Monday, February 18, 2008

Lenten promises....

I have a couple of Lenten practices for this year that pertain to my crafting. The first of which is to work on one knitting project at a time until each one is done. That one is being difficult for me. I am so scattered right now and wish that I could start about a million things. One the flip side, I am feeling overwhelmed by my stash and by all the possibilities and that I simply need to knit more and faster to get all the things done that I would like to do. Somehow that begins to take the joy out of it for me. So, I am hoping that the discipline of limiting myself will be a good practice and will teach me something about what I can do being enough.
The second lenten practice is related--I will buy nothing except necessities for myself and the household. Translated here that means no new yarn or books or anything fiber related. One exception: I have an order of books already on the way. Again, it is the lesson of "enough" that I am working on--both being enough and having enough.
I am nearly done with one project, which I will post here as soon as it is finished!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Ruched throw/shawl completed!

So, I have used up 375 grams of yarn on this throw. I based the pattern on the Ruched Lap Blanket from Weekend Knitting, though I just kept knitting until I used up all the yarn. It wound up being more shawl shaped, I think, rather than blanket shaped. The light blue is the Angelspun by Unger. The darker blue seems like a cotton tape. Here's to stashbusting!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Two finished Objects!

These are two versions of the Triangle Man Pillbox Hat by See Jane Knit. I ended up using 92 grams of yarn--a complete ball of Noro Silk Garden plus a little from my scrap bag of stash and then 34 g. of Noro Cash Iroha for the contrasting colors. I really enjoyed knitting this pattern as a brief experiment with color work. I am also happy that I have finally knit this for myself. Mark gave me the yarn 2-3 years ago for Christmas and it has been sitting there, too precious to knit. I decided this year that I WILL knit the beautiful yarns. There will always be more and I should really enjoy what I have. So, the top one is for me, the other one will become a gift for a friend or family member at some point. Yeah for my stash! I figure I have enough stash for years of stash knitting, but I'm taking it one month at a time. For my January goals, I believe I met them all except for making Hailey knucks. I am not sure I have the yarn she wants so I might postpone that project.
February goals:
1. No yarn purchases again this month.
2. Finish as many UFOs as possible. (I have to admit to casting on a project yesterday just so it could be a UFO).
3. Finish the knit a mile challenge by February 19th. (At this point I have knit 1495 yards, so I am very close!)