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!


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?