January Stash Update

January 16, 2011

Hard to believe it’s been another month. I have managed to keep my resolution to not buy yarn until May, which means I’m a third of the way through! Just four months to go.

There were two points at which yarn came into the house despite the resolution – as I previously mentioned, I was going to allow myself to buy a skein of something nice if I made it to January 6th with the resolution intact. I did, and purchased a skein of Knit Picks Andean Treasure so I could knit the Ariadne mitts (Rav link, not free). The second sort-of falling down was when I allowed my mom to buy me a little yarn as a late Christmas present. I got another pair of skeins of Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool for my Barn Raising Quilt (needs book – Knitalong) and a skein of Cascade Eco+ for my Yosemite sweater (Rav link, free).

Anyway, onto the finished items. First,  a shawl (Rav link) that I actually finished before last month’s stash post, but needed to keep concealed lest the recipient came poking around.

It’s the Autumn Leaves Stole (not free), pattern by Jared Flood. It was designed for the line of SHELTER yarn he’s developed, though I knit mine from Knit Picks Gloss DK. See the sample on the pattern page? Yeah, I knit that. 🙂

Next up is an older WIP that I finally manged to slay before Christmas.

This is a Red Sox-themed teapot cozy (Rav link) my dad requested over a year ago. My knitting is very loose, so knitting this pattern was a kind of torture – Grandma’s Traditional Tea Cosy (Rav link). Nice finished product though.

This scarf (Rav link) is the last of the Multi-Directional Scarves (Rav link, free) that my aunt commissioned for her family’s. Just barely managed to finish it on Christmas Eve.

These last three projects were knit from yarn bought specifically for them. I have scraps left over, but no immediate plans for them.

My first finished project of the new year was this pair of super bulky-weight mittens (Rav link). I knit them from a skein of Malabrigo Rasta that I bought back in May because it’s incredible squishiness and color caught my eye. I had just finished finals and decided to treat myself.

The pattern is free, the Super Funky Bulky Mittens (Rav link, free). I was worried about running out of yarn, but turned out to have enough. I might even rip out the tops and add a few rows at some point – they’re just slightly too short for my hands.

Next up is a hat (Rav link) that I bought yarn for in November (one of my last purchases before making this resolution), only to knit it out of leftovers from my Susie’s Reading Mitts (Rav link). I’ll use the other yarn for something and I was quite happy to use up that second skein of Malabrigo Twist.

The pattern is Ripley (Rav link, not free) by Ysolda Teague. I love her hat patterns, both for their loveliness and her easily understood and well-written instructions.

Next up is a little baby coat (Rav link) that captured my imagination a few months ago. I bought yarn specifically for it at some point when I was trying to pull together a $50 shopping cart at Knit Picks, for the free shipping.

The pattern is the Baby Tiered Coat (Rav link, not free). I have some leftovers, which I’ve thrown in with the rest of my bulky weight bits and bobs, in case I’m inspired to do a stripy project.

I love Sunshine Yarns and her Harry Potter colorways, but I’ve only ever managed to score two skeins by waiting for her shop updates and pouncing as each colorway is posted. This hat is knit from the Hermione color – too pretty and special to make into socks. 🙂

The pattern is the Sockhead Hat (Rav link, free).

My final project for this month is a scrap project. I pulled out some of my nylon-wool blend sock leftovers to make mini-socks for a swap group on Ravelry.

The leftovers are from my Dublin Bay socks, a pair of toe-ups, and some Jaywalkers respectively (Rav links). The mini-socks are from a mash of patterns.

That’s all for this month! Hopefully I’ll be able to report back with similar success in February.

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