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Stitches, stash and progress

This has been a good week for my projects and knitting in general. Saturday I went to Stitches Midwest. I didn’t sign up for any classes or sessions because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it to Stitches at all, so I was happy just to go and drool over all of the wonderful yarns, patterns and beads displayed. I though I used great restraint by purchasing yarn that I couldn’t get locally.

The shocking pink and black hank is bison, as well as the tiny colored twists. The  pattern is for tiny Christmas socks to go on the outside of packages for my girls.

The blue and orange (GO BEARS!) is for a Christmas gift – I found a great scarf pattern that I can’t wait to start.

The cotton in 2 shades of brown/beige is for simple dishcloths.

I also found some lovely topaz colored beads for the mystery scarf I am going to start next month.

My stash grew but in my own defense I am using it already, so it is only temporary. Speaking of stashes, I found a nifty way to store some of mine. I put the yarn and patterns I have in my queue in individual Ziploc bags. Then I used a marker to note the project on the outside. Next I used a wooden pants hanger to hang them on the rod in the closet were I keep my stash. Very tidy and easy to see what I have.

Now for a progress report.

* shawl – almost 1/2 way complete.

* baby blankets – yarn arrived, first one started. I am using a different pattern, Cloud Soft Shells from “Our Best Baby Afghans” by Leisure Arts.

* Snowflake afghan – 26 of 50 squares completed/4 strips sewn.

Below are a couple of pics of my project and the baby yarn for the blankets.

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Confessions of a Fiber Freak

So I got an email from KnitPicks today offering up to  40% off of sock yarns. I’d have to be crazy to order more sock yarn when I have enough to make a dozen pair in my stash. Yet – what harm is it to look…. a quick look at sock yarn proved I do have a bit of will power left. Unfortunately, they had other yarns on sale also.
Even though my stash overfloweth, I absolutely, positively do not have enough baby blue in the entire closet to make the 2 baby afghans I need to have completed by September. And, in my own defense, the new Brava acrylic is super soft and great to work with. It’s only $2.99 a 100 gram ball and since I need it, I may as well order enough for 2 blankets and get started.
That brings me to my next problem. If I spend $50 I get free shipping. Hum, pay about $10 to ship or spend the same amount of money and get more yarn? Who, I ask you, WHO would NOT get the extra yarn??? Besides, they have a beautiful Chroma on clearance – it would make a yummy scarf or shawl…..
Ok, I’ll admit it. I love to buy yarn, work with yarn, give gifts made of yarn – I’m a Fiber Freak. There, now that it is in the open, I feel much, much better.
But just because I am a Fiber Freak, that does not mean I am not productive – it just means I’ll have enough yarn to work with when I retire in 10 years or so without worrying. I’ll stash shop. Meanwhile, I have a few projects that need to be completed before the snow flies. Or at least before Santa leaves the North Pole this year.
To keep me honest, I’ll list them below and give you all updates once a week or so.
2 Baby boy afghans – both need to be completed by early fall, so more than likely I will crochet them as I can do that faster with a shell pattern that looks more complicated than it really is.
Snowflake afghan – Christmas gift and Ravelry KAL (or I guess CAL) – progress so far: 16 of 59 squares completed as of today
Pr socks –  to win a bet that I wouldn’t make 3 pr this year.
Hat – made from the super soft alpaca I bought on vacation in Oregon this spring – for me!
Shawl – this is dicey – if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been messing around with this shawl for over a month. Still not all that happy, but will try and carry on.
Mystery Shawl – seemed like fun, this will start in September
Other than continuing to work on the Master’s program, I think this about sums it up. I reserve the right to add projects as they come up 🙂

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