I will preface this by saying I have a fairly small stash and I like it that way — I’m finding that I prefer to buy enough for several projects in one go, and not buy yarn without a project in mind.
I also labeled it by weight because I was a bit surprised by the nice variety of weights I have:
One of my big goals this year in terms of my knitting and crochet is to get through a lot of my old yarn that I bought without a project in mind. I’d also like to make several of the projects I bought yarn for last year, as well, of course! At the moment, I’ve got 13 skeins or partial skeins of yarn that were not bought with a particular project in mind, and 24 skeins or partial skeins that were bought with a project in mind (plus two partial skeins of black and white acrylic that are designated scrap yarn).
Well, it ended up taking a lot longer than I’d anticipated to get back to blogging after my vacation. I’m pleased to report that I did finish knitting my brother’s gloves in time to give them to him for Christmas:
I also did some more work on my Morning Flight cross stitch over the break, and got as far as adding the first full crosses!
This is what it looked like before I took it off the frame:
I took it off the frame to begin work on the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler (free pattern available at Blackwork Journey). It’s a sampler of 131 different blackwork stitches, with multiple variations of each stitch. I plan on finishing it as a wall hanging, probably with a black fabric border. This is one and a half of the 24 blocks making up the pattern:
(Sorry for the slight fuzziness — it turns out to be quite a difficult pattern to photograph for me.)
I’m realizing that the blues I’ve been working on are make up a huge part of the cross stitching in that pattern, so while I’m only barely into the number of colors I need to work, I’m pretty far into the total number of stitches
First the bad news. The knitting needle I’d bought for my Ocean Currents Rug broke! The tip just snapped off the cable while I was working with it. It’s been sent off to the manufacturer for replacement, but until I get a new one, there’s not going to be any rug progress.
To make up for it, I’ve had a fair bit of knitting good news. I have a couple of projects I want to complete in the next year or two that I didn’t have the yarn for, so I put in an order and got it the other day.
I got some Supersocke self-striping sock yarn in the Mali Color Golden Shades to use in a colorwork sock along with some black yarn I already had:
I’m not quite sure why I was so drawn to this yarn — it’s not a color I’d normally pick, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it in that pattern.
All the pictures I’d seen of this yarn showed it as blue, but it’s a fairly green-leaning blue-green. The picture here is the best I could get, but it’s not green enough. I’m slightly disappointed it’s not the color I was envisioning, but it should work out okay.
I’ve been wanting some custom fit gloves out of a very fine yarn, so I got some Malabrigo Lace in the color Vaa, which is super soft:
And finally, I bought someFilatura Di Crosa Nirvana lace weight yarn in Dark Teal for a lace shawl I’ve been wanting to make:
It’s super squishy and the perfect color!
As if that package wasn’t good enough news, I also finished the bed I’ve been working on for Lily for the last five and a half months. She likes it:
In fact, she likes it more than she likes sleeping on the couch next to me!
(Click on any picture for more information on Ravelry.)
I’ve not blogged for a couple of weeks, due to a combination of begin busy and working on non-photogenic projects. Please accept this photo of Lily “assisting” me with cutting out a pair of pajama pants as an apology:
This year has gone very fast for me, and now that it’s December, I’m realizing I really need to focus on my christmas projects… I have five things I’d like to get done before christmas:
This one is probably the most important to me, although knowing my brother, he’d find a glove and a half (still on the needles) under the tree hilarious. I’d prefer to avoid that, however.
2) A knight on horseback hand puppet from an ancient kit I’ve got. So far I’ve finished the horse and just need to make the knight.
Look at that cute (or maybe slightly disturbing…) face! This one needs to be done by Dec 15 if it’s going to get done, as I don’t want to try to finish it at my parents’ house. It’s not critical that it get done, either.
3) A dragon hand puppet from a similar kit. This is the one I was working on earlier, but it got put on hold for a bit due to misplacing some of the pieces. I’ve got them, so I just need to finish it.
Like above, this needs to get done by Dec 15 or not for this year.
4) Chocolate truffles. I made truffles from How to Cook That‘s chocolatetrufflerecipes last year, and they were amazing, so I’m going to make them again (I’m planning on making orange, raspberry, caramel, and hazelnut praline). I can’t start them until I get to my parents’ house, but I do need to write out the ingredient lists in advance so we can get everything we need.
5) Christmas crackers. I always make homemade crackers to pull. Like the truffles, this will be done at my parents’ house sometime between the 15th and the 25th. I need to make some extra crackers this year, so I’ll try to get photographs of the whole process and put up a tutorial on this blog. While I don’t need to start the crackers themselves yet, I do need to make some extra prizes at some point, which I can do now.
My projects for this year’s holidays work out pretty well, as I have some to do in the next two weeks, and some to do the two weeks after that. I think I can get them all done, and as long as the gloves, truffles, and crackers get done, I’ll be okay.
What (if any) holiday crafting are you doing? Or are you more organized than I am and are already done?
Back when I was doing a lot of origami, I picked up a pack of this rainbow paper:
Unfortunately, it’s not the best for origami, as inevitably you get a lot of red and blue showing but not a lot of the rainbow. I was looking at it recently, thinking how it’d be a really easy way to make rainbow paper beads.
I made some large oblong ones and some itty bitty round ones (with my hand for size reference):
However, I can’t decide which type I like better. What do you all think?
This past week, I’ve taken the rug with me on a couple of days when I knew I was going to be sitting around for quite a while. I ended up putting in about 3,000 stitches on each of those days!
It’s now big enough that I’ve been leaving it on the floor when I’m not working on it.
Also, I realized I’ve not linked to the pattern in my last couple of updates. It’s the Ocean Currents Rug, just a little bit larger (details on my Ravelry project page if anyone else is thinking of doing similar).
Today’s post brought to you by the serendipitous discovery of both a hardanger tutorial on YouTube and hardanger cloth in my cross stitch fabric stash.
It was my first time doing any sort of cut work embroidery, but I think it came out really well and it didn’t take very long. I did adapt the tutorial slightly, as I wanted my piece a little bit larger than it would have come out, and I wanted to preserve a section of the cut and pulled threads show the texture. I highly recommend the tutorial if you’re interested in giving hardanger a try!