Knitting down the stash

Happy Easter! I hope this post finds you health and happy.

I have been enjoying seeing all the creative baking being shown on Instagram at the moment. Social media at its best – inspiring and encouraging others. One of the great joys of being at home for those of us who like to cook or bake has to be the increased amount of time there is to indulge in this stress busting activity. Hopefully the lack of flour situation is being resolved for everyone… having acquired my precious 2.5kg ration, I have been relishing the ability to make all the delicious things over the Easter break.

I have really appreciated this four day break and am finally feeling rested for a change. I haven’t had a heap of time to do my own thing lately as work for me has continued at an even more intense pace than before since the lockdown (for some reason, working from home is a much more tiring activity than being in the office?) Not to say I am ungrateful. The alternative situation of not having work and therefore limited income is much less desirable.

Something that has been on my mind for some time has been the issue of my stash. In previous living conditions, I’ve had the luxury of space, and my now SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) status didn’t bother me quite as much as it does now. I’ve barely bought any new yarn for quite some time to try to address this situation. The issue hasn’t been so much about the yarn as having time to knit.

Last year, I made the blanket shown below (you may remember it if you follow my Insta account). The blanket used up a good sweater quantity of DK weight yarn, and it was very cosy to have this lovely thing on my lap during the middle of winter! It is meant to be a shawl, but I couldn’t see it as being anything other than a blanket of some kind as it’s so bulky.

The Moon blanket, pattern by Sylvia McFadden

It occurred to me the other day that another blanket would be a good thing to knit. It would also use up that coat-quantity of single spun bulky yarn that I’ve had in my stash since forever! At one point, I thought that knitting a coat would be a great idea and enthusiastically ordered a huge amount of yarn to do that. However, after experiencing the Wellington wind for one too many winters, I’ve realised that knitted coats and Wellington do not go together at all. Not enough wind proofing. It would however, make a very nice blanket…

Drops Eskimo becoming a blanket

There are a lot of beautiful lace pattern blankets out there that would look awesome in this yarn, but I have decided to go for a simple slip stitch rib design of my own making that I can knit without thinking too much. I find that that at the end of the day, I’m very tired, and it’s quite a struggle to knit anything that requires mental energy. I’m hoping that my calculations are correct. I get about 5cm of knitted length out of each 50g ball, which ought to mean that I’ll get a 1.5m x 1.3m blanket out of the quantity I have with me. I was originally aiming for a 1.5m x 1.5m blanket, but after swatching, I figured I would run out of yarn and have reduced the width to fit with what I have. This will include adding in a couple of other harmonising colourways I found lurking in the depths of my stash. It will feel very satisfying to see holes beginning to appear in the stash, and get a cosy, squishy blanket out of it to boot!

I’m nearing the end of the Whiteout Shawl that I’ve been knitting in a combination of Miss Click Clack, Circus Tonic Handmade and Olann fingering weight merino singles. This is a lovely pattern, and I’m so pleased with how the colours I have chosen have harmonised into a gradient-style knit.

I should get to and finish it up today while I still have the brain power to focus on the double-sided lace that is the border pattern!

All this knitting has got me scheming about what I’d like to make next. I got busy looking at my queued projects on Ravelry and have lined up a couple of shawls, sweaters and more blankets… a girl can dream I suppose! Let’s see how far I get. πŸ™‚

What have you been up to recently?

10 thoughts on “Knitting down the stash

  1. Beautiful knitting as always. I have just finished a child’s cardigan for the group Aussies knitting for war affected children. Then for me I am working on the Colour affection shawl using up some of my stash. I ordered some 8 ply yarn from Bendigo wolllen mills and I am going to start the Kelbourne which will require some concentration.
    Keep safe

  2. Lovely shawl/blanket – I too have a half done project that was going to be a shrug (made as a rectangle) but is being turned into a lap blanket as it’s too chunky! Love your baking too – made me fancy a hot cross bun. My projects are many – currently next to my knitting chair is a half made mermaid and a three quarters made blanket, both gifts that need to be finished whilst in lockdown.

  3. I love the blanket!! Oh wow – I would have made this into a shawl as well, I love the look of circle shawls, but can never imagine how to wear them without spoiling the look a bit (since you have to fold them in half and all). The new blanket sounds like a really good idea, too! And sometimes, the simplest designs, such as garter, slip-stitch and stockinette are the most beautiful.

    I hear you on the stash – I haven’t reached sable yet, but the shawl I have been making and will (probably) block today was so much fun, that I ordered yarn for a second one … and more yarn for another shawl or a small cardigan. πŸ˜‰ We’llsee. Happy Easter to you!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚ I agree about circular shawls. They are a bit awkward to wear even though they look gorgeous. Have fun with your shawl knitting!

  4. That blanket is lovely. Indeed, I don’t really see how one would wear that as a shawl, it looks rather heavy for that as well..
    I am in some sort of sock-frenze at the moment. In my drawers there are quite some socks, mostly knit with commercial yarns, that don’t fit just that well, and are quite dull as well. So my new mission is to use fancy yarn and nice patterns. As the lockdown was coming, I decided I ‘needed’ soms indie-dyed yarn for comfort. Ahum. It seems to be worth every euro though, as I now slowly see the content of my sockdrawer prettify..

  5. I have been wanting to make a cable jumper from organic cotton yarn. I’m now seeing why it can be good to have a yarn stash!

  6. That White Out shawl is exquisite!
    I have been finishing things. A baby hat for my neighbour, who is due in June, and the Guernsey wrap for me. Socks next πŸ˜€

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