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Shopping the ‘stash’ some more


Yesterday, I introduced you to a few of the yarns that I pulled from my Collection, with grand plans for projects in 2012:

I love to knit garments, as opposed to hats or scarves for instance.  They’re nice little knitting snacks; to really feel like I’ve got my fill, it has to be a sweater’s-worth of knitting.  And so I have learned to buy in relative bulk.  By that I mean not less than 600g of any one yarn.  Unless it’s sock yarn.  Or something for a shawl.

The reason for this is that I find it frustratingly limiting to find suitable projects for something like this:

400g of lovely DK weight multi-dyed 100% New Zealand merino from Touch Yarns.  It’s not enough for an adult garment.  I could knit a vest, or a lot of hats, or a shawl, or a child’s garment, or I suppose I could mix it with another yarn.

In this case, I think I will turn it into something for a niece (lucky girl!)  I’ve been looking at all sorts of patterns, but the one I keep going back to is Echo.  The gauge is a bit off, and I’d absolutely love to knit it in Felted Tweed, but I do have a bulging Collection that needs some pruning…  I will probably make it short-sleeved because my niece lives in the upper North Island, where it doesn’t get terribly cold.  She can wear a long-sleeved top and leggings underneath, and it will look great.   I might also stripe some of this complementary yarn through it, or I might keep it for another girl’s garment:

This is a lovely 100% wool, hand dyed skein I picked up from Creative Outlet.  Again, it seems they don’t do this colourway any more.  This is why it’s important to buy when you see it, she’s says to herself…

While we are on kids’ knits, here’s another sweet yarn I picked up:

It’s not NZ yarn, but the “made in Italy” and cashmere content was enough to convince me to try this not too expensive yarn from Moda Vera.  I have just enough to knit this very sweet little cardi for another niece:

It’s the Puffed Sleeve Cardi by Peter Pan Design.  I can’t find a link to an image or source for you, but given it’s distributed by Naturally in NZ, I suspect most local yarn stores will have a hard copy.  Mine comes from a back issue of Australian Creative Knitting (issue 32).

At this point, someone living in England is probably starting to go a little green-eyed with jealousy at her mum knitting other people stuff… so here is a long-overdue something for mademoiselle:

To be made into the Sidelines Top.  It’s in cotton for the no-itch factor.  It’s also in cotton because I understand that the central heating of college dorms means that a woollen sweater might not get worn in those conditions.

Also, I do have aspirations to knit this:

into something pretty for mademoiselle as well.  It’s a laceweight merino/silk blend.  This one is ‘no brand’, but I believe it’s the same base as used by Spinning a Yarn for her gorgeous hand-dyed yarn.  I have a lot of this yarn, but I’ll keep what I’ll do with it a surprise for the time I knit it.

After all that stocking stitch, I think I’ll be keen to get back to something a little more interesting, and so I have in mind to knit this:

into a modified version of the Ashfield cardigan.  This is Little Wool Co,’s machine washable 100% wool in Paua.  It’s a lovely yarn that wears extremely well.  Another one of those that continues to look mint-new year after year.  I love the heathering in this yarn.  You can’t see it very well in the picture, but up close, there are shades of sea blue, green and grey blended into a very pretty colour.  It’s not going to be an exact replica of the Ashfield, because this is another of those annoying situations where I’ve stupidly picked up only 400g, and it’s not.quite.enough…  I have spent hours looking at every other incarnation of short-sleeved cardi and vest on the planet it seems, but I’m fixated on using this exact yarn, and in this exact pattern.  I think it’s the pretty lace panel in the front that has got me.  More importantly, I can see the recipient wearing this, and I haven’t been able to replace that image with any other pattern I’ve seen.

Typing this, I started to wonder if I’ll be able to get through all of this.  But a year is a long time, and I tell myself that if I managed to knit 50+ projects in 2011, there’s no reason I can’t knit all of this and more.

Well, there is a boy’s birthday party to get prepared for, so I will get on with that and  continue with more about the yarn tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s an idea for party favours that I am going to have a go at this afternoon – aren’t they super cute!?


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12 thoughts on “Shopping the ‘stash’ some more

  1. You knit faster than you think you do. 50+ projects. That’s around one a week! It really wouldn’t surprise me if you finished all of your selected projects by the middle of the year.

  2. A second day of gorgeousness from you – what a treat! Beautiful yarns and patterns. Every time you put a link to the Rowan site I lose half an hour of my day straightaway 🙂

    • I’m glad you like it. 🙂 The Rowan site is just so cool. They revamped it recently, and the new format is great. I spend hours on it… as you can tell!

  3. You have one pretty lucky family!!
    I look forward to seeing your party monsters. They do look fun.


  4. I guess the heating in college dorms is a world-wide problem. My roommate and I keep our heater off and it’s still well about 70 degress F in our room!

  5. Some scrumptious yarns there, Rowan is one of my favourite yarn and pattern suppliers and I’m very partial to a little ‘Peter pan’ too, lovely yarn and patterns for childrens knits.

    Happy New year to you and your family, hope it’s filled with lots of lovely knitting.

    lily x

  6. Oh, the idea of buying not less than 600g yarn is brilliant! But I’d imagine it would be very hard on the wallet… I shall keep it in mind next time I am yarn shopping, which at this rate will likely be 2013 – I have at least four sweater-lots already waiting to be knit this year. I can’t wait to see all your progress this year! You’ll have no problem getting through that list, I’m sure of it 🙂

    • 600g can be quite expensive. However, I’ve been careful about buying reasonable yarns (Little Wool Co and The Wool Co for example are very modestly priced), with only the occasional splash-out involved. I also buy on sale (the no brand yarns were all under $4 a ball even though superb quality). So you can do it if you plan ahead! Knit World are having a sale next week. I hear there is going to be extremely nice yarn at extremely nice prices… squeak!!!

  7. I saw your Paua wool, and my eyes lit up! 🙂 Good luck with the monster favors, and the party. 🙂

  8. Great pattern choices and I love seeing your beautiful stash. 50+ projects in 2011? I’m in awe! xo

  9. 50+ projects last year! Wow, you must be a speed knitting demon, especially if most of those are garments! You even managed to fit in some designing too! I’m in awe of your skills 🙂