Monthly Archives: December 2012

Post-christmas stash

Gift knitting/crocheting is done, Christmas related yarn swaps are done, and presents are received – so I organized my stash again last night.

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This looks so much better, doesn’t it? So much more pleasing and soothing to look at. And everything is now easy to actually get to, and easy to add to while still keeping things organized by color!

I got some reds in swaps and as presents, but I’m still lacking in when it comes to oranges and pinks.

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The exposed stuff is worsted acrylic and the ones in the clear thing in the upper corner are sock yarns. There’s also some variegated and sparkly acrylic, but that’s now in the drawer where the sock yarn use to be. I plan on getting rid of all the “fun” yarns and the red/green/white stuff – both the Mistletoe and some other of a different brand I was given. I made 2 ugly sweaters from it, but the novelty of it is over and I don’t want to store it anymore. I will be finding somewhere to donate all that soon.

I like this new setup a lot, but I think the worsted wool and alpaca looks kind of lonely over to the side by itself…

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And I don’t know what to do when/if this box gets filled.

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(Doesn’t really look like it, but it’s organized by color with variegated is on top.) I plan on focusing on buying wool & alpaca this year (both worsted and sock yarn) and like I said, making a lot of afghans – which should use up a lot of the acrylic – so we’ll see what happens.

Oh – what I was going to talk about that I realized (see, 2 weeks later like I said) is that my local Michaels actually has a pretty good selection of worsted wool, and that my local Walmart has Fisherman’s Wool at a really good price now. I finally decided to take a look at the local Michaels – which is actually a little closer than Joanns – when I got a great coupon for there. I had been to other Michaels, but never went to the local one because at the others the selection was the same as Joanns but with higher prices. But at this local Michaels, their acrylic selection isn’t too great, their sock yarn selection is pitiful (Joanns is getting better about that now, but still leaves much to be desired), and their prices are still a couple of bucks higher than Joanns, but they have a much better variety of worsted wool than the local Joanns. And the Fisherman’s Wool is cheaper at Walmart than Joanns even with my discount. So all that should help with my worsted wool buying.

Not that I’m giving up on supporting the LYS, indie dyers, etc. – just switching gears a bit. The money that I usually would have spent on acrylic at Joanns will now instead mostly be going to wool at Michaels and Walmart, and instead of buying worsted wool online and at the LYS I will get sock yarn from them.

I don’t even what to go through and try to figure out which Christmas gifts I mentioned being finished and which I didn’t. They’re all on flickr. So I’m just gonna move on…

Last night I finished a “For Good Hat” for a KAL

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and started on matching mittens. The Vancover Fog kept my hands warm enough until about a week ago, at which point it suddenly started feeling like what I’m used to in winter around here, and my fingers started getting frozen. So those will be more of a fall/spring wear and I will be wearing this hat with the matching mittens for awhile.

I’m so glad that Christmas is over and I can just decide to start something new without thinking “Will I still have enough time to finish [x Christmas gift]?” I really have to knit/crochet Christmas gifts throughout the year next year. But I don’t even want to think about that right now…

Been so busy…

… that I haven’t had time to post!

– I have been working on an “advent garland” (Which has so many pieces, I’m not going to bother posting them until they’re done, but they’re on flickr) knit along with the Reddit group on Ravelry.

– I’ve been working on sweaters, because I decided for the third time to change my plan about Christmas sweaters. Instead of crocheting to get them done fast enough, I’m knitting in bulky yarn. I’ve finished this one for Yuji

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and plan to modify the pattern a bit to make one for me and one for Chance.

– Yesterday I got my “Christmas 2012 Swap” package out, and as the mailman picked up the one I was sending he dropped off the one I was recieving! A wonderful package from BoricuaKnitter!!

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Some coffee and a bag which will be great for carrying around projects!
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Daphne and Delilah. So cute! They were inside the bag. The pattern – which I’ve been wanting – was also included as well as the leftover yarn! This is great because my daughter wants a set of her own now 🙂
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A great notions case and some beautiful stitch markers from http://www.etsy.com/shop/blingyourstring!
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A cute cat notion bag that came with more stitch markers! I was JUST considering buying some kind of notions container this morning! That is some darn good stalking lol!
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3 skeins of Lorna’s hand dyed 100% superwash wool!!
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– I have also gotten my Reddit Secret Santa gift out, and the one I’m receiving should be here Thursday! The guy (person?) messaged me a couple of times and seemed so nice, I just can’t wait to see what they picked out for me. I’ve also got at least 1 other thing coming from a swap, don’t know when that will be here though.

– I finished these mittens for Yuji, in the same stuff I used for my Vancover Fog.

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I’m half finished with some red (to go with both his Muno hat and his Cars hat) 100% wool mittens for Chance. After that I will work on a red cowl for Chance (because the ends of scarves keep slipping off his neck and tripping him), and then a purple cowl for Yuji if I have time.

– Oh, I finished that mystery CAL. I never did mention on here that the other colors didn’t work out unfortunately (too squishy, they just wouldn’t create a fabric that the stuffing wouldn’t poke through) and I ended up using different ones.

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– I finished a rainbow afghan for Chance for Christmas, and also a doll afghan for the doll he will be getting for Christmas. Yes, my son is getting a doll for Christmas. It’s a boy doll, if that makes it any better? …An anatomically correctly boy doll. Did I just make it weird again?

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(There’s purple in there too, it’s kinda hard to see in the pics.) Guess I didn’t upload pics of the doll afghan… I’ll do it later. Or forget to ever do so. Probably forget. But it’s a big, basic granny square in a lighter shades rainbow with white on the edge.

Anyway, I plan to finally finish that American Flag afghan – only 9 rows left! I cant believe I thought it would be possible to finish that thing by July 4th if only I had enough yarn) and give that to Yuji for Christmas, along with a red, white and blue doll afghan.

Let’s see. what else did I finish or am I working on? I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Oh, I did organize my stash.

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As you can see the acrylic no longer fits in the two storage totes. And I have more on the way, as someone kindly is sending me a box of free acrylic they wanted to destash 🙂 🙂 Which is wonderful because I am hoping to make a lot of afghans next year. But I need to figure out some way to store it. The worsted wool use to be in one of the clear drawers, but it no longer fits in there. It is now in that zippered comforter bag on top of the cube shelf. I don’t want it to be in there. I’m hoping to get more clear storage totes soon. The bag of wool is actually much fuller now than it was when I took this pic a few days ago, in small part because of the wonderful wool BoricuaKnitter sent me (thank yooouuu!!), but mostly because of a realization I had the other day. But that’s another post that I don’t feel like typing right now. So, I will leave that for tomorrow… or more likely, a week or two from now 🙂