20 November 2007
As holidays go, the first thing that comes to mind is to head to the local yarn store and SHOP. Before I grabbed the keys, it occurred to me that I might have something in my stash that would suffice for the next project.
In no time, I found myself inventoring my entire stash. Really inventoring the stash. It took me more than one day to do it. Included in inventory was all the yarn in the yarn closet. Not included in inventory was all my handspun/hand dyed yarn or novelty yarn sitting in various storage containers around the house.
As of today, 20 November, the inventory equals 92,275 yards of yarn.
At the rate of 1800 yards per sweater, that equals 51.26 sweaters. If I knit the equivalant of 4 sweaters a year, it will take 12.8 years to knit through this stash.
I am,by personal mandate, effectively, cut off from buying another skein for the foreseeable future.
Are you finding yourself a bit on the heavy side when it comes to yarn? Feel free to use this Excel 2003 spreadsheet to check out your stash. If you have more than you can reasonably expect to knit in your lifetime, you are invited to join me in my Yarn Diet.
Knit with what you got!
Update: 20 October 2008: I get a big f-ing F grade for this yarn diet attempt! Damn. I, perhaps have purchased less yarn than I might have, but nonetheless, purchased yarn.
19 November 2007
My knit group, the Monroe Bitch and Bitch knitting group, went on an excursion last year (train trip to Portland to visit, what else, yarn shops). I realized I never gave a trip report. So, here you have it - pictures worth much more than words
(click pictures for big):
View from inside the train at dawn
Lots of time to knit on the way down, work in progress
No shortage of inspiration at Portland Knitting Stores within walking distance of the train station.
Knit Knot Studio, Portland, Oregon
Knit Purl, Portland, Oregon
Habu Textiles Scarf
And, it's always good to know where you are (lunch)
Everyone could use a little therapy:
Walking around the Pearl District:
As the beautiful Winter day closes, we make our way to Dublin Bay Knitting:
Dublin Bay Knitting Store, Portland, Oregon
We head to the train station at night fall. When we are all re-assembled we view the stash.
It was so much fun, we are going to do it again. Let me know if you are interested in joining us for our 2nd annual all-day knit trip to Portland in January.
17 November 2007
14 November 2007
I caught someone's eye and I'm published somewhere other than my very own blog:
Spindle and Wheel - November 2007 Edition
my articles in this issue:
Charisa's Quick Knit Fix
Folk Art for Your Head
And,in the same issue - I am delighted to share the limelight with Brooklyn Tweed himself! :
Jared Flood's Noro Scarf
10 November 2007
Although procrastination nearly prevented it, I managed to get into Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Knits class at the Nordic Knitting conference in Seattle, early October 2007. Below are photos from the conference. There are a few photos of Vivain HØxbro, as she was teaching in the classroom next to Elsebeth's.
Best learn of the day: how to cable without a needle....which inspired the Gully Wash Socks!
Some of her examples:
Elsebeth and student:
Elsebeth instructing a student about how to move cables on the ground, and do it without an additional cable needle:
Some of Vivian's examples for the class:
It seems that knitting and high tech are a perfect fit. A knitter shows another knitter an example of what they are discussing online - via her I-phone:
04 November 2007
03 November 2007
Designed by: Charisa Martin Cairn | October 2007
note: if you downloaded the pattern prior to 14 Nov 2007, please re-download.
I caught an error, and it has been corrected.
Click here to download the free sock pattern.
Please refer to the "Lifestyle Toe Up Socks", a tour guide for building socks that always fit.
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Socks That Rock, Lightweight, 360 yards
Needles/Method: Size 1, US
Using 2 circular needles, socks knit in the round
Gauge: Depends, but about 8-10 stitches to the inch
What you know or will learn using this pattern:
- A magical cast on
- Making cables without a cable needle
- Knitting socks that fit
- An easier short row heel
- A stretchy bind-off that will always wear comfortably
Why Gully wash? Experimenting with cables and this wonderful yarn, the cabling looked just like water rushing through gullies in the streams around where I grew up in the Texas hill country. The colorway that I used only reinforced the visual by being the color of the washed gully.