Tuesday, January 31, 2006

January Stashbuster: Check!

I finished the raglan sweater for my little Jujube. I used up both balls of mystery yarn stash down to a couple of yards. Phew! I love how this sweater turned out and will surely be making more of these. You just can't beat seamless, knit to fit top-down patterns ;0)

I haven't yet decided what to knit from the stash in February, especially with the knit Olympics and all. I might try to sneak in some mittens or something before the flame is lit.

Happy knitting!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Second January Stashbuster

Baby Poncho

Baby Poncho from from Holiday Knits in Lorna's Laces Fisherman.

And what's this?

 Debbie Bliss Simple Jacket with Collar

It's the neglected November stashbuster, that used to be in time-out because the pattern was wrong. I picked it up again and started the sleeves.

November? Stashbuster done!

I started this sweater in late November, I believe, because it was for a kid's birthday in early December. You'd think it wouldn't have taken so long, but I designed it myself and was playing with the cable, where to put a cable, getting the sleeves, and then of course finding the inclination to sew it up! Without futher ado, A.Lo's Banana Fish sweater:

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The left front is ready

The left front is ready
Originally uploaded by Maria in Toronto.
After barely two hours of knitting tonight, I was able to finish the left front of the Serendipitous Cardigan.

Monday, January 23, 2006

New Stashbusters project

Serendipitous Cardigan

About a year ago, I got some GGH Trikolore on sale at Lettuce Knit. I had been looking for appropriate projects for it and even started a sleeveless top (of course), but I was adapting it from a Colinette Shimmer 5 pattern book, and the Trikolore and Shimmer 5 do not have the same gauge, so it wasn't working out. Finally I got Hollywood Knits and there are two projects there for that yarn.
On Saturday I casted on for the Serendipitous Cardigan. I'm using 9 mm Brittanys.

I love bulky yarn, by Sunday night I had already finished making the back of the cardigan.
Oh how I love bulky yarn

Sunday, January 22, 2006

January small stashbuster

My red scarf is done and ready to be shipped:

Red Scarf

Yarn: Berroco Foliage - 2 balls
Dimensions: 4.5 x 66 inches.

Friday, January 20, 2006

January Stashbuster

Hi everyone. While I've been dutifully checking out the status of everyone's stashbusting, I've got to say I've been a really bad stashbuster. All my Christmas knitting was shiny and new. No stashbusting there. And...I'm still Christmas knitting. I know. I know. It's MID-JANUARY!

The conscience got to me yesterday (right after I ordered more yarn from elann) and I decided it's not too late for a January stashbuster. I came across this gem of a pattern while looking for a simple roll-neck raglan pattern for an infant sweater. It does involve math (ugh) but it is so well explained and so simple that its worth whipping out the calculator for.

The pattern is custom-fit for anyone in any size and with a wonderful seamless top-down construction. I came across it yesterday and am still feeling warm with excitement.

So I measured my little guy carefully, added some ease, confronted the stash and ta-da: my January stashbuster is on the needles. In fact, I'm already down to the arm-pit. This knit is flying off the needles. Bonus: I can try it on really easily as I go to get the perfect width and length.

I'm ga-ga over this pattern. Did I mention that it is free!Ah, the Internet! The yarn is really old stash. It's also unidentified which is totally okay 'cause the pattern is for any yarn and any needle size.

I really feel like I've fallen in an alternate universe...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

sweet winter sky


here's my Winter Sky chenille gloves, designed by moi. they're knitted with bamboo skewers and lion brand chenille. talk about stashbusting--this baby's been sitting for about 3 years! too bad lion brand dropped this yarn. i like it.
the gloves have an invisible aran design on the back of the hand and cabley rib on the cuff. which is why i'm going to knit them again with a more stitch definitive yarn. the yarn is very soft and velvety, very comfortable. this glove pattern will be (i hope) my first good-looking one i design! the last time I tried to design gloves, the fingers turned out all wonky. ewww. these are better.
coming along! can't wait till they're done!

Monday, January 09, 2006


I completed my January stashbuster project! Hooray! It was a good, fun, knit ... Voila. Now some more WIPs to finish and then I'll start February's project. :)

Start Date: December 31, 2005
Finish Date: January 8, 2006
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby in Antique White

Sunday, January 08, 2006


January's done!

Patt: Log Cabin Socks
Needles: Some 4-5ish dpns
Yarn: Some shiny DK (from stash obviously)
I think I'll do another pair of these for my lil sister...she saw them and said "Can you make me some in pink?" Well, I'll give it a try. Especially because I have *pink* stash yarn--same weight!

Stashbusting = excellent.

January Stashbuster

January stashbuster completed, except for felting. They're the felted moccasins from Felted Knits, using some Rowan Magpie from stash.

Next to an earlier, felted moccasin, for comparison.

Modelled by the recipient.


December stashbusting project

My niece wearing the poncho I made for her:

Pink Poncho
Click on the photos to see more shots.

As for January, I need to make another one for my other niece - I'll use this from my stash.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

January's Stashbuster Coming Along

For January's stashbuster, I'm doing the Log Cabin Socks from Handknit Holidays. Here's the first. I'm currently working on the foot-part on the second.
I'm using another unknown yarn from the super assortment.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Combination Stashbusting

I have decided on my January and February stashbusters. They're sort of a combined project because I'm stashbusting the same yarn for both ... is that allowed??

January: Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater.
February: Baby blanket, knit on the bias. It will be similar to this pattern, but will be in stockinette stitch with garter edges, with the little patterned part from the Yoked Baby Sweater inserted every few rows.

Right now I'm about 75% done the baby sweater. I won't start the blanket until February, and hopefully I'll be able to get it done by the end of February. And if I have enough yarn left I will make a matching hat.

The stash I'm busting is a few balls of Bernat Softee Baby that I bought last year (August, I think) for another friend who was pregnant, but didn't get around to using it. It's been sitting in my house for 5 months now and it's time to use it up! This sweater and blanket will be for my cousin's baby (due in May).

Happy Knitting!

More planning!

Since I haven't had much work lately I've had to dive into my stash rather than buying new yarn, so I've got stashbusting projects all over the place! I'm currently working on:

Bubby from Knitty (1/2 done)
Fingerless mitts (1/2 done)
a baby sweater (just needs to be seamed!)

and making a couple of swatches/part of a baby blanket got me interested in using up the Lion Brand Micro Spun I've been hoarding, so I've just started another stashbusting project: a cardigan designed by me!

Here's a status picture:

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

First Stashbusting of the New Year

I've been saving a skein of Mountain Colors Alpaca Blend for the right project. And then it hit, Clapotis! So I cranked this baby out in a week.

I have just an eensy bit of yarn left over and I'm quite pleased.

I'm also working on a hat in leftover bits of sock yarn. It's taking forever. I'm dying to dive into my stash and knit a sweater. I have the yarn for at least 5 that I can think of off the top of my head. Not to mention two I knit last year and plan to rip out.