Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Progress Can Be Very Slow Sometimes...Working Down Stashes

There hasn't been much progress in my spinning or knitting lately.  The sweater has been put aside so I can work on my Thin Ice Shawl.  I'm on row 212 of 270.  They do get longer as you go, but I'm enjoying the knit.  I started the second skein around row 200 and I should have more than enough to finish it since I wound the skeins to approximately 420 yards each.  The pattern calls for 800 yards.

I finished spinning the first 4 ounce braid of the Rambouillet fiber and am ready to start the second one.  It's going to be a simple 2-ply when finished.

There was a tentative plan to go to the weaving studio this coming Thursday or Friday, but I don't think it will happen.  Pat may need my car on Thursday, and there's a snow storm coming in for Friday.  So, the looms sit and wait a bit longer. :(

I devised a plan for tracking/controlling my stashes this year.  For every ounce of fiber that comes into the house, I must spin 3 ounces up.  For every skein of yarn that comes into the house, I must use 2 skeins of yarn.  The use can be knit, crochet, or weave.

I went to my knitting guild last Thursday evening and had a good time.  I taught the Tunisian Twisted Edging while a friend taught  the Magic Loop method.  Friday found me driving down to Eneri Knits for the monthly Knit & Tell she does there.  I instituted my stash rule mentioned above. I'm counting the 2 skeins of the shawl yarn as being used so I could buy 1 skein.  I came home with a beautiful peachy pink skein of 100% Cashmere and a pattern to knit with it. This will be my next project after I finish Thin Ice, some Snuggles for the animals, Dragonfly Wings Shawl, and cast on a pair of socks for travel purposes. 

I've been watching some movies I picked up from the library.  The latest was the three seasons of "Ballykissangel".  I really loved the entire series and wish there was more to watch.  It was set in Ireland and there were several gorgeous sweaters, vests, and other knit items.

Well, it's time to pick up my shawl and try to get another 2 rows in tonight.

1 comment:

Jerry said...

The Thin ice looks fun to knit. Dying in a monochromatic style is my favorite. Good luck on the stash busting idea. I just stopped cold turkey from buying and am only spinning and knitting from stash....