Some progress and some new stuff

Hi there, I hope you had a great weekend. I actually got quite a lot of things done even though I did not get to do everything I had on my “to do” list but hey, I didn’t really expect I would so that’s ok.

First off, I went through my PERSONAL STASH! Oh my! I think it’s been years since I last dug this far into my stash! I unearthed some gorgeous yarns that have now moved closer to the surface and will hopefully be used sooner rather than later, but I also got the confirmation that I have become a die hard YARN SNOB! I knew so but seeing it like this, up close and in person really made that fact real!

So I posted an ad on Facebook offering to give someone a big chunk of my stash – all the yarns that I know I will never actually use. Most of these are full skeins, labelled and everything. Some are leftovers but just a small part. I actually must have close to 10 kg of yarn to give away! I also put in some knitting needles to go with this. I asked if an association would like this to knit for charity or something and I discovered that I’m not the only yarn snob in Normandy! Because actually NO ONE was interested! Someone did point out an association that might be interested so I have to find their contact info and check with them. I was a bit sad that all this yarn was just sitting in big bags in my garage and no one wanted it! I do hope I will end up finding someone to make good use of all this. Some of the yarn is “fantasy” yarn but it could be fun as an embellishment for example or to knit a pillow or something. Most of the yarns are wool/nylon blends, some I bought when I was knitting for premie charities. Most of the yarns are from Bérgère de France and Phildar. So if you by any chance live in Normandy and are part of a charity knitting group, do get in touch with me and I’ll gladly donate all this yarn and knitting needles for you to make good use of!

So this was my good deed and big “off the list” project of the  weekend, I had been dreading it for a while but finally I got it done and that is a good thing.

I also did some knitting. I almost finished my first Irma mitten. Now I just need to weave in the ends, sew the cuff and knit the thumb. But seeing the pattern all knit up is a huge pleasure.

www.knittinginfrance.com   I’m quite    sure  the person this is intended for  will love the mitts. Seeing as this someone is big into horses. I’m not saying who the recipient is just in case this person accidentally came across this post:) But yes I’m really happy with the outcome and I’ve already cast on for the second one and hope it will go well too.

I also took a decision about my travel knitting and I decided that I would do the Leftover shawl only it would not be my travel knitting. I’ve found all the leftovers I want to use and put them in a little basket next to my favorite chair in the living room and it will be my new tv knitting project.

www.knittinginfrance.com    This is the actual pattern picture

www.knittinginfrance.com And this is what I’ve knit so far

 

I have decided that I’ll be taking 2 projects with me on my travel (in addition to the two gorgeous sock yarn skeins that will await me in SFO) and I will knit 1 shawl and 1 pair of socks.

So last night I went online and I had recently been  going through all of Joji’s Ravelry store and I really love her designs and yesterday, believe it or not, I actually bought 6!!!!! patterns!!!!

I’m crazy! 1 shawl, 1 cowl and 4 yes 4 cardigans/sweaters. I don’t have enough time to share them all with you right now but I will soon. So anyway, I’m going to knit the shawl I bought and it is called In the moment and is by Joji Locatelli and I’m going to use two of my newly dyed yarns, the ones with the bronze stellina in autumn shades.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the yarn I’m using

www.knittinginfrance.com Here I am getting ready: my yarn all wound up, my new project bag, I’ve printed out the pattern and just put on Midsummer Murders ( I love Barnaby).

And here’s how far I’ve gotten and this is how it will stay until I actually leave: www.knittinginfrance.com

 

That’s all for today. I hope you have a wonderful week with plenty of time to devote to your favorite craft. Next time I’ll tell you more about my latest dye works and all the new patterns I just bought!

 

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Stash diving and future projects

A few days ago I did some stash diving and I’m afraid to say that I don’t do this often enough. As much as I love my stash and wouldn’t separate from it for ANYTHING, I still don’t “visit” it often enough. I’ve actually got  A LOT  of gorgeous yarns, lots of full skeins and lots of partly used skeins. I’ve even got sweater’s worth of some yarns. And despite such a nice stash, I still continue to buy more yarn and dye more yarn just for me. Last week, I even totally lost my mind while browsing a German online knitting shop and even though I don’t really understand much German I somehow managed to order 5 (hmm, yes, you read correctly) I ordered 5 skeins of Lorna’s Laces sock weight yarns! I’m a big fan of Lorna’s Laces hand dyed yarns but it’s been a while since I last knit with her yarn. Now I’m super excited and waiting for this new order to arrive to my mailbox.

Now back to my stash. I went through a few boxes and pulled out a few skeins that really spoke to me and I also went online and found a few ideas to actually use these yarns.

www.knittinginfrance.Com These are the yarns I picked out from my stash. Some hand dyed indie yarns, some Uncommon Thread, Cascade heritage, Quince and co, Spud and Chloé etc). All are super soft and fun.

www.knittinginfrance.com    www.knittinginfrance.com  I have 2 skeins of the red Cascade heritage sock yarns and I have found 2 sock patterns that I think will be perfect for this yarn.

www.knittinginfrance.com These need to become socks, the 2 grey ones need to be textured socks and the Dreams in Color yarn on the bottom might become a vanilla sock.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com I also bought a pattern from Stephen West from Ravelry. This is a shawl called Daybreak – I watched his class on Craftsy called Shawlscapes and I really want to knit this shawl. On the first picture you have a skein of my hand dyed yarn and the grey yarn is from my stash by the Uncommon Thread and on the second picture I have a skein of undyed yarn and a skein of varigated, multi colored sparkle yarn by myself. Do you have a preference?

www.knittinginfrance.com I also purchased this second shawl pattern called Pebble Beach by Helen Stewart and I’m going to use my gradient cashmerino hand dyed yarn. I was going to use this yarn to make up my own pattern for a cowl or something but finally I didn’t get into mojo so …. I think I should just use it for something I know will look good.

www.knittinginfrance.com I also bought these two books from Amazon from the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet series by Hunter Hammersen. I already owned nr1 and now I just bought nr2 and 3. I just received them today and have only browsed lightly over them. I have to get a better look at them and then I’ll share my favorite patterns with you and my opinion of those.

What about you and your stash? Do you “visit” it regularly? What are your future projects going to be? I’d love to hear from you on the subject and even see pictures if you are willing to share.

That’s all for now. Happy stash diving to you and lots of knitting today and for days to come:)