after the Christmas gorge fest but my stash has been BUSTED. ha!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Log Cabin Socks

I just finished my Log Cabin Socks. You can see them on my blog. The yarn came to me last year as my Rowan membership gift. Now I have just under 2 skeins of the yarn left and no idea what to knit with it.

I also started a Clapotis with a huge hank of Mountain Colors Alpaca Blend that I bought on a trip to Portland last spring. I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it so it's just been sitting waiting for the right project. Suddenly I felt like I needed a new scarf.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

X-mas Stashbusting

Most all of my Christmas presents are stashbusters:
(top pic) This is a mini Christmas Rose bag from Handknit Holidays, by Melanie Falick. I used RH Super Saver in Hunter Green and Cherry Red.













And on the bottom-
the pink scarf - this was made with the Barbie knitter in the background, it's a Christmas present for a five-year-old I know. The yarn was from a "super assortment" I purchased in October. I think it's wool/acrylic. Little tiny pink scarf - this is Bernat Lu Lu, a gift for a two-year-old. Blue and pink doll sweater - this is for my sister's doll. Green scarf - this si also from the assortment, it's a gift for my mom. Pink facecloth - also with Lu Lu, it's for my grandma. I wrapped it up with some bath salts I made. Natural colors blob - this is actually a doll tank top and skirt, also for Anna's dolls. And the black blobs - one is a pair of doll boots, the other is a scarf for my friend. The white sock is excluded, 'cause it's not a Christmas present, it's for the Dulaan Project.

This is a birthday present for Anna (her birthday is the 28th). It's a crocheted poncho made with Super Saver in Cherry Red.

I'm also stashbusting for myself - I'm making a blue striped sweater, also from the assortment. I'm working on the front.

There's more stashbusting going on in my room, and there's gonna have to be a lot more - since I just won a $200 gift certificate to the LYS, I need to free up some room in my stash. Begone with the cruddy acrylics!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Me too!

I am counting this as my December stashbuster since I haven't finished the baby sweater I had hoped to finish by now. Those sleeves are just not working well! Anyway, I decided to crank out some fingerless mitts for my dad out of one of my many skeins of Cascade Pastaza. It was so quick I am now going to make a pair for my DH and in-laws, further depleting my stash!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Quick stashbuster project

Two hours scarf:

DB cashmerino superbulky scarf

Pattern here
Yarn: about 160 yds of superbulky yarn
60x4 inches excluding fringe

I made two more of these, but they do not qualify as "stashbusters" because I did not shop the stash.
My November project is taking a well deserved time out, because the pattern was WRONG WRONG WRONG, but most of my xmas gifts are stashbusting project:
- a pink poncho for my niece with Cascade 220 and Squiggle;
- a baby sweater with Lana Grossa Lambwool;
- a pair of socks with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport;
- Ruffles with Noro Lily.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

September's stashbusting project finally finished

It was in time for Thanksgiving that it was finished, but right after Turkey Day I was traveling, so I didn't have time to update it here. Nonetheless, here is my September project that I finally finished.

The Hippy-Chic cardigan:


Project Specs:
Hippy-Chic Sweater from Knit It! 2002 issue
Yarn used: Interlacements Oregon (100% merino wool, variegated) and Cascade 220 in orange
Needles used: sz 8 needles for variegated, sz 7 needles for Cascade
Completion: started sometime in Nov/Dec 2002-completed November 23,2005 (worked on this off and on)

For more pictures of the finished item, go to my blog.

Happy knitting all.

Friday, December 02, 2005

And November's Done


Lynette: I think I made up for lost project time. I finished my Lacy Leaf Pullover in a weekend! It was a super easy knit. Details can be found on my blog. Up next for December's Stashbuster is the Hourglass sweater. Hopefully, it'll go just as quickly.