Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lack of Inspiration...

Unlike my sister, Mary, I have been inspirationless for a while. The hat that I knitted a while back wound up frogged. I just didn't like it. I think I'm going to knit a mobius cowl, double stranded, with the yarn instead. I just don't think I'm ready to give up wearing the hat my Mom knit me yet, if ever.

Usually when I have no desire to knit, or cannot decide what to knit, I'll just make toys for the ferrets. One would think that my ferret, Nora, would love these toys, but she doesn't. Every ferret I've encountered loves them! Nora is the odd one out. That's ok, I still love her!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Attempting to Destash

Yarn and fibery goodness has taken over my house.  Behold my stash...

 Please excuse the blurry pictures (my husband took them, haha).

This picture is even after my sister came over and helped me sort through the mounds and mounds of fiber and yarn.  I think I have a problem.  Well, the first step towards solving a problem is admitting you have a problem.  Hello, my name is Mary, and I am a certified fiber hoarder.


Since I have become a total fiber snob, I gave my sister all my acrylic yarn for her to make ferret toys with.  She makes the toys for ferrets that are at the ferret shelter waiting for forever homes.  I've also decided to attempt to destash any yarn that doesn't "speak to me" anymore.  Destashing is SOOOO much more difficult than I imagined, but here is my start...a total of 9 skeins.

Filatura di Crosa

 Plymouth Yarn Baby Bunny

Tahki Yarns Cotton

Plymouth Yarn Royal Bamboo

In case you are interested in any of the above yarn, my sister is selling them on Ravelry for me.  If I were to "sell" them I'm sure they would some how find their way back to my stash.  I've provided the links above to where they are being sold.

In addition to trying to destash, I've put myself on a fiber fast.  No new fiber until further notice!  Nothing, not even sale yarn!  With the money I'll be saving from new fiber purchases and hopefully any money I get from the destash sale, I'm going to buy rubbermaid containers to organize the existing stash.  I also think I need a new, larger shelf. 

How do you store and organize your stash?  How big is your stash?  How big do you think is too big?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Somewhat Herringboney

I have a new FO!  I recently finished the Men's Mini Herringbone Scarf by Purl Soho.  I knit it for a friend's sister, however, I think she may keep it for herself!  Seriously, it's too gorgeous to giveaway (I secretly have another two skeins of the Freia yarn in Sand for myself, hehe).

 When I began knitting the pattern, I did have a problem with the stitch.  It wasn't turning out very herringboney, it was more cross stitchy.  Since I absolutely abhor cross stitch, I ended up fudging it and making it up as I went.  On the right side of the scarf I knit two together through the back loops, and only slipped one off the needle.  On the wrong side, I purled two together and only slipped one off.  To create the nice finished looking edge, I slipped the first stitch of every row.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Coil Boil - Final Post (I Promise!)

I put the coil boil art yarn I spun on my tree as a garland!

It's difficult to tell in the picture, but the tinsel and firestar in the yarn added a wonderful sparkle to the tree.

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season!