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I so suck!!!

Really. From now on I am not even going to update my progress and say things like, “If I continue with the monthly goals, and not buy anymore yarn, I will quickly turn that figure to a negative.” It’s like me jinxing our local weather by putting my winter coat in the hall closet, it usually hangs by the garage door. I did that this weekend, the weather was 40 degrees yesterday! Oh, and I finished a shawl this week, so of course I needed cool weather today to wear it to show my knitting group. It’s 52 today. See, it’s me and my big mouth and actions that cause my downfall. And boy did I fall. I also said I wouldn’t buy yarn for any of my listed projects unless I found a really good price on it. I guess the joke’s on me, I don’t even have a project marked for these yarns! Face meet pavement.

So, at our weekly knitting group I sit in a comfy chair facing a wall. A wall full of wire framed cubbies holding discounted yarn. Big mistake. This week I noticed some new yarn living in the cubbies. So of course I had to check it out. Good thing there wasn’t a lot more of the yarn in sweater quantities, cause there were tons I was interested in. Still thinking about that Ultra Alpaca worsted, even if it is a color I am not that crazy about. But, anywho.

This is what came home with me.

Vintage yarns

9 skeins of Berroco Vintage! Just the most perfect yarn for kid friendly knitting. there’s 651 yarns for each color, so who knows what all I can make with it. For sure some vest for 2 little guys I know. And sweaters for my great-nephews. And, and, and!!! A bunch of hats for sure. Now, how much do you think I paid for all this loveliness? Good quess, but not even close.

Last week I bought one skein of Heritage Sock yarn for my niece’s wedding shawl. At 492 yards it was $19.26 after tax. This week I bought 9 skeins with 1953 yards for …..&26.96!!!! 60% off baby! See, I couldn’t pass it up. And if the purplish burgundy is still there next week, it just might have to come home with me. I think they have all the Berroco clearanced. How will I resist until it is all gone?

So now you know my shame. I am a sucker for discounts. it does no good to show Hubster how much I saved, he will only remind me it was so much I didn’t NEED! LOL.

I am thinking this sweater will be the first piece from these yarns. Thinking to use them just as I have them stacked. Oh the fun I can have with these colors! This is one of my favorite combos for boys. Just amazed they had these three colors still hanging around. I have used the olive Vintage for several hats and a sweater. It knits up well and is easy care. Perfect for the little guys in my life.

OK, next month, I promise!! I will not buy more yarn, I will not buy more yarn, I will sit in a different chair!!!

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Mid April Review

Just a check to see if I am staying on track with my goals. And they are:

1. Work on that sweater!  Update: A little bit has been done on the front.
2. Finish baby blanket.  Update: Not yet, and haven’t even picked it up this month.
3. Work on a charity hat session, 1-3 hats finished and donated.  Update: Not one hat knit this month!
4. Work on Cable Shawl, doing at least 1 repeat of the cable pattern.  Update: Fail again.
5. Work on Sunset Shawl.  Update : Success!!! Finished and blocking.
6. Buy yarn for Niece’s Wedding Shawl and start the shawl. Deadline-May 17th  Update: Success in purchase, just cast on last night.

Stash Confession:

461 yards and 1 skein knit up
492 yards and 1 skein bought
Difference: 31 yards and 0 skeins more in the stash.

If I continue with the monthly goals, and not buy anymore yarn, I will quickly turn that figure to a negative. Which won’t be hard to do since all the current projects are from stash I have had a long time or something I bought since the first of the year. All the projects I have planned this month are using up yarn I already have. For the year, I have 29 items in the queue that I have the yarn for, the other 10 will take a back seat until I find yarn at a good price to use for them. Or until I change my mind about doing the project, which happens all too often. LOL!

So far I guess I can check off 3 as accomplished and 3 not even close. I guess that’s not bad considering I still have half of the month to go. With the Sunset Shawl, aka Demiluna, out of the way I can focus on the 3 items I haven’t done so far this month and get that Wedding Shawl started. I think giving myself 1 month to knit the shawl is good. The last shawl only took 19 days, but it was about 100 yards less in size, so hoping that extra needed for Quilla doesn’t take me too much longer to knit!

4Quilla4Photo from Susanna IC website

Now off to do something productive. I hope your day is finding you immersed in the things you love!

 

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Inspiration Monday

Hmm, what’s inspiring me today? Bunnies and Elephants!!

But first let me explain why this is such a surprising thing. Years ago we had a knitting friend who was diagnosed with lung cancer. As time went by it was obvious that she would never recover. Unfortunately she had purchased some kits from Knit Picks to make the girl and boy monkeys and the outfits for her 2 grand-daughters. She didn’t get far. As a knit group we decided to offer to finish these projects for her. During this time they found out a 3rd grand-daughters was due. So we took the kits and divided up the knitting so we could make 3 monkeys with girl outfits. I made one of the monkeys. And quickly learned that I HATE making stuffed animals. REALLY hate it. But we were happy to be able to give the little ones something to remember their grandmother’s love.

Imagine my surprise that I want to knit these, these, things! But “these” little things are too cute and seem to be much less work than those monkeys. I hope. LOL! And, these are for my great-nephew and his July due baby sister. So, it’s family. You do for family!

The GNTB will get the elephant since her baby blanket is being knit in gray Ella Rae Superwash. I might even include the other colors if I get creative enough. Maybe one turquoise ear and one pink ear? The GN will get the bunny for his Easter gift.

Another thing that is inspiration this week is taking two shawl patterns and making one! I have done this before using Swallowtail and Ishbel. The plan was to cast on for Dragonfly Wings while on a trip to St Louis for the day on Sunday*. But, I no longer prefer triangular knit shawls, so I decided that Citron had a similar stitch count after one of the increase sections. I have eliminated the ruched sections that make Citron such a lovely shawl since it doesn’t work for this project. Once I get to that magic number I will start the lace and fingers crossed I have enough yarn to finish! I just decided I didn’t like the casting on of sts for the Dragonfly Wings that need to be done to get the width. It just seems odd to me. But I like the lace portion, so I will commence with the lace omitting the center point. It will be more like Cladonia, without the color change.

FBD

That’s what I love so much about knitting. That you can make it your own. You can change what you don’t like with minimal effort to get the look you are going for. I would never be able to do that with sewing.

Now I will leave you with a photo of my excursion on Sunday.

St Louis Day

*Cards won, I had my knitting with me, and we were wined and dined in a stadium box, what more could a girl need!

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