Keeping track of my stash

I’ve decided to start using the ravelry stash page to keep track of my stash. I wish I started doing this when my stash was still small (compared to what it is now). I spent 45 minutes entering my handspuns into the handspun tab. I only have 7 handspuns and a lot more than 7 yarns. It’s going to be a long process. I know I have to get it done while my stash is still manageable (and then I have to keep it updated). Once I Finish with my stash, I’m going to have to enter all my projects. My project page currently contains about 1/3 of my projects.

Knitting Progress

I’ve made some serious project on the sweater I’m knitting (the pattern can be found here). I’ll probably finish the body tonight, then all that’s left is the sleeves and the collar. I’ve started the 2×2 ribbing at the bottom only to realize that I have 2 extra stitches (I probably should have counted first). Now I have to unpick just over 200 stitches. It’s a daunting task. It makes me wish I was 60 lbs lighter so I’d have less stitches to deal with. I’m excited to finish it. It’s my first sweater (I don’t count the cardigan and the vest I’ve knit as sweaters).

Knitting up a storm

Over the past week and a half to 2 weeks I’ve been working on one project start to finish before starting a new one. As a result I’ve been much more productive with my knitting. I’m not wasting my knitting time by trying to decide which project to work. I have to say, it’s nice not having half a dozen WIPs taking up all the horizontal surfaces of my room. I’m surprised by how much more productive I am when I work on one thing at a time.

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What’s the opposite of Startitis?

What’s the opposite of startitis? Whatever it is I have it. The good news is my case of startitis is cured and I’m no longer swimming in WIPs and fighting the urge to cast on more. Now I only want to work on one project at a time. Once I cast on I keep working on it until I finish. I have no desire to work on any other projects. I don’t even have the desire to work on my spinning WIP once I started knitting something new.

Focusing on one project at a time isn’t a bad thing. It actually makes me feel more productive because I finish projects faster (I knit a whole hat yesterday). The down side is that right now I want a break from knitting the cowl I started this morning, but can’t bring myself to work on anything else. My hands are getting restless.

Fingerless Mitts

My most recent finished object is a pair of fingerless mitts I designed. I was inspired by Outlander to knit some. I wasn’t a huge fan of fingerless mitts, but there are so many nice fingerless mitts on the show that I had to try my hand at making some.

IMAG0680_1I used left over yarn from a hat I recently finished. I had a little bit of grey and a decent amount of orange left. I divided the grey into two smaller balls to make sure I didn’t use more than half on the first mitt and then not have enough for the second.

The part I am most proud of is the thumb gusset. I kept trying the mitts on as I knit so I knew when to decrease (the mitts were knit from the top down). I was a little afraid of knitting thumb gussets at first and considered just leaving a slit for my thumbs. I’m glad I decided to go with gussets, they make the mitts look and fit so much better and they really weren’t that hard to make.

I’m also really pleased with the seed stitch edges. It’s so squishy! It’s much nicer than ribbing.


Linen Stitch Toque

IMAG0677_1I just finished knitting a linen stitch toque. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s the first time I tried knitting the linen stitch and I didn’t bother knitting a swatch. I really lucked out that it ended up being the right size.

The decreases at the crown could be better, but by the time I came up with a way to decrease better I was fed up of unpicking and re-knitting. Next time I knit a linen stitch toque I’ll know better. I also wanted to make this a slouch hat. But I just can’t seem to intentionally knit hats long enough to make them slouchy.

I really like the look of this stitch. I’m definitely going to use it again. I already have plans to knit a linen stitch stocking (my wrists are going to love that). For now I’m going to rest my wrists and knit a simple st st hat.

My first Fiber Festival

I just got home from attending Twist. It was the first time I’ve been to a fiber fest, and pssibly the last. I’m just not a festival person. The festival was really well organized. There were plenty of vendors selling a variety of fiber related items. But I hate crowds, and after an hour and a half I was ready to go.

One of my favourite parts was the mini fiber farm set up outside. It really was mini. IMAG0668There were 5 or 6 Shetland sheep and 3 alpacas. I fell in love with the alpacas instantly. They’re so cute. They really seemed to lave all the attention they were getting, they were even posing for the cameras.

There was also a sheep shearing demonstration. The shearing was part of a sheep to rug demo. Throughout the festival they’re going to spin fleece and weave it into a rug. I watched the sheep shearing and went inside and the team was already carding the fiber to prep it for spinning.

I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful items in the artisan room. I’m amazed at what some people make out of wool. My favourite was the stall by felt artist Maggie Glassop. Her felt images were framed like paintings. I don’t know how she turned a bunch of wool into a beautiful landscape. I hope that someday, when I get around to learning how to felt, I can make something half as good as her. Now that I’ve seen her work I think I’m going to have to take the class on felting she teaches at my LYS.

I made a few purchases. I’m quite proud of myself for spending less than 100$. I regret not buying a new drop spindle while I was there, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend 60$ on a spindle this early into my spinning career.

IMAG0669My first purchase was a lifetime supply of fiber from The Black Lamb. I ended up buying a total of 2.5lbs of fiber from them. I ended up buying 4 different colours. All the fiber that I bought was priced at 5$/lb. I couldn’t say no. I’m pretty sure it’s all superwash merino, I probably should have asked.

Then I want to the Cottage Craft Angora stall.IMAG0670 I really wanted to like this vendor and I wasn’t disappointed. Most of vendors didn’t seem very approachable, which deterred me from buying anything from them. But this vendor was different. He was friendly, greeted everyone as they approached and jumped in to help if it looked like you had a question. Personable, without being a pushy salesman. I had planned on buying a skein of there shetland wool. I ended up buying 2 and I couldn’t resist the qiviut roving. Qiviut is so expensive but I just couldn’t resist. 50g cost me 75$, but it was worth it. I can’t wait to try spinning it.

By this point it was getting pretty crowded so I decided to leave. I would like to mention Purlin J’s Roving Yarn Co. I didn’t buy anything from them but they were one of my favourite vendors, the service from them was excellent. I also love that they sell yarn out of a truck. It’s like a food truck but it’s filled with yarn. Who wouldn’t love a travelling LYS. I wish I had gotten into knitting sooner, I would shop there all the time if I was still living in Kingston.

When I left the festival around 11:15, the line to get in was crazy long. There was easily 100-200 people in line. I was glad I got there soon after they opened because I would have hated to be around that crowd the whole time. I feel bad for the people waiting in that line. It looked like a long wait and it was hot outside. And they probably had a long walk from their cars to get to the line. There were cars everywhere when I left. I was lucky to get there early enough to park in the parking lot, maybe a 2 minute walk from the entrance.

Now I have to go deal with my laptop’s power cord. My laptop just decided to take a swan dive onto the floor and now the power cord isn’t working.