Stash Flash: Sweater Quantity

Ignoring the two (two!!!) sweaters I have in time out, here is my sweater quantity bin.

And here it is all spread out:

From oldest to newest.
Elann Superwash chunky (which according to rav knits up at a worsted gauge)
Dream in Color Classy: Gothic Rose
A nice dark version of this colour
Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: Tenochitlan (DK)
Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: Delft
Shrug quantity of Berrocco Vintage in Black
Berrocco Remix
I don’t have the best history with sweaters, but here are a few from my past

Technical Difficulties!

Whew, that took a bit, couldn’t figure out where my images had gone!

Finished Objects!  YAY!

First finished object of the year, mittens!

They match a hat from September

The mittens look odd, but stretch nicely:

Second finished object!


Using Regia Zoofari in white.  Used Cat Borhdi’s Sweet Tomato Heel, which i learned on her youtube channel.  It fits very nicely, but isn’t my favorite heel.  Nice to try something different.

I’ve cast on a couple of new projects as well:

a crochet cowl and some dk weight socks  hopefully both will be quick


Also, new yarn!

No, I haven’t already broken my cold sheeping, but this was my last splurge from 2014.  I had a credit at the Loopy Ewe and knew that it would make cold sheeping difficult, (especially in the spring/summer when I’m missing new yarn input to the stash) so I went ahead and used it just after xmas.

Here it is:

I wanted bright, since the early months of the year are so dreary.


Kitt has a new trick, sleeping in my lap.  I’ve always wanted a lap cat. :)

But he might want to learn how to relax. ;)

Stash Flash : The Undyed

Here is my undyed bin:



Um…. well that isn’t exciting, let me annotate it.


The worsted is for AwesomeSisters blanket.  She dyes 50g skeins as she needs them for new squares.

The DK is a cashmere blend and is lovely to work with.

The sport and bulky are for playing around with and the Aran cone is leftover from years past (we really should skein that up)

The fingering is there b/c socks are so much fun to knit!


Can you guess how much yarn is there?  Go on, guess.

5,120 yards.


I didn’t believe the calculator the first time, I had to redo the math!


BTW.. my dealer enabler is Wool2Dye4.  She has retail sales events twice a year where you can buy half kilogram bags (5 skeins vs usual 10).  If you wanted a bunch of high quality natural coloured yarn I would consider her a great option!  One of my favorite yarn bases is Shelia’s Gold and Shelia’s Sparkle (stellina added but same base).  I’m always happy to find an indie dyer using this 2ply base.  I seriously only knit with this base (done by different dyers) for 9 months one year.  And didn’t regret a moment of it. :D

Some projects I’ve made from self dyed yarn include:



Well goodness, it’s been awhile since I knit with my own yarn, had to dig back in my archives a bit and mostly it was during my sock knitter days.

Some of AwesomeSisters self dyed projects include:



(this is knit from one her most gorgeous self-dyed skeins, imo)

Stay tuned for more stash!

Dyeing Weekend – eg a workaround?!?

Well not really a work around to not buying yarn.  This is yarn we’ve already purchased, it’s just all blank.  Darn.

AwesomeSister dyed 4 skeins:

1. Superwash Sport weight yarn

(side note: neither of us liked the way this yarn took dye, it feels lovely though)

Tri-colour skien with blue purple and green.  This isn’t her favorite skein because she had to fix it 1/2 way through the dyeing process.

2. Superwash Wool / Nylon Bulky weight yarn x2

She used Malabrigo as her inspiration and kettle dyed this pair

3. Superwash Wool Worsted

Semi-Solid gold for a blanket square

5. Superwash Wool Worsted weight

Semi-Solid green for blanket square

My offerings:

1. Superwash Wool Sport weight


I really didn’t like this skein as it was drying, it looked far too brown, but i’m growing to like the mix of colours.

2. BFL Wool/nylon fingering weight

“Winters Blues”

Every blue dye we had (plus one tinted one)  Love the depth of colour I got here.

3.BFL Wool/Nylon fingering

“Fairy Lights”

6 colours (purple, pink, yellow, orange, green, blue) dyed in sections over a long loop.  Then i chained the loop into a tight circle and dipped the whole thing in a deep black for a moment.  This resulted in a gorgeous skein with pops of bright and dark next to each other.  I’m looking forward to knitting it!

This took over an hour to dye… so gorgeous or no… there won’t be many of these in my future!


I am actually crafting as well as looking at my stash

Here is my latest spinning project, the singles are sitting there waiting to ply.

(where is your focus camera!)

A finished hat.  I needed a car hat and Spin me Right Round fit the bill.  I made it a bit too deep (I think you have to stretch it to measure the mesh properly) but it was a simple project, with soft yarn, that works perfectly to hide my hair on days when i’m just sitting in the car or going to the mall. (ie. those days when you don’t need a HEAVY.DUTY hat)

Here is my wollemeise scarf/cowl thing:
All ready for colour #2

no cute cat pictures this week…I’ll try better, I promise. ;)