Rounding the edges

photo by Bowside Knits

photo by Bowside Knits

Some days life seems to be full of sharp edges; shards of pain at each turn. On those days I like to tuck into a soft, squishy ball of yarn, knowing that the knitting will round the edges.

Best stitches~

KJ

Ode to The Local

My local yarn store is not just a store. Sure, they have an amazing selection of yarns and fabrics, needles and notions, but really it is so much more. It is an open space with wooden cubbies to nestle the yarn and they regularly tweak the displays a bit so it is always familiar yet not stagnant (note to try this in my own home!).

Tucked here and there are vintage sewing machines, which I love. There are knit samples perched on the tops of the cubbies and artfully hung around the store. There are tables and chairs to sit and knit or to look at pattern books. The ceilings are high and the space is lit well. A fireplace and I would never leave.

Then there are the people! They are lovely to talk with, always happy to help, or leave you to browse, and are just so welcoming. When I am in need of a little comfort I head there. Just walking in the door and taking a deep breath makes me feel better. They never make me take a number.

The Mysterious Stash

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about my yarn stash, modest though it is, and how I am trying to do some serious stash-busting with my 400 by 40 project. I know nearly every knitter has a stash but do we really set out to have a stockpile of yarn? I certainly didn’t. I live just 2 miles from a gorgeous yarn store that I would visit daily if at all practical. Just the presence of all of that yarn with its infinite possibilities calms me. Why would I need to keep a stash of yarn at home?

Personally, my stash grew of having more ambition than time. Not yet done with one project but shopping around for the next. Nearly every skein, cake, or ball of yarn was brought into my home with a purpose, a project, in mind. I know some knitters can’t resist a skein of gorgeous yarn and so will buy a little here and a little there without yet knowing its project destiny.

Then there is the minimalist knitter who only has yarn for their current work-in-progress. I don’t think this could ever be me but by the end of 400 by 40 I hope to be down to yarn for just a couple of projects.

I’m curious, did your stash grow through project over-planning like mine or is it more a collection of yarns you just couldn’t resist? Do you display it or hide it? Or are you the illusive minimalist knitter with only the yarn for your current project?

Best stitches~
KJ

400 by 40 running total: 14

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

5 hats

2 socks

Backlog

2014 Knitting

2014 Knitting

I thought I would do a brief catch-up post. Above are a few items I knit in 2014 for 400 by 40. I knit the three hats all from two balls of Cascade 220 Superwash that I had bought years ago to make a scarf. The two larger hats are both from the Scarlet pattern. The little hat is a Tiny Baby Ear Snuggling Hat. I just love the name and the pattern because, really, who doesn’t love to snuggle a baby! With all of the hats I believe I held the yarn double to get a bulky weight yarn.

The pattern and the yarn for the socks are unknown. The yarn may be Cascade Eco but no guarantees. I do remember that they were super quick to knit up.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Happy Monday!

Best stitches~

KJ

400 by 40 running total: 14

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

5 hats (my own design)

2 socks

I Wish …

February_2015

 

I wish I could say I totally knocked February out of the park (forgive the baseball reference, it already feels like spring here). In truth, February knocked me down. My knitting goals for the month were largely unmet. I finished one hat, just need to bind off a second (both are part of an easy pattern I am hoping to have on Ravelry soon), and I cast on a Knocker which is now, in March, complete. As I work toward my 400 by 40 goal, I am trying to keep things in perspective and keep my competitive self in check.

What are you knitting to celebrate spring (or stay warm, for those still in the winter deep freeze)?

Best stitches~

KJ

400 by 40 running total: 9

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

2 hats (my own design)