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heykaren
04-11-2007, 06:07 PM
Those dresses are really cute!!!! Post a pic with the little girl inside them :thumbsup:

Karen

ArtLady1981
04-11-2007, 07:39 PM
Hey there Dustinac! WOW! Darling dresses and purse! Sigh. Reminds me sooo much of when I used to sew for my three girls..two were close in age and like "matching dresses"! The shawl is quite lovely,too!

Well, my Dollar and a Half cardigan is done...just waiting for the final blocking to "set the stitches" for the buttonbands and sleeve seaming!!
Will post a photo tomorrow or Friday. I did a 'try-on' before the final blocking...and it fits perfectly! Can't believe something went right.
The nightmare that this Dollar has been is indescribable! We have it in its own 'knitalong' here at KH. If you are thinking about knitting the Dollar and a Half cardigan...DON'T. It is the most un-fun and most annoying sweater I have ever had the displeasure of knitting! The directions were poorly written, half of which I call "mystery directions"...and there are errors. Sigh. But, that said, I will wear it, and will try to forget the "labor pains"! I guess every mother understands what I mean! :pout:

HeatherFeather
04-12-2007, 08:13 AM
I went to go look at the pattern for the Florida Bag that ArtLady told us about a while back...and it's NOT THERE....booo...I've emailed them to see what they have to say for themselves...harumph!!!!!!!!!!! lol......

I was talking with a nice lady yesterday in Philly, and she told me about this coat. Knit one way, and it's long, turn it around and it's short. Much like the pinwheel sweaters!!!! But knit in a rectangle!!! I'd like to see the patter. Any ideas? I think since I'm on my 3rd pinwheel, and soon to start the 4th, I think I would know HOW to do it.

I'd just knit it as wide as I wanted it to go around me, and knit it as long as I wanted for my armpits, add the "afterthought heel" THANK YOU btw to whomever suggested that!!! and then keep going.

ArtLady1981
04-12-2007, 08:20 PM
Hi Heather! I went to the knitpicks website...looking for the bag...I couldn't find it either...then I got thinkin....I remember getting the pattern from the clearance patterns. :shrug:

HeatherFeather
04-12-2007, 09:25 PM
I emailed them, and they said that it isn't on the website so we wern't looking in vain...but you can call them and order it.

HeatherFeather
04-13-2007, 08:18 AM
I found the info on the coat. WAY different than what I envisioned. :) It's in the winter Knitter's mag. Hmm...me thinks there is a trip to the yarn store.

And as a side note.

My 63 yo father moved in with us last fall. He came from Michigan, and I think he was the last one out, and turned the lights out!!! It took him quite nearly 6 mos to get a job (a viable job), and he started that 2 weeks ago. He is moving out tonight!!! He got a really cute little upstairs apt in a row home on a one way street. Perfect for him and his cat, who has been living in the bedroom for the last 6 mos because she's terrified of my dumb dog.

BUT what this has to do with knitting is....... :) I'm giving him my second computer desk, and my yarn FINALLY has a home!!! I totally need to rework this room and really go through the yarn and I think weed more out, or pick projects to go with it. I was down to 2 largish wood boxes, but I got two carloads full of yarn donated to me. (I did go through it and gave away what we didn't want). So I'm back up to really more than I need, want, or really have space for!!

I'm SO very happy to get my house back....

misha rf
04-13-2007, 09:55 AM
Dustinac, those dresses are DARLING!! And the scarf is gorgeous!

Heatherfeather, I'm so happy your yarn has its own home. And that your dad has one, too! :cheering: :happydance:

I've managed to squeeze in a little knitting. Another burp cloth. And some hats. A couple of the hat patterns:

http://ooobabyknits.typepad.com/ooo_baby_knits/2004/02/mix_n_match_bab.html

http://larissmix.typepad.com/stitch_marker/2005/09/a_little_hat.html

BostonBecca
04-13-2007, 10:07 AM
I made a Calorimetry this week with some very nice yarn from Nashua. The details and more pictures are on my blog. I am very happy with this FO and I am almost at the armhole seperations for my tanktop.....The Cal is perfect for these chilly but not cold and very windy days in not so spring like Boston to protect my poor ears.

Here is the largest picture I could get to attach.

I am so excited about this and to be so close to completing my tanktop.

There will be little knitting time in the next few weeks because we are about two weeks before my last two law school finals ever!

auburnchick
04-13-2007, 11:08 AM
How cute is that! Very pretty colors!

Good luck on your finals too!!

ArtLady1981
04-13-2007, 06:18 PM
THANKS EVERYONE FOR POSTING PHOTOS! :cheering:
We just loves photos! Great job Becca!

Hey there Heather! I have a PERFECT way to coordinate Stash with Patterns! Here is a run-through:
1) Go through all your patterns. If you find a pattern that you think you might like to do in 2007 sometime, write the pattern details on a single 3x5 card. Details such as: the yarn gauge needed, the yardage required for your size, and the book/mag w/page. So every possible pattern has its own 3x5 card. I put the most two pertinent factoids in the top left and righthand corners: the gauge needed and the yards needed. I also mark the book/mark with a "colorful tab" stuck to it...and write the "title" of the pattern for easy access!
2) Go through all your yarn. Write each 'yarn collection' on its own 3x5 card. Include the pertinent factoids: the gauge of the yarn, the total yardage you have, and the color. Also include the fiber content, the yards per skein, the # of skeins. Put the two most important details in the top left and righthand corners: the gauge of the yarn and the yardage you have in your possession.

Now, you are ready to mix'n'match! It will be easy-peasy to see at a glance which patterns will work for which yarn! When you find a match, paperclip the two index cards together! Keep the "unmatched" cards on hand for later "matches"!

I developed this method of "pairing patterns with yarn" because I was just sick-to-death of rummaging in my stash and patterns...for hours on end...and never coming up with a suitable match! Frustrating!

HeatherFeather
04-14-2007, 07:27 AM
I LOVE kind BO people...and in the world of the SLOB sisters, Pam and Peggy......BO people are BORN ORGANIZED. I mention KIND BO..as my mother who I'm having some serious issues with at present time (that at nearly 40 I'm driven to cry just thinking about it). Mom IS BO, but is SOOOO not kind about it.

You touched me. Really for your thoughtfullness and simple way in explaining how to match it up. That will be my reward for getting my office area cleaned up!!! :):heart: :heart:

I keep going back to what flylady says...you can't organize clutter. So, once I get through the JUNK.... I need to see what I can REALLY deal with!!!

(I'm overwhelmed in a LOT of areas in my life right now, having dad gone but close is a relief, but so many other things that aren't getting done). and so I knit...lol....

dustinac
04-16-2007, 08:42 AM
Heather~ :cheering: I'm glad your yarn has a home and your dad!!

Misha~love the little hats!!

BostonBecca~ that looks wonderful!! back this winter I used mine a lot walking up to the bus stop in the morning/evenings.. they come in handy..


Thank you all for your comments on my little girl's dresses.. I'm not a sewing machine kinda gal lol but that was something I could handle.. it also made me remeber why I'm not... I don't have enough patience to work with a machine :!!!: :rofl:

I'm working on a lace shawl right now out of some reward yarn I bought from knithappens.. I *think* the patterns name is Swallowtail.. its out of an Interweave Knits magazine.. I'm really enjoying it..

Here is a photo of my little girl wearing the dress.. its hard to get a good photo of her cause she sees camera and goes into action posing this way and that.. I can't get her to just stand and let me take a photo lol.. this was the closest and it is her Girl Power pose...

heykaren
04-16-2007, 01:10 PM
LOVE the Power Girl pose!!!!!! :teehee: You really don`t want her to stand still and boring, do you? Whatll ya have to tease her about when shes 15??? Shes a sweetie! And the dress looks great!

Ive been at the machine most of the afternoon. I have a wedding to go to on Saturday and nothing to wear. Of course, Im starting to think Ive waited just A BIT too long to get something going..... :doh: But I will do my best....

Been doing some organizing upstairs in the "attic" and found out that my stash fits comfortably in a rolling plastic bin. Sounds like a good excuse to go out and buy more..... So that Ill have to sit on it to close it..... I will resist the urge and continue to try to whittle it down. I really have some nice things and look forward to knitting some spring/summer things now. But Im DEFINITELY keeping track of what I get for reward yarn......

:happydance:

Karen

ArtLady1981
04-16-2007, 04:14 PM
Hi Dustinac!
Your little girl is a beauty! Eyes to die for! A real doll! Thanks for sharing a lttle bit of yourself with us! :muah:

Hey there all Stashies!
I went to the Yarn Market Friday night...it is a part of a 3 day expo called the Seattle Knitting Expo at the Marriott Hotel...classes on Sat-Sun...I didn't take any classes...but me and a knitting buddy went to the Yarn Market when it opened at 4 pm. I was looking for some reward yarn...snooping around. The Yarn Market thing can be very dissappointing...cuz you go with the expectation of seeing some yarn that you have never seen at LYS or Ebay...anyway...all the booths were rather ho-hum...I guess I am spoiled by my LYS...BUT...there was this one lady....she spins her own chunky yarn...well...needless to say...I bought from her! The 'selling point' was this: she had several two-skein projects done up...and she let her customers try on the garments! AND...if you bought yarn, she gave you a free pattern! Way to go!
Here is the yarn I purchased, and, if you are interested, here is her website: www.gardenpartyfibers.com (Does this make me an "enabler"??? :teehee: ) Juaquetta, the spinner, lives in my state...about a 6 hours drive.

Well, by this time, many of us Stashies have earned Reward Yarn...and I figure you may think like me: I want my Reward Yarn to be worth it! I also wanted to share this yarn and website with you because I haven't seen this yarn anywhere before...and you may not have access to this yarn either.

nadja la claire
04-16-2007, 05:40 PM
:passedout: OMG ArtLady what wonderful yarn porn :drool:

I want to run my fingers through it. I especially liked the Gold Ice and the Aqua Ice. Sooooooooooooooooo purrrrrrrrrdy :drool:

Oh yah, the reason I'm here is I finished my Horseshoe scarf (contrary to the photo title) and I've started a cable scarf for my DH to go with the stocking cap I made him. I'm dying to get some yarn but I've got to wait for our refund, darn those Feds :-x I wish they'd send it.


:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

Eloewien
04-16-2007, 07:28 PM
My stash got a bit frighteningly low there for a bit, but I finished several projects, so I had a bit of fun. I picked up some cascade and some Shimmer from KP to work on some new projects. I also pulled out some laceweight merino and started a new lacework scarf for my MIL.

I've been too busy to post lately... it's been insane. I also got a magazine with a great tank top pattern from the yarn swap that I started. I've got lots of WIPs, so I'm trying not to go running to my LYS anytime soon for anything other than a new set of needles (I need 000's for a project!)

HeatherFeather
04-16-2007, 08:53 PM
I'm SERIOUSLY thinking of a major de-stash...I just don't have space for what I DO have, and since it was mostly given to me, I am not having MAJOR issue with the decision. I am a horder by nature...so it IS hard to think about getting rid...but seriously..it is mostly acrylic....and not nice acrylic either.

I really think I'd rather buy yummy yarn, than paw through....

thoughts??? I've got 2 milk crates, 2 wooden boxes a smidge bigger and then about 4 tall kitchen g'bags full. I can't see any of it. And I'm feeling overwhelmed that I'll never get to knit what I want to knit for all this other yarn....

I'm thankful for what I did get...but really it's too much...

BostonBecca
04-16-2007, 08:59 PM
You could always donate it to charity! I think that would be great. Then you could go get beautiful yarn you want to knit a project with and not have the clutter and feel great about it!

You can check out this link I found by googling donate yarn to charity.

http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html

HeatherFeather
04-17-2007, 06:52 AM
that's a great link, but it'll go to my dd's girl scout troop, and my gf who has a knitting group at her school. They make blankies for their mission trips to Costa Rica.

and about 95% of this yarn is basic acrylic nothing special. I of course will keep the special yarn, and work on that....but YIKES...i'm overwhelmed!!! lol....

nadja la claire
04-17-2007, 10:15 AM
As I stated in my last post, I've finished my Horseshoe scarf and I've now started a scarf for DH. It's made with 1 and 1/2 maybe 3/4 skeins of Patons Classic Merino in EverGreen Mix. The color is beautiful, the reds and yellows in it give it an irrodesent quality, I just wish my photo could do it justice.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

BostonBecca
04-17-2007, 10:55 AM
Wow, you are the scarf QUEEN! I wish I could make as much progress as you do. I am working on a scarf for my brother. Here is a pic of that as a close up. I have about a foot and a half of it done.

I am almost done with my tanktop, so there will be FO pics soon!

ArtLady1981
04-17-2007, 05:09 PM
I finished that Buck-fifty cardigan (Spring 2007 Interwweave Knits) that was such a major headache.
I joined a knitalong here at KH that features the "Dollar and a Half" cardigan.

Well, here it is. The only thing that went right: it fits me real nice. I will wear it with pride. And, it kept me nice 'n' cozy warm at church on Sunday. The air-conditioning in our church is br-r-r-r-r. :pout: Summer, spring, winter, fall...it is always too cool. I think the men set the temp to suit themselves in their suits, ties, etc. The ladies are freezing.

ArtLady1981
04-17-2007, 05:14 PM
Hi Becca, Nadja, Heather, and Elowien! (I hope I didn't miss anyone!)
You guys are really chuggin' along on the Stash Train! WOW! Your FO's are really inspiring! Thanks for posting!

I wonder what has happened to some of our earlier Stash Sisters!??

Hey there Stashies! How ya' doing? Keep in touch! :poke:

Petals
04-17-2007, 05:38 PM
Hey Artlady, I'm still here---enjoying the pics. Your cardi is gorgeous!!

Have finished a top from stash for DGD but didn't get a pic posted. :verysad:

auburnchick
04-17-2007, 07:01 PM
Nadja, the cabling on the new scarf is beautiful! You have a real knack for picking out great patterns!

ArtLady, Oh my!!! Your projects are always GORGEOUS!!!!! Me thinks red is your favorite color too!!! That's going to be a great sweater to wear during Christmas!

Mulderknitter
04-18-2007, 08:54 AM
Me thinks ArtLady's favorite color is red too! I am so impressed with that sweater!
I have been chugging a bit along on the stash, will post some pics soon of my small little family of itty bitty knit bags. They are super cute and quick to make, have 4 so far, will post a pic when I get to the 6 I need for the
b-ette party I am making them for!

dustinac
04-18-2007, 09:00 AM
Thank you all she is my little ham :teehee:

ArtLady~ such pretty yarn!! and I love the dollar and half.. such a pretty red!!

Nadja~Wonderful scarves :cheering:


I'm still working away on swallow tail.. right now you can't tell what it looks like lol.. will post picts when its done and blocked and hopefully looks better than what it does now!! :rofl:

lauraknits
04-18-2007, 09:30 AM
Still here too.

I am still working away on stash projects, just haven't finished much of anything lately. I did finish a hat, will post pics when I get a chance. And I have made lots of progress on a couple projects. The last time I posted on this thread, I thought the next post (within the week) would be "ta-da! Done!" and I'd have a couple projects to show, all completed. Not happening. Oh well, it's not a race, right? That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.

ArtLady1981
04-18-2007, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the compliments!

You are right, lauraknits, it is certainly not a race nor a competition.
Knitting is "life"...and "life" is a journey, not a destination!
Stash In...Stash Out...it all comes out good in the end! :teehee:

beckyrhae
04-18-2007, 03:22 PM
I took a few pictures today while I tried to start the organizing of my stash & I thought I would share....

beckyrhae
04-18-2007, 03:26 PM
More stash pictures...

beckyrhae
04-18-2007, 03:39 PM
Here are a few of my latest stash busting projects.

A Jester bag for my daughter made with Cascade 220.

A spa set for my mom (eyemask, face cloth, soap bag and bolster) made with Sidar Wash 'n Wear cotton.

and a little gansey sweater for my friend's antique doll made with Lang Balance.

ArtLady1981
04-18-2007, 04:03 PM
Hi there BeckyRae! THANKS for taking time to post the FAB FOTOS!
You have some nice color combos! Yum! The green "sleeve" (?)...on dpn's???....are you knitting the sleeve in the round? If so, how interesting!
I never thought of knitting a sleeve in the round...but, now that I think of it...it could be done! I think. Well, up to the armpit...then I don't know how I would do the sleeve cap. Well, maybe it would work best for the kind of sweater that has a drop shoulder. No shaping to the sleeve or sleeve "cap". Anyway, FILL US IN! Whaddarya doin' with the dpn's and that green sleeve featured in your third post, the last photo I think.

Anyhoo, THANKS AGAIN! We all love to see STASH!

FLASH YOUR STASH DAY IS COMING UP! EVERYONE GET YOUR CAMERAS OUT!

MAY 1st is FLASH YOUR STASH DAY! (for those who have not as yet "revealed all"!)

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

beckyrhae
04-18-2007, 04:07 PM
Hi there BeckyRae! THANKS for taking time to post the FAB FOTOS!
You have some nice color combos! Yum! The green "sleeve" (?)...on dpn's???....are you knitting the sleeve in the round? If so, how interesting!
I never thought of knitting a sleeve in the round...but, now that I think of it...it could be done! I think. Well, up to the armpit...then I don't know how I would do the sleeve cap. Well, maybe it would work best for the kind of sweater that has a drop shoulder. No shaping to the sleeve or sleeve "cap". Anyway, FILL US IN! Whaddarya doin' with the dpn's and that green sleeve featured in your third post, the last photo I think.


:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:


That is actually the bottom of the sweater. Its a Mini Gansey knitted from the bottom up. Very fun project.

ArtLady1981
04-18-2007, 04:26 PM
Thanks! Who is Mr. John Lee?

beckyrhae
04-18-2007, 04:30 PM
Mr. John Lee is my friend's doll that I'm knitting the sweater for. He is a wooden doll that her husband bought for her last year. He was made in the late 1700's and when they bought him he was wearing only a hospital like gown... which made him look very sad. So our other friend made him a spiffy pair of pants and I'm knitting him a sweater!

nadja la claire
04-18-2007, 05:27 PM
I finished that Buck-fifty cardigan (Spring 2007 Interwweave Knits) that was such a major headache.
I joined a knitalong here at KH that features the "Dollar and a Half" cardigan.

Well, here it is. The only thing that went right: it fits me real nice. I will wear it with pride. And, it kept me nice 'n' cozy warm at church on Sunday. The air-conditioning in our church is br-r-r-r-r. :pout: Summer, spring, winter, fall...it is always too cool. I think the men set the temp to suit themselves in their suits, ties, etc. The ladies are freezing.

:notworthy: :inlove: :notworthy: :inlove: :notworthy: :inlove: :notworthy: :inlove: :notworthy: :inlove:

OMG, ArtLady that's beautiful. I've yet to make a sweater, I've started one but I'm a little afraid of it so I've put it down for a little while.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

BostonBecca
04-18-2007, 05:37 PM
I didn't finish weaving in the ends, doing the edging, or add the scrunching at the neckline yet, but I attached the straps and was able to try on my tank top!!! This is the first thing larger than a scarf I did. I've done calorimnetry and scarves and wristwarmers, but this was a huge leap of faith that it would work! It did beyond my wildest dreams. I am just so relieved.

Mulderknitter
04-18-2007, 06:20 PM
well, I thought I would throw out a pic of my recent stash busting adventure, lest you all think I have gone awol. These things are so neat to make, they only take about 5-6 yards of yarn, take about 1-2 hrs depending on how much attention you are paying, and can be done in any yarn. All those little leftover balls? Here we go!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/MulderMom/Picture093.jpg
I also think the pattern could be modified a bit to make a bigger bag, the pattern I found on the patterns part under stashbusting patterns I think. I did a single crochet (the ONLY crochet I know) for the cord.

nadja la claire
04-18-2007, 06:23 PM
:aww: :aww:

Thanks BostonBecca and auburnchick, the Horseshoe and my DH's scarf are of my own design. I'm really proud of them. It's hard for me to believe that I could make stuff that nice.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

ArtLady1981
04-19-2007, 02:49 AM
Becca! Great looking tank top! Thanks for sharing with us! You are a doll!
Mulder! Those are the cutest little bags! How big, or small, are they? compare them to fruit. The size of an apricot? Lemon? Peach? Grapefruit?

Nadja! I would be happy to help you with your sweater project! We could start out own knitalong, called Nadja's First Sweater! With you being good at posting photos...and me likewise...we could knit together on your first sweater! How 'bout it? Now or later...is ok with me. I am a pretty good teacher I think. Well, I recently taught a 7 yr old granddaughter to knit...THAT is an accomplishment! She is knitting away! Last summer I taught my 20 yr old granddaughter to knit as well. She finished a scarf...it took a year...but she did finish it! Fulltime college and parttime work have sidelined further knitting. She was a "natural" I must say. The 7 yr old is, too.

:hug:

nadja la claire
04-19-2007, 09:23 AM
Becca! Great looking tank top! Thanks for sharing with us! You are a doll!
Mulder! Those are the cutest little bags! How big, or small, are they? compare them to fruit. The size of an apricot? Lemon? Peach? Grapefruit?

Nadja! I would be happy to help you with your sweater project! We could start out own knitalong, called Nadja's First Sweater! With you being good at posting photos...and me likewise...we could knit together on your first sweater! How 'bout it? Now or later...is ok with me. I am a pretty good teacher I think. Well, I recently taught a 7 yr old granddaughter to knit...THAT is an accomplishment! She is knitting away! Last summer I taught my 20 yr old granddaughter to knit as well. She finished a scarf...it took a year...but she did finish it! Fulltime college and parttime work have sidelined further knitting. She was a "natural" I must say. The 7 yr old is, too.

:hug:

WOW!!! That's so sweet of you. :hug: The sweater is of my own design. I'm knitting it in the round because I don't like seaming but I might have to frog it because when I CO I didn't think about the armholes. I CO 136 sts. the back is just plain ST st and the front is a cable pattern. Here's a pic, maybe you can tell.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

heykaren
04-19-2007, 12:20 PM
Wow - when you jump into something, you do it all the way, don`t you? Im afraid of cables.....

Im not sure if its in "General Knitting" or the "how to", but there are instructions for a "steeked" sweater - looks really cool and I will have to try it..... someday! BUt that is done in the round and then later you cut the armholes. Check it out!

ArtLady1981
04-19-2007, 06:37 PM
Hi Nadja,

I have knit many things in the round...but, when you get to the armholes...you divide the front and backs to separate needles and work them independently. Many intricate coat patterns, whether for adults or little kids will knit fronts and back in one giant swath....but, at the armpits they part ways...and are knit separately.

Will that work for you? Couldn't ya do that? You would have to seam in your sleeves anyways.

And, don't be afraid of seaming. Amy has a good Mattress Stitch seaming video here at KH under Basic Techniques>More>Finishing>Seaming>Mattress Stitch. Take a peek. Mattress stitched seams go lickety-split, right sides facing you...you can see exactly what you are seaming together. Almost impossible to mismatch the rows. Mattress stitch creates a very professional looking invisible seam! IMHO, the act of seaming the Fronts and Back takes less time than the brain time it takes to tweak or improvise patterns to accommodate "in the round" knitting if it wasn't called for in the pattern.

BTW, your cabling is GORGEOUS! I am a queen of cabling. I have knit many intricate and involved Viking and Celtic knits! You are an artist! Braver than me. I have never designed anything myself! Kudos to you!
Don't frog your project! Keep tinkering with the division of the front and back...you can do it! You just have to gently decrease the armholes to a reasonable shoulder width, maybe 6". Or, you can go straight up...and knit a shorter than usual sleeve...attach it straight across to create the "drop shoulder" look. Also nice. The wider than usual shoulder seam drops down onto the bicep a ways...and the shorther than usual sleeve still hits the wrist at the right length.

ArtLady1981
04-20-2007, 04:33 AM
Hey nadja! Look what I found in General Knitting, posted by Jan in Calif, one of our mod squad:

"I just found this..it's pretty much step by step like Silver's tutorial. Pretty cool!"

http://www.knittingsoftware.com/Ksweater/knitsweater.htm

The words in quotations and the link are from Mod Squad Jan in Calif.

mare-nitt
04-20-2007, 08:09 PM
Art Lady, this forum just amazes me.

I am doing the sleeves on my first sweater, made using a size 6 needle. I had wished I made my first sweater with a larger needle size so I could see the end in site of finishing it sooner.

Since I still have questions on knitting, and I am still learning and need help, this pattern you just posted and the link is wonderful.

I have not been on the forum long, but I think a knit along with a beginner sweater like this would be wonderful. Unless, of course it has already been done.

Thanks again.
Marilynn

PS If you want to give a lesson I will join along.

ArtLady1981
04-21-2007, 12:02 AM
Hi Mare-Knit! Welcome aboard the Stash Train! If you and a couple of other newbie knitters (or at least "new" to garment knitting as opposed to flat, scarf knitting) want to start a knitalong cardigan or pullover, let's get it organized here...and then put it into a Knitalong of its own...maybe called something like: Newbie's Cardigans! I would be happy to help any of you with the details of the pattern...and don't forget...there is a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips in the How-To Questions here at KH! I have found the participants here at KH to be very quick to help, and generous with their knowledge! It takes time to help other knitters...but our KH knitters are very very generous with their time! :heart:

So whaddya say Stash Sisters? Are there any of us who are kinda new to the knitting of garments like cardigans and pullovers? Would you like to start a knitalong for Newbie's Cardigans?

Just a suggestion: If you are really new to garment knitting, I would recommend a pullover first...and at that...a "drop shoulder" pullover is easiest to knit and assemble. OAT CULTURE pattern leaflets have several really nice drop-shoulder pullover patterns.

I know, I know...cardigans are everyone's favorite...but...for starters...a pullover is a good thing. Caridgans involve numerous additonal steps...buttonhole bands, buttonholes, and other little details.

Well, anyhoo, I will help out on your knitalong no matter what y'all decide to do! Let me know!

I will hunt around at www.elann.com They have a lot of pattern leaflets that are real neat. Maybe we could start the SAME PATTERN at the same time. How cool would that be? Or, how many of us all subscribe to Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting and/or Knitters Magazine? Maybe we could all decide on a pattern in one of those.

Input, anyone??

PS: I just checked out www.elann.com WOW! Under FREE PATTERNS...they have several REALLY COOL patterns! Even the summery/spring cardigans are not too difficult for a newbie!

thischicknits
04-21-2007, 12:14 AM
Another suggestion for new sweater knitters would be to look into the yarn girls guide to simple knits. It has a few good patterns for beginners.

mare-nitt
04-21-2007, 06:40 AM
I will wait to see what kind of interest you get in the beginner knit along. Like I said I am new to knitting and this forum and I don't know all the information available. I am learning as I go in knitting and on this forum.

I checked out the elan site, wow, lots of nice patterns. But see this is where I don't know what I should get into, so I don't start something that will end in distress.

I like the idea of a top, sleeveless of not made with a bulky yarn and light weight. Do they make a bulky blend yarn.

I will keep an eye on this thread to see what other interest there is out there.

Thanks
Marilynn

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 09:51 AM
I am in for a newbie sweater knit a long. I have a couple picked out to do.

dustinac
04-21-2007, 10:20 AM
:cheering: wow you guys have been busy and everything looks wonderful :happydance:

I'm still working away on the swallow tail the last section isn't going as fast as the beginning :teehee: I started another bath mitt yesterday I can work on those while we are outside...

I have done several sweaters for my kids and dresses for my little girl.. I need to start on some tanks for her.. I did a bunch of those last year and not sure how many will still fit.. don't let sweater scare ya they are easy.. I think I did my first one just 3 mos after knitting?? something like that.. I love the top downs cause no seaming :happydance: I need to finish a tank I started for myself last year but now would prolly have to frog and start over.. hmm I might do that this weekend..

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 12:33 PM
I am flashing my stash...Most of this has projects earmarked for it, which I guess is good that I don't buy without having an idea of what to do with it....but some of it I just bought because I knew I would use it...

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 12:39 PM
This is the rest of my stash...

nadja la claire
04-21-2007, 03:20 PM
Hi Nadja,

I have knit many things in the round...but, when you get to the armholes...you divide the front and backs to separate needles and work them independently. Many intricate coat patterns, whether for adults or little kids will knit fronts and back in one giant swath....but, at the armpits they part ways...and are knit separately.

Will that work for you? Couldn't ya do that? You would have to seam in your sleeves anyways.

And, don't be afraid of seaming. Amy has a good Mattress Stitch seaming video here at KH under Basic Techniques>More>Finishing>Seaming>Mattress Stitch. Take a peek. Mattress stitched seams go lickety-split, right sides facing you...you can see exactly what you are seaming together. Almost impossible to mismatch the rows. Mattress stitch creates a very professional looking invisible seam! IMHO, the act of seaming the Fronts and Back takes less time than the brain time it takes to tweak or improvise patterns to accommodate "in the round" knitting if it wasn't called for in the pattern.

BTW, your cabling is GORGEOUS! I am a queen of cabling. I have knit many intricate and involved Viking and Celtic knits! You are an artist! Braver than me. I have never designed anything myself! Kudos to you!
Don't frog your project! Keep tinkering with the division of the front and back...you can do it! You just have to gently decrease the armholes to a reasonable shoulder width, maybe 6". Or, you can go straight up...and knit a shorter than usual sleeve...attach it straight across to create the "drop shoulder" look. Also nice. The wider than usual shoulder seam drops down onto the bicep a ways...and the shorther than usual sleeve still hits the wrist at the right length.

Thanks ArtLady :muah: You are absolutely the BEST I know I can do it, it's just a matter of silencing that little voice that says "This is too hard and you know you're going to mess it up" I don't normally shy away from tough things but for some reason when it comes to my knitting....I don't know I think I just want it to be perfect. And when I do jump in it's normally into the deep end. Thanks for the tutorial that will really help!!!! :hug:

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

ArtLady1981
04-21-2007, 04:15 PM
Hi Stash Sisters! THANKS for all your photos and sharing! :cheering:

BostonBecca...what patterns interest you? Throw out some links of your top 3. Maybe someone else will hook up with you on one of them. Let's narrow it down, and maybe we can target a project that at least 2 or 3 would like to do!

Nadja, knitting a garment is sometimes easier than the intricate scarves that you knit! You have a very good command of the process of knitting...so...the knitting of a garment will be a breeze. Mainly, with garments...is the "shaping". So, for example...a sleeve...after knitting the cuff...the directions will tell you to increase one stitch at each end of every 8th row...for example...and these increases can be done several ways, all of which are easy-peasy. Some pullovers (the front and back) are basically knit from the ribbing up...and some are straight up, no armhole shaping...which creates the "drop shoulder" look. I like it myself.

Anyway, I think you could certainly knit a simple pullover...the shaping will be a breeze.

On to what I did last night! I got a pattern from www.patternworks.com for the KNITCUSHION! Visit the link and type knitcushion in the search bar.

It is sooo way cool! I knit mine from Stash scraps...yes, I save scraps :pout: ...and I am glad I did! The pattern shows it knit with real bright colors...but I wanted mine to be more of a match for the wood of my knitting chests and tables, etc. The pattern uses Lamb's Pride, which I didn't have...so I used double strands of worsted weight with size 6 needles. You are supposed to use a smaller needle than your yarn would ordinarily call for...to make the garter stitch real dense and thick.

Me just LOVES IT! The neat thing is: it will hold my little itty bitty things, like saftey pins, my OPTIONS 'key'...6" ruler, little scissors, tapestry yarn needle...all the little things I use when I am knitting. I used to put them in a little glass toothpick holder...but, the toothpick holder could tip over if I bumped it, or snagged it with some yarn...and everything would fall out on the floor or into the couch cushions. Well, you get the picture! I love this knit cushion because it is real stable! And if it tips over...everything stays put!

ArtLady1981
04-21-2007, 04:23 PM
Did I ever post a photo of the scarf and hat I knit using 5 year old Stash?
Maybe I did, maybe I didn't...because I knit them before I got the Stash Train rolling....when I was out there in the wilderness wandering around by myself...wondering what to do with all this yarn.

Anyway, I am very pleased that I finally used this FAB yarn. It is called "JOLIE". It is very very very soft and hairy! I loved it so much that I put off using it until "just the right project". Well, 5 years later...
So, I put my foot down and knit a scarf...and had left over for a spiraly hat. The patterns were found in those little calendar boxes. You know the ones? There is a pattern for every day of the year.

One BIG drawback: this scarf sheds like crazy! My winter coat is a charcoal black and white herringbone...and I have to de-hair it after every wearing! I mean DE-HAIR! Well, the scarf is reallllllly long...and it kept me cozy warm...and that is the main thing. And it looked great with the black and white herringbone winter coat! The hat is loose-ish...but I wanted it that way so my hair doesn't get smooshed down and I can look decent if I need to take it off!

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 04:29 PM
The first sweater I was going to try to make is this one: http://ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/pbuttony.html

It's knit in the flat and I think it so cute!

There is a Knit-A-Long for it, I think on craftster maybe, where I ofund the pattern. The yarn for it is discontinued but you can find it on ebay and in the knit a long many people substituted a variety of other bulky yarns for it. Some people subbed worsted as well and just adjusted for guage. I am planning to knit it in Lambs Pride Bulky in the purple color I posted in my stash pictures. The 5 skeins should be enough.

Let me know what you guys think!

I don't mind trying another one if people want to knit something in the round, I did that with my tanktop and it worked out great.
Or if we want to try one that is knit in pieces and seamed together so we all get seaming experience, that is fine with me.

I also like this pattern http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTtubey.html

Someday I will make this too http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTtempting.html

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 04:31 PM
That scarf and hat set is gorgeous. I mean, floating on a cloud, fluffy cotton candy gorgeous.

ArtLady1981
04-21-2007, 04:40 PM
BTW, Becca...I love Lamb's Pride, too! Doesn't it have the nicest feel and fabulous lusterous look! I love the soft sheen it has! I loved looking at all your stash! Unfortunately, when I FLASHED MY STASH...there was just too much of it to take it out of all the zippered bags I have it in. It was a daunting task as it was!

I think that sweater is really cute! Very interesting! Won't be too difficult. I like both ways of garment knitting, in the round or flat. Most garments are knit flat and seamed later. "In the round" is a style of knitting that is used when the pattern colorations call for it (fair isle) or very involved cabling and patterning...that would be interrupted or broken up with the "seam line".

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTtempting.html <This pullover would be the BEST for a newbie sweater knitter! AND IT IS ADORABLE and we could get it done in time for summer if we get cracking! Nadja, you could knit this one, too! You have the cute figure for it, and so do you, Becca!

mare-nitt
04-21-2007, 04:52 PM
I like the tubey sweater.

But, I need to share this, I had my first sock class today, and I am bummed. :pout: I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I had trouble with the ribbing, I ended up rippping it out. I used size 4 cir needles and I just couldn't match up the purls and knits to get the ribbing.

I was so disappointed, I wanted to get home and work on my sweater, where I felt safe.

I want to start the socks over, hope I do. Maybe socks just aren't my thing. Or maybe I just wasn't able to focus enough. I felt like ' why do I think I can do this " I have only been knitting three months.

Booga bags and my sweater are safe zones for me.

So, I hope we can get a beginner knit along on a sweater going.

Marilynn

Thanks for letting me share that.

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 04:56 PM
Marilynn-How long was your ribbing section? If it was under an inch or three it probably had not scrunched together enough to really show the ribbing yet. My ribbing (in my limited experience with it) always looks funny for the first inch at least, and then sort of scrunches in to be stretchy and look as it should after I hit a certain number of inches.

I would be happy to try any of the sweaters.

It seems as if the tempting one would be easiest.

BostonBecca
04-21-2007, 04:58 PM
ArtLady

I am glad you are share my love of Lambs Pride. It always makes me happy to knit with.

What does everyone interested in trying a first sweater think of those three choices?

Nadja, did you have any sweaters you specifically wanted to make?

I think I have a collection of about 100 patterns I want to try bookmarked.
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mare-nitt
04-21-2007, 05:17 PM
My ribbing was 1 inch and was pit a full.

Since venting my feelings on here (thank you forum) I know have re started my sock. With positive thoughts.

:teehee:

Marilynn

thischicknits
04-21-2007, 06:13 PM
Boston Becca - we have the same taste in knitting! I made both Tubey and tempting. (There is a pic of Tubey on my blogthread "thischicknits")

I enjoy sweaters in the round as there is no seaming when you are done. I would suggest Tempting first - Tubey is a little more tricky, but not hard.

Let me know what you decide!!

Mulderknitter
04-21-2007, 07:29 PM
hey,
i really liked this one
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTtempting.html
I even think I have the right yarn for it, I got a bag of 10 skeins of Atom in red that I think would work great with that ribbing. If anyone is going to start that one I'll go ahead to, just give me a pm. I've never knit a sweater before, but I'll be brave enough to try if someone will go along with me.

Mare-nitt- don't worry about the sock ribbing. I tried for so long to get it right and kept ripping out because it was all SOO wrong. But then I just kept going one day and didn't worry about how it looked. In the end my sock turned out very wonky :oops: but it was a sock, and it was a FINISHED sock :cheering: The more you do the more confident and better you get.

DotMom61
04-22-2007, 12:03 AM
So, full disclosure...I thought Friday would be a good FLASH YOUR STASH day...here's mine in all it's overwhelming glory :)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/152/377837778_5ce0ae84c5.jpg




I will say however that next Thursday will make 2 consecutive months that I have not bought ANY yarn. Phew! Good thing - I'll have to live in that pile soon if I keep this up :shifty:

I don't have time to go through the FIFTEEN pages that have transpired while I wasn't looking, but I had to say:

:blooby: I wanna roll around in Marce's stash!!!!! :blooby:




:teehee: You have some GOOD stuff there, Marce!

mare-nitt
04-22-2007, 07:00 AM
I have to say I am jealous of the stashes. I don't have one and I want one. :verysad:

I love the tempting, but I don't think it would work with my, let's say body shape. But it is beautiful. It would need to be alittle loose er, higher neckline and alittle more sleeve.

But it is cute.

And, my sock ribbing is looking good, 2 inches on. Four more to go.

Marilynn

SuzeK
04-22-2007, 02:39 PM
I am new to this, so bear with me, blogging I mean. I learned to knit when I was eight, and so have been knitting off and on for 45 years! I was feeling guilty about my stash till I saw the pictures!

Since I have recently moved to a smaller house and am no longer working full time I am really enjoying knitting more. I promised no more new yarn till I finished an old project, so I guess that would qualify for this.

I picked up working on a fisherman knit cardigan I started years ago. I can't believe every time I cleaned out my sewing room I hung on to it.

Would appreciate any ideas for projects for one or two skeins or ideas to mix it up. I have lots of leftovers.

nadja la claire
04-22-2007, 03:13 PM
Nadja, did you have any sweaters you specifically wanted to make?

I think I have a collection of about 100 patterns I want to try bookmarked.
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I want to finish one I've started knitting in the round. ArtLady has given me a link that will help me but I'm always up for patterns. the sweater I'm making is of my own design.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

ArtLady1981
04-22-2007, 04:25 PM
Hi SuzeK! One of our "Stash Sisters" (madametj) started a thread here at KH, found under the category "Patterns Central". It is called StashBuster Ideas.
Lots of knitters have posted links that will take you to projects that take only 1-2 skeins!

Click HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26177&start=0) to get to page 1 of the StashBuster Ideas thread!

BostonBecca
04-22-2007, 04:28 PM
So, I think we should each just pick a sweater we like. I think the first one I will do is the Buttony one. I have the yarn for it, not the exact yarn called for in the "pattern" but one that should work. I will probably do tempting as well. These will have to wait until I am done with finals however.

BostonBecca
04-22-2007, 04:31 PM
I am going down to Windosr Button tomorrow, where they are having a huge sale apaprently. If they have the yarn for tempting, I will pick it up.

madametj
04-22-2007, 05:50 PM
Hi SuzeK! One of our "Stash Sisters" (madametj) started a thread here at KH, found under the category "Patterns Central". It is called StashBuster Ideas.
Lots of knitters have posted links that will take you to projects that take only 1-2 skeins!

Click HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26177&start=0) to get to page 1 of the StashBuster Ideas thread!

hi there stashies. I actually came to this thread to let everyone know that the StashBuster thread has pretty much died. :pout: Everytime i skip logging on for a couple of days the thread is lost. I'm going to go ahead and make one more post, and if people start posting patterns again, i'll post some too, but it doesn't seem like anyone uses it, so i'm just going to let it go...

DotMom61
04-22-2007, 06:35 PM
TJ -- That stash-busting thread has had over 9,000 views. So, I would imagine it is getting used. Unfortunately, you're the only one diligent enough to go out and collect patterns for it, though. :(

I'll PM a couple of the mods & see if someone can make it a "sticky." That will keep it from slipping to page 2. Plus, I added a little line to my signature w/ a link to it ... maybe a few people will notice that, too. :thumbsup: It's a *great* idea ... don't give up on it YET! :hug:

BostonBecca
04-22-2007, 06:39 PM
I think it is a great idea too. I will have to be on the lookout for patterns to help it out and I think making it sticky in the patterns section is a great idea, it can be the place for all small projects....

madametj
04-22-2007, 09:34 PM
Alright, you've convinced me not to give up that easy, and its already been stickied so that's cool. Thanx for the sig idea DotMom, i've added the link to mine, too :happydance:

DotMom61
04-22-2007, 10:12 PM
:yay: So glad it got done so quickly!!! I think people will really enjoy the thread once it gets the recognition it deserves. ;-)

I've already found a couple of things out there that will help me use up some of MY stash!! Thanks! :muah:

madametj
04-22-2007, 11:11 PM
:yay: So glad it got done so quickly!!! I think people will really enjoy the thread once it gets the recognition it deserves. ;-)

I've already found a couple of things out there that will help me use up some of MY stash!! Thanks! :muah:

no prob ;). glad u could use them

ArtLady1981
04-23-2007, 01:03 AM
Okie dokie! I, too, added BUST SOME STASH to my signature!!!
GREAT IDEA! We should all do that if we have room to. Thanks DotMom for asking about making it a STICKY! Thanks ModSquad for being so diligent in watching over this FORUM...and responding to our needs!

I have also viewed it...and used it...but alas, I don't have any patterns to add to it! I confess, I am a lurker! :pout: But also a "refer-er"! :heart:

Thanks madametj for organizing the Stash Buster Ideas. We needed them all in one place! I had never noticed that it has had over 9,000 viewings! THAT IS A LOT in its short little life! WOW! :happydance:

heykaren
04-23-2007, 09:59 AM
I am planning on starting a sweater soon that I found on the DROPS site. Here is the link ( hopefully )

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=81&d_id=1&lang=us

Its similar to the Tempting, but without the bow. NOt that experienced to know if it would be an appropriate beginner top, but thought Id post it just the same.

Karen

dustinac
04-23-2007, 10:57 AM
:teehee: I'm breaking into the sweater talk for a minute..

I finished swallow tail yesterday.. it is hard to get a good picture of lace.. I also have no sun today and wind... then some bath mitts I finished and a mini sock for this (http://sockpixie.blogspot.com/2007/04/knit-and-make-difference.html)

I have another dish rag almost done.. not sure what I'm going to start next.. :shrug:

in the bath mitt photo you can see the yarn I dyed this weekend too..

ETA: The Swallow Tail was Kaalund Yarns its 100% Kid Mohair.. it was reward yarn...
The bath mitts were made from Linen Isle and they were stash yarns...
The sock was old left over sock yarn from Patons Kroy..

DotMom61
04-23-2007, 11:23 AM
Everything looks great, Dusti!! That swallowtail is :shock: :thud:

GORGEOUS!!

BostonBecca
04-23-2007, 12:23 PM
I bought the yarn for Tempting today. If anyone wants to do it with me, I am done with finals in roughly 8 days. I will start it then.

dustinac
04-23-2007, 01:39 PM
Everything looks great, Dusti!! That swallowtail is :shock: :thud:

GORGEOUS!!

:oops: Thank you!! .. I wish I could get a better picture.. we had such a beautiful weekend while it was blocking... today its dreary again..

BostonBecca
04-23-2007, 02:52 PM
Oh, I also am modifying the tempting project a little bit to make the sleeves three-quarter length at least. I have more of the yarn I got on hold at the store for me so I can make them longer. I will just get way more wear out of my warm sweater that way.

ArtLady1981
04-23-2007, 04:07 PM
Oooooooooooh Dustinac! Your SWALLOWTAIL is Fabulous! What a work of art! WOW AND WOW!
The bath mitts are cool? Did you say what kind of yarn? The itty bitty scok: is it a novelty item...or will a baby wear it! I have seen these itty bitty socks somewhere...and the lady put them on a keychain! Cute! It would certainly strike up conversations! Another sock knitter would hone right in on it!

Anyway, thanks for taking time to share the photos with us! Beautiful knitting! :cheering:

ArtLady1981
04-23-2007, 04:26 PM
Hey there Karen! I like the DROPS pullover! I printed it, and am going to take a look at it in a minute...to see if it is knit pretty much the same as TEMPTING except for the ribbon "eyelets". I would like to knit either TEMPTING or DROPS versions for my beautiful daughter. She is 29, and a doll. I love to knit for her, and she is due to get another sweater! The last thing I knit for her was a 3/4 length coat using Elsebeth Lavold's Cable Cotton. The coat was featured in one of Elsebeth's books. Here is a photo of the model in the book! I have a photo of my daughter in the coat...but my photo didn't show the detail very good.

HERE (http://www.ingenkonst.se/sbc16_e.htm) is a link to the pattern page. This was the easiest pattern imaginable, without the "tree" or "leafy thing" knit into the pattern. I did not knit the "tree" into my daughter's coat. After the coat was done, I knit an I-cord vine/stem with 3 leaves that we liked better and "applied them" onto the jacket front, one sleeve, and the back between the shoulder blades. She loved it. This pattern would require that you purchase the softcover book from your LYS, or online somewhere. The book is SUMMER BREEZE. This pattern is almost literally all rectangles! No shaping except a teensy bit for the sleeves of course.

HERE (http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product828.html) is a link to an online shop that carries CABLE COTTON and the book, both at a reduced price! Scroll down to view the book.

HERE (http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=710251) is another link to CABLE COTTON for sale. CABLE COTTON is not easy to find. It is washable, and I loved knitting with it! This type of yarn is called "cable" cotton because it shows the definition of cabling, and other patterning, very well!

Mulderknitter
04-23-2007, 06:17 PM
Wow Artlady! that sure is a fantastic looking jacket! I really am trying to gear myself up to try the tempting, but I keep looking at that huge afghan OTN that has to be done by JUNE! arg! :!!!:

auburnchick
04-23-2007, 07:47 PM
Hi y'all. I just finished this last night. It's the Absorba Bathmat from the Mason Dixon book, using the same colors (except for the creme, which I had to substitute) as the pattern required (Peaches and Creme yarn).

It's done in the log-cabin mode. Pretty neat type of patterning...easy.

This was very hard on the hands, though, because of using three strands (double-worsted yarn) at a time. I am glad to have it finished!

It's very thick and soft, so the effort was worth it, even though my dd thinks I should have done it in "cooler" colors...:roll:

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/DSC02079-1.jpg

ArtLady1981
04-23-2007, 09:11 PM
Hiya Nathalie! Knitting anything with more than 1 strand is tough. I knit my DH a jacket last year, using 5 strands of Cascade 220. Ugh. The pattern called for a bulky yarn that was too expensive, too soft, and no colors my DH liked.

The worst thing about knitting 3 or more strands is 'taming the tangling' as you knit. It wraps around itself and drives me nuts! I was soooo glad that jacket was quickly finished! Doh. I used 'antler tips' buttons, and he took it with us for an Alaskan Cruise....you know, the shore excursions in May can be mighty chilly! Enjoyed a Eagle Preserve "jet-foil" river trip out of Haines Alaska, brrrr, it was fun...but c-c-c-c-old. At least it didn't rain!

Is your FO a blanket, rug, dishcloth? I missed where you mighta said what the dimensions are! Me thinks probably not a dishcloth because of the three strands held together. A blanket? Cool! An area rug? Cool! But, which? :??

dustinac
04-23-2007, 09:26 PM
Oooooooooooh Dustinac! Your SWALLOWTAIL is Fabulous! What a work of art! WOW AND WOW!
The bath mitts are cool? Did you say what kind of yarn? The itty bitty scok: is it a novelty item...or will a baby wear it! I have seen these itty bitty socks somewhere...and the lady put them on a keychain! Cute! It would certainly strike up conversations! Another sock knitter would hone right in on it!

Anyway, thanks for taking time to share the photos with us! Beautiful knitting! :cheering:

Thank you artlady.. I need to go back and edit my post I didn't include the yarns I used..

The Swallow Tail was Kaalund Yarns its 100% Kid Mohair.. it was reward yarn...
The bath mitts were made from Linen Isle and they were stash yarns...
The sock was old left over sock yarn from Patons Kroy..

I did make mom and me a sock keychain with this (http://www.divaknitting.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=139&products_id=694) and then made some for the KAL on here and another swap... Now I'm making them for this cause (http://sockpixie.blogspot.com/2007/04/knit-and-make-difference.html).. I was able to make 2 more today.. and the 4th is 1/2 way done :happydance:

Auburnchick~ Love it! I have been thinking about doing this will my cotton yarns.. :cheering:

auburnchick
04-23-2007, 10:29 PM
Hey ArtLady! Sorry! I had cut and pasted my posting from the Whatcha Knitting board and didn't include the title...

It's the Absorba Bathmat. My kids requested a new bathmat, so I obliged them. I used size 13 needles, so my hands were a mess when I was done. I just went back to working on my socks, which are being done on 2's. Talk about an adjustment!!

ArtLady1981
04-23-2007, 11:02 PM
Wow, that is a really neat bathmat! I bet your hands are tired! Working with Sugar 'n' Cream is work even using one strand for a dishcloth. You really have to work the stitches...they don't glide! Good work!

heykaren
04-24-2007, 08:29 AM
I know its not May yet, but Im going to go ahead and post a pic of my stash. Hope it comes out ok.


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/heykaren/Projects/mystash.jpg


I have 9 balls ( 50g/approx 120 m ) of a linen/cotton blend - its the blue, back left. Im not really sure what to use it on, and its so pretty that I want to wait for the "perfect" pattern. Any suggestions?

kellyh57
04-24-2007, 01:12 PM
I'm still here. I just came to the realization that the reason I haven't been knitting is that I don't have the yarn for the projects I WANT to do. So, I bought some yarn. I also got a sweater pattern that I can use some of my stash on, but my stash is pretty much just cheapo yarn that I figured I'll use on charity projects. Anyway. I'm holding off on my sweater to see if we get a 1st time sweater KAL going. I'd much rather KAL then try to figure it out on my own!

So, there's my update!

Kelly

BostonBecca
04-24-2007, 01:20 PM
I started a first sweater knit a long in this forum.

ArtLady1981
04-24-2007, 02:40 PM
HeyKaren from Spain! Your beautiful blue yarn...9 balls x 120m...is about 1188 yards. (120m=132 yd) What is the "gauge" of the yarn? There is a pattern (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTtempting.html) posted earlier by BostonBecca. It is called 'TEMPTING'. The maximum amount of yarn it takes even the largest size is 686 yds. The 'gauge' (thickness) of the yarn suggested knits at 18st=4" in stocking stitch. What does the ball band of your blue yarn say about its gauge? It looks like it might be about 18st=4". If your yarn gauge closely matches the yarn gauge suggested by the pattern...you have found a garment that you can knit with your yarn! Let me know if you have any questions about what I just said. I will help you further if you let me know what you need to know!
If you were to knit TEMPTING...you have probably enough yarn left over to make a shawl with size US17 or US19 needles! (big needles, knit loosely creates a lacy look with big holes...but simple to knit)

ArtLady1981
04-24-2007, 02:59 PM
Hi Kelly! Nice to hear from you! I know what you mean....and I am glad you went and indugled in your right to buy REWARD YARN! Sometimes you just have to get something new to INSPIRE yourself! That is why we loosely set the Stash Guidelines to say: EVERY Stash Project completed earns the right to purchase REWARD YARN for a new project! Even if you just knit a dishcloth from Stash...you could go out and buy enough yarn for a blanket or a sweater! Just don't add the new yarn to your stash...knit it right away!
It would be impossible to resist NEW YARN purchases completely! By counterbalancing Stash projects with New Yarn projects...you will someday use up your Stash! :cheering: And that is the point really. Just keep plugging away at using Stash, or giving it away to someone who will use it. A 'giveaway' counts, too! Oh...another Stash credit is earned by finishing a project that has been on the needles for ages and ages! An unfinished project that has been languishing on the needles for a long time is really just Stash in another form! :teehee:
CONFESSION: I have a UFO myself! I hate the feel of the yarn...and I just avoid knitting on the project! :pout:
It is sitting in a knitting bag on my adjacent sofa...but, I only work on it when I am going somewhere and I need something to knit that is mindless. This sweater is a knit 5/purl 5 rib on one side...and plain knit across the other side. It is a pullover...so I have a looooonnnnng ways to go with that mantra! I am only 1/2 the way up the first Front Side. :shrug: I should really frog it, and re-knit it triple stranded for a felted bag! I am on the verge.... :verysad:

heykaren
04-25-2007, 08:02 AM
Hey ArtLady!

The gauge written on the label of my yarn is 22stitches X 30 rows in a 4X4 using size 3-3 1/2 needles. I found another pattern that I like and am wondering if you think Id have enough. By my calculations, I would need 8 balls of the blue ( and then Id have to get a white or cream maybe cotton ) Am I calculating this right?

pattern:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=78&d_id=8&lang=us

Thanks!

Karen

ArtLady1981
04-25-2007, 02:20 PM
Hi Karen!

Knit as a single strand...your blue yarn is too skinny for this v-neck pullover. Your blue yarn "gauge" indicates this (22st=4"). Your v-neck pullover says the gauge needed is 17st=4". That is a fatter yarn.

Did you notice that the pattern calls for two different yarns to be knit 'double strand'? These two yarns by themselves might be skinny yarns.

Your blue yarn will not work by itself...but you do have enough blue yarn for the sizes S-M-L.

To use your blue yarn for this pattern, you need to find 840-1080 yards of the Cotton/Vicose yarn to work as the second strand.

This is no guarantee that the two will give you the gauge needed. To find out if they DO WORK together...you would have to knit them up into a 'gauge swatch' as follows: using the two strands...cast on 19 stitches using the US8/5mm needle. The two end stitches are always knit on the right and wrong side. The other 17 stitches are knit on the right side, and purled on the wrong side (aka 'stocking stitch'). Knit 22 rows. Cast off...don't cut your yarn...and measure the swatch. The 17 stitches inside the 'edge stitches' should measure 4" wide and the 22 rows should measure 4". It is of utmost importance to the success of your garment's fit that the width of the 17 stitches is exactly 4". The height of the 22 rows can be off a little. If your swatch is wider than 4"...re-do it with size US7/4.5mm needles. If you can get the gauge perfect with the smaller needle...you are good to go! Conversely, if your first gauge swatch was narrower than 4" using the US8/5mm needle...then you would need to re-knit the swatch with a larger needle.

This swatching with different needles may sound tedious...but it is the most important thing you can do to lay the groundwork for your garment. Especially with a fitted garment like a pullover or cardigan. Swatching is just part of the job! (Funny story: my first cardigan was an absolute ARTWORK! Bobbles, cables, the works. It was burgundy red...just gorgeous. I knew nothing about gauge. I just got the yarn and needles that the pattern said...and away I went! Who knew?? My beautiful Celtic pullover was HUGE. I was 5' tall/95 lbs. The sweater fit my sister-in-law who is 5'6"/225lbs. At that, it fit her loose! SHE LOOKED BEAUTIFUL in MY SWEATER.) Where did I go wrong? My personal knitting tension is very relaxed and loose. If I had done a swatch, I would have had to go down 2 sizes of needle. Today, my gauge still tends to be looser...but I can't count on it...so I always do a swatch for every garment project!

My suggestion for you: keep looking for a pattern that says the gauge is 22st=4". There are LOTS OF PATTERNS available that are the same gauge (thickness) as your yarn.

If you decide to find another pattern, send me a link...and I can tell you if you have enough yardage in your beautiful blue.

I will check back later! Happy hunting....and swatching! :teehee:

ArtLady1981
04-25-2007, 02:34 PM
Hey Karen! I did a pattern seach at DROPS...by typing in LADIES...and tension "22"...and here is the results! Numerous patterns that are the same gauge (thickness) as your blue yarn!

Embedding the link to the exact page doesn't work...so...
1) click PATTERNS
2) select LADIES from the Main Categories dropdown box
3) type in 22 in the knitting tension box
4) click SEARCH

There seem to be 38 choices. I don't know if they are free patterns.
But, if not, and if you need a free pattern...just keep searching for free patterns that fit your yarn's gauge.

ArtLady1981
04-25-2007, 02:39 PM
Hey Karen!

HERE (http://www.dailyknitter.com/patterns.html) is another website that has some pretty nice free patterns! I was poking around in it last night! I get their emails.

heykaren
04-25-2007, 05:08 PM
Im off!!!!

:muah:

BTW, I felt a bit badly after my first post asking ArtLady for some help/advice with the pattern. I am grateful for any help that is provided, and would be glad to hear from any of my knitting cyber-friends!!!!

Bought some reward yarn today :happydance: ( :pout: couldnt resist..... ) for the Garns "tempting" sweater. Cant wait to get started! I have two yarns, a celery green ( it was either that or raspberry - tough choice...) and cream. Yarn shopping is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

Karen

birdwomn
04-25-2007, 07:14 PM
I definately need to knit every other project from my stash, so I am in!

I tried to only knit from my stash, but that didn't work out too well...too man things i want to make that are specific.

By the way, if you are in stash building mode....just buy at least 10-12 of everything you decide to buy, so you have enough for an afghan...then ou almost always have a good quantit of whatever you need or want to use.

ArtLady1981
04-25-2007, 11:30 PM
Hi Birdwomn! Welcome aboard the Stash Train! Yeah, I'm with you...I try to purchase at least 1,700 yards...especially if I don't know WHAT I am going to do with it...but KNOW that it will be a great cardigan of some kind. I like to do a lot of celtic and viking knits...cables really suck up the yarn...and I HATE TO BE SHORT when I find a pattern that is GREAT! I like cardigans that are about 26" length...not cropped...I like them to cover my hiney... :teehee:....so...1,700 yards usually guarantees enough yardage. HOWEVER...that said...if I don't get around to USING IT for a while...it GREATLY ENLARGES THE STASH HOARD! Best bet...rummage through your stash OFTEN...and re-introduce myself! "Hi there beautiful Blue Angora Yarn...my name is Dollyce...I am your friendly jailer...well, I am the one you put you in here...but I promise to get you out of yarn jail soon! " :teehee:

OT: do you raise birds? I used to raise Aftrican and Australian finches, and canaries! Had two aviaries, and raised more birds than I knew what to do with. Sold lots of them to Fish Gallery, a shop out here in the Pacific NorthWest that sells birds and fish mainly, and sometimes guinea pigs, rabbits, and hedgehogs...other little caged critters...as well as other pet supplies.

heykaren
04-27-2007, 08:15 AM
Yeah - I finally finished a neckwarmer ( I found that pattern in the Stash-busting thread - thanks TJ :muah: ) and a sleeveless sweater that I started last summer when I first learned how to knit. It only needed to be joined - how pathetic is that???

I suppose that means I could buy some reward yarn - but Ive already done that :woot: to make my Tempting KAL sweater. It takes me MUCH too long to qualify for reward yarn.....

Karen

misha rf
04-27-2007, 04:35 PM
Still here!! I've found some time to knit despite the chaos of moving. I've made several more hats (finished one in the car today while we were driving to different furniture stores, looking for a dinette set), a snuggle and *finally* finished my "something purple" item. It's a scrunchable scarf in Mmmmalabrigo. It'd gotten buried under some other stuff. :oops: I also decided to make a little felted pincushion. Once it dries, I'll stuff it with yarn scraps. :teehee: I'm VERY happy to say that two of the hats were made with a skein that had been sitting in my stash for a year! I've been squirreling my FO's in a safe spot, and now that I've finally found the cord for the camera, I'll get pics up soon.

ArtLady1981
04-27-2007, 07:07 PM
Hi Misha! Yes, be sure and take a photo of the felted pincushion stuffed with scarps of yarn! How cool!
Hey Karen! You have been doin' GOOD at stash busting!! Good for you! :cheering:

I am knitting two things at one time right now. A stash project...the TEMPTING summer top (seen on our KAL) and a reward project. It is a cardigan. I will take photos later. It is a nude-pink....verrrrrry soft merino/cashmere yarn. Sooo nice to work with. The collar and cuffs willl be knit separately..."lace"... and I think sewn on. The sweater itself is really easy...a K5 P5 blocks. Each block is only 6 rows tall, then you switch
to P5 K5 across. It is dainty looking for a "block" pattern. I like it with the yarn and the color.

dustinac
04-27-2007, 08:26 PM
:teehee: I'm here.. I have been dying more than knitting.. but did start on another lace wrap by Skacel called Romantic Moments lace... I also made mom these little earrings that I posted on the mini sock KAL but I'll post here too.. knit on 4" dpns size 0000...I have them in the picture with another mini sock and a quarter to show their size...

I ordered some Lorna's Lace sock yarn from the site posted on the KH general forum that was on sale.. I'm excited to get it and see why everyone likes it so much...then I'm going on a no yarn spending spree for awhile.. seems like I"ve been buying a lot lately even if most was with b-day money this month... :teehee:

Can't wait to see the felted pin cushion!! :cheering:

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:45 PM
Those are darling!!!

OK, going to get the pics ready...

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:48 PM
OK, for starters, here's my stash. Or at least some of it!

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:51 PM
Here's the April knitting:

ArtLady1981
04-27-2007, 10:53 PM
Hey Misha! Your Stash ROCKS! You have also been one knittin' goddess!!! Thanks for the photos!!! And the cat...sweet! :happydance:

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:53 PM
And the pincushion in progress:

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:55 PM
Thanks, ArtLady! I don't think the Husband thinks my stash rocks, though. Although I did impress him with the DPNs today. He'd never seen me transfer from circs before.

ArtLady1981
04-27-2007, 10:55 PM
The pin cushion is FABULOUS! Didn't take much time either, did it!?

misha rf
04-27-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks! I think the longest part was waiting for it to dry. I felted it yesterday. I suppose I could have put it in the dryer, but I was afraid it would shrink more.

lauraknits
04-28-2007, 10:42 AM
Lovely projects, everyone!

I finally took some pics of mine and I posted them over on the Whatcha Knittin forum, here's the link to my post:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=449879#449879

Those projects took me about 3 months, all told.

The bag was about half stash yarn but I didn't realize how big it was going to be so I had to go out and buy more yarn to finish it (twice)! At least, that new yarn was knit up already!

I have a few more sweaters to get through before I am going to let myself by yarn.

I keep having to tell myself sock yarn DOES COUNT!!! I have sooo much sock yarn now, I am afraid I will burn out on socks!

misstialouise
04-28-2007, 04:49 PM
I'm in.

I'm on a yarn diet until I've finished a few existing projects.

My big stash buster is a diamond throw to snuggle on the couch with. I'll be using (hopefully) most of my 4ply merino double stranded (use twice as much).

My reward project? Umm... can I buy myself a Jordiana Page Satchel??? ;)

ArtLady1981
04-28-2007, 10:46 PM
WOW Laura! Your knitting is simply gorgeous! You inspire me! :hug:
Thanks for the photos! WOW! I just can't say enough!

Hi Misstialouise! Welcome to the Stash Train! :muah: We always need a new Stash Sister! Take a look at the Stash Busting Ideas below in my signature called BUST SOME STASH! One of our sisters has put together a really great thread with one/two skein patterns!

heykaren
04-30-2007, 03:55 PM
Here are 2 recently finished projects, although I think ( in retrospect ) the sweater needs something else to finish the sleeves.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/heykaren/Projects/pinkshell.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/heykaren/Projects/neckwarmer.jpg

Karen

ArtLady1981
04-30-2007, 04:06 PM
I know what you could do to edge the armhole, and I agree they need something! Do a croceted "crab stitch". If you need help with that, let me know...someone sent me a great link that shows how. Crab stitch is an edging stitch, very clean looking, and actually very easy once you get your groove going!

BTW: the pullove looks wonderful! Good color! Love the quilt, too!

The other knitted item is a headband? Looks good, too!

heykaren
04-30-2007, 05:23 PM
Quilting is my first passion, although this knitting is certainly getting in the way of that! :teehee:

Ive got a friend here who can show me about the crochetted edging. I just didn`t want to do a rolled edge for the sleeves - thought it might be a bit uncomfortable to wear. If I get stuck, I know I have plenty of friends here willing to help with the edge stitching!

The second item is a neck warmer - I found the pattern on TJs "stash busters" thread. Not sure how useful itll be - will let ya know next winter!

Karen

jamadian75
05-01-2007, 10:32 AM
Hey everyone! Haven't been out here in a while, but SO glad to see all the projects coming off the needles - Wonderful!! :cheering:

I'm still working from stash, and I've been doing some tallying as a way to remind me of all the wonderful goodies I have right in my guest room/home yarn store :teehee:

At present I have 37,735 yards of yarn on just over 200 balls/skeins.
A shocking # for me, but I REALLY enjoyed the process of going through and remembering why certain things went home in my shopping bag. Lots of travel memories and meetings with great knitters wound up in those fibers :)

I have only finished one thing lately, my Sangria sock with yarn from [url=http://www.cherryblossomfibers.etsy.com]Cherry Blossom Fibers; it's mate is on the needles now.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/221/470413609_4f7e67a2ed_m.jpg

The things you're all displaying here are outstanding!! Keep at it!

ArtLady1981
05-01-2007, 03:01 PM
OK here is the video clip for CRAB STITCH aka Reverse single crochet (http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/content.html?content_id=17) on the Annie's Attic website!

And HERE (http://www.crochetcabana.com/stitches/stitches-reverse_sc.htm) is another website (Crochet Cabana) that shows good 'photos diagrams only' of the technique.

Using these two links, I finally got my crab stitch mantra rollin'!

You know it is so darn easy...but since I don't use it often enough...everytime I need it...I am starting in the basement again! :pout:

karmamonkey
05-02-2007, 05:45 PM
I am definitely in on this too! I have been sad that I can't really buy any yarn because I have no place to put it! :(

madametj
05-02-2007, 11:38 PM
I'm going to challenge you all once again to find a really good stashbusting pattern (link is in my sig).

If you can't really think of anything, then just try to find something that is double-knit: it will eat up twice the amount of yarn! :teehee: :cheering:

madametj
05-03-2007, 06:05 PM
I'm accepting the challenge.

I don't think anyone has posted this yet. But on Yahoo Groups there is a group called Monthly Dishcloths. The post at least 2 new dish cloth patterns each month. Other people often post additional patterns in the Files section. Enjoy

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/

Brook

ETA--Ahh shoot, I posted in the wrong window. I had both up and then I clicked the wrong one.

ooh thanx i'll post it on the stashbuster page. :?? do you have to join the group toget the patterns?

ArtLady1981
05-03-2007, 06:47 PM
Hi Brook! Thanks for the link to the montly dishcloth KAL! :muah:

MamaKnits
05-04-2007, 09:16 AM
I've been a member of the dishcloth group since January. Some of the patterns have been just OK while others have been really fun. Since I don't need any dishcloths right now, I save them for handy gifts later on.

I really enjoy the mid month patterns. The list owner chooses a stitch or technique to learn. I wish I would have done this as a new knitter! Its nice to practice new things on a small piece.

The downside...I have lots of little balls of cotton leftover. One of these days I need to make some Frankenstein dishcloths to use them up.

MamaKnits
05-04-2007, 09:26 AM
I need to fess up.

Last weekend a friend and I went to a Fiber Fest. Nothing there caught my eye but on the way home I remembered a LYS that was sorta kinda(!) on our way home. When we got there, the LYS was in its last hour of business. Literally! All yarns were 30% off and books were 50% off. Anything left unsold was going to the owners other shop at full price.

I ended up bringing home $54 of sock yarn, Cascade 220, Cascade Eco and Cestari. Eight hanks/balls all together.

Here's where I hope to correct it. I have skeins of acrylic purchased when I first learned to knit. I'm having a garage sale tomorrow so I'm bagging up all the acrylic and putting it in the sale. I haven't looked but I think I've got at least eight skeins of it so its a wash right? Right?

Someone agree with me! :rofl:

heykaren
05-04-2007, 12:44 PM
Ummmm, yeah!!!! :oo:

Karen

PaperGirl
05-04-2007, 01:30 PM
Your logic sounds reasonable.... :teehee:

ArtLady1981
05-04-2007, 01:40 PM
Hi Mama! YES.. it is a 'wash'! :teehee:

Regarding your leftover yarns: I saw a pattern (online) that uses bits & balls...it was so cool...here is what you do:
1) toss all your little bits & balls of yarn into a brown paper bag or pillow case
2) cast on with whatever yarn you pulled out and continue with it til it's gone
3) reach back into the grab-bag and pull out another bit or ball
4) tie it in (russian join will work nicely...or if they are all wools, you could do the wet-felted method) and knit with it til its gone!

Repeat 3 & 4 until the entire sweater is done! Depending on how many little balls of yarn you have...you could make a child's short-sleeve v-neck pullover, or adult size!

Another thought...start this random sweater today, using the bits & balls that you have now...and when you run out...set it aside til your brown grab-bag is sufficiently stocked again!

The reason for the brown grab-bag "random draw" is because it needs to really be a random color flow to work out crazy! If we start picking and chosing...we "input" our thinking and taste!

If I can find that link, I will post it later. I think I know what website it is on. PS: I'm back and adding this link...the oddball sweater pattern isn't there anymore...but...I think I gave you good instructions...but HERE (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/scarfoddball.htm) is another link to that cool website and an ODDBALL SCARF free pattern. If you haven't already signed up for Barbara Breitner's free patterns sent via email, do so today! She sends out the neatest free patterns on a weekly basis. The older ones are archived, but her website said "I am doing website housecleaning today, so the oddball sweater is no longer available" However, the oddball scarf is cool, too! I will post this link of our StashBusters thread as well!

Hi KARMAMONKEY! WELCOME TO THE YEAR OF THE STASH! You are amongst friends! Keep us posted! :hug:

Mulderknitter
05-04-2007, 03:56 PM
Hello all!
Well, my computer at home is broken :!!!: so I can't post any pics, but this week I finished a PAIR YES A PAIR of socks for my mom, done in very nice soft worsted pink yarn with Silver's tutorial! To present them I made a nice felted gift bag from the book One Skein Wonders. I am so proud of myself! I promise to post pics when the darn computer of doom is fixed! :grrr:

ArtLady1981
05-04-2007, 05:27 PM
Hey there Mulder! YEAH!!!! :cheering: You will be so happy to give this wonderful handknitted gift your Mom! Thanks for sharing! Post pix when you are able!

Mulderknitter
05-04-2007, 07:21 PM
Well, my DH swapped out his old computer for me to use until mine is fixed so I can play tonight, so I got some piccies for you all!
These are the socks made from ClassicYarnes cashcotton (love it! it has angora and cashmere in it!)
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/MulderMom/P1010014.jpg
And this is the felted bag made from Cascade 220. The Cascade didn't work out for socks, so I made it into something else! The bag still needs a ribbon run through the eyelets at the top to close it, but you get the idea!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/MulderMom/P1010015.jpg

lauraknits
05-05-2007, 09:02 AM
Very lovely!

madametj
05-07-2007, 08:17 PM
Just wanna thank you gus for posting patterns on the stashbuster page.

you guys are TOTALLY AWESOME!! ~guitar solo~

:teehee:

ArtLady1981
05-07-2007, 08:47 PM
OK...I got inspired by one of our STASH SISTERS...someone posted that they did a spreadsheet of their YARN STASH! Well, I just loved the idea...and the concept just kept simmering in the back of my mind...til I was finally motivated to put all my STASH onto an EXCEL spreadsheet!
It was not a job I relished. It took 2 full days...and hours and hours.
That said...I AM DONE!

My STASH BOOK...has 8 worksheets:
1: Dk yarns
2: Worsted
3: Bulky
4: Super Bulky
5: Specialty
6: MISC (yarns under 300 yardage)
7: BITS 'n' BALLS (small-to-minute leftover yarns worth saving)
8: SUMMARY PAGE

Betcha wanna know the TOTALS, huh!? Here goes:

907SKEINS, HANKS, BALLS (TOTAL)
120,845 YARDS of YARN (TOTAL)
The BITS 'n' BALLS are not tallied, nor counted.
They are just there in a big hatbox!

ArtLady1981
05-07-2007, 09:07 PM
I submitted that last Post before I shared what kind of information I entered on each of the worksheets:

gauge/color/fiber content/#skeins/#yds per sk/total yds/yarn name & manufacturer/adult'syarn?/child's yarn?/other?/location of the yarn(where it is stashed)/the project, or use, for this yarn (if any, so state)

With the use of Excel's "insert a comment" feature...I added additonal information for each yarn if I wanted to. Well, for those of you who use Excel, you know what I mean.

I love the concept of this spreadsheet! It is superior to endless handwritten notebooks, which I gave up on last year. When a yarn was used up, or moved location...I had a notebook that needed corrections and erasing...etc...what a mess. :gah:

Now, I can easily open this YARN STASH spreadsheet, and tell at a glance what I have! When browsing FREE PATTERNS on a website...I can open the YARN STASH spreadsheet and see if I have a yarn for it!

When I was doing this organizing...sometimes a bag of yarn would be located on shelf #4 in the storage unit...but...later got moved to the Wicker Chest. SO EASY TO CHANGE THE DATA!

Anyway, whoever shared :yay: her idea of organizing STASH with a spreadsheet...
HERE IS A BIG HUG! :hug:

madametj
05-07-2007, 10:05 PM
907SKEINS, HANKS, BALLS (TOTAL)
120,845 YARDS of YARN (TOTAL)
The BITS 'n' BALLS are not tallied, nor counted.
They are just there in a big hatbox!

:thud: what a stash! (more like your own LYS! :teehee:)

dustinac
05-08-2007, 06:42 PM
:rofl: :roflhard: I was thinking that too!!


I'm still working away on the socks.. and romance wrap.. both are going slow cause I can't work on them when the kids are running around lol... I have been doing wash rags instead.. I also started the Estonian Garden wrap by Fiber Trends.. it is going slow too.. :rofl:

kellycarr05
05-09-2007, 01:20 AM
My Stash:
3 Red Hart in Orange
1 woolease in pink
4 funfur in Cottin Candy
and 1 Yellow Lion Brand Homespun :pout:

My DH said I can increase it once I finally....someday find a job but $20 a month wont buy much.

kellycarr05
05-09-2007, 01:21 AM
My Stash:
3 Red Hart in Orange
1 woolease in pink
4 funfur in Cottin Candy
and 1 Yellow Lion Brand Homespun :pout:

My DH said I can increase it once I finally....someday find a job but $20 a month wont buy much.

kellycarr05
05-09-2007, 01:21 AM
ArtLady1981
Very Cool Stash!!!!!!WOW
My Stash:
3 Red Hart in Orange
1 woolease in pink
4 funfur in Cottin Candy
and 1 Yellow Lion Brand Homespun :pout:

My DH said I can increase it once I finally....someday find a job but $20 a month wont buy much.

heykaren
05-09-2007, 05:43 PM
Well, I went to the LYS tonight to pick up the yarn I needed to finish the sweater Im working on in the "first sweater KAL" and some other yarn seemed to follow me home..... :teehee:

Actually it was on purpose, as I traded in the ribbon yarn I had ( just COULDN`T get the hang of working with it and the woman was nice enough to refund the money for me ) So I have some new yarn for a shrug, which I want to start after my sweater is finished ( although knowing me, I wont be able to resist starting before that... ) So I figure its a wash... plus its my b-day and......

am I rationalizing??? 8)

Karen

Mulderknitter
05-09-2007, 06:28 PM
eh, rationalizing???? at this point in the stash busting I think anything is a go as long as you had "starting" in your post. I just splurged on a bunch of yarn and the Options set, but my post said I was also "starting" in the 1st sweater KAL, so I think we're ok :thumbsup:

beckyrhae
05-10-2007, 10:06 AM
Antropologie-inspired Capelet made with Moda Dea Ticker Tape in Charade. I have about 10 balls in my stash, picked them up for a buck a piece. I made the capelet for a friend at work. She is just the cutest thing and is always wearing fun sweaters.

auburnchick
05-10-2007, 10:36 AM
Hi y'all! Despite being in the midst of finals for my college classes (and doing the mom, wife thing), I've kept myself busy making baby hats (http://www.p2designs.com/images/patterns/ShadowStripesSet.html), booties (pattern is at the same url as the hat), and washcloths (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/animals.html). You can find the footprint pattern here (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/babyfeet.html).

You'll notice that my blocking needs some work, so forgive the uneven edges.

Oh, and this wasn't stash yarn. I don't really have a big stash, so I didn't have anything to pull from for these items. The yarn was bought strictly with these projects in mind. This is also the first time that my teenage daughter has acted like she likes my knitting. She picked out the yarn for her teacher's gifts.

I've got a bunch of pictures...

This set was made for a gal at work.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/babyset-1.jpg

The hat and booties are made from Bernat, baby pink marl. It wasn't the best to work with, but it was pretty.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/pinkhat-1.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/pinkbooties-1.jpg

Here is the footprints washcloth. I used Patons Grace, blush. It was a little to thin, but it still came out okay.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/footprint-1.jpg

I made a paw print because that's the mascot for the school I work at. I made it out of Patons Grace, sky. This yarn is just a little too flimsy for washcloths, but I didn't realize this until after I finished it.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/pawprint1-1.jpg

Here's the second set of stuff I made. This was for my daughter's teacher.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/babyset2-1.jpg


The hat and socks were made out of Lion Brand Microspun, lavender. Boy, was it soft and stretchy! Much better than the Bernat!

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/purplehat-1.jpg


http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/purplebooties-1.jpg


This is a dolphin washcloth. It's the school mascot. It's made out of Peaches and Creme, baby green. It was a little stiffer but had a nice texture and more durable.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/dolphin-1.jpg

Here's the second paw print washcloth. I made this one out of Peaches and Creme, light blue. It turned out much better than the Patons.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o76/forauburn/pawprint2-1.jpg

ArtLady1981
05-10-2007, 04:02 PM
BECKY AND NATHALIE!

WOW! What great knitting!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing the photos and the links!!!!

Nathalie, are you posting your accomplishment "count" on HeatherFeather's "Finished Projects Tally" thing? You will ACE US ALL THIS MONTH!!!!

:cheering: xxx :cheering: xxx :cheering: xxx :cheering: xxx :cheering:

auburnchick
05-10-2007, 05:47 PM
Oh no. I can't do tally sheets. I'm lucky I got those projects done given my hectic course schedule. Trying to keep track of what I've done is just a little too much for me. :teehee: Plus, it wasn't even stash yarn. ;)

ArtLady1981
05-12-2007, 10:47 PM
I get email notices from KNITTERS REVIEW...and a Yarn Stash link caught my eye...so...I traveled over there (don't hate me) to see what was being talked about regarding YARN PURCHASE HABITS!

Anyhoo...there is a gal, Sheila from White Plains...who has also created a spreadsheet inventory of her STASH...for a GRAND TOTAL OF: 1,892 skeins/hanks/balls with a total yardage of 286,000 yards! Now THAT IS STASH!!!!
I WAS SOOOOOOO HAPPY that someone has DOUBLE THE STASH ACQUISITION that I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phew. :happydance: So glad! :happydance:

dustinac
05-12-2007, 11:24 PM
I WAS SOOOOOOO HAPPY that someone has DOUBLE THE STASH ACQUISITION that I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phew. :happydance: So glad! :happydance:
:rofl: :roflhard:

Great Photos!!! You guys did a wonderful job...

I just took 5 projects off needles that have been on there for over a YEAR!! :roflhard:

I got another dish rag done.. but the lace projects are taking awhile.. you just seem to knit and knit and knit.. and then you look and *sigh* you didn't get very far at all... :rofl:

I really gotta do better I got messed up in April was doing sooo good.. hadn't even bought reward yarn.. and now I gotta get back on track.. and stop opening sale post!!! :oops:

dustinac
05-13-2007, 10:55 AM
I was browsing today for jounal ideas.. and I came across this site (http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/knitting-journal/).. she has pages you can print out with photos of your finished projects... a list sheet of what yarn you owe... a sheet of what you want to do with your yarn.. a sheet so when you go to the LYS you know what you need..


:cheering:

auburnchick
05-13-2007, 02:58 PM
[quote=ArtLady1981][color=blue][b]but the lace projects are taking awhile.. you just seem to knit and knit and knit.. and then you look and *sigh* you didn't get very far at all... :rofl:

Boy, isn't that the truth. I'm making the fan lace socks from SKS. This project has been OTN the longest of anything I've made thus far. I lost a stitch on one of the needles and frogged back almost two pattern repeats before I realized that it was the stitch on the end of the needle that had slipped off and was unraveling. :doh:

Anyhow, since Sundays are devoted to NO work and only what I WANT to do for FUN (aka knitting), I'm actually making progress. Plus, I had to take a break to knit all of the baby stuff.

Anyhow, I feel your pain! Lace is so pretty but very mind-consuming! Must...keep...focus...

Mulderknitter
05-13-2007, 06:42 PM
Happy Mother's day knitters!
Since it's my birthday tomorrow and I have the whole week off from work, I spent today doing what I do best. Shopping and knitting. The shopping was for 8 skeins of Thick & Quick to make the really nice looking cabled sweater in the book Cables Untangled. I haven't gotten my yarn for Tempting yet, and was sick of the huge afghan nightmare I am working on, and I am waiting for more sock yarn, so I decided to go through my pattern stash. The pattern is labeled "easy" so I decided to go for it. As far as I can tell it is knit in 4 sections, the back, front and arms, that get seamed together. I read through each part and started the back. I am about 6 inches in and it looks really nice so far. There is only one rope cable going up the front and back, so it really isn't that hard. Im' just terrified of the seaming! :oops:
I know some of you have this book, have any of you made this sweater? It's the pretty blue one right in the front..... :shrug:

misha rf
05-13-2007, 08:41 PM
Dustinac, thanks for that link! I'll have to print those...

ArtLady, you're brave to catalog all your yarn. I'd like to, but I'm afraid the Husband will then say I have too much!

On the bright side, I've almost used up a whole hank of Cascade Eco that I bought a year ago! A neckwarmer & a couple of baby hats--all knit double for Dulaan. I need to get a box to send stuff off soon!

ArtLady1981
05-14-2007, 02:18 PM
Hi Misha!

My DH saw me on the floor surrounded by yarn doing some of my inventory stuff...HOWEVER....I did most of it when he was outside or otherwise OUT OF THE HOUSE...and I never, ever, share YARN INFORMATION with him.

When he saw what I was doing, his only comment: "You sure do have a lot of yarn". I said: "Yeah, ya know I have had some of this yarns for 10 years! I'm doing an inventory to know exactly what I have!" He said: "Yeah" and walked off...not wanting to be further enlightened about yarn stuff. But, there is NO WAY I would actually EVER show him my speadsheet, nor tell him my accumulation totals. Eeegads NO!

S.A.B.L.E. "Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy"...has great significance to me! Saw it on a T-shirt.

He is big on INVENTORY and LISTS of stuff. He does the same thing with all of his guy stuff like antique tools, vintage art, stamps, coins, deer mounts, moose horns, etc. etc. and heaven knows what. It fills 3/4 of our garage...all organized and written down in his notebook somewheres. He showed me his notebook once.

His method is notebook and pencil...mine is Excel. I got tired of the notebook and pencil thing. Tiresome, and yarn totals change...so then the notebooks are inaccurate. Also, I change their storage location...so then that information has to be erased and re-written. Ugh. I am very happy with this Excel Inventory!

FYI: I have a SanDisk 4.0 GB Cruzer (a USB mini memory stick) that backs up my Excel Yarn Inventory!

Anyone who touched the worldwideweb in anyway can count on a crash once a year...so...regular back-ups of your files, folders and photos protects this valuable stuff. The reformat/reinstall will be so much smoother. I also regularly create clean restore points...so that perhaps a reformat/reinstall can be avoided.

Routinely do full system anti-virus scans, and I have two Spyware programs. One is "live"...the other is the free version. I run those scans almost everyday. Soemtimes a full sys scan, sometimes a quick scan.

Anyway, that is my 2 cents for today!

Tomorrow is LIGHTS OUT for Knitting Help! If you don't already know...Amy's husband, Sheldon, is downing KH for a day-and-a-half...and reinstalling a NEW AND IMPROVED Knitting Help Website. The date has been chosen and you can read about it HERE (www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29596&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=48) on page 5 of the thread. The chosen date for "lights out" is a post by Amy. Sheldo's initial letter is a Sticky on the GENERAL category, as I am sure all faithful KH-ers have read.

So we can't communicate starting tonight at midnight EST until maybe Wednesday midday.

misha rf
05-16-2007, 12:52 PM
SABLE!!! I was trying to think of the acronym yesterday & drew a total blank. I knew it had something to do with stash & life expectancy, but couldn't remember it. Thank you!! :muah:

madametj
05-16-2007, 11:45 PM
yeah, thats kind of a catchy phrase!

ArtLady1981
05-17-2007, 03:49 AM
The date is Thursday, May 17th...12:50 am Pacific Standard Time!

It looks like the KH is up and runnin'! Sweeeet! :heart:

ArtLady1981
05-17-2007, 03:58 AM
Hmmm...let's take this new forum for a test drive...

Let's try a photo...so far, so good! Sweeeet!

ArtLady1981
05-17-2007, 04:31 AM
I am back. Want to be sure that I "subscribe" to our Year of the Stash. I don't think we will "automatically" get email notifications of new posts UNLESS we "subscribe" to this thread before we click POST REPLY.

And, did you notice: you can ask for instant email notifications, daily notifications, etc.

Anyhoo...that is the reason for this somewhat lame post.

ArtLady1981
05-18-2007, 02:13 PM
:woot: I have all pieces done for my OPAL (http://www.ingenkonst.se/sjc4_e.htm)! Seamed the lace onto the end of ends sleeves last night, however, cannot complete the assembly til after vacation. I can see that I need to block the cuff lace...and want to block the collar lace before seaming it onto the neckline...and maybe lightly block everything. I made my OPAL longer and it takes 10 buttons, one button inside every other windowpane. Hey, here's the good news: no button bands!

We are leaving for the mountains tomorrow or Sunday...and all the gear is occupying the entire free space in the room that I set up my blocking board. We are all packed up.

So today, other than a few errands...I get to start a new sweater!
It will be a pure white cotton "KHAKI CABLES" cardigan from the WINTER 2006 KNITTERS, Pg 88.
Lemme pop over to their website and see if there is a photo of the sweater. Just a sec.................
Yup,HERE (http://www.stitchesmarket.com/xcart/customer/product.php?productid=7472) it is! Dontcha just love it? I am going to use RY Mercerized Cotton. A great summer sweater for indoors, air-conditioned events!

Below are some preliminary photos of my OPAL.
I promise :grin: to block and seam as soon as we get back on Memorial Day!

PHOTO #1: a sleeve (lace needs blocking)
PHOTO #2: The Back, 2 Fronts, and Collar lace
PHOTO #3: the sleeves on top of all
PHOTO #4: the official photo of it (in the book)

misha rf
05-19-2007, 10:02 PM
That is gorgeous!!!! :inlove:

ArtLady1981
05-19-2007, 11:12 PM
Thanks Misha! Ya know...the photo of the sweater on the model is the photo that I downloaded from Elsebeth Lavold's website. It is the photo that is in the book. My OPAL is the Nude Pink...and it is not seamed together yet because I have to wait til after vacation.

Hey, ContiKnitter said that we don't have to "re-size" our digital photos anymore for Posting on KH.

Hmmm...I think I am gonna try it out. Wait just a sec....

Nope...I tried to upload a photo with its full 1656 wide...and I got an error message that said my file was too large for KH format.

I usually resize the 1656 width by 30% down to 497 width...and that works fine.

Hmmm I wonder what ContiKnitter was talking about? :pout: I will have to PM him.

kellyh57
05-20-2007, 12:39 AM
I'm going to try something else as a way of "busting my stash" this summer. It not only requires getting rid of some of my yarn, but I'm going to make use of all of my knitting books. I've made it a goal to knit 1 item from each book before I buy any more new books. I have a ton of knitting books and I hardly use some of them! I've just finished a pattern from a book I bought last summer/fall and I feel so much better. I just feel like my stuff sits there and never gets used! I just bought "Knitting on the Edge" and can't wait to finish the baby blanket I'm knitting for a friend to put an edge on! (Any suggestions welcome! It's this, http://arabianknitsfree.blogspot.com/2006/08/tilting-blocks-baby-blanket.html, Tilting Blocks Afghan. I'm knitting it in lemon yellow Bernat Baby Coordinates (STASH YARN) and either pink or lavender for the middle and one or the other for the trim.) She didn't know if she was having a boy or girl until this week and I started it last weekend!

Now, my husband can't complain about my book buying or yarn buying!

Kelly

ArtLady1981
05-20-2007, 01:42 AM
Hi Kelly!

I just:heart: love:heart: that blanket! I remember seeing the pattern somewhere, and I also 'saved' it in MY KNITTING FOLDER!

I feel the same way you do about our collection of knitting leaflets, magazines and booklets.

Here is what I did to ensure that I knit something from each book, leaflet or book:
1) I browsed the book.
2) I put a sticky tab on each pattern page I liked.
3) I wrote the name on the tab.
4) I took a 3x5 card and wrote the name of the pattern at the top...and in each bottom corner I noted the yardage needed and the stitch gauge of the pattern.
5) I browsed ALL MY BOOKS, PATTERNS AND LEAFLETS.
6) I put ALL MY MOST FAVORITE patterns each on its own 3x5 card with all the details about the pattern like yarn, gauge, etc. These patterns are things I might like to do within the next 6 months or so.
7) Every PATTERN BOOK with a sticky tab sits in a wicker basket by my chair....like a 'lady in waiting'.

I did the same with ALL MY FAVORITE YARNS. Each batch of yarn was 'written up' on its own 3x5 card, with the gauge and the total yardage written on the bottom corners. The 3x5 card also contains details about the yarn.

I am easily able to create "matches" now...a pattern with a suitable yarn! Dontcha get frustrated when you find a pattern...then hunt your stash for the right yarn...and something always is off...not enough of the yarn...the gauge is wrong...wrong fiber...color not right for the garment....der! :wall:

I totally agree with you. We buy all these wonderful books and leaflets...and then we forget all about the great patterns that are in them! I bet I wouldn't need to buy a single pattern or even an inch of yarn for 10 years...and I would still be able to knit something neat.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and giving us inspiration to use our books and leaflets!!! :thumbsup:

misha rf
05-20-2007, 10:35 AM
I must be something of an oddball...I think I might own 3, maybe 4, knitting books!

That pattern is gorgeous! I think I'll have to make it (but use the blocks pattern throughout). I've got babies to knit for...(not mine! not yet...)

dustinac
05-20-2007, 01:13 PM
Artlady that is stunning!!! :cheering:

I agree on the book buying.. I buy them think ohh I want to make that... put the book up and forget about it.. I was sent a link to a finished shawl that I just fell in love with.. when I went searching for the Source I realized I have the book Wrap Style it is in :wall:


Estonian Wrap is getting close.. just 18 more repeats of the center pattern.. and then the edging.. so ok maybe not close but it doesn't feel so :shock: anymore...:rofling:

kellyh57
05-20-2007, 07:43 PM
I do the sticky note thing a lot! That's my next project- going through the books an sticky-noting the patterns I like. I really only have about 6 books, but I've only knit from 2 of them! I really want to buy a new book (Knitted Flowers), but I'm going to force myself to wait :)

Kelly

misstialouise
05-21-2007, 03:30 AM
I am busting (slowly, but surely)!!!

I joined the Dishcloth KAL mailing group (SO great :D) So that will help pare down my cotton stash..
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/230/507331314_0889ac0c64_o.jpg

And I have balled up 2 skeins of Patons Patonyle so I can do toeup 2 socks on 2 circs..
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/223/507331316_8f39a04b57_o.jpg

WOO!

auburnchick
05-21-2007, 07:41 PM
Oh, that's so pretty!!

misstialouise
05-22-2007, 03:57 AM
Thank you Nathalie!

I'm about to attempt a HUGE stashbust...

11 balls of stashbust... I'm going to make the Belle Epoque (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTbelleepoque.html) from Knitty... I have a beautiful silk/viscose blend in an olive... I'm swatching for it now (my first swatch ever!)... mmmmm....

ArtLady1981
05-27-2007, 11:35 AM
Hi there Stash Sisters and Brothers!

We are back a day early from our weeklong vacation. Came back a day early due to T&L storm sheduled for Nighthawk Summit today. So, I am now safely sitting in my office, sipping coffee...NOT slogging around in rain, wind, mud, and lightening whilst trying to break camp!

I took two knitting projects with me: KHAKI CABLES cardigan was my primary focus. I said WAS. It was so windy up on the Summit that I could not start the cardigan. I couldn't keep my hands clean enough...and when the wind blows and gusts...it blows dirt particles right into your knitting! Grr.

So, I worked on PLAN B: that Stash Yarn afghan I talked about a while back. My version will require 63-7"x7" knitted squares, and I am using the patterns in a book called 200 Knitted Squares. I pick and chose which pattern for each yarn. I am getting about 4-6 squares from each Stash skein. I completed 20 squares. Will definitely need to wash them this week, and will also block them into uniform sizes. Even though acrylic doesn't respond to blocking as well as wools, etc...it still seems to help. You can stretch them a bit, or, scrunch them a bit, before pinning the wet pieces down to a blocking board. I leave them til bone-dry.

I am so happy to come home and see all of our new Posts! :cheering:Thanks all! :muah:I really love the work y'all are doing! I think I saw the dishcloth KAL...isn't it the KAL that has a dishcloth-per-week...with certain components doled out day-dy-day? You get 'an assignment' each day or two...and by the end of the week...VOILA...you have an interesting new dishcloth! Neat KAL concept! Everyone is working on the same "lines" at the same time.

OT: Top 2 photos of our 'driveway' on Nighthawk Summit. It can be driven using a 4-wheel truck. One nice morning...we went for a hike around our mountaintop 20-acres...and these photos were taken on the way back up to our camp at the top. We were almost there...but stopped to get some great photo shots! Three days later, this same ground showed us evidence of a mother bear and her cub...their fresh paw prints in the morning's soft soil! They were cutting up and over our property...or is it "their property"? :thumbsup: They 'live' there 365 days per year...we 'visit' only 40 days per year! Hmmm, I say it is THEIR PROPERTY, don't you? :happydancing: Our Treeing Walker Coonhounds are noisy...baying and barking...and they keep the bears and cougars at a distance while we are camping for the week. You can hear those hounds for miles. Bears and cougar hate noisy hounds, and noise in general. They will skirt around the source of the noise when possible. The hounds are less than a year old...and learning quickly. We carry UDAP bear repellant with us, however, our goal is NOT TO HAVE TO USE IT, or any lethal protection. And, we have no desire to follow in Timothy Treadwell's footsteps! So far, so good. We do appreciate the tracks the bear and cougars have left for us! It keeps us from becoming complacent about their presence. Besides bear and cougar...coyotes, deer, and moose are also passing through our property fairly frequently, as evidenced by the tree scratchings, paw & hoof prints, and scat. We are installing a 'trail cam' next month when we go back for another week. It will be nice to have "faces" to go along with the paw & hoof prints!

The bottom two photos are DH and the hounds. We were on another hike. DH keeps the male hound on leash. When Blue sees something...he won't come back yet. We have to track him a mile or two. Very upsetting to an otherwise tranquil vacation! The other photo is Dani, our female hound...sitting at camp, carefully listening for sounds in the gully! She won't chase off without permission.

auburnchick
05-28-2007, 01:14 PM
Beautiful pictures, ArtLady! Glad you're back home safe and sound!

beckyrhae
05-29-2007, 10:55 AM
Lovely pictures ArtLady! Welcome home... sounds like it was a fantatic break from the real world

dustinac
05-29-2007, 04:28 PM
Artlady~ Love the pictures!!!

I'm going home next Friday and I can't wait... I haven't been home since Christmas.. mom and dad came up for a fast trip during Easter but still will be good to get home...

so I finished a Monica for my little girl.. and more dishrags lol.. and I have one side of the Estonian done.. just gotta do the edging on the other side..

but I can't figure out how to post photos on this new board.. do you need a photo bucket or some kinda of account? :shrug::rofling:

ArtLady1981
05-29-2007, 04:43 PM
Hi Dustinac!

No, you don't need a photobucket, although I do notice that some do.

Open a new Post...scroll down to the MANAGE ATTACHMENTS thing...and you can still upload photos from MY PICTURES on your computer. Be aware though...that you still need to reduce the pixel width to less than 500 pixels. I use Microsoft Picture Manager, a feature that came with OFFICE 2003.

There is other photo software programs that will reduce pixel width for you as well. I have seen some ideas and tips thrown out there here at KH by other helpful knitters. I think one of them is a STICKY.

What is so cool now is that the photos load/are displayed from top to bottom in the order that you added them! I was getting darn tired of thinking backwards...so that the photos would display in what I think is logical order!

You can set up 3 photos at a time...them upload the 3 of them with one click. If you want to add additional photos...just repeat the process.

Let me know if you need additional help.

suziehomemaker
05-30-2007, 12:01 PM
I can't remember if I posted here before but I wanted to give myself a big cheer. It's been 271 days since I purchased yarn and I'm still going strong! I've been keeping a counter on my blog for motivation! I haven't made any exceptions yet but festivals are coming up and I think my willpower might not be strong enough. :happydance:

I knit almost every night and I still have a ton of yarn. It's been fun trying to find patterns for the beautiful yarn that I acquired. This summer will be perfect for quick discloths and hand towels from the case of Sugar n'Cream yarn that I purchased awhile back!

I have a few hanks of Alpaca cloud that I can't find a good pattern for yet. It's just so tiny to work with! I think I might try doubling it up and see how that turns out.

Good luck to everyone!

ArtLady1981
05-30-2007, 01:02 PM
Hi Susie!

Thanks for your Post! We enjoy encouraging news from our Stash Sisters! Good for you! WOW! 271 Days of Stash Knitting Only!
I started this thread, and whereas my personal goal was to use Stash Only...I have used some of my earned Yarn Rewards. (our minimum goal was to knit a Stash Project before buying any new yarn...and the new yarn reward must be used immediately...not stashed) So, I have been good as far as that is concerned. I have not purchased any yarn without first earning the right to. Of course, this Year of the Stash is just a guideline... to help us be aware of our yarn buying habits...and to keep our minds on reducing the Stash we already have.

Susie, you are our TOP FLIGHT STASH SISTER!

:hug: Thanks for your encouragement!!!! :hug:

Hey there All Stashies! Has any one of us beat SusieHomeMaker's record of 271 days without buying yarn???? :grphug:

PaperGirl
05-30-2007, 02:07 PM
Hey there All Stashies! Has any one of us beat SusieHomeMaker's record of 271 days without buying yarn???? :grphug:

If you count before December, then yes. Cause i didnt start knitting till then. :roflhard:


Congrats Suzie! Thats a LONG time with no new yarn! :woohoo:

nadja la claire
05-30-2007, 02:41 PM
I posted in WYK forum but I've been doing alot of little things for my on the go knitting, as well as working on my DH's sweater when I'm home. So I've done 4 Calorimetery and I've finished one of my 1st pair of gauntlets and I'm almost done with the 2nd one. The pattern is adapted from Brooke Nelson's Column of Leaves scarf. I used LB WE in Dark Rose Heather on size 6 dpn.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

suziehomemaker
05-30-2007, 02:44 PM
Beautiful!

ArtLady1981
05-30-2007, 02:52 PM
Nadja! What did I say???? YOU ARE A KNITTING GODDESS!!! So glad you started a sweater in our 1st Sweater KAL!!!! Your gauntlets are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! I am just thrilled to see them! You always select just the right colors!!!! I remember that beautiful green scarf! I think it was a gift? Did you knit the gauntlets with Stash, or was the yarn a Reward? Either way, YOU ROCK!

:muah::muah::muah: THANKS FOR SHARING!! :muah::muah::muah:

nadja la claire
05-30-2007, 02:56 PM
Hey there All Stashies! Has any one of us beat SusieHomeMaker's record of 271 days without buying yarn???? :grphug:

I've got about 88 days but I don't think I'm going to come anywhere close to beating or even matching because my knitting buddy wants to go to our LYS "just to do some fondling". Right, we'll just fondle. :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I mean it's my B-day this weekend, so if I go to the LYS, baby, I'm buying some yarn.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja :knitting:

nadja la claire
05-30-2007, 03:02 PM
Nadja! What did I say???? YOU ARE A KNITTING GODDESS!!! So glad you started a sweater in our 1st Sweater KAL!!!! Your gauntlets are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! I am just thrilled to see them! You always select just the right colors!!!! I remember that beautiful green scarf! I think it was a gift? Did you knit the gauntlets with Stash, or was the yarn a Reward? Either way, YOU ROCK!

:muah::muah::muah: THANKS FOR SHARING!! :muah::muah::muah:

Everything I've been doing has come from stash yarn. I'm so proud of myself. I've passed up 25% off sales and special discounts, all the time saying I've got to knit down my stash.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja :knitting:

auburnchick
05-30-2007, 03:17 PM
Nadja, your work is beautiful as always!!!!

Enjoy your birthday...buy some Mmmmmmmmmmm

dustinac
05-30-2007, 08:00 PM
:passedout: 2hundered and what?? :rofling:

:woot:That is great!!! I wish I could say almost but I can't...:oo:

Artlady thank you for the tips.. gonna try and get some picts of Roo in her Monica tomorrow to post :thumbsup:

Nadja those are beautiful and hope you have a good b-day!!! :blooby:

I decided I'm getting back on this full swing.. I was doing so good until my b-day rolled around.. then I got the bug again of feeling that thing you feel when you buy new yarn.. and then I hit sales and yeah.. I'm back now :happydancing:

Still working on the Estonian one thing about lace takes forever.. but it is sooo pretty.. I'm thinking maybe dh won't mind to give his grandmother the swallow tail shawl and I keep this one.. I'm really liking it.. only thing is he seen this pattern and was like that is the one... first time he has done that and helped with yarn color and stuff.. so I should give it to her and make myself one but :shrug:

:teehee:

suziehomemaker
05-31-2007, 09:01 AM
272 now! :cheering:

It sounds like alot but it's just from Labor Day last year. I had purchased all of the yarn for a large project and just decided not to buy anymore. I finished that large project a couple weeks ago and now the challenge really begins!

ArtLady1981
05-31-2007, 05:01 PM
Hi Suzie! You are an inspiration! Stick to your guns...er...I guess I mean...stick to your needles! :teehee:

Mulderknitter
05-31-2007, 09:20 PM
Hello fellow stashbusters!
I am sorry to say I have been away from the stashbusting chat for a while, but I HAVE been busting... Still working on the basketweave afghan for my BFF's wedding, into skein 8 of 12 adn still have 3 weeks to go, I think I might make it:pout:
I am also working on a pair of socks for my actual self :roflhard: from yarn I got from knitpicks. will post a pic when it starts to look like a sock instead of a tube:lol: yes, this will be my SECOND EVER pair of socks!
In other news, a coworker of mine recently lost her mother, and since she knows that I knit, she has generously offered her mother's stash to me. I know not what the stash is, nor how big, but I could not resist. I had to say yes:shrug:My only reasoning was that if it is a bunch of pink acrylic from 1970 I can always donate??
I do feel a bit bad about recent purchases from my LYS, but my lovely LYS owner has a program that gives you points toward a gift certificate for every $ you spend, so if I spend 100$ I get 10$. I am a sucker. I know. But malabrigo for "free"? Goodness help me:roflhard:

ArtLady1981
05-31-2007, 09:38 PM
Hi there Mulder! Welcome back. We knew you were probably getting more knitting done that us! Posting really sucks up the time.

I know you have earned lots of New Yarn Rewards since we started our Year of the Stash back in Jan. So go ahead and :heart: love on :heart: that new yarn, with no guilt!!!

Hey, keep us posted what the 'inherited stash yarn' is! We always love to hear about windfalls! :cheering::cheering::cheering:

Even if it is 1970's pepto-bismol pink acrylic...yes, you could donate it! There are quite a few charity knitters here at KH. Maybe some of them would put it to good use, and be willing to contribute to the cost of your shipping to them.

BostonBecca
06-01-2007, 07:41 AM
I fell off the wagon pretty badly during that Chez Casuelle Malabrigo sale.

I had been wanting some for a long time. I got some-about ten balls of an incredible blue color. I also got some sock yarn. To be fair, it is all luxurious yarn I had been madly coveting and not really able to justify on a grad student-mostly supported by parents and some by loans budget at full price.

I was too ashamed of my falling off the wagon to admit it before.

Now, I can come clean. I am busting. Stash busting that is, all this summer. It helps I will likely be in a place without internet, with spotty phone service, and with one yarn store a ferry ride away, and studying for the New Hampshire and Massachusetts July bar exams in a place with just my BF. When I am not studying, I will be stash busting.

My goal is to get my yarn to fit comfortably in this giant rubbermaid type bin I have. Whew, it's ONLY 18 gallons with these dimensions. 25 1/2"L x 17 1/2"W x 15 3/8"H http://www.sterilite.com/textbox_right_sm.gifThat's not so bad. Problem is, I have enough yarn more than that for 2 planned tanktops, a sweater, a baby blanket, and a bunch of WIPs.

Wish me luck.

dustinac
06-01-2007, 08:23 AM
:teehee: Yay! I'm not a lone... will do better have been doing better..:happydance:

Mulder I would have trouble passing the free Malabrigo up too.. BostonBecca wishing you luck :thumbsup:

Here is Monica that I made for my little girl I bought the yarn for it so it's not stash... Estonian is still not done.. I have one more repeat of one thing then 22 more rows and I'll be done.. I want to block it and get pictures then of it..

Monica made out of Sonato from Elann.com... in Periwinkle and liliac I think..:teehee:

Don't mind the cords in the back ground they drive me crazy and keep falling back down :rofling:

Teeka
06-01-2007, 09:17 AM
I actually started my blog last week and named it Knitting from the Stash 2007. :happydance:

I'll be happy to join.
Currently Iam knitting Eris (the yarn was a christmas present from last year).
I bought 3 balls of Red heart Simply soft for a shawl for my MIL.
I did however enhance my stash (but made myself promise that no "new yarn" enhancements" but I did recycle 2 sweaters found at a thrift store.

My reward is going to be a new skein of sock yarn (maybe some JItterbug).

Laura C
Oooh! How do you recycle a sweater found in a thrif shop? What a wonderful idea! I can imagine that you make a cut somewhere and start ripping, but is there a method that works better than others?

ArtLady1981
06-01-2007, 11:47 AM
Hi Teeka, and welcome aboard the Stash Train! :happydance::muah::cheering:

When I recycled a sweater I took it apart following the order it was put together basically. Removed buttons, labels, etc. Cut the seam stitching with eensy-weensy scissors. Then, I began pulling out the yarn from the shoulder seams. It proved to have been a "bottom to top" sweater...so it pulled out that way...top to bottom.

To remove the kinks: there are various methods. But it usually involves soaking the yarn, and then line-dry/drip-dry. The weight of the wet yarn pulls its kinks out.

Make sure the yarn is not going to become hopelessly tangled before soaking it with water. I used the great-big-loops-of-yarn method. Kind of like what a "hank" of yarn looks like before you wind it on a swift. I had 4 medium-sized "loops". Later, I wound them into balls. Make sure the yarn is bone dry before winding into balls.

My recycled yarn turned out real good. I have only done it twice.
However, some gals religiously search the thrift shops looking for "yarn" to recycle! Pretty resourceful! I think another knitters website (www.knittersreview.com (http://www.knittersreview.com)) has some information about recyled yarn techniques. I will look over there in a minute and see if I can find what I think I'm looking for, or maybe I saved it in MY FAVORITES.

Later Post: I couldn't find the recycled yarn info. Dern. Well, I bet we could ask here at KH. In the HOW TO section.

beckyrhae
06-01-2007, 02:58 PM
Oh the sock yarns I have in my stash... jeeze its insane.

I think I've counted enough yarn for 19 or so pairs of socks. INSANE! It was time to tackle this and so I've started my sock knitting with some loverly red, pink, and orange OPAL and the RPM (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTrpm.html) knitting pattern from Knitty.com.

beckyrhae
06-01-2007, 03:11 PM
Oh... heh... here is the pic of my sock in progress. Yippee!

knitwit628
06-01-2007, 04:52 PM
Okay, I'm going to give this stash busting thing a try... :happydancing: I don't have a very big stash but would still like to get rid of what I have. I don't know how I will do with this stash busting goal, :shrug: but I will try as hard as I can! At least I will try to keep myself away from buying more yarn! hehe Wish me luck!!!!! :pray:

BTW-- Does knitting for charity count as stash busting?

beckyrhae
06-01-2007, 06:00 PM
Okay, I'm going to give this stash busting thing a try... :happydancing: I don't have a very big stash but would still like to get rid of what I have. I don't know how I will do with this stash busting goal, :shrug: but I will try as hard as I can! At least I will try to keep myself away from buying more yarn! hehe Wish me luck!!!!! :pray:

BTW-- Does knitting for charity count as stash busting?

Using your stash (yarn you have RIGHT NOW) in any form is stash busting as I see it.

Welcome aboard!

misha rf
06-01-2007, 09:06 PM
Such lovely photos! Artlady, your dogs are adorable. Dustinac, your model is a cutie pie!

I've been knitting (along with volunteering, working in the yard & reading & trying to keep the house clean). It's still mostly hats. I'm working on what I like to call the "never ending baby blanket." By the time it's done, I'll have used 4 skeins of Bernat Satin (well, 4 of the 14 I bought in Nov.)

Here's what I've done lately. The yarns are Cascade Eco (purchased a year ago), Bernat Satin, Rowan Spray & Rowan Big Wool. The squares are Patons Rumor.

ArtLady1981
06-01-2007, 09:29 PM
Okay, I'm going to give this stash busting thing a try... :happydancing: I don't have a very big stash but would still like to get rid of what I have. I don't know how I will do with this stash busting goal, :shrug: but I will try as hard as I can! At least I will try to keep myself away from buying more yarn! hehe Wish me luck!!!!! :pray:

BTW-- Does knitting for charity count as stash busting?


Hi knitwit628! Knitting for charity gives you double credit! If you knit something for charity...you earn TWO new yarn rewards! :cheering:

ArtLady1981
06-01-2007, 09:37 PM
Such lovely photos! Artlady, your dogs are adorable. Dustinac, your model is a cutie pie!

I've been knitting (along with volunteering, working in the yard & reading & trying to keep the house clean). It's still mostly hats. I'm working on what I like to call the "never ending baby blanket." By the time it's done, I'll have used 4 skeins of Bernat Satin (well, 4 of the 14 I bought in Nov.)

Here's what I've done lately. The yarns are Cascade Eco (purchased a year ago), Bernat Satin, Rowan Spray & Rowan Big Wool. The squares are Patons Rumor.

Misha! Your work is really beautiful! THANKS SO MUCH :heart: for taking the time to post photos for us!!! I love the warm colors of the squares! Are those for a baby afghan?

I am also stash-busting all my old acrylic yarns, some are 5 yrs old...making a 63 squares Crazy Quilt Afghan for my 4 yr old granddaughter. She and her older sister fight over the first crazy quilt I knit...before the younger one was born. Soooo....I have 22 squares done so far. I work on the squares when we go to our mountain hideaway for one week in May, June, July and Aug. :sun:

Hey if anyone is interested...I created an Excel Afghan spreadsheet to help me "place" and "visualize" all these crazy squares I am knitting up! I will email the spreadsheet to you if you let me know.
For the subject line, put LAILA'S CRAZY QUILT AFGHAN. I will need your direct email address so's I can send you the Excel attachment. My computer is squeaky clean of viruses and spyware. I mean squeeeeaky clean!

dustinac
06-02-2007, 03:24 PM
Misha~ Great Job!!!

beckyrhae~ sock yarn is my weakness :teehee: can't wait to see the sock finished..


:woot::woot:The Estonian Wrap is done.. put in one late night last night but it is off the needles.. now I just gotta weave in the ends, block, and take pictures.. oh and I found a new use for my dish cloth scraps lol.. My little girl carries around one of those water babies.. and so last night I whipped up a bathing suit for it.. now my little girl is requesting tanks and dresses for Hannah :teehee:

Misha~ Thank you.. she is something else.. keeps me on my toes.. my son is more laid back and just goes with the flow.. not Roo.. :rofling:

auburnchick
06-02-2007, 05:17 PM
Misha,

The baby hats are adorable!!!!! :inlove:

misha rf
06-02-2007, 08:46 PM
Awww, thanks, guys!!:blush::muah:

ArtLady, I sent those in for the Hokie Healing Blankets. Two of them were slightly over the size they wanted, but I figured they'd be getting larger & smaller squares, so I wasn't worried. The other two came out to the correct size.

ArtLady1981
06-03-2007, 02:03 AM
Sister Knitters! :cheering: Thanks for the updates! :cheering: U R Wonderful! :thumbsup:

dustinac
06-03-2007, 05:28 PM
Here is Hannah's bathing suit and the Estonian Wrap :happydance:

The bathing Suit was made from scraps of Fantasy Nature.. my pattern.. The Estonian Wrap is by Fiber Trends and was made out of Misti Alpaca Lace color Denim.. Size 4 needle:thumbsup:

beckyrhae
06-03-2007, 05:44 PM
Dustinac that shawl is LUVERLY! cute bikini too!

misha rf
06-03-2007, 06:30 PM
Ooooh! The wrap is loverly!! And the bikini is too cute!!

ArtLady1981
06-04-2007, 01:16 PM
My oh my oh my oh my!!!!! Dustinac!!!

The Estonian Wrap is so delightfully delicate looking! Heavenly!
Like Angel's Lace! You used US/4 needles!

Dolly's itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini is adorable!

Thanks for sharing the photos!

misha rf
06-06-2007, 12:25 PM
I finished the never-ending baby blanket!! :happydance::happydance::happydance::happydance: 4 skeins of Bernat Satin, purchased at a sale in Nov. (I have several skeins left though.)

And a hat, in Cascade superwash. That should be the last Dulaan item for now.

Time to wash, dry, pack & ship!

Doodknitwit
06-06-2007, 12:52 PM
:woohoo:wow I'd love the spreadsheet please
I'll pm my email address!!

dustinac
06-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Misha that is soo cute!! I love those colors together and the baby hats are adorable..

Started on the Civil war shawl.. working on chickami ? I think is the name tank top :rofling: using stash yarn for it that I've had for sometime.. I've got to much on my needles right now :teehee:

misha rf
06-06-2007, 02:34 PM
Thanks, Dustinac! :muah:

I'm going to be working on squares next, for another project. Something small, that I might be able to finish relatively quickly! :happydance:

knitwit628
06-06-2007, 04:35 PM
Misha rf-- Nice projects! I especcially like the blanket... very pretty colors! :thumbsup:

I have only been a "stashie" for a couple days now and have been using some baby yarn (Bernat Softee Baby) that I bought before I joined to make preemie hats and booties for charity. So far so good! I even made a preemie bootie and hat set for a lady at my dad's work who had her baby boy yesterday! :) From what I heard, she really loved the gift. It's amazing what you can make from random stash yarn!

auburnchick
06-06-2007, 07:03 PM
Hi y'all!

I haven't been to this thread in about a week or so. Wow! I love all of the FO's!!!! The baby blanket and shawl...:inlove:

I have not had any time to knit lately. I've been working on a pair of socks for...like...forever. Sundays are my knitting days, but I walked our puppy on Sunday morning, and he pulled so hard that my hands hurt by the end of the walk.

I'm in the middle of a senior seminar class that is required for my major, and it is so much work!! I'm constantly researching and writing papers.

Hopefully I'll finish my sock on Sunday and will be able to post an FO.

Keep up the great work!!!!

ArtLady1981
06-06-2007, 09:01 PM
I finished the never-ending baby blanket!! :happydance::happydance::happydance::happydance: 4 skeins of Bernat Satin, purchased at a sale in Nov. (I have several skeins left though.)

And a hat, in Cascade superwash. That should be the last Dulaan item for now.

Time to wash, dry, pack & ship!


OH MISHA!!!!! :cheering:WOW!!! :cheering:WOW!!! :cheering:WOW!!! :cheering:

What a wonderful job! Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

beckyrhae
06-07-2007, 01:11 AM
Made a little progress on my sock. But I may have to table it for a bit, my boss had her baby early this past Sunday. She had a very difficult pregnancy and we were all waiting for this baby to get here ... she and momma are doing fantastic. Already home, happy and healthy. I guess she just wanted to get all our worries out while she was inside momma. :teehee: anyway... I am knitting up some baby socks, a few booties and mittens so she wont scratch herself!

My RPM sock:

beckyrhae
06-07-2007, 01:58 PM
baby knitting so far....

a pair of socks, one mitten, and a tiny hat (first attempt at a mitten pattern.)

I can't find the yarn lable so I can't remember the name of the yarn. I know its from my stash, superwash and German... useful, huh?

Knitted on size 2 needles.

ArtLady1981
06-07-2007, 02:41 PM
:heart:Misha rf-- Nice projects! I especcially like the blanket... very pretty colors! :thumbsup:

I have only been a "stashie" for a couple days now and have been using some baby yarn (Bernat Softee Baby) that I bought before I joined to make preemie hats and booties for charity. So far so good! I even made a preemie bootie and hat set for a lady at my dad's work who had her baby boy yesterday! :) From what I heard, she really loved the gift. It's amazing what you can make from random stash yarn!


Welcome aboard the Stash Train, KnitWit628! :grphug:

Yes, you are so right! It is amazing what you can knit from Stash when you are focusing on it!

I do:heart: love that Bernat Softee Baby yarn. So luscsious. I :heart: love knitting for babies and toddlers! Miniature knitted gems! Done so quickly too! A 'quick fix' I call it!

Keep your Stash Sisters and Brothers updated about your progress! :cheering:
Remember this also: for every Stash Project you finish...you earn a New Yarn Reward purchase. But here's the guideline: if you use a New Yarn Reward purchase, you should knit it next thing. In other words, don't add it to your Stash! :eyes:

Can you post photos of your work? If so, remember to re-size the photos to less than 500 pixels in width, otherwise they just won't load in.

If you need help with this topic, PM me and I will walk you through it. I'm not an expert by any mean. I learned how to do this here at KH from my computer-saavy KH family!

I re-size my photos using MICROSOFT PICTURE MANAGER that came with my laptop. Some folks use other photo software for re-sizing.

ArtLady1981
06-07-2007, 02:44 PM
Made a little progress on my sock. But I may have to table it for a bit, my boss had her baby early this past Sunday. She had a very difficult pregnancy and we were all waiting for this baby to get here ... she and momma are doing fantastic. Already home, happy and healthy. I guess she just wanted to get all our worries out while she was inside momma. :teehee: anyway... I am knitting up some baby socks, a few booties and mittens so she wont scratch herself!

My RPM sock:

Hiya Becky! Is that your pretty foot? I love the toe polish!
Also appreciate all the PHOTOS you posted for us! It takes a little extra time...and we love seeing photos!

The little baby stuff is soo cute, too! :cheering:I just love 'miniatures' don't you???

knitwit628
06-07-2007, 04:17 PM
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s94/alexknits/DSC00005.jpg
I hope I resized ok!

Here is a picture of the preemie baby hat and bootie set I knitted. Sorry, took the picture at night so it doesn't have very good lighting. Anyways, it's also a close up picture so of course it's not that big. Is it ok if I don't reward myself for every project? I was thinking, since I am knitting many baby items, that I could get a reward for every ball I use up for the baby knitting. Otherwise I would have a lot of reward yarn, haha. I will post more pictures of baby items I have made later, once finish them all off!

jeanius80
06-07-2007, 04:30 PM
:heart:Hi! My name is jeanie and i am a yarn addict!:inlove:
:teehee:
so this week i decided to be a stashie. i really have more yarn then i can probably knit up this year alone, and the sad ( or wonderful ) part is, i just started knitting in february!:zombie: and i have a box of fiber to spin up too. 3 pounds of wool!:shifty:
right now on my actually in progress needles are two purses that will be felted, a pair of socks, a shawl, and a tank top. i have probably enough sock yarn to make 24 pairs of socks :mrgreen: and bunches of randomness that will most likely become hats and scarves, as well as enough yarn for kid sized sweaters, and a dress. i also have 10 balls of bamboo to make a golf vest for dh, enough yarn to make 3 tops for me, and at least 6 skeins of caron ss and two giant skeins of red heart:ick:. i am done buy yarn for me. my goal is to knit a few pairs of socks, at least one sweater for dd, a few hats (4?)dd's dress, and dh's vest before the end of the year. then i can get new yarn! lots of stash busting for me. i think instead of yarn, i will get knitting books as my rewards!

knitwit628
06-07-2007, 05:15 PM
Welcome!!! :cheering: It's nice to have a new stashie like me to join!
Wow! You have a lot of yarn... at least this will keep you busy!! :happydancing:

mwedzi
06-07-2007, 05:31 PM
I can't remember if I posted here before but I wanted to give myself a big cheer. It's been 271 days since I purchased yarn and I'm still going strong!

:shock: A strong woman, indeed!

jeanius80
06-07-2007, 05:44 PM
Originally Posted by suziehomemaker http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/images/ca_serenity_purple/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?p=866709#post866709) I can't remember if I posted here before but I wanted to give myself a big cheer. It's been 271 days since I purchased yarn and I'm still going strong!

this will be me i hope:cheering:

ArtLady1981
06-07-2007, 08:02 PM
All ya all are doin' so gooooood!!!! :cheering:

I am knitting a New Yarn Reward project right now. It is KHAKI CABLES...a pure white, 100% cotton cardigan. I did not have any pure white cotton in my STASH...so had to break down and buy some with my REWARD CREDITS!

Here is the BACK...almost done. Needs 2"...but...with cabling...2" is a lot of work. Well, especially for the BACK...which is 144 stitches on the needles.

The beige KHAKI CABLES photo is the pattern model. I am making mine longer than the model. And, I will make the self-yarn frog...but...a Celtic "silver" clasp is also an option. I just love this sweater! I sooooo want to finish it in time for a June 22-24 event I will be attending. Air-conditioning :pout: makes a cardigan a must. Might wear it with a white tank and a denim skirt. Yes?

Doodknitwit
06-07-2007, 08:46 PM
wow:woohoo: a gorgeous sweater :yay: how difficult it looks :hair:

:blooby:

jeanius80
06-07-2007, 08:53 PM
thats a beautiful cardi!:heart:i see why you had to break down and buy yarn to knit it:drool:

dustinac
06-07-2007, 09:40 PM
:woot:Everything looks wonderful!!! You guys are doing a great job..

Becky~ Love the socks and baby items..

Knitwit~ those are adorable!!

Artlady~ :passedout:.. very pretty..


The chickami is almost done working on the straps.. nice to see yarn from last summer get used :teehee:... pictures hopefully tomorrow.. if not when I get home from my mom's...

misha rf
06-08-2007, 07:03 AM
Oooh...love the cute little baby things! I haven't quite worked up to booties yet. (Hate seaming; would want to do them in one piece.)

Beckyrhae, you do have a lovely foot. And I can't wait to see the finished socks!

Speaking of socks, I just broke down & bought a set of sock needles (actually, a set of 5 sizes of sock needles). I'm trying to work up the nerve, although I suspect once I get over the fear, I'll be addicted. I had the same issue with circular needles, and look at how many hats I've coughed up since Feb!! :rofling:

beckyrhae
06-08-2007, 08:31 AM
Beckyrhae, you do have a lovely foot. And I can't wait to see the finished socks!
:rofling:

That is my daughters foot actually... I'll let her know you all think its cute! :teehee:

dustinac
06-08-2007, 08:32 AM
Oooh...love the cute little baby things! I haven't quite worked up to booties yet. (Hate seaming; would want to do them in one piece.)

Beckyrhae, you do have a lovely foot. And I can't wait to see the finished socks!

Speaking of socks, I just broke down & bought a set of sock needles (actually, a set of 5 sizes of sock needles). I'm trying to work up the nerve, although I suspect once I get over the fear, I'll be addicted. I had the same issue with circular needles, and look at how many hats I've coughed up since Feb!! :rofling:


Misha~ Socks are addicting!! Silver's tutorial is great.. I also started mom on this sock pattern (http://www.beartoes.com/patterns/tropicalpunch.html).. very easy and it calls for 9 dpns.. I really need to get back to my potamwhat socks lol hopefully soon!! :thumbsup:

knitwit628
06-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Dustinac- Are the pomatomus socks easy to knit? I haven't made socks before (I have made slippers though...) and have had my eye on that pattern! :)

Mulderknitter
06-08-2007, 02:06 PM
ArtLady-
that cardigan is absolutely gorgeous!:inlove: I am still working on my cable turtleneck from Cables Untangled, but got a bit confused when I got to the shaping of the neck for the front and put it down.... told it to work itself out and let me know when it was ready to be easy again:roflhard: will post a pic of my progress tonight or tomorrow, I have the back totally done and off the needles, just waiting to block. The sides sure do curl!:??
I am also looking for motivation to finish my friends afghan before her wedding in 2 weeks. I only have 4 skeins left (it's knit double stranded) and with 2 weeks I can very probably have it done. But I hate the bugger. Every time I pick it up I hate it more. It's sooooo big and soooo boring..... basketweave pattern over and over and over and over:ick: Someone please give me some motivational speech to help me finish!!!

misha rf
06-08-2007, 02:16 PM
Mulderknitter, if I can finish the never-ending baby blanket, you can finish your friend's afghan!! At least yours is knit double...it'll go fast!!!

Dustinac, thanks for that pattern! I think that'll be the first one I try. Those other needles are teeny tiny!! :shock: And I'm definitely planning on using Silver's sock tutorial. I've only heard good things about it.

ArtLady, I stand in awe....

ArtLady1981
06-08-2007, 05:30 PM
ArtLady-
that cardigan is absolutely gorgeous!:inlove: I am still working on my cable turtleneck from Cables Untangled, but got a bit confused when I got to the shaping of the neck for the front and put it down.... told it to work itself out and let me know when it was ready to be easy again:roflhard: will post a pic of my progress tonight or tomorrow, I have the back totally done and off the needles, just waiting to block. The sides sure do curl!:??
I am also looking for motivation to finish my friends afghan before her wedding in 2 weeks. I only have 4 skeins left (it's knit double stranded) and with 2 weeks I can very probably have it done. But I hate the bugger. Every time I pick it up I hate it more. It's sooooo big and soooo boring..... basketweave pattern over and over and over and over:ick: Someone please give me some motivational speech to help me finish!!!

Yeah Mulder, I feels your pain! I made a huge baby blanket for a friend...using double-standed microspun...basketweave...and boy o boy...I was soooooo done with it when it was only half done! :hair:

Sooo many stitches on the needles...:eyes:

Don't forget to post a photo of the afghan before you give it away!
Be sure to force yourself to get it done in time....you will be soooo
pleased with yourself!!!:eyebrow:

ArtLady1981
06-08-2007, 05:33 PM
Oh, I forgot to say:

I will be OFF THE GRID starting Sat June 9...off to the mountainous wilderness of Northeastern Washington again. No electricity, no internet, no nothin...except wind, air and sun. Not a bad tradeoff! :teehee:

I will check back with y'all when I return on the 17th or 18th.:waving:

Mulderknitter
06-08-2007, 06:03 PM
Be sure to pack that knitting bag!
Sounds oh so fun to me, I need a vactation!:heart:

ArtLady1981
06-08-2007, 06:10 PM
Be sure to pack that knitting bag!
Sounds oh so fun to me, I need a vactation!:heart:

Ohhhh yeah! Will do Mulder! I bought a "sock bag" this week just to have more portablilty for those afghan squares...and sitting out in the wind, air and sun!

I don't knit socks, but I keep threatening to do so! :thumbsup:

The "sock bag" is pretty neato. It has two compartments...and the skein with WIP can sit on one side, and the gadgets, etc on the other side. Shoulder strap and belt loop...so you can carry it around over the chest...or attached to your hip. :thumbsup:

A little gal on EBAY makes them for a reasonable price. Auction.

She is working fulltime now, and so doesn't post too many. I keep a lookout for her newest bags. She is only gonna sew til her fabric runs out. :waah:

knitwit628
06-08-2007, 10:11 PM
Have fun on your trip!!!! :muah: :waving:

ArtLady1981
06-09-2007, 01:55 AM
:sun:T'anks!

I will be working on my STASH Crazy Quilt Afghan! :cheering:22 squares done...41 to go!

auburnchick
06-09-2007, 02:17 AM
ArtLady,

You are the QUEEN of cable work! I'm surprised you're doing cables again after that FABULOUS red afghan you made. Wowser!!!! :inlove::inlove::inlove:

Wish you were my mom... :teehee:

ArtLady1981
06-09-2007, 02:38 AM
ArtLady,

You are the QUEEN of cable work! I'm surprised you're doing cables again after that FABULOUS red afghan you made. Wowser!!!! :inlove::inlove::inlove:

Wish you were my mom... :teehee:


Ohhhhh and don't you know I wish you were my daughter! I was just reading your thread about computer choices: what to buy!

I WISH anyone in my family knew 2 cents about computers. Alas, I am afraid I am the lone ranger. And besides that...I am the only knitter! I taught my little 7 yr old granddaughter to knit over her Spring Break. She picked it up really well...but she is hardly a knitting buddy. Taught my college bound granddaughter to knit when she was beginning her freshman year. She was a "natural" and finished a scarf during her freshman year...but hasn't had time to do any additional knitting due to (and I know you understand!) class load and working to help with what the scholarships don't pay. She lived on campus the first year...but the next two years she rented a house with 2 other women. Plus, she volunteered for lots of things related to her field, and participated in several political/community related issues here in our state, and out of state as well.

Well, I am running on! Sorry. It's Granny-Pride Night!:happydance:

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the 4 pages of Posts in your computer thread. Isn't Mason amazing? I learn things just from reading y'alls posts!

Keep us all posted about how LINUX works out for you.

Talk to y'all in a week when I blow in from the wilderness vacation!

:waving:

You are a wonder! Your schooling, your workload, your knitting...and finding time for us here at KH! Nathalie, YOU are WONDER WOMAN!

madametj
06-10-2007, 08:54 PM
Happy 101st page, stashies!:happydancing:

auburnchick
06-10-2007, 09:01 PM
Oh gosh, ArtLady...:aww:

I haven't felt that loved lately, so I appreciate your very kind words. :muah: :hug:

My dh looked over my computer "request." But, he says $$ are tight. Dd is getting back into soccer again...I can't believe it's almost been six months since she had her knee surgery. We have some MAJOR trips planned for the Fall, calling for lots of $$.

We'll see...

Thanks again for the :heart:. Your timing was perfect!!! :muah:

P.S. I hope you had a GREAT trip!!!!!

misha rf
06-12-2007, 09:26 PM
I took Shandeh up on her challenge, and knit some more hats for the Dulaan Project. Two adult, one child, all alpaca. I'll post pics after they've been washed & blocked. More gone from my stash!!