Knit Without Ceasing

Knitting from the Stash

In the next few weeks, I hope to complete a number of quick projects for the church fair (Nov. 4th) as well as creating a cat tail and ears for The Princess to wear on Halloween. With the exception of the latter, all yarn is coming from my now frighteningly populated stash of yarn. How did I become one of "those" knitters?

First, I have quite a bit of sock yarn that I doubt I will ever get around to knitting up, so eight skeins of yarn (four pairs), along with a book about sock-knitting and a set of size 3 dpns, will go into a basket for the raffle at the Fair.

Second, I am finishing a baby blanket using a lovely cotton fleece yarn. It’s a knitted patchwork receiving blanket in rose and ivory.

Third, I am wrapping up the great Dishcloth knitting extravaganza of 2006. As a parcipant in the Procrastiknitter’s Dishcloth Swap, I sent three off to Australia last week:

Dishcloth_swap

and then I received a delightful gift myself, from my Secret Friend Down Under! Thank you!!

Plunder_from_down_under

I have completed 18 dishcloths for the fair. I also have used ends of balls to make knitted bookmarks, which I am planning to stiffen with starch. I don’t suppose any of you knitters lives close enough by to supervise this chemistry experiment?

Dishcloths_and_bookmarks_for_the_fair

Fourth, I am planning several scarf projects, all using leftovers from past projects, including some lovely alpaca in tan with brown accents. I am going to try the Yarn Harlot’s new pattern. We’ll see how it goes. I also have some Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Claret left from last year, about a skein and a half, and that will be another scarf. And I have about three skeins of the Rowan yarn I used to make the Weasly sweater for The Princess, which may yield a cute hat.

Finally, I began a knitted dress in American Girl doll size over the summer, with the fair in mind, but the LionBrand Microspun is so maddening I don’t know if I will ever finish it!!

P.S. When all these projects are finished, I’m going back and try lace again. I started a shawl this summer, but I think that was too big a first project. I now have a pattern for a rectangular scarf, and I’m going to try that one instead. I also have one sock finished from my half-baked effort in the Trekking knit-along, promised to The Princess. She may find it in her Christmas stocking, hopefully with a mate!!

There is also more of that SMART wool from her Gryffindor scarf around,
for a pair of House Mittens (thanks to Ruth for that pattern!), and yarn for a two-colored sweater,
and some Calmer for a pair of matching slouchy socks, and the
Fisherman’s wool I never used to make a sweater for Snowman last
year…well, you get the picture. There will be no need for further yarn shopping in the forseeable future, except of course for the perfectly practical black yarn needed for the ears and tail of a Halloween costume.

10 thoughts on “Knitting from the Stash”

  1. I can’t wait to see your finished mittens (and please let me know if you find any problems with the pattern!). The House Gloves pattern is up now, too. Just saying.
    As for the rest, I love your dishcloths. Did you use Brown Sheep’s Cotton Fleece for the baby blanket? It’s my favorite baby yarn … great colors, and machine wash and dryable. The perfect combination.

  2. Ruth, I meant to link to your blog! Sorry. It was too early in the morning.
    Yes, it is Brown Sheep. I’ll take a picture when it’s finished. I’m sort of making it up as I go along.

  3. I can’t help but think of the hymn “Bringing in the sheaves” when I saw your title “Knitting from the Stash”
    Knitting from the stash,
    Knitting from the stash,
    we shall go rejoicing knitting in the stash.
    Cathy, conducting with a knitting needle.

  4. I envy knitters! Wish I could join all the fun!
    Dishcloths are the best!
    So are beautiful socks!
    And, my beauitful scarf!
    Can one have too much yarn?
    Wouldn’t think so….

  5. Your swap recipient from Australia here! Thank you so much for those dishcloths. I just adore them. They arrived yesterday so took 7 days to arrive – which is pretty good. Just wanted to thank you for them – they are just lovely. (as I am sure everyone agrees)

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