Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

BUY! BUY! BUY!

Since I went out a couple of weeks ago and bought myself a new car, I've got to tighten the purse strings a little to accommodate a car payment again. The most obvious place I could stand to cut back on my spending is my yarn buying.

One of my goals for 2010 is to knit from the stash as much as possible. My stash is already pretty full - I've got yarn for at least a dozen sweaters, and probably enough to make 3 dozen pairs of socks (if not more... probably WAY more). I've got an amazing assortment of worsted/sport/bulky weight yarns that should be able to fulfill any needs. I don't really need to buy yarn.

I also received some hefty gift certificates to Hill Country Weavers for Christmas - so that should hold me for a while too.

But in the meantime, my lizard brain is panicking and telling me that I need to stock up or I'll be yarnless in 2010. So I've been taking full advantage of end of year yarn sales in the last week and as the New Year's deadline approaches I'm having to remind myself constantly that a yarnless world isn't on my horizon.

Yarn hoarding is a insidious and tricky little addiction.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The ass end of Christmas...

I'm happy to see the ass end of Christmas, and thus the ass end of all the Christmas knitting.

I've still got a dozen (or so) rows of a Noro scarf to finish (and then put the resulting scarf in the mail to CWS' brother) but other than that... it all got done on time.

Today I cast on for Stephen West's Akimbo for myself.

My crafting plan from now until the Knitting Olympics in February is to finish my WIPS (like I did in November) and keep the casting on of new projects to a bare minimum. Ravelry shows that I have 10 active WIPs (including today's Akimbo & the scarf that is almost done) and 2 that are hibernating). If I could get the active WIPS down to 5, that would be excellent.

For the knitting Olympics I'm thinking about making a coat. Either Indigo or Sylvi. Or maybe I'll arrange the A&D cardigan KAL for that time period.

Meanwhile, time to relax for a while and work on my pretty Akimbo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ready to go!

The Arts & Drafts holiday party is tomorrow and I'm up late culling my stash and finishing my gifts. I added tags to my button jars (made from vintage buttons on cards - most of which still have .07 or .25 cent price tags still on them) and hot glued a big old single button to the lid. Photos below. I'm excited about how these turned out.





I also got my first set of blocking wires - which makes blocking SO much easier. Below are photos of my Seraphim shawl and the Sugar Maple wrap while blocking.

I'm gifting my Seraphim shawl to CWS' grandmother for Christmas.

I can always make myself another one... right?


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December To-Do List

Weave in ends on:

Sugar Maple for Norma
Daybreak for Heather
Foliage hat for Norma
Scrunchable scarf for CWS
Dean St. hat for CWS

Wash & block:

Sugar Maple for Norma
Daybreak for Heather


Needle inventory
Straighten/rearrange yarn stash

Create a new UBER-List (1010 things to do in 2010 and beyond)

Mail holiday cards
Sort vintage buttons
Pick date/plan Arts & Drafts holiday party
Send Arts & Drafts holiday party announcement to google group, facebook, myspace.
Cull stash for give-aways for party prizes


Finish sleeves on Pinwheel sweater
Start sleeves on Garter Yoke sweater
Lace edging on Ulmus shawl

Owl mittens for Aunt Helen
Noro hat for Uncle Eddie

Buy Akimbo pattern
Wind Akimbo yarn


Finish CWS' socks
Cast on another pair of socks for CWS