Stash Dash 2017 pt. 5 – Leftovers

What do other knitters do with their leftovers? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself tonight. I have a huge amount of leftovers, as I’m sure does every knitter. Before I just stashed them in color coded sections in the stash but it wasn’t working and now that the stash section containing un-knit yarn, so to speak, has expanded in order to create a better over view and organization, something must be done about the leftovers. Some of it is pretty useless but some of it can become other things, like wristwarmers or something even bigger when combined. Some of it I know what it is and some… I have no idea. But, I can see the end of Stash Dash 2017 and I have saved the best for last, as a treat for when I’m done dealing with the leftovers, to add the freezer yarn to the stash. There are a lot of goodies in there that can finally move in to the new and improved stash and I’m actually very excited to get to use it.

But first, leftovers!

Big plans for the weekend

I’m leaving town again on Monday and for this weekend I have put up a few knitting and yarn related goals.

1. Finish Stash Dash 2017. It does sound like a very big goal but it’s really “just” the left overs… well, left, so that should be fine. I won’t go into knitting needles although those could really do with some love as well.

2. Block a few more items. I have a few socks that are getting a bath right now and although I could block two shawls as well, I’m happy as long as the socks get done (as one has to be realistic).

3. Get as many clues as possible done on the current MKAL so as not to get stuck too far behind (I’ve just finished clue 4, we received clue 6 earlier today).

4. Mail a knitted gift to a friend since I don’t know when I’ll see her next.

5. Wind yarn for next project, the one I will bring on my trip.

6. Contemplate knitworthyness. And how to tame the stash (aka, planning my next projects, out of stash yarn)… I will repeat to myself “it’s okay to use stash yarn” over and over.

This should be doable, right? If I get feeling I might weave in the ends of a pair of mitts as well but that’s a big IF.

Pattern: Gerda Hildur by Birgitta Adolfsson. Yarn: Babyull Lanett from Sandnes, color 6033 Mellomblå. 15 pattern repeats.

To watch grass grow

I’ve blocked things for the first time in months. Then I got a cold (I know, it just came by full force in just an hour) and now I don’t have the energy to do anything else. I’ll just sit and watch these items dry while I try to feel better. I don’t think the blocking and the cold are related but they happened right after one another. We’ll see what comes first, my recovery or finished knitted items.

Two years!

“If you find a non-knitter who thinks what you do is clever, beautiful and artistic; who never asks for knitted stuff but wears it with pride when you give it to him or her; and will help you carry home a whole fleece or a stack of stitch dictionaries without once implying that you might want to get a grip – marry that person.” From Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, p. 8.

And I did!

Stash Dash 2017 pt. 4

So, the first part of Stash Dash 2017 is finished. All yarns are now in their designated sections and the next step is to move on to leftovers. That will have to wait though, as I will be busy the following week and not around the stash that much. The last sorting wasn’t as difficult as I initially thought and things got much easier once I realized that all the yarns in the picture are actually the same, just different amount (and colors). I must say it took me a while to figure out, longer than I care to admit, but in the end I finally got it. The new order in the stash it very neat but I’m sure this is just a phase and soon everything will be a bit crazy again.

Stash Dash 2017 pt. 3

Stash Dash 2017 is progressing nicely. I have filled more and more sections and I surprise myself with my previous yarn choices. I thought for sure I hade more DK weight than sport weight but so far, no. I also thought I had way more DK than worsted but again, no. Sure, I’m not yet done but the tendencies so far points to this conclusion. What you see in the picture is lace weight till worsted weight. Then I have a couple of other sections as well but they are not nearly as filled. It doesn’t look like there is much yarn in the shelves when looking at it like this so I’m glad I took pictures of it while it was out on the floor. I should really count it as well.

I must have had so many plans to knit sweaters in the past because I have enough yarn in the same color and same weight to knit several. I know that I’ve made commitments in the past to knit more sweaters but I didn’t know I actually bought so much yarn as well. I can make purple sweaters, pink ones, yellow ones, red ones, striped ones and so on. Maybe it’s time to actually get going on that, that would certainly free up some stash space. And I also need to remember that it’s okay to use stash yarn. It’s okay to use stash yarn. It’s okay to use stash yarn.

The floor is getting empty but there are still some skeins there that need to find their way to the stash. Some of them are without ballbands so for those I’ll just have to make a guess. That’s going to be interesting…

Stash Dash 2017 pt. 2

I’m continuing my re-organization. It’s now time to put the yarn back in their separate sections and it takes so much time! Some yarn I know which weight they are but for some I have to check on Ravelry to see what weight it is. I’m following the classification on Ravelry, I thought that was easiest.

 I have filled the lace and light fingering sections and most of the fingering sections and there are definitely holes in the piles I made yesterday but there is still a lot of yarn left. Most of it is DK and Sport I think but there is definitely quite a lot of worsted as well.  The yarn brand I own most of is Malabrigo , since I know which weight that is I have started to move all those skeins, and Rios has already filled an entire section and so has Sock as well. I don’t know where this will end but it’s nice.

The is one thing that I find crazy though. I don’t knit much in lace yarn, almost never actually and for that reason I don’t buy lace weight yarn. Nevertheless, it’s clear that I own a lot of lace weight yarn. I don’t know how that happened but I do. Apparently I need to knit in lace (or just never buy another skein of lace weight yarn) before the lace yarns spread to another section as well (which would be utterly ridiculous since I don’t knit much in lace weight). I think I like the latter idea best…

Stash Dash 2017 pt. 1

So, remember how I mentioned that I need to sort out my knitting a bit. Well, I thought today was the day to re-organizing the stash. I started to take out a couple of sections and at first I just thought I would dust it a bit and put it back but then I thought, why not make something bigger to help me find what I’m looking for. I discussed it with Julle, my yarn supporting partner, and he asked me what was the most important thing when I look for yarn for a project. Well, that’s weight and color but usually weight is less easy to compromise with. Therefore, the stash will now be properly sorter by weight. It was before as well, all skeins were divided into color and weight, but this time it will be a proper weight based organization. I think it will really help me find what I’m looking for. My only concern is that this will be less aesthetic appealing than sorting by color but it’ll have to be for now. Practicality first, then aesthetic concerns (I know, it’s weird saying this considering that knitting is art but even a painter needs to find his paint in order to be able to actually paint).

First I took out the red and orange sections. They filled the entire table (I have a nagging feeling that the moral of this stash dash is that I need to loose a few pounds of yarn but I don’t want to think about that yet). I have a lot of delicious red yarn…

Then I gradually filled the table with more yarn (pink), then the coffee table (yellow) and evetually I had to move down to the floor (pink, purple, blue, green, and white).

All yarn was properly sorted and the shelf cleaned out. Half the pink section could fit on the table but the rest had to go on the floor and so did the purple shortly after.

As did blue, green and white. I also managed to find a project bag that I had completely forgotten that I owned, and, more surprisingly, a retroreflector hidden in the stash.

I’ve made little place holders to put on the shelves and now the only question is to put everything back in its new place. Since this is a big job I’ll have to save it for another day though.

Meanwhile the entire livingroom is filled with yarn. It was before as well, but now the yarn is on the floor and the tables. The leftovers are still on the shelves in the stash and I’m sure there is a brown section somewhere. There are also two shelves in the freezer with more yarn. It’s quite delicious to look at it all. I’m going to count the skeins as I put them back in the stash later as well. The only remaining question is, have I reached the point of SABLE* yet?


*SABLE – Stash Aquired Beyond Life Expectancy

Thank goodness for gadgets

Look at it, lying there all innocent looking. It’s late in the evening and I thought I would just finish the row, take a quick picture, show you guys and then go to bed. Well, obviously this was the time when the knitting wanted to misbehave. It turns out, cables are weak little suckers. This shawl now contains close to 500 stitches. 500 stitches held together are heavy. Very heavy.

So heavy in fact that when I was shifting the stitches to move them forward on the cable, the cable broke! It broke! It’s true, it broke. Isn’t this exactly what you would expect of your knitting late at night, so misbehaving.

Luckily, thanks to stoppers, gadgets, an extra cable and some fumbling and, thank goodness, removable needles, I managed to fix it without having to tink or moving all the stitches one by one. All in all it turned out to be a fairly breezy problem but the horror, oh, the horror when it happened. Also, if anyone would suggest that knitting isn’t a craft that uses lots of gadgets, you’re wrong. We have tools and gadgets and whatchamightcallits and many other things, all to make things easier for us, and I’m so happy about this. Thanks to that I managed to fix my problem. It still took some time and effort but was much easier than it could have been.

Now, off to bed!

Light for dark

Today my friend Annelie came over for tea and knitting. Usually when we meet we try to take the opportunity to weave in ends and other types of finishing that are necessary but oh, so boring. Since seeing each other is so lovely, it takes the edge of the boring stuff. Annelie stayed true to form and wove in ends but I maintain the opinion that I need to get the actual knitting working before I have to deal with the more boring sides of it (which means that my backlog is getting huge on everything and that no project is ever getting finished).

Anyway, I continued with my mountain climber shawl and it has now started to move in weird directions. It will be very interesting to see where this is going but at least I’m happy about the shorter rows. I’m also getting second thoughts on the order of the colors now that I can see the stripes more clearly. I’m thinking the light grey and the dark grey should switch places. I am aware that this will make the over all sentiment of the shawl much lighter, which is not what I’m after, but as it is know, the shaw will end with the light grey and I don’t want that either. As Annelie pointed out, one rarely regrets a frogging but I’m also pretty sure that if I frog the project to start over, I won’t start over. I want this to be done, I don’t want to reknit it. It’s not that much left now so I will finish it and then make a decision. I might switch color at the edge or something, we’ll see.