Friday, May 23, 2014

Yarn report Week 21

My family always knows when I am stressed.  I start organizing everything that isn't nailed down.  Our family is undergoing some medical issues--cancers, premature labor, difficult pregnancy, death of a loved one, major surgeries.  Since I can't "fix" anything I decided to organize my yarn.  Not only did I sort my stash for the fun of it I counted the number of skeins and yards.  Everything is recorded very neatly by weight, manufacturer, and amount.  If I had a project in mind that is also recorded.  Some of it I have no idea what I was going to knit.  Others had me asking myself "WHAT WAS I THINKING".

My Yarn Report for this week will be a confession of yardage that I need to work on.  Even though I am working on a project, I don't usually report the amount used until the project is completed.  So the following numbers are for my benefit and not for your shock or bewilderment. 

Worsted Weight/Aran Yarn:  14881 yards
DK/Sport Weight Yarn:  26913
Fingering/Sock Yarn:  18617
Chunky/Bulky Yarn:  216 ( I rarely knit with this)
Total:  60627 yards.
This will not stop me from purchasing yarn.  I have a few challenges--The Loopy Ewe and Eat Sleep Knit--that I love participating in.  And I may or may not have stash.  But I can tell you that the WHAT WAS I THINKING yarn will be gifted
In the coming weeks and months as I "report"  yarn in and yarn out I will also report yarn gifted.
PS:  I don't think I will inventory my fabric
PPS:  If you are a prayerful person, please remember my family as we go through and face some difficult times.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Head to Toe BOM

There is a fun BOM from Denise that lets me combine my love of knitting, patchwork and applique all in one project.  I have been keeping up to date with the project but have not posted any pictures yet.  Month one were stocking caps.  I am only using stash fabric for the blocks.  But I did need to buy yardage for the backgrounds.
Month two were these adorable stockings. 

And for month  3 were these cute hats.  

The blocks still need trimming.  But for now I am happy to be keeping up with this project

Friday, May 16, 2014

On the Needles Friday

I get excited when I finish a project.  I only work on one knitting project at a time.  I can't say the same for quilting.

The Twirl Legwarmers and fingerless mitts are done.
The picture doesn't do the color justice.  It is a little more purple than what you see.  Although the leg warmers look incredibly long, it is more my picture taking (lack of) skills.

On my needles now is a cardigan for me!!!  I have never been successful knitting sweaters that fit well.  I mentioned in a previous post Amy Herzog's Custom Fit program. 
The back is cast on and I have completed about 5 inches.  I am using a Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport on size 4 needles. 
I will be breaking my knitting rule about one project at a time since Camp Loopy will be starting June 1.
I am off to visit Judy's to see what others are working on. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Camp Loopy Box of Fun

The Loopy Ewe has the most amazing customer service.  My order was shipped the day I placed the order.  The Madelinetosh Pashmina is even lovelier than I imagined. 

I think the Pinctada cowl will be pretty in this color.  I am off to meet my fellow "glampers" (glamorous campers) at Camp Loopy

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cardipalooza Procrastination

I hate to admit that I can be a procrastinator when I am feeling very unsure of myself.  Amy Herzog is a sweater designer who has developed a Fit to Flatter program.  On her Custom Fit ravelry group there is a KAL for a cardigan.  I finally finished my swatch, measured it and input my measurements and swatch information.

Here is my swatch made with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn.
The color is Skyway which has beautiful shades of blue green.  It reminds me of pine trees.  I am supposed to be finished by May 31.  But that is most unlikely.  I am excited about the prospect of making something that fits well and looks flattering.

The style is a worn-open cardigan with seed stitch trim. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Camp Loopy--here I come

This is my third year "going" to Camp Loopy.  Did I ever mention that I  flunked out of Girl Scouts for camping?  I'm just not a back to basics kind of girl.  Digging my own latrine did me in.  But this virtual camping is awesome.  The challenge for month one is a project inspired by a movie, TV program or book.  I thought I would go for an Celtic theme--Outlander series of books, Trinity and a few others.  But while searching for a pattern I found this lovely cowl.  The description of the pattern links it to Australia.  This brought to mind, The Thornbirds--both the book and the mini-series and the novelette, Tim, both by Colleen McCullough.

I have ordered Madelinetosh Pashmina in Twig.  If you have an opportunity stop by the Loopy Ewe's ravelry group and see what others are up to.

On the Needles Friday

I am happy to report that I am making progress on my Twirl Fingerless Mitts.
This is the second mitt and I should finish it this week end.  I am going to visit Judy's blog and see what everyone else is making.

Friday, May 2, 2014

On the Needles Friday

There has been a  little knitting progress this week.  The Twirl Leg Warmers are done and I have started the matching fingerless mitts.
I am off to visit Judy's blog and get some inspiration.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April wasn't as productive as I would have liked.  But life happens.  I have been going to doctor appointments with one of my daughters.  She will be starting chemo in a few weeks and there is lots to do before then.

I do tend to change my mind early in the month.  Although not listed I managed to knit a pair of leg warmers and hope to finish matching fingerless mitts this month.

April 2014

  1. BOM--Schoolhouse, Tell it to the Stars, Head to Toe, Wayside Embroidery Club and Underground Railroad
  2. Swatch and start Cushman Cardigan for Cardipalooza
  3. Complete top for Baby Kelly's  Puppy  Quilt--only 2 blocks finished
  4. Work on Forever Blooming--lots of prepping but no applique
  5. Quilt Michael's car quilt
  6. Tooth fairy pillow for Mia
  7. Eat Sleep Knit Robot challenge

  1. BOM--Schoolhouse, Tell it to the Stars, Head to Toe and Wayside Embroidery Club
  2. Work on Forever Blooming from P3 designs
  3. Cast on Cardipalooza
  4. Finish the Twirl leg warmers and mitts
  5. Complete 4 blocks of Puppy Quilt
  6. Baste a Quilt top--any quilt top

      Tell it to the Stars--April

      Here are my blocks for April.  I can't wait to start this month's blocks.
      I am anxious to visit Judy's blog to see what others have done.