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Stash busting

February 10, 2011

Last year I made a huge effort to do more crafting, in particular knitting, crochet and sewing. I made a good start but didn’t get as much done as I hoped. However, over the past few years I have built up a hug stash of fabric and yarn and this is the year when I am determined to work my way through it.

First up I have started another Country Kiddie top for Faith using gorgeous yarn that I bought ages ago from Knit Cave. I just couldn’t resist the vibrant colours in this yarn and the top is so simple to knit – once you get past the sleeves you just knit round and round on circular needles. This is the project I keep in my car and knit when I’m waiting for Grace to come out of school. It means it is a slow growing project but it’s ideal as a time filler knit. The last top like this that I knitted for her was a big hit – she loves it and we always get lots of compliments when she’s wearing it out somewhere.

The other project I have on the go is a twirly skirt that I am knitting for Grace out of lovely soft bamboo yarn from Skein Queen. It is so silky to knit with but also very, very splitty! The colours aren’t necessarily my first choice to put together but as I have made a promise not to buy any more yarn then I will make do. Grace seems to like them so as long as she’s happy, that’s the main thing. This is also super easy to knit as I found an adaptation that means I can knit it on circular needles. I omitted the drawstring waist and am going to put in some elastic instead. I have a lovely purple yarn for the last tier of the skirt.

I was also a very lucky girl and had some gorgeous knitting, crochet and sewing books for Christmas, as well as a wonderful Debbie Bliss book I’ve recently been sent to review (more about that in a separate post). I have spent my evenings looking through the books, magazines, blogs and searching ravelry and have come up with a list of a few things I definitely want to try making this year. There are so many that I’m going to have to speed up my knitting and crochet pace!

So here’s my provisional list for starters:

1. The Frou Frou cardigan from The Happy Hooker for myself

2. The Pinwheel sweater for Faith

3. A Milo vest for my niece

4. An owlet sweater for Faith

5. Some leg warmers for Grace

Both the girls want hats and scarves too so I figure if I start them now then they might be ready for next winter! Wish me luck! What’s your project at the moment?

 

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  1. February 10, 2011 8:28 pm

    I admire the assault on your stash. I can’t even put all my yarn in one place, for fear of my husband seeing how, unless I lived for another 200 years, I’d ever use it all up. Yikes! I look forward to seeing your progress.

    • amylane permalink*
      February 10, 2011 10:27 pm

      Mine’s hidden in a big box behind the door. I don’t think he’ll bother to look there 😉

  2. February 11, 2011 12:34 pm

    I used to do quilting and knitting, and the fabric stash was similar to the yarn stash that I had. Now I’ve started knitting again (when I have time which is not often) but the yarn stash seems to be growing exponentially. Maybe I should stop buying and start knitting…

    • amylane permalink*
      February 15, 2011 12:31 pm

      That’s what I’ve finally decided to do… stop browsing/buying and start knitting! Good luck 🙂

  3. February 11, 2011 6:45 pm

    Oh how I long to be able to knit! Can’t find classes ANYWHERE near where I live. You really have a talent 😀

    • amylane permalink*
      February 15, 2011 12:30 pm

      Thank you! Could you maybe teach yourself to knit? I used videos online and books to teach myself how to crochet. I find really useful 🙂

  4. February 12, 2011 8:40 pm

    Ive 3 BIG boxes of yarn just crying out to be used so I set myself a project for 2011 – knit or crochet something each month – im currently knitting projects 5 and 6 so far, so doing well!! only problem is, Ive just seen some gorgeous angora yarn on ebay that im bidding on!!

    • amylane permalink*
      February 15, 2011 12:30 pm

      Haha! I have to stay well away from ebay 🙂

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