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March 20, 2013

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So these past few weeks I’ve had king of a ‘knitting depression’. All projects I had on my needles weren’t really fun to knit and some didn’t turn out the way I had hoped they would. Add several weeks of high-stress studying all day, no knitting club meetings and a tight budget that won’t allow you to get yarn for a big new project (like this or this or this or this). So I’ve been avoiding my knitting projects for weeks until yesterday. I got out my whole stash and started project planning.

Having a big box full of soft, colorful, gorgeous yarn in front of me sparked my knitting fever again. On the left there’s wool for projects I haven’t decided on yet. The two light blue/greenish skeins of alpaca yarn are meant for fingerless mittens for my grandma. She already chose a pattern she likes so I just have to find my needle organizer and get started. To the right there’s one skein of red alpaca (worsted weight) that I only used like 5 grams of. I’m not yet sure what to make out of 45 grams of worsted weight – maybe short fingerless mittens? or a striped hat?

The two cones stacked on top of each other were meant for a striped cardigan. I bought them like three years ago. I still love the colors and yarn but knitting from cones is super annoying because you can’t just take your knitting with you(especially if you ride your bike everywhere like I do so there’s limited capacity). Also the yarn isn’t plied yet. I don’t like the prospect of knitting a huge project with unplied yarn because I hate yarn that splits. Seen that I have a spinning wheel I might try plying the yarn…

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Last but not least, I’ve had six skeins of drops alpaca yarn sitting in my stash since our trip to Denmark last fall. It’s one of my favorite yarns because it’s beautiful to work with, great quality and it’s cheap. Not to mention the huge variety of colors… I have two skeins of each color (the other three skeins are already in my project bag). I wanted to make a second daybreak shawl at first but I couldn’t decide on which color not to use (and what to do with the two leftover skeins?), so I casted on another color affection.

The beige on the left will be the main color, the blue is C1 and the brown is C2. I started the first striped section earlier today. It’s so much fun to knit and working with soft, warm yarn is perfect. We got another four inches of snow today. Spring is really taking its time this year and although I’m really excited for spring and summer, I’m happy to be making one last warm project before getting my lace projects out again.

What have you been working on?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Pumpkin March 21, 2013 at 02:28

    How could you not be inspired with all of that lovely, quality yarn sitting around? I'm glad to hear that you are inspired again, your creativity is too wonderful to not be released! I'm particularly interested to see how the yarn on the cones ends up.

  • Reply Lisa-24-7 March 21, 2013 at 14:08

    I love color affection shawls, and yours will look lovely in those colors. That whole pile of yarn just looks stunning though, I agree with Pumpkin that the inspiration could be endless.

  • Reply Sam March 22, 2013 at 00:45

    I think March is a hard month for "making". The beginning of winter is nice because it's cozy to just sit and sew or knit, but by the end of winter only the sun can inspire me… and there hasn't been enough of that lately!

    We're getting lots of snow here in Ohio, too, even though the calendar says Spring started yesterday. I'm trying to get back into projects mode, despite the lack of sun! Today I whipped up a small pouch to get my sewing gears turning, and it seems to be working 🙂

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