Up in Armholes & Stashing Down

Hello dear friends!

I’m a Cowlard! 

I have spent the last chunk of February making a scarfthe Wheat Scarf which I made too short, so then I made it into a cowl/collar/neckpiece. My male roommate is highly interested in said neckpiece, and wants me to make him one too!

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And this past weekend, I finally made it up to the armhole in another project I’m working on! Yay! I can’t reveal much about that project,  because it’s a secret, but it’s the biggest project I’ve ever tried to do and so I’m happy with my progress. I was very much behind.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m someone who knits a lot of winter items. Worsted and heavy worsted and bulky is kind of where my heart is – I love squishy, and cozy, and warm! But of course, I know that despite the horrible Pittsburgh winter we’ve been having, there are indeed other seasons. So! I embarked to find a pattern that was spring-y or summer-y, and I’ve found it in the Two If By Sea Shawlette by Pam Jemelian.

So I went and ordered my second order from KnitPicks – three skeins each of their wonderful Shine Sport yarn in the colors Reef and Platinum. My personal yarn choice is louder and brighter, but I’ve always been a “go big or go home!” type anyway.

Stashing Down. . .  #NOMOREYARN2015

I’m determined that this is the final bit of yarn I’m buying – I think I said that last time, but I mean it!  I don’t mind having “a stash” but my space and budget are limited, so I’ve decided that from now on! No more stashing.

For me, the idea of having a LOT of stash – like excessive amounts of it – is both natural and where your brain wants to go, like “GIVE ME MOAR YARNS!”  but at the same time, I don’t think unused yarn is the same as an unread book. I can’t give away my unused yarn to just about anyone, or to a resale store, the same way I can give away an unread book, and frankly, yarn is more expensive than most books I buy.

When I moved to Pittsburgh, I probably gave away about 100 books. It was freeing. And I don’t miss those books. I have, probably about 30 balls of yarn. Each was bought for a specific project in mind, except for 2-4 which were gifts. As I stash down this year, I hope to be able to show you all more finished projects!

I know that was more serious and less ridiculous than my previous writing, but it’s just something that I’ve been thinking a lot of.

What are you working on? Do you have stash down goals for yourself?

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Teaching Myself & Scarf Update

Hi Friends —

Well, I finished my scarf! I’ll post pictures in the next few weeks. (I’m terrible at uploading photos from my phone, so my apologies.)

In the meantime, I started trying to knit a couple of projects.

In the past few days, I’ve taught myself how to “seed stitch” (also called “moss stitch” in UK) and while I’ve failed to execute it with this super bulky yarn I really love – Universal Yarn Big Time (in Campfire) – because of my novice skills, I have gotten it down in this cowl I’m knitting with one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Gray.

In the past 24 hours, I probably restarted the Campfire UY cowl ten times – that’s not even an exaggeration – and then realized I want to pick that yarn back up when I’ve done a few more projects and feel a bit more skilled.

I have a huge project ahead of me: a shawl (from a Revelry pattern that I’ll link to) for a present for someone I love very much.

So right now I’m working on:

Lion Brand Wool-Ease cowl with seed stitch

A knitting project for a class I’m taking (a secret)

Soon, I’ll be starting this shawl.

I’ve found that looking up “how to do X knitting” on YouTube has gotten me through most errors thus far, especially once I cross reference with Debbie Stoller’s classic, Stitch N Bitch. I might make a shout out to some of the blogs, videos and sites that have been super helpful to me when I post next month.

Fellow knitters – what projects are you working on? What were the hardest things to master when you were a beginning knitter?

What kinds of yarn are your favorites?

Happy holidays!