Stash Report 2-19-17

Well – I did show the  new yarns I got yesterday so my numbers have take a bit of a turn but that’s okay.

Yarn Purchased Y-T-D:  6173

Yarn Used Y-T-D: 5,570 yards

Net: 603  (in the red) 🙂

No change on the fabric since I haven’t had any quilting time.   I did have some shopping time (on line shopping) and a bunch of fqs of batiks are headed my way soon.  Another niece gets married this summer so I need to get started on a wedding quilt (and quilt her sister’s wedding quilt from the fall) – those girls are keeping me busy. 🙂

This wedding quilt will be a riot of batik colors so I needed some more variety to add into the mix of what is already in my stash.

My plan is to make a quilt similar to this – it’s called New Directions  and based on a free pattern on the Benartex website (I just drew it in EQ larger and added more arrows to get to the size I wanted)-  “New Directions”  seems an appropriate name for a wedding quilt.  It may end up with more sections – I haven’t figured out what the final measurements are/or will be yet.

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On and Off the Needles – 2/18/17

Since I couldn’t decide on what work in progress I wanted to work on (and they are sort of  very much a disasterous mess all tossed in a huge basket and I haven’t reorganized them yet) – what’s a knitter to do but pull out some of the new yarn she got (which will put her back in the red as to stash used and stash purchased) and made this simple hat in Chunky Malabrigo.  If I have enough left over once I finish another project in this yarn, I’ll go back and add a pom pom to this one.  This will be a donation hat going to a shelter near work and should be nice and warm in this chunky wool yarn.

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I started this adorable pixie hat on my bus ride home last night and finished it in the week hours of the morning.  Chunky yarn and  a cute simple project make for a quick finish for sure!

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I love this colorway called Milonga.  It took slightly less than one ball to make this hat.

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The tassel was not part of the pattern but I thought that little point was just calling out for one to be swinging on the end of it.  I love the way the lower back of the head is shaped rather than a boxy shape I’ve seen on other patterns.  The ties are just crocheted chains but I tripled my yarn to make them because I liked the thicker look.  The hat is supposed to have a little dot stitch texture – which you can see looking at the original pattern done in solid yarn – but after doing the first repeat it wasn’t showing up in my highly colored yarn so I just did the main body of the hat in stockinette stitch.

I cast on a second one with the leftover hank of yarn from the green hat above  They are fun, cute, quick to knit and don’t take much chunky yarn to make — I think I need several of these on hand for future baby gifts or donations.

I previously showed this cowl that I finished earlier this week so that came off the needles since last on the needles report.

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When Two Become One Cowl – S2-12-17 / F2-14-17

I cast on another one of the same pattern, a bit larger around, but after I got to the section where you start using the two colors together, I decided to rip it out.

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The various shades of the main yarn were pooling and went from very dark to very light – so light that my contrast yarn was blending right in and on this particular project, I didn’t want the pooling colors.  I do love the two yarns together and think they will play much more nicely together if I put them on the loom and weave with them.  I plan to use the lightest color – in the corner of the photo (pink lemonade) – in the warp and the Candy Apple colorway for the weft.

Okay – so tomorrow’s stash report won’t be good but in addition to the two chunky yarns used above in the hats (which will also earn me some ESK badges in the Yarnathon) and some of the hats going to charity (always a good thing), here’s the other bright colorful yarns that came with them.  There are specific “candy” themed yarns since the Yarnathon is a Candyland theme.  (Yes there’s a badge for owning at least two candy themed yarns).

These are all Targhee worsted  yarns —  I have a project or two in mind for some of these.  One of the things I’m thinking about making is another pair of felted slippers – I wore through the bottom of mine and I think they would be fun in one of these bright colorways.  Top to bottom they are Fruity Forest, Cotton Candy Cove, and the final one which is not a candyland color but fun all the same is Swizzle Whizzle.  I love these big hanks – nearly 700 yards on each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Fudge – another finish off the needles

I call this cowl hot fudge because that’s what the colors remind me of (or maybe I’m just hungry) but it looks like hot fudge and melting vanilla ice cream. 🙂

hotfudgeThe yarn I used is Miss Babs Kaweah – a DK weight yarn.  The colors are Muslin and Petrified Forest. I was afraid the Petrified Forest would be too dark as I was knitting the bottom of the cowl where it’s all that color and that when I added in the Muslin, it would look too stark.  But I was wrong – I love the way they play together.  The stitch pattern is lovely and squishy and super easy.20170214_3

I started this Sunday night ad cast it off on the my bus ride home tonight.  The pattern is When Two Become One  which is written for fingering weight yarn but I love it in this DK weight.  I just cast on 148 stitches and chose an appropriate needle size but otherwise followed the pattern.

It turned out about 9.5″ from top to bottom and 13″ from side to side or 26″around.

I love the stitch pattern and the way the two colors play together in the middle section and keep thinking how great a sweater would be made like that…..hmmmm.

I also have these two Miss Babbs Kaweah yarns in the stash — I think I may make another cowl from this pattern for the gifting pile.

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MUST KNIT FASTER…. There may be an order of yarn headed this way from Eat Sleep Knit…. there was a Valentine’s special (which I didn’t actually know about until after I placed my order but I got it in during the right time frame so bonus!) but I needed some ESK yarn for a couple Yarnathon projects that required heavier weight yarn – nearly all my ESK is sock weight.  After all I must help out my Team Gumblebees a bit!  And while I was at it I ordered some of the special “candy” colored yarns since the Yarnathon is Candyland themed.   🙂

Stash report – 2/12/17

I’m back in the black with my knitting.   As a reminder this was last weeks stash numbers:

Yarn Purchased Y-T-D:  3473 / Yarn Used Y-T-D:  3,380 yards  / Net:  negative 93  yards.

If you saw my On the Needles report this week, you saw several finishes so despite this lovely hank of Yowza coming in this week

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Here are this week’s numbers —

Yarn Purchased Y-T-D:  3973 / Yarn Used Y-T-D: 5,090 yards/ Net: 1117  (in the black!) 🙂

And since last week I now have  added to my completed projects – three knit cowls, one woven cowl (which I so love) and one woven table runner.

This is the cowl I finished off last night.

The hank of yarn pictured above (Miss Babs Yowza)  is next up on the loom.

My test knit is done except for a few finishing touches (which isn’t added into the yarn used tally yet).

Once again I’ve been digging through the WIP baskets and bins looking for some needles and made a whole mess of them so I need to get those straightened out and figure out what WIP I want to work on next (or what new project I might be tempted to start — perhaps I’ll start on my Find You Fade).

No change in the fabric #s – nothing sewn, nothing purchased, I need to get some quality sewing time in soon!

 

Looking forward to breakfast

Finally, the brioche bread I previously mentioned is finally out of the oven and very nearly cook enough to cut into.

I couldn’t resist a taste test

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A start and then finish

20170211_4I got the leftover black warp on my loom ready and pulled out some more Miss Babs K2.  I wasn’t sure how much warp was left but knew it would be enough for a 30″ or so table runner.

I guessed well because  it finished at 9″ by 31″ not counting the fringe.

Started and finished all in an afternoon.

This is a wild iris colorway called Gwen.

I only used about half the hank for the weft but I’m thinking maybe some fingerless gloves  to use the leftovers up.

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Off the Needles – 2/11/17

Several projects that had been sitting on the needles (and loom) got their finishing touches last night.

dscn6353This is the cowl I wove for the Miss Bab’s Ravelry group February Weave-along project.  I used Miss Babs K2 yarn so it wove up really quickly and is so soft and actually quite light-weight considering it’s a chunky yarn.

After I wove the piece, I overlapped the hem stitched edges about 2″ – just one on top of the other, and zigzagged with my sewing machine right along the hemstitching on the top side  and just straight stitched just inside where the edge on the underside ended. Then just some yarn to stitch the buttons on – there are no buttonholes – the buttons are just decorative and I think a great finishing touch.  Plus I love being able to use the big old coat buttons that Granny saved in her button tin (which was passed down to me).  And, it’s a great way to use those olds buttons since many of the old plastic (or whatever material was used) buttons are not heat resistant like today’s buttons.  Putting them on an item that needs to be ironed can result in the edges of the buttons melting from a hot iron – I learned that the hard way long ago.

While I like it over my coat opened up the full width, I absolutely love it folded in half over my favorite black blouse.  I think it will get worn this way often.

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The color over the black blouse is the true color of the yarn (note in the background of that photo – today I another foggy, rainy, gray day — but it’s much warmer than it’s been so I guess I’ll settle for that).

Then this KISS Cowl came off the needles.  I just needed to finish off the edging on one end so finally did that last night.  This is one of my favorite long color change yarns but it’s also got sections where two colors are twisted together to add another transition look.

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I changed the edges to ribbing from garter stitch on this one to make it fit a little snugger to the neck.

Then, I also finished off this week my Loopy Ewe February Mixer yarn project.   I love the slipped stitch design in this pattern and the cowl is so quick and easy to make.  This color is hard to photograph – the photo of the hank that I posted (scroll down two posts on the blog) is true to color the photos below are not.  Hot pink and a bit of shocking orange blending in. 🙂

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The texture from this pattern may be featured in a new sweater I want to make I love it that much.  Just a little something to add some interest to a plain colored sweater.  I need to do a bit of swatching to see how it will look in my sweater yarn.  But first a few other projects to finish off.  I pulled a couple more older projects out of the baskets as part of my “Year of Finishes” project so they are at the ready if I want a switch from whatever current project I’ve got on the needles — like another KISS Cowl in blues that I should be able to get off the needles today.  Love seeing those finished projects mount up and you can see them all in one place by clicking the knitting button in the sidebar of my blog.

Now to get busy – well I have been – there’s a loaf of bread I mixed up this morning which will sit until tomorrow to make another delicious crusty loaf in the dutch oven, I was cleaning out the freezer as I was putting groceries away and found in the back a ziplock of some peanut butter cookie dough – I forgot I had put some in the freezer so once it thaws there will be some fresh baked cookies to probably take into work Monday; and I had a Cranberry Orange Brioche bread mix in the cupboard from King Arthur Flour I had forgotten about (the things I discover when cleaning out cabinets!) so that is now mixed and rising in a warm oven.  As it was kneading in the mixer, I could sell that orange flavoring and it’s chock full of cranberries so it was making me hungry but it’s going to be several hours before I can do a taste test – drat!

 

 

Striped Hearts

I’m still playing with ideas for my February Fabric Mixer project.  I’ve made a few changes and am liking this one much better.

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and may be making multiples of the block – without those borders – they were just something I was playing with but not good for this project but I didn’t bother to delete them.   Or a heart shaped pillow made using  a single block would be fun too.

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Sunday projects – 2/5/17

The King Arthur Flour website  No-Knead Crusty White Bread  could be my go to bread.  Despite the fact that when I stuck the batch I mixed up yesterday into the oven this  morning that I forgot to slash the top of it, it still came out delicious.  Crusty and chewy on the outside and soft on the inside and now that I’ve replaced my thermometer, I could tell what the internal temp was and this time  it was less dense and moist in the middle than last time without my thermometer and absolutely delicious.  And the recipe couldn’t be eaiser – no milk (which I don’t always have on hand since I don’t drink it); no butter or oil in the recipe – just all dry staples I have in my cupboards on a regular basis.

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I need to see if there’s any cranberries here because there’s one recipe on the KAF website called No-Knead Harvest bread with cranberries, golden raisins and nuts that looks delicious.  Toasted, for breakfast, it sounds like the perfect bread.

The February Loopy Ewe Monthly Mixer project has been announced.  In honor of Valentine’s Day being in February, for yarn and/or fabric projects, you need to pick a project that incorporates hearts or the color red or pink or burgundy.

I pulled from the stash this bright red/pink/orangey yarn called Candy Love.  It was a custom dyed color for The Loopy Ewe and is a single ply with 20% cashmere so I knew I wanted to make something for around my neck where it would feel so nice and soft and warm.

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I decided on Deborah’s Slip Stitch Cowl.  The lovely yarn will shine through but it has a bit of texture to keep the knitting interesting.  It’s knit on larger than normal needles for this type of yarn so it will be interesting to see how it looks but since I knit a bit loosely, I may go down a size or two.

I may also do the fabric Mixer for February and drew up a quick sketch of what I’m thinking of.  I need to see what fabrics I can find in the stash that might work – since the pattern itself incorporates a “heart,”   I can use any colors I want but will have to see what TLE fabrics I have in the stash.

heartimageI may just make a small wallhanging and do it sort of quilt as you go – stitching through batting and backing as I add each vertical fabric strip.

Stash Report – 2/5/17

I added my woven scarf dscn6344for The Loopy Monthly Mixers to my yarn used totals and the finished projects page which you can find in the sidebar.  Five projects finished since the beginning of the year.  I haven’t added in the yarn yet for the cowl I wove on the loom yesterday since it’s not blocked yet nor buttons added.

But here’s where the numbers stand now:

  • Yarn Purchased Y-T-D:  3473
  • Yarn Used Y-T-D:  3,380 yards
  • Net:  negative 93  yards

Only 93 yards in the whole – not bad.  I have a test  knit nearly finished which will put me in the black even if I couldn’t pass up this one of a kind  hank of Miss Babs Yowza

tracy-yowza-wild-irisI may use this one to weave with too — maybe.  Will have to wait to see it in person to decide what it wants to be but I love the bright colors with the black.

Fabric stash –  no change since last report of 6.5 yards used and none purchased.  Ooops I take that back – the flannel backing for a quilt that was backordered has arrived but I haven’t even taken it out of the package yet and don’t remember how much there is I’ll add it in next week.