An Addendum to My Stash Rules

As you may remember I have a list of rules about purchasing new yarn in order to control my stash and my budget! Last week I amended the rules for non-inclusion to allow the purchase of yarn for projects already in my queue. But there is another circumstance that I need to allow for that I had not anticipated would arise — the purchases of yarn in a foreign country.

New rule:  Yarn may be purchased anytime one is traveling in a foreign country, provided that a pattern is also purchased and the resulting kit is immediately added to one’s Ravelry queue.

Therefore, I now have the following kits in my queue:

Cable Collar Kit
Cable Collar Kit
Gauntlet Fingerless Gloves
Gauntlet Fingerless Gloves
Dot Grid Socks
Dot Grid Socks

The kits were purchased at The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I had to use my passport to get there; therefore, under the new rules, this SANJOSILK yarn qualifies to be in my stash! Yahoo!! (OMG! I LOVE this SILK and wool yarn — to die for!)

Couch Potato Blanket

The Couch Potato Blanket (30 Dec 2013 – 20 Oct 2014)

Finished… done… a wrap… all in… over…

all  over… completed… concluded… consummated… depleted… worn out…

exhausted… used up… accomplished… done in… done up…

ended… executed… fulfilled… depleted… spent… succeeded… terminated… through…used up…

accomplished… achieved… concluded… created… ended… made… produced… wrapped up…

The Couch Potato  and His Blankie
The Couch Potato and His Blanket

AND… he likes it!

PS. Anyone need 10 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Co. Coffee Beenz, color 9045? I over estimated!!!

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Couch Potato Blanket

Just Git-R-Done!

My usual modus operandi is to have about four or five projects on needles at the same time, switching from one to another depending on my mood and how much of any one needle size my hands will tolerate!

  • A sock on a size 1 circular (thanks to Socks with Sarah!),
  • 1 or 2 medium-sized projects (hats, mittens, scarves, cowls),
  • 1 or 2 larger projects (sweater, shawl, blanket).

And of course 35 to 45 projects in the queue, about a third of which are in project bags with the pattern, yarn and maybe even the needles!

But for some reason I currently have only two projects actually on the needles — KAL #8 Business Casual Socks

Business Casual Socks
Business Casual Socks

and the Couch Potato Blanket for my husband.

Couch Potato Blanket
Couch Potato Blanket

I think I know the  reasons for just pushing forward with these two right now:

  1. I always have a pair of socks going (and I LOVE this pattern!).
  2. The blanket is actually a christmas present I gave to Jerry in 2013!! Yikes, I’ve got to get this sucker done!!

Every time I looked at it just hibernating in the knitting closet, I felt guilty for not working on it. I had lots of excuses, but basically it came down to this — it’s a boring knit. So I figured that the only way I’d ever complete it was to just go for it. I’m almost done. About 6 more inches to go and I feel like the Little Engine Who Could!

As soon as I finish the blanket, I’m starting Kent’s Grey Cabled Vest and Michelle Hunter’s Mystery KAL Namesake Cowl (Actually, when I start it will be no longer a mystery!) Or maybe I’ll do the Rutherford Hat, or the Entrelac Scarf, or Imagine When Shawl, or the Seahawks Socks, or the Two-tone Twill scarf, or the Linen Stitch Scarf, or …, or …, or ………… So much to knit…so little time….just git-r-done!

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Corkscrew Mittens Knit with Love

Pattern:  Corkscrew Mitten by Michelle Hunter

Yarn: Simplicity by HiKoo in 01 White and 046 Red.

Matching mittens for my wonderful granddaughters –

Finn, first year student at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  –

Finn
Finn

Gabriella, grade 2 student at Lowell Elementary, Bellingham, WA

Gabriella
Gabriella

Love and hugs,

Nana-Gram

Maple Socks

I always travel with a pair of socks on the needles — for three reasons: compact,  portable and requires little concentration. So as we packed to travel to Northern Ontario and Quebec to visit friends, I checked my sock yarn stash. There at the top of Sock Yarn Bin #2 was a skein of Sweet Georgia Sock Yarn begging to get on the needles. The colorway was Maple — perfect for Fall knitting!

Maple by Sweet Georgia
Maple by Sweet Georgia

I had planned to knit on the shuttle bus to SEATAC, but it was still too dark outside; so I cast on when we were through security and waiting to board the flight to Toronto. I kept knitting during boarding and take off. I was almost to the end of the cuff when the flight attendant brought my first cup of coffee — with Maple Leaf stirrers! Good theme and color match for my knitting! I knit all day as we traveled to Toronto, went through customs and boarded the second flight to Sudbury.

Air Canada Coffee Stirrers
Air Canada Coffee Stirrers

I knit a bit each day we were in Whitefish,  in between hiking and ATV rides around Rick and Estelle’s couple hundred acres of bush. They are avid hunters and fishers who never have to leave their property to catch fish in the river or track game in the bush. Rick said we had a good chance of seeing a moose! Since I’ve only ever seen two in the wild, both along highways in British Colombia, I was stoked!

Intersection of the Sugar Bush Trail and the Bull Moose Trail
Intersection of the Sugar Bush Trail and the Bull Moose Trail

The leaves were just beginning to turn and the colors were beautiful — a bit like my Maple yarn!

The Beginnings of Fall Color in the Bush
The Beginnings of Fall Color in the Northern Ontario Bush

The four of us drove to Belleterre, Quebec, to spend time at the Lapointe cottage on Lac aux Sables for a few days. The weather was cool and rainy — just right for relaxing and hanging out in front of the big window with an awesome view of the lake.  With a fire in the stove, pickerel and moose steaks in the frying pans, and great conversation, we had a memorable time!

Moose Steaks
Moose Steaks
Pickerel in the Pan
Pickerel in the Pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a wonderful lake with awesome sunsets, despite the weather. I spent a lot of time knitting on my socks while enjoying the sunsets! The colors even looked like my Maple socks!

Sunset on Lac aux Stables
Sunset on Lac aux Stables

After ten days it was time to leave our dear friends and head home. My socks were almost finished…

Maple Socks
Maple Socks

… but these were the only moose I saw –

A Herd of Moose
A Herd of Moose

Until we meet again….I can’t promise moose in Washington, but I’ll promise lots of eagles in January, Rick!