So I went to The Point closing sale and wow. The place was picked clean! I doubt there will be much of anything left tomorrow to be honest. I totally spent more than I should anyway.
See there’s a book too so I’m not that bad really. But yes 2 skeins of the orange 2 of the purple, 1 burgundy, and 1 blue purple mix. Most are fingering weight and I was thinking shawl or some other such thing from the orange, gloves maybe from the purple. And a hat possibly from the red.
The book Pretty in Punk, had caught my eye a few times so I was willing to pick it up at 30% off. Couple projects to add to the super queue.
I also got a size 0 40″ bamboo circular that I have already used to redo the cast on and start of a Dalek, (Extermaknit by Penwiper) using Karabella Aurora 4 in black and white for the first one. I may do the red supreme next or switch back to the Tardis.
So I’ve organized the stash more or less. There are a few balls here and there without a home that are “WIPs” If I had cast on it might be more believable. But here are some shots of my stash in its neat glory. Can we tell red is one of my favorite colors?
I really like red, though I have to find a project for the red/black cascade. Or should I say a sweater. I have also organized my tools notions and the like.
Neat and organized.
I’m also planning to break my no yarn buying rule. I made it a few weeks I think but The Point is closing! 30% off everything. I won’t go too crazy….no more than $60? I mean I spent about that much at Knit NY’s moving sale and it was 20% off and their prices were a bit high to begin with.
This is the third closing I’ve been to in way too little time.
Yarn Connection, Knit NY, and now the Point. Though I did miss the Stitches East closing. And I really liked the point, baked goods, awesome people and yarn what’s not to love.
So I have finished the mutant lace scarf, I settled on 10 1/2 needles which is nearly my default go to size. Go figure. And I have a pattern, which I made up through lots of trial and error. It will be interesting once I get around to blocking it.
The Pattern: CO any Multiple of 3 stitches (The scarf is 21 in most places )
Row 1: YO K1 SKP
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: SKP YO K1
Row 4: Purl
And to go with this experiment in lace I add an experiment in blocking.
We’ll see how well in turns out in a day or two. Though with this heat maybe I should check it over in about 10 minutes.
This does mean that this is 1 item down on my to knit list. I would feel more accomplished if I wasn’t frogging the yoga mat bag. Not that I made it very far but still sigh frogging.
It was knit up with Noro Sock yarn and I do have at least 1/2 a skein left maybe more.
***9 Projects until New Yarn Purchases ***
After a few weeks of letting it fall to the way side I have resumed knitting the lantern scarf in the last couple days and am now 50% done. I have completed Hate(red) and Hope (blue). So that is 4 down and 4 to go. I still have to write out the chart for the others as I have chart fail and would mess it up of I tried to follow the image. Though seeing as they are all symmetrical I could be wrong. Left to right, right to left all the same
Red (Hate) Lantern
Blue (Hope) Lantern
I really like how Hope came out. And the way the blue stands out so well.
And of course the other side as well. I really like that this is actually going to be a double sided scarf. Because even with my best intentions the lack of any plan or plot for the Justice League scarf means that it is only double sided in theory. Superman and the Flash especially with the duplicate stitch. But there is tricolored double knitting so… possibly next time.
Next up Avarice (orange, then Love (Purple), Followed by Compassion and last but from from least Will (green). If I can get my act together and write these. I’ve already charted them out.
In other knitting news hit the Geek SnB where my reputation (read Justice League Scarf) preceded me. Though I did end out have many a comic convo with the BF of the leader of the group.
Still here, back from a week of cat sitting. The cat loved my lap and I got a lot less knitting done than I thought I would. Mostly because really I had plans every night that week. Like every other week really.
Cute isn’t he?
Before I left I organized my stash in boxes.I totally FOUND MORE YARN all over the place. Yarn from Smilies (that was supposed to be for the JLA scarf) Yarn a friend gave me. Yarn that I have no idea what I bought it for…So totally more yarn than i thought I had but it fit into the two boxes, and I used the third smaller one as a notions box.
Now then back to the title of this post. I got a swift from The Knit shop on Etsy for $19.99 that sadly arrived the Monday after I left to go cat sitting. So I’ve finally opened it and used it to wind some Knit Picks Swish Bulky I had lying around.
It works really well is mostly smooth, (there was a bit of an edge on some of the the dowels, but as that part never gets to the yarn it was no big deal. It also folds into a a very small easy to store size which is of the utmost importance in my rooms of diminishing space.
It came with a page of pictured instructions that were easy to follow and contact details, just incase you had further questions. All in all a great thing. That will be a god send when winding the next skein of 220 for the Lantern scarf. Which I really have to get back on. Hate is just languishing on the needl es at this point. I have a winder and a swift for $40! Woo.
So I came home and lo and behold the Doorman has a package for me.
I did little happy dance as I made my way upstairs to open the box.
So I got:
1) 2 sets of 60″ circular Options interchangeable needles.
2) Wood interchangeable needle tips in size 9.
3) Yarn Ball winder
4) Knitting new mittens and gloves
5) A hank of Bulky Super wash yarn in Onyx.
So there it is the Knit Picks Winder for $19.95. Of course I tried it out right away. It has a no brainer assembly, and I put it together before I even noticed that there were instructions on the side of the box. I have not yet made/purchased a swift so I just grabbed a hand rolled hank of white that I had lying around. And started to wind. To preface this I don’t wind all that often, I have used winders in stores, but each one was a bit different.
So how do I like the winder? I’m not sure, I used bulky yarn, the ball was rolling around, and I somehow lost the center pull.
That image is before I lost the center pull. I had to go slowly, as it would tend to wrap around the base of the the winder. The hand hold while a good idea, I may have to use the table clamp, so i have both hands, until i get used to it to keep all the yarn working the right way.
But I was able to to hold it between my legs as well. I’d also have to look around for a table that I can clamp to. Most here have weird edges and finishes. Possibly the counter in the kitchen.
But yay new yarn toy to play with while I organize the stash.
As I currently am trying to make my way through my list and wait for my Knit Picks order. No I haven’t broken my rule already I made the order over a week ago. I just took stock of everything on needles. The list is behind the cut.
Waiting for my winder to arrive, though I have not yet gotten a swift. We’ll see how that will work out, pondering making a makeshift one but who knows how well that will work. I seem to still be making yarn related purchases. I just let the Container Store (that store is so addictive) with three containers to hopefully hold my yarn. Once I get that organized I’ll likely post pictures. But that does cover No 3 on the list, or it will once I actually put the stash in the containers. Let’s hope it fits.
And also another addition to my list. Use my books – I’ve been doing well the Stitchonary Volumes 1 &2 but I have 3 Stitch n’ Bitches, (including the happy hooker) a sweater book, a general stitch guide, Visual basics socks, and a mitten/glove book on the way. I have plenty of books, patterns in queue on Ravelry, and random ideas.
So I have not reached SABLE level but I’m thinking I have enough yarn for a few years at least. So what am I going to do?
1> Keep Knitting – M0st of the yarn was purchased with a project in mind if not pattern (i.e. hat, bag) – and why would this be a problem? Usually it wouldn’t be, but I had Christmas deadlines and made an obscene amount of things in a very short span. All of a sudden I’m making things with no recipient and no deadlines. So its been harder to stay diligent.
2> Stop buying yarn – Now I know myself, this is a lot harder than it sounds. So I will give my self smaller goals. Finish 10 projects before getting more yarn. With the projects cast on, squares, and Geek Gifts for M I should be able to do this. I have 3 scarves and a glove cast on already.
3> Organize the Stash - I think it would help to be able to see how much yarn I actually have instead of keeping it in different rooms and different bags. And I should get a more reasonable stash managment tool, than shopping bags for when the weather gets warmer and the bugs start coming out. While we have never had a bug problem this would be the time it starts.