Sunday, April 11, 2010

Yarn Diet

I have to confess. I have a serious weight problem.... my Stash is too HEAVY, and My wallet is too LIGHT. I have made a decision to start a strict yarn diet. I know, I have said this before, then Elann had a cashmere-merino on sale, or the Needle Emporium opened the "tent"... and I fall off the wagon.
This time I am going to be accountable to YOU. You can encourage me, and I hope help yourselves too. Let's all knit the stash, recycle old projects and create without shopping. Think how refreshing that will be, and the sense of pride of a frugal job well done. (and think of the free space in your storage units, that will welcome LOTS of new yarn when the diet is over and we are again lean, mean, knitting machines!
Here's my latest knitting project, done so fast I did not have time to photo and document! Love the 6mm quick knits. It was started on the friday of the long weekend, and finished today. That's 9 days. Lucky it was such a deal from Elann last month. JJ's handpainted Mohair. I used the pattern from JJ's enclosed with the purchase, but ran out as I was finishing the sleeves, so could not work the collar suggested. I had in my stash, a teal Debbie Bliss Alpaca-Silk, that knit on 4 mm needles, so picked up the collar with that and did a little stand up job, and to make it match better, I did some Icord loops sewn to the right side, opposite teal buttons. I think it looks rather smart. My new spring jacket.

Next: A cotton - Linen tank top, *** from my stash**** :)


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to say I can't join you in your yarn diet. I recently blitzed my leftovers (I don't even have a stash) and made scarves and hats for charity, partly by hand and partly with my Bond knitting machine. I am totally justified in buying yarn now, because I have almost nothing left!

Happy Knitting.

chris said...

Wow, I am envious of your stamina! I hope to say the same thing by summertime. Congrats and go shopping. You are my inspiration!

crazycrafter said...

I . . . wow. Nine days for a sweater. I am in awe. Um, yeah. Wow. It is so beautiful!
I would love to join in you stash-using-up-thingie. Yarn diet. Whatever it is called! =) I am, right now, knitting (or supposed to be knitting) an afghan, trying to use up all of the cheap acrylic yarn that I bought when I started knitting several years ago. I have a fairly good-sized stash (but still not as big of a stash as I would like to have ;), so I will be glad to do this. Thanks for your post, and, once again, love,love,lovelovelovelove LOVE the sweater!


Hannah, age 12

Jeanetta said...

I've been thinking I need to do this yarn diet thing myself! We'll see how long I can stand it. I just discovered your blogs a couple of days ago and you are amazing! My new hero! j