Monday, March 21, 2011

I have been finishing off a few pieces as well as casting on for several new items. What's new there? I think my seasonal clear out, or rather move about of clothing items always unearths one or two items that inspires me to search through my not inconsiderable mountain of stash to recover that vital yarn I just had to have for a so pressing project that somehow didn't seem so pressing once home again.
It was as I was sorting through summer and winter clothes that I noticed I had quite a collection of neutral trousers and skirts, from stone to beige and a variety in between, and my mind began to see sweaters and cardigans that would so complement these existing items. In fact I spent quite some time merrily distracted from sorting looking through patterns.
My first thought was to grab my purse and head out to the local yarn store looking for even more yarn but something niggled away in the back of my mind and I began a full on rummage. I found this.

Well no actually I didn't find that because I had only done the back, and technically I found the yarn first and had put it away again because I knew there wasn't enough for an entire sweater or top. Then several happy hunting hours later I found the back. Then I had to remember where I'd just seen the yarn and then where oh where was the pattern. Luckily for me I did remember the pattern and the magazine it was in. The magazine the pattern was from was bought in 2009 and I am fairly sure I cast on soon after buying the magazine but then lost interest. I have to say there's nothing like an almost done item to make you want to get knitting.

I am very happy with the way it turned out despite me knitting the back and the front on totally different sized needles. It means the front is much tighter and more defined but you can't tell unless you stare at the back and the front simultaneously and there aren't many people capable of that feat so I'm happy.
It was made from soya yarn and has a really delicate drape.

Then I finally got round to putting buttons on my crofter shawl collared waistcoat. I love the striped effect created by crofter and am very happy that even without trying I managed to get the colours to match up on the two side pieces. It's a great fit and I know it will be worn often this autumn and winter, not just because lilacs and purples are my favourite colours but because it looks so smart on.

There are many other pieces on the needles, a baby blanket in white for a work colleague, another two beanies, a skirt, a dress, a rugged jumper for cute neighbour guy who is of course so much more than a neighbour now, a jumper for one of the girls and the last bit of a sock. I only have to turn the heel and then I'll be on the home straight, but it doesn't match any of my clothes so the motivation isn't quite there.
All of this is to be knitted out of stash. My knitting group and I are on a self imposed yarn diet. We have to shed at least 10kg from our stash before buying anymore yarn. We are determined to make a considerable dent in what will still amount to SABLE (Yarn Harlot)Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. We're doing this selfless act out of consideration for those who will be the executors of our wool wills. We don't want them to die of shock at having the equivalent of two life sentences of knitting passed onto them.
Like all diets it sucks.


Channon said...

Impressive - both your restraint (not rushing to the yarn store) and that you're finishing things. Sigh. I'll knit again!

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Well good for you not giving into a trip down to the wool shop, both of your tops look really good. best wishes Julie.C

Elizabeth said...

Nice work times two.
I have been knitting from my stash as well.
I hope your knitting group doesn't meet at a yarn store or the owner would not be pleased with the yarn diet!

Bonnie said...

I'm really kind of practical in that I really don't keep a big stash. I do however have a couple of unfinished projects. Good luck at working your way through your stash! Bonnie

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your tops are lovely!!

Josie said...

the top looks great, well done on finishing it!

Josie x

Thimbleanna said...

As always, the amount of knitting you get done just amazes me. The sweaters are gorgeous -- both of them. I laughed at your conversation about the yarn diet - I sometimes wake up at night worrying about the nightmare in fabric that I've created for my children!

Renee said...

very lovely knits!!
I suffer from sable too... on the diet with you towards stash reduction.

Ragged Roses said...

V v impressed! Wish I could knit - but I do have a copy of the book you have in your banner!