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Spring break before spring

Long time no see. I have no good excuse, except maybe the spring laziness. I really don’t know what was I doing all that time.
Currently I’m working on a cardigan that I named Cablemania. Because knitting related all I could think of was cables and more cables, I had to cast on something with cables. Therefore I designed Cablemania. I’m knitting with 100% wool DK in light grey, the yarn that I bought from St George a few months ago. Tina VW is a pleasure to work with and I will certainly buy more of this yarn in the future.
First I imagined a seamless cardi, but after sketching that version, changed my mind and opted for a little work with the tapestry needle instead. Since I liked the top down construction so much when I knitted my Edith vest, I’m using it again. It has so many advantages.
To prevent laying this cardi around unfinished (read sleeveless) for a long time as it already happened / happening with other projects, this time I started with the sleeves. For the very same reason the next thing I knitted was the belt.
The sleeves are knitted with dpns for two reasons; not having to saw it saves time and a few meters of yarn (every knitter knows how important that can be) and it was a great opportunity to buy 4 mm dpns. I like dpns better than working with two cable needles or with the magic loop when knitting in round.
In the past two weeks my stash became just a little bit bigger. First my fiancé gave me this yarn and a bottle of delicious dessert wine for Valentines day:

I was so touched when I imagined him going to the yarn shop and trying to figure out what would I like. He chose one of my favorite colors and a yarn that I was planning to try. Thank you M!
Since a while I would like to learn double knitting and I thought that a colorful headband would be a good start. I knew that St George has color changing yarns (Catania) and solid colors (Tango) in the same weight, so I went to their store. I imagined how nice would a beige / sand colored solid look next to color changing (possibly bluish) yarn. But in the shop I saw this little skein with every possible color in it. I thought that even if it’s wilder than the one I originally wanted, it still can be “cooled down” with the beige solid. Just to be sure, I asked the lady that works at the shop what she thinks of mixing Catania with Tango. “I don’t know, let’s see how it looks next to each other” and before I could ask for a beige she took the one that was the closest to her. It was pink, a color that would never occur to me to pick for this project. I was amazed how good those skeins looked next to each other.

So I decided to risk it. It might turn out great or it might be a disaster. Either way I have nothing to lose, if I don’t like something knitted up I can always frog it.

Cheers,
Mimi

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Stashache

A long long time ago there was a silly teenage over-enthusiastic knitter. One day she wandered into a yarn store where multiple yarns was on sale for ridiculously low price (the yarn was a leftover from export). She doesn’t remember exactly how much she bought from these 100% cotton (and by the way very good quality) yarns, but right now she still has a little over 500 grams of this one in her stash:

and she already have knitted 2 adult sized sweaters, 2 huge winter shawl (both with yarn held double…) and a hat from it. So yeah, it was a LOT. But it’s not all! She also purchased (most probably) 500 grams of this bee-yellow (back in the days very fashionable) variety of the very same yarn:

Now she can’t think of a garment that she would possibly want to make from it because the color nowadays is a fashion faux pas and honestly she never even liked it (please don’t blame her, she was a teenager and it was extra cheep).
If you think that she assumed she had enough yarn, well, that’s not how this story happened. After a year or two, when she had already knitted up some of the (black) yarn and liked it a lot, she searched the manufacturer and found it’s own shop (which is now one of her favorites) where –guess what- she bought more yarn on sale of the same type. Some of the yarn became what it was meant to became:

some of the yarn is part of a never ending story (a blouse that waits patiently for it’s sleeves to be knitted and attached):

and some of the yarn will be turned into a cabled poncho next month:

Now, the problem is that the knitter even if she loves to work with this yarn would like to work with other types too and make some garments for which this yarn is not a good choice. She would like to experiment and grow as a knitter. She is loaded with guilt every time she purchases an exiting new yarn because she decided to use up the stash first (the skeins above are just part of it) that “collects dust” since years and takes up a lot of space (another issue). But concentrating only on the stash would eventually turn knitting into a boring chore, wouldn’t it? Why does balancing wishes and reality has to be this hard? Do you have stashaches too?

PS1: I will show the socks when I finish them.

PS2: There is an awesome giveaway on Caffeine Girl’s blog, you can win a bunch of cool stuff: a skein of Yarntini sock yarn, a chocolate Cow Pie, a pretty mug, and stitch markers that she made. Go check it out on http://www.caffeinegirlknits.com/ Good luck!

Cheers,
Mimi

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Guilty as charged

Yesterday we took a walk and somehow, without any logical reason, I entered the LYS. “Just to take a look” -I said to my fiance. I’m on a stash diet and trying to save money. I came out half hour later with 3 skeins of sock yarn.
People don’t buy yarn – not even sock yarn – accidentally. People don’t spend money if they are trying to save it. I managed to broke 2 of the promises I made to myself at the same time. And the worst thing is I do not regret it! Yes, I’m guilty as charged, but I’m human and little guilty pleasures like this spice up our life. I may be weak but I’m happy. What are your little guilty pleasures that makes you happy?

These 2 are going to warm my feet this winter:

And this is going to be a pair of mitts:

Probably I will knit those socks and mitts in September, since it’s going to be a busy month I need to chose not too challenging projects.
I have made a very little progress on my Citron because my exams starts next week:

I’m close to the end of the 6th section and will start the ruffled edging soon.

Cheers,
Mimi

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