Sunday, January 28, 2007

Knit from your Stash 2007

I've updated the sidebar. Notice the big new colorful button? I'm accepting the challenge. I know, I know...Stitches West is around the corner...I'm not an idiot. If you read the guidelines you can add your own exceptions to suit your own situation. My situation includes Stitches West so I'm adding the following 2 exceptions:

2e. Knitting Conventions are exempt -- yeah, you heard me -- if the esteemed authors of this challenge are holding out for Stitches East then I can shop at Stitches West and TKGA. But to be fair -- for every convention attended you must extend the challenge 1 month. So, for me this will go thru November.

2f. Yarn required for any class I take during the challenge is also exempt.

So far I'm doing okay. I have plenty of stash -- and we're talking yarn here, not books or patterns. And I do spin so if I really needed a fiber fix I can fulfill my needs in that manner. This weekend I bought yarn only for my class at Stitches West and completing a project -- and this was before I even knew about the challenge.

Anyone want to join me?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

New Beginnings

I went into the New Year with 6 projects logged in the sidebar and 2 unlogged. Like others I reflected on my stash and decided that I must, MUST, knit it down to a low roar. New Year's Resolution, Knit More, Buy Less. So I went ahead and started a lace shawl from Jane Sowerby's new book:

Which is now this:
And, I'm happy to report that this project is being knit with yarn from stash. That is to say, the yarn used here was purchased a long while back with no project in mind. It's all hand dyed, fingering weight alpaca. The other skein above is a silk boucle which I intend to use for the knitted on border. It's a very simple project meant to show off the yarn.

I also started this from Knitters Fall 2003, the Round Trip shrug:

Which is now this:
This is also knit from stash...I purchased the Noro Silk Garden from Webs last year. However, I decided that I wanted to do the band in a matching Cash Iroha and went and bought 3 skeins. That acquisition makes no dent in the stash, but at least the project is no longer part of it...

What? Have I bought any more yarn this year? Um, uh, yes, but not much. ;)