January 18, 2010

The Never-Ending Skein

Nearly five years ago I got a massive skein of Interlacements Periwinkle Petite in a stash swap. It's bulky, variegated and thick and thin. I had no idea what to do with it. I finally grabbed it on my way to the movies last week and started a charity hat.

I still had yarn left so I knit another one.

And another.

There's still enough yarn for another hat!

When will this skein end!

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October 27, 2009

Hat Attack!

With the end of NaKniSweModo I wasn't sure what to do next. So I cast on for a bunch of charity hats.

There was a simple button-tab hat in Meriboo from Frog Tree. The yarn is lovely to work with.

There was a Stashbuster Spiral inspired hat made from tiny sample skeins of Crystal Palace yarns we had lying around the office at the shop. This is several colors of Bunny Hop, Merino 5 and a little Panda Silk DK.

We get loads of tiny, sample skeins of yarn. I can't bear to throw them out but it's challenging to find a use for them.

Then I knit Opus Spicatum. Except I thought my Cashmereno was aran-weight when it's really DK so I had to swap out Mission Falls Wool for Cascade 220 Superwash as the contrast color. There's still a size disparity between the yarns but it's not as noticeable.

Still blocking on a salad plate.

I have enough yarn left to knit another one.

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October 3, 2009

I'm Ready

We're heading out to see Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3-D. I need some movie knitting so I've completed the ribbing for two charity hats in some oddballs of Kid Classic. Now I can stockinette away during the show.

I also started a Featherweight Cardigan right before finishing my FLS. This is Fairy Hare from Kimmet Croft. It's 40% angora. It's delicious.

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August 1, 2009


All knitters have that annoying collection of single skeins of yarn, leftovers from projects, friends' cast offs, skeins we bought with no idea of what to do with them. Once you start to work in the yarn business you get even more. At every event companies press skeins of yarn into your hands.

My sock yarn scrap blanket has been my movie theater knitting project for years now. But it is too big to take with me anymore. It's just unwieldy and I have have nearly run out of yarn for the project. It will have to wait until I knit more socks. In the meantime I need projects to knit in the dark.

It's time to knit up all these oddballs into hats for charity. The only trick is getting the bottom ribbing done before the lights go down. I tried to get a few ready on the needles.

This is Louet Riverstone. I made it generously-sized. I think it will make a great warm hat for a man.

I won this skein of SWS at a knitting fundraiser earlier this year. I hope it will keep a child warm this winter.

These were just the first few stray skeins I found. There are probably enough to knit dozens of hats.

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November 19, 2007

Bad Sock!

You naughty sock. You took up three days of my knitting time. First the pattern errors. Then my misunderstanding the pattern. Now your gauge is too floppy. I may have spaced out and missed a pattern row (inexcusable, it's so easy). You are not going to happen. It's off to Frogsville for you.

What to do when even your easy knitting is too challenging? Knit more garter stitch squares. So easy you can knit them in the dark at a school play.

Isabella says, "Get it together, Mom."

This is starting to get embarassing.

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November 9, 2007


This square thing hit me hard on Wednesday. These five were all knit in a day. After using up all my leftover yarn from my Lupine Lace socks (just a coincidence that they matched my pedicure), I turned to my little skein of spinning class sample yarn. It's one ply of merino from Judith Mackenzie McCuin's Color in Plying class and one ply of camel-yak-bison-cashmere from the Three Wild Downs class. It's goofy looking yarn but soooooooooooo soft. The fifth square came out too small. I tried to convince myself it was close enough but seeing it with the other squares it is clearly too small. I'll have to rip it back to the center and add in more increase rows in another yarn.

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November 7, 2007

What I Did This Morning

Knit a garter square for Kay's project while getting my toes done.