State of the Stash: Lighter
- Me: Mr. Trask, I am a yarn addict.
- Mr. Trask: What was your first clue?
- Me: I have yarn stashed in secret locations all over the house. [pause] But then that was because of staging the house. So I’m probably okay.
- Mr. Trask: …you were hiding the yarn so that people from the outside wouldn’t see it, and you think that means you don’t have a problem?
I thought I was almost finished with the de-stashing. I was surprised – I was amazed – I was relieved. Then I looked under the guest room bed. What was there? Plastic boxes of winter clothes, and airtight boxes with…yarn. So – the giveaways will continue until the packing outlook improves.
Results of last week’s giveaway: Yana won the Canopy; Robin (a different Robin) won the Mochi Plus; Tall Blond Knitter won the Dream in Color/Artyarns combo; irishshamrocks won the Dazzle. Yana has been doing some great stuff to connect knitters through Google+, so check her out if you’ve made the hop from FB to G+. Meanwhile, Kitten with a Whiplash, a past winner, blogged about getting the package from me, and the miraculous health benefits she saw soon after the yarn’s arrival. [Important Note: No correlation has been established between receiving free yarn and an improvement in any back problems.]
It’s been quite the week here in the Knit Like You Mean It household. We visited our lovely new nephew up in Massachusetts; we were approved for a little terraced house in Oxford; our house here went under contract; we researched US-to-UK shipping companies; and I went to a yarn shop without buying any yarn.
Yes, you heard me correctly. I didn’t buy any yarn. And it wasn’t one of those crummy yarn shops where they sneer at you and chase you out with a pitchfork if they don’t know you. It was one of my favorite yarn shops, The Creative Stitch in Hingham, Mass. And they had an incredible wall of sock yarn. And some Jamieson & Smith Shetland goodness. And an unbelievable array of Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK. And and and…
Yet I didn’t buy any yarn. It’s not just because I will have to ship everything I own across the Atlantic in six short weeks; it’s also because I feel like I have enough yarn. Or, at least, I feel I have more control over my yarn. I have three projects on the needles, and I’m swatching for a fourth (see? I’m not completely reformed). I have some yarn waiting in the wings for other projects, too. That’s actually abundance. As much as I loved having a stash in which I could “shop” on a moment’s notice, I’m also excited about having less yarn. I’m getting a better sense of what yarn I do have and what project I’ll tackle next. My friend Emily is knitting more now that she has less yarn; I feel I’m doing the same…although that could be because I’m still knitting for the Saffron Walden Knitted Maze.
What of the maze, you ask? Well, I mailed off my first big piece this week, and am knitting another big piece this weekend. Speaking of which, now is the time to mail off your pieces if you have them – Sophie and Co. are starting to piece together the donated knitting (world’s worst-ever finishing project?). Mail them to Sophie Durlacher, 32 South Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3DN, United Kingdom. Let me know you sent a donation, and choose some yarn from my stash!
Meanwhile, I am knitting the Scheiffelin Point Shawl, a free pattern by Kate Gagnon Osborn of Kelbourne Woolens. It’s been ripped out and re-knit several times – most notably when I discovered, about 6 inches after an increase row, that I had worked said increase row twice. Now, I am about 2 inches from the end of the knitted-on border, and have had to buy a fourth skein of yarn. Here’s the question – do I just finish the border and call it a day? Or, given that the shawl feels a little short, a little like a shawlette, do I rip back the entire border and work another inch or two to give it some length?
Becky said I should re-knit only if I don’t have another project that’s raring to go (I’m still not sure whether I do or not – does that mean the answer is no?). Danielle said I should knit the border, then rip it out and weigh the yarn that made up the border, then knit until the remaining yarn weighs what the border yarn weighed, then re-knit the border. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I’d given away my yarn scale. Tell me in the comments: rip, add, and finish, or just finish?
This week’s giveaway:
- Two skeins Rowan Tapestry in color 176 (a variegated yarn) and one skein of Thistledown Yarns Hand Paint 100% Wool (by Mystic, Conn. artist Linda Perry) in a gorgeous purpley semisolid.
- Two skeins Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in color 300607.
- Four skeins Alchemy Wabi Sabi in color Joshua Tree (siblings of the yarn given away in this post).
- Two skeins Noro Kureyon: one in color 116, one in color 115. [Use these to make a the Child's Rainbow Scarf or the Noro Rainbow Scarf!]
As always, stored in airtight containers in non-smoking, one-cat household. Yarn frozen for 24 hours before mailing. Comment on the blog by Tuesday, August 16 at noon EDT to win; all winners chosen by the Random Number Generator.