I'm on a stashbusting mission. I have a ton of yarn. Unlike most knitters I don't love having a ton of yarn. I know, that's crazy coming from a knitter, but I don't like the obligation that comes along with having multiple plastic boxes of yarn. I feel like I can't buy anymore yarn, or at the very least that it's irresponsible to buy more yarn when I already have so much of it. Part of that is that I'm a Stay At Home Mom and I'm not making much money. It would be irresponsible to buy yarn because it should be paying for food, preschool and bills.
Sticking with the yarn I have means that I'm pretty much stuck when it comes to choosing knitting patterns. I find myself drooling whenever I see those beautiful Madeline Tosh yarns in knitting patterns. It would be so awesome to buy a sweater quantity of Mad Tosh sport and make something gloriously beautiful, but it's just not in the budget and that's ok. That's why when I find a pattern that makes me want to drool, like the Eileen Fisher Dolman Sleeve Pullover from the Fall 2014 Vogue Knitting Magazine I get so excited because I have yarn in the stash -a large quantity of yarn- that I want to see knitted up and finished.
That's some Cascade Luna from my stash. It doesn't quite meet the gauge requirements. If I stretch the swatch it makes gauge easily. I have enough in my stash to knit the sweater in question, but if I go according to the gauge it's going to be quite a bit smaller so I think I might go up a size, or investigate the behaviors of knitted cotton t see if I can use my lack of gauge to make the cotton work better. I am concerned about stretching. It's a risk, but as always... if it doesn't fit me, I'll try to make it fit on my mother in law or one of her beautiful friends.
While I ponder the gauge I'm still working on the beachy raglan and will hopefully get to the sleeves over the labor day weekend. We're staying close to home this year and it would be alright by me if there was a movie-a-thon like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. I could knit to that all weekend, probably not with the kids tho ;)
What are you doing for Labor Day?
It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!
I've been knitting the beachy raglan to try to forget the terror of the baby sweater from hell. There have been requests for me to divulge which pattern that was, but I'm not telling. I've made reviews on ravelry of the project and that was enough for me. I'm sure there will be people who disagree with me and I'm not in the mood to fight a battle on the internets about my personal experience. There are just too many trolls (especially on knitting forums -ugh).
I've bound off the body a few too many inches short. I only have two skeins of yarn left and I'm saving them for the sleeves. I might buy another skein to finish out the bottom. I might not. We'll see what happens when the sleeves are finished.
I'm glad to be knitting again. Especially as we've been enduring yet more job insecurity, which I've not been writing about because I feel like it's the same old story and I'm sick of telling it. I'm hoping that we'll get out of contract-job hell soon and end up with full time health insurance soon. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us. We're hoping to hear back on a job next week which would be my husband's dream job. If we don't get this one who the heck knows what we're going to do. Blearg.
As for reading I'm still reading the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It's just the high fantasy escape I need right now.
It's the Compubody Sock by instructables user bekathwia. You know. For when you need private time on a plane.
You can find this photo and more on the instructable page showing you how to make one of these things. I think I would make mine out of cotton.
From the site:
These are more sculptures than they are practical devices, and as such they're a fun challenge for knitting because of the complex form
Guess I'm going to have to pick up the latest copy of Vogue Knitting!
I've had this Luna cotton hanging around that I wanted to stash bust the heck out of but couldn't get the right gauge on any of the sweaters I wanted to knit and then I saw this in my twitter feed:
Yummy yummy! It's Eileen Fisher's latest addition to the Fall Vogue Knitting and I'm going to slink off to the grocery store in just a few to see if I can get a hard copy. If not I'll download the darned thing because this is a must knit if I ever saw one. (photo by Soho Publishing). I've got my fingers crossed that this might look ok on my boobs and if not, then maybe my MIL will wear it. Maybe?
Looks like the pressure has come down on Addi to lower prices on their Click line of interchangeable knitting needles. Before Knit Picks and Knitters Pride came along Addi, Denise and Boye were the only interchangeable knitting needles on the market. The Addi clicks were so clearly superior that they could manage to charge $250+ for each set. Once Knit Picks and Knitters Pride came along with full sets for under $100 it was only a matter of time before Addi would have to do something to stay competitive -even if their needle quality was superior.
Check out our video about the Addi Click interchangeable knitting needles below and the rest of our interchangeable knitting needle guide here.
Addi Click Lace Long Tip ($124.50)
Addi Clicks Basic Turbos ($127.94)
Addi Click Bamboo ($128.97)
Which are your favorite interchangeable knitting needles? Let me know in the comments!
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Husband is employed. I'm knitting. I've been caring for my two sons, living at my MIL's house, volunteering at our local co-op preschool and gardening. Trying to find time to write and to redefine this blog to embrace my current reality.
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