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Hildegard_von_Knittin
12-31-2005, 07:08 PM
A new year, a new month and a new KAL all at once! Fabulous!!!!!!!!


Since it's *technically* still December, I'm locking this thread until tomorrow when I crawl out of bed, which might not be until noon central time, or so. SO NO HARASSING OF THE HILDIE will be ALLOWED!!!! :roflhard: I thought I'd better post tonight so that all you knitty kitties (as my DH fondly refers to us) don't get your yarn all in a tangle when it's not up at 12:01am :D


I'll give you a hint though.... it's winter-y!!!! ;)

KellyK
12-31-2005, 07:35 PM
Neener neener neener! I can unlock topppics!! :P

Julie
01-01-2006, 06:32 PM
Had fun last night, didja Hildie?? ;)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-01-2006, 06:39 PM
OKAY!

I was up earlier, but had to take a nap :-)

I know everyone got lots of FUN knitty gifts for their holiday celebrations. I *also* know that lots of us went to year-end clearance sales. Between that, and other trips to the LYS or knitpicks this year, I'm sure that your stash is OVERFLOWING, like mine is (ask KK, she's seen it. It's out of control).

Since it's January, and technically winter just started, you might be looking at a long season of cold weather ahead. But you've also just made lots of stuff for winter holiday gifts, and don't have a lot of time to invest in major prijects (especially since so manyof you are doing the sweater KAL!)

So many problems.... what's a KHer to do?

Well, the Monthly Challenge is here to rescue you! It's time for the STASH BUSTER!!! Knit yourself, your kids, your SO*, your pet, your neighbor, your mailman, or your whatever a stash--busting winter accessory. Hats, scarves, mittens, fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, etc. The only requirement is that you do NOT buy any yarn for your project--use what you already have!

The book OddBall Knitting has lots of great small projects for stash-busting. But you can also use your own creativity :-) Add some of that funky leftover novelty yarn to the cuffs of a hat, or hold three or four strands of yarn together to knit a super bulky scarf.

Prizes will be given** for the most busted stash project. Get those nedles going, and happy knitting.


*significant other... I was trying to be PC :-)
**that's a virtual prize, BTW. I am just a poor teacher you know!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-01-2006, 06:40 PM
Had fun last night, didja Hildie?? ;)

:oops: it was a later night than I expected :oops:

Jan in CA
01-01-2006, 06:53 PM
I don't have as big a stash as most of you do since I'm still fairly new, but I did buy some extra yarn in colors that I shouldn't have at knitpicks..so this is cool! I will see what I can come up with!

KellyK
01-01-2006, 06:58 PM
I feel a sweater for Howie coming on.....made with a skein of the woolease that was given to me by a coworker about 4 months ago!! :cheering: From my Knitting For Dogs book!! :happydance:

(I was about to start it today, as a matter of fact, but I dont have sz 5 DPNs... I can buy NEEDLES, right? With the LYS GC I got for Christmas??)

Jillle
01-01-2006, 07:40 PM
Do you know of a sweater pattern for a tiny chihuahua puppy? Does Knitting for Dogs have one by any chance?
Thanks.

WynnieG
01-01-2006, 08:28 PM
Jillie, you'll find a stellar one here (http://www.redlipstick.net/knit/chisw_gall.html) at the Friends of Wylie Chihuahua gallery. Follow the link at the bottom of the page.

I wish I knew how to expand the thing, I'd love to knit for my beagle, Owen. Thing is, he's a bit on the...husky side. We've had him two weeks (rescue dogs rock!) and we're trying to get him slimmed down. When he came into the rescue program from the shelter he was about 50lbs... mostly muscle, but still... he's only a 15" beagle.

KellyK
01-01-2006, 09:18 PM
Knitting for Dogs has some great patterns and pretty good advice about how to fit them to your dog. Its worth a trip to Borders to page through it!

WynnieG
01-01-2006, 11:17 PM
Ah, Dogs in Knits? I love that book. It's been on my amazon wishlist forever, seems like. This holiday I ended up with Green Mtn Spinnery and Christmas Stockings. Even though I celebrate the Solstice, I couldn't resist the dog stocking pattern. I'm thinking of knitting some for a charity auction for Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.), a breed rescue group in our area.

misstialouise
01-01-2006, 11:25 PM
I'm SOOO in for this!!

KellyK
01-02-2006, 12:13 AM
Ah, Dogs in Knits? I love that book.
I dont have that book....I have "Knitting For Dogs" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743270169/103-5627098-4244622?v=glance&n=283155) and "Puppyknits" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933308060/qid=1136175194/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-5627098-4244622?s=books&v=glance&n=283155).

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2006, 12:21 AM
and How to Dress Your Dog in Silly Hats (www.thisisnotareallink.com/dontclickhere/index.html)

brightspot
01-02-2006, 12:53 AM
This will work in well with one of my New Year's resolutions (actually the only one :D ). It was to use up the big blanket zipper bag of little stray yarn balls that I have stashed in the closet. I can't put any more left overs in it, so I have to use it. Hubby doesn't care about my stash that half fills the closet, but that little bag of balls drives him nuts :??

Julie
01-02-2006, 12:53 AM
I just started some fingerless mitts for MYSELF using leftover clog wool. :thumbsup:

mintdee
01-02-2006, 01:08 AM
:shock: geeeze Hild as if I don't have enough to knit! :roflhard:

I have my mind swirling with things that I could make :thinking:


GAAAH


:roflhard:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2006, 01:40 AM
But that little bag of balls drives him nuts :??

Sheesh, you're just DYING to give Kk an excuse to say something about balls, aren't you??????

KellyK
01-02-2006, 01:45 AM
Too bad Hildie already DID! :rollseyes:

brightspot
01-02-2006, 02:03 AM
Are you guys sure knitting is your main hobby? :D

Jan in CA
01-02-2006, 02:07 AM
Are you guys sure knitting is your main hobby? :D

What? You're saying there is too much goofing around going on? Hehe :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2006, 04:05 AM
oh please KK, you were DYING to say it, I know you!!!!

Hey! :figureditout: speaking of that, a willie warmer would be a PERFECT winter accessory stash buster! And hopefully you will need a LOT of stash yarn to knit one for your favorite willie :eyebrow:

nicolethegeek
01-02-2006, 07:58 AM
Can the winter items I'm making for my kids count for this? I bought 2 pounders of yarn for each of them at home {that's 8 HUGE balls of yarn!!!}, and I'm determined to keep knitting and crocheting stuff for them out of it till they're gone {well enough to call them scraps anyway}. I have a double stranded scrunchable scarf on the needles right now, and I want to start a chullo for one of my daughters.

Other than the winter stuff for the kids, and my Skacel sweater, everything else I want/need to work on is my UFOs {which is one of my major resolutions this year}.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2006, 10:54 AM
yep that counts!

and we're going to have some UFO KALS this year, too!! :-)

nicolethegeek
01-02-2006, 12:54 PM
yep that counts!
Great! I really want to clear a bunch of my cheap acrylics to make room for more scrumptious goodies!

DotMom61
01-02-2006, 03:56 PM
I have a double stranded scrunchable scarf on the needles right now, and I want to start a chullo for one of my daughters.

What's a chullo??

nicolethegeek
01-02-2006, 04:11 PM
What's a chullo??
It's also known as a skater hat. The pattern I'm basing my daughter's hat on is this one (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/hatearflaphat.htm).

DotMom61
01-02-2006, 04:14 PM
Ah HA!

I didn't know that's what that style was called. I have a pattern for one of those, too, but the top of it is rather pointy. I think I like yours better! :thumbsup:

Thanks, Nicole!

nicolethegeek
01-02-2006, 04:29 PM
I've got links to a couple more knitted ones, and a crocheted one too. All of them except that one are pointy to some degree. I like the smooth, rounded top because it seems to fit under the hoods of their jackets better.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2006, 06:16 PM
a chullo, huh? I thought it was called apointyearflaphat.

aprildavis99
01-02-2006, 07:17 PM
I think I want to make tons of dischloths for MIL. her birthday is the 21st. :happydance:

Jan in CA
01-04-2006, 08:46 PM
I will start working on my stash while I'm waiting for my Denises so I can do the sweater! DH wants a double hat! http://bestsmileys.com/hat/4.gif

feministmama
01-07-2006, 06:37 PM
I have a stash of microspun I bought (before I knew what a pain in the *** it is to knit with) to make socks for my cousins. I could jsut use this up and make a ton of socks. :thinking:

WynnieG
01-08-2006, 12:56 AM
I'm in on this KAL! So far: one pair of socks accomplished. Working on pair #2.

I'd pick a hat to follow but I haven't found an idiot-proof pattern yet.

KellyK
01-08-2006, 11:42 AM
Here's Howie's STASH BUSTER sweater!! He REALLY likes it. I think Im gonna make him more stash buster sweaters from this pattern...it fits him SO well.

From Knitting For Dogs (http://knitpicks.com/books/books_display.aspx?itemid=30686#), the fair isle pattern (http://knitpicks.com/books/book_inside.asp?bookID=30686&bookName=Knitting+for+Dogs&bookAuthor=Kristi+Porter&myPage=3) without the colorwork because Howie doesnt care about colorwork. LB Woolease, color Wheat.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/files/howie_sweater_615.jpg

DotMom61
01-08-2006, 03:50 PM
Hi Howie!!! muah! :heart:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-10-2006, 09:45 PM
hi Howie!!!!!! :waving:

I haven't done ANYTHING with my stash yet :doh: I just keep buing MORE YARNNNNNn

KellyK
01-10-2006, 10:18 PM
Howie says....

DotMom61
01-11-2006, 12:38 PM
{sigh} I love him.

I think we must have a visit with Howie the next time we're in your neighborhood. (Not to be too presumptuous or anything. :rollseyes: )

KellyK
01-11-2006, 12:56 PM
You know you're welcome ANY time!! :heart:

DotMom61
01-11-2006, 01:00 PM
But it's just not like me to invite myself to someone else's house, especially just to visit with their DOG! :shock: :roflhard: But I do appreciate your hospitality. Can I bring you some ice cream? :thumbsup:

KellyK
01-11-2006, 01:02 PM
How the heck would I ever say no to ice cream?? Although its not necessary..... When will you be in the neigborhood again?

DotMom61
01-11-2006, 01:11 PM
Not sure exactly -- waiting to hear from the schedulers re: DS's scans. Actually, it probably won't be for a couple of weeks, 'cause I don't think DD would forgive me for going to visit Howie w/out her, and she doesn't usually come along when we're having scans done. So ... I'll let ya' know! We *migh* be coming in for some blood counts in the next week.