I couldn't get online at all yesterday. I realized only this morning that it was because you now have to dial the area code even for local numbers in Montreal. Since I'm still on dial-up (I know, I know...), it affected my Internet connection too. No work and no Internet = lots of time to knit (and the clean the appartment but I somehow prefered to spend the time knitting). I'm happy to say that I finished the left front part of the cardigan. Now I only need to finish the right side and I'll be done. Well after the seaming and stuff.
I already have sweater patterns in mind for my next big project, but it will have to wait a little. I decided that November will be my small project month this year. Why, you ask?
Well this morning I took a big look at my stash. And I realized that I have only a little bit of sock yarn:
With socks, when I decide to start a new pair, I usually take something from my little stash instead of buying something else. So it doesn't accumulate much. With other projects, I usually find that there's nothing interesting enough in the stash so I buy new yarn.
Anyways. I also have a little bit of nice yarn.
Navy Zara, Green Galway, Alpaca, more Alpaca, cashmere in a cone...
The nice stuff never sits there long because I can never wait to knit with it.
What I have a lot of (compared to the rest of the stash that is), is acrylic.
(All acrylic or acrylic blends, except for the black cotton in the front). Most of it I bought when I first started knitting or I received as gift. Some of it is very nice. I adore Patons Decor. I have four balls of red Micro Nomotta (or something like that) and two balls of green that I love. I made a baby cardigan with some of the green and it turned out lovely.
Another thing I have A LOT of: leftovers.
I just can't get rid of it. Most of it anyways, as I did throw away some of the smallest bits today.
So yeah. I decided that I'd try to get rid of some of this yarn by making small projects this year. With the holidays coming up (Halloween is over and I've already seen a Christmas-themed commercial on TV), I'm sure I'll be able to find people to give them to.
I made a list of some of the things I have in my stash and matched them with small projects I'd like to make. It goes like this:
- Almost full ball of Navy blue Galway: A pair of mittens. I'm pretty sure I'll have enough as I was able to make a pair with one skein of Noro Silk Garden and the Galway skein I have is much bigger.
- White Bernat Satin leftover: Another pair of mittens
- Navy blue Zara (2 skeins): Fetching from Knitty.
- Alpaca paint (1 skein, variegated): A hat (maybe a simple beanie)
- Green Galway (3 skeins): Felted clogs
- Red Heart Whirly (3 skeins): Scarf
- Patons Decor (1 huge skein + more than half of a second one): Hat + mittens set
- Bernat Frenzy (3 skeins, red): Scarf
- Caron Jewel Box (3 skeins, red): Scarf
I'd also like to make fuzzy feet with the leftover Wool of the Andes from the Mariah cardigan (I have a lot of it but didn't feel like taking it out of the drawer to take a picture). I also have a few cones of bulky acrylic/wool blends that I'm slowly turning into scarves. Not to mention the yarn from projects that I need to frog...
Of course I don't think I'll be able to finish all this in November (especially the scarves. They may be small but they can take a LONG time to finish). I'll be happy if I can finish 2-3 things. And I'll also finish the cardigan and probably cast on for new socks sometime during the month. But just trying to assign projects to these yarns feels like a step in the good direction.
By the way, if you have any favourite scarf/mittens/hat patterns, feel free to share :)