Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I guess my yarn diet is going to have to start next year....
I got ambushed over the holidays by requests for knitted gifts, so I purchased a bunch of yarn with a 25% off entire purchase coupon from AC Moore, and some from WEBS and I couldn't resist getting something for myself too. My stash is growing more out of control and it's making me crazy. Not to mention the fact that I need to finish a sweater and 3 scarves by christmas...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I am on a yarn diet. Again. For real this time. I have more yarn in my house than I know what to do with, and i bought even more at stitches this weekend. 4 skeins of luscious by kollage for socks, 3 bags of 10 skeins each of ella rae silkience and a bag of 10 skeins of rowan 4 ply cotton. Not to mention all the yarn I already have. Enough is enough I say!

I am officially going on a yarn diet until april 1, 2009, with exceptions for completing projects or for gifts.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I have completed all the knitting for the relaxed cardigan. Now all the remains is the seaming...which I hate. I hope later today to finish the shoulder seams. I am going to follow some advice I read somewhere (I forget where) not to do too many seams in one day so you'll pay attention to what you're doing.
I've also started a new cardigan out of some plymouth bella that I got from discontinuedbrandnameyarn.com for 1.99 a ball. :) I love when things are on sale! I also just recently bought 5 large skeins of lily sugar and cream from michaels closeouts for .79 each. I love when things are under a dollar! I think I might knit the february lady sweater out of one of the skeins of it. We'll see, I need to do some swatching first.
In other news, I'm trying to keep myself from purchasing the addi click set of interchangeables that just came out. I pretty much use my knitpicks options for everything, but for some projects and yarns, a blunter needle would be nicer. I added up the cost, and 10 sizes of needles in three different cable lengths...works out to be about 4.70 per needle if I pre-order. Not too shabby....However, I really want to wait for the next batch and read reviews first, let them have time to get the design flaws (if there are any under control) so...we'll see.

Friday, August 8, 2008


I"m making pretty good progress with the relaxed cardigan and cabled sweater from modern classics. I think I'm going to enjoy wearing both of them.
So far I've done the back, left front, and part of the right front on the relaxed cardigan. From the amount of yarn I've used so far, I would estimate I'm about halfway done. I think after I finish the right front, I'm going to weave the ends of those pieces in and seam the shoulders to cut down on the amount of seaming that will have to be done at the end of the knitting all at once. I HATE seaming.

The back and part of a sleeve of the cabled sweater.

Friday, August 1, 2008

relaxed cardi and a garterlac dishcloth

I am loving the relaxed cardi so far. The yarn is so slinky and nice, I can tell it's going to be a very wearable project. So far I've knitted up 2 out of 13 spools of the fauve. This pic is what I have of the back so far.

Not only am I loving this pattern, i really love the whole modern classics book. I have another pattern started from there too, which I'm going to finish after the cardigan. I ordered the yarn for the cardi on impulse and i want to get it knitted up right away instead of adding it to the stash. :)

After those two projects I already have at least two more picked out from the book to do afterwards. I'm going to get a lot of use out of this book I can tell already!
And...a garterlac dishcloth just for fun! I love that pattern.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Louisa Harding Fauve

I recently purchased the book modern classics (great book!) and ordered 14 ball of Louisa Harding Fauve a 100% nylon ribbon yarn called for the in the "relaxed cardigan" pattern. I thought it would be a great, simple cardigan to have in black, so I searched around on the internet for the yarn. At first, I thought the cost was going to be prohibitive. Most sites had fauve for around 9.50 a ball, which would make the sweater 123.50 plus shipping. No thank you! I think around 100 dollars is my cut off for a sweater unless it's something extremely special. Even with the 100 dollar cut off, I try to keep it under 50 dollars.
I found fauve in the color that I wanted at knittingzone.com on sale for 4.75. It ended up being 75 dollars after shipping-still a lot, but better than over a hundred.
I got the fauve in the mail yesterday, and swatched for the sweater. I got the recommended gauge of 4 inches= 28 rows and 20 stitches on 9's.

So far I really like the yarn-very slippery, stretchy and slinky. Not sure if I will use it again though, it's going to depend on how the cardi holds up for that price.

Monday, July 28, 2008

so I really fell off the yarn diet wagon. I ordered a ton of books from knitpicks sale:
Knit So Fine
The Best Of Interweave Knits
Sensational Knitted Socks
Vintage Knits
Romantic Hand Knits
Runway Knits
Knitting Lingerie Style

I also ordered 7 skeins of berocco love it from webs (I'm going to make a skirt out of romantic handknits with it) as well as two skeins of comfort sock.

I then ordered 14 skeins of louisa harding fauve so I can make a sweater from modern classics.

Yep. Definitely off the wagon... I've got a lot of knitting to do.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

rewarding myself

So I have set a goal for myself. I am going on a yarn diet until the end of the year- I will allow myself a few free days after I finish a few projects. I am going to complete seven sweaters by the end of the year, as well as my ufos-shetland shawl, victorian lace today shawl, and palindrome scarf. If I can complete this goal I will buy myself the knitpicks harmony needles set.

Monday, May 19, 2008

So I went on a yarn diet for about 7 months, and then back to buying yarn. I am now officially on a yarn diet, from now until the end of summer break. I may allow myself a few free days, depending on how much knitting I am about to get done. However, my stash has reached a proportion I am not comfortable with-it no longer fits into it's 2 designated plastic bins, and basket.
here is what I have-
6 Skeins of comfort in purple-(wicked)
6 skeins of comfort in green-(tree jacket)
6 skeins of comfort in red-(bella paquita)
6 skeins of comfort in black-(something red sweater)
8 skeins of esprit- 2 in red, 2 in burgundy, 2 in sea green, and 2 in blue (socks)
2 skeins cotton sock (socks)
9 skeins cotton ease in berry-(designated for a licorice whip sweater and a the boatneck bluebell from fitted knits)
2 skeins simply soft-one in burgundy, one in black (probably scarves)
4 skeins microspun-(for a blouson from knit.1)
2 big skeins sea silk in blackberry
2 big skeins sea silk in indian summer
3 regular skeins sea silk in midnight
1 cone burgundy lace weight tencel from valley yarns
1 cone silk city bounce in poinsetta
1 cone silk city bounce in ebony
4 balls ggh safari in black
14 skeins shine worsted in ebony

Clearly, I have a healthy stash. I have already planned 7 specific sweaters from all this yarn. SEVEN. That should be enough to keep me busy for awhile, and if I get bored, i have yarn for socks, shawls, and scarves. It seems that all the categories of knitted garment are well represented in my stash. So no more yarn for awhile!
I have a retro redux shrug in progress right now from stash yarn (lion brand jiffy-just awful) that I intend to finish by the end of the week. I also have a scarf in progress with simply soft that I want to finish soon too. After that-on to the cotton ease sweaters. Now, to figure out what to do with the rest.....