Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Yarn and a Find

I acquired a little more yarn today. These first two are new:

Homespun yarn in "Mimosa."

Several skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn in "Baby Brights."

Then, this bunch of yarn was spied in the thrift store, and the cost worked out to about 50 cents a skein. I fell in love with the color. It looks like it's been through rough times in storage or whatever - not sure how it's going to act as I wind it all into neater balls. But it's EXTREMELY SOFT acrylic yarn by Giovanni, and the color is "Shimmering." So we'll see what will come of this, but it'll be interesting for sure!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yarn and Project

I'm having a blast making dishcloths for the relief sale. They're quick and colorful. Which are two things VERY IMPORTANT to me right now in this kind of endeavor!

Here's some more cotton yarn I got - the colors (L to R) are "Oasis," "Rose Is a Rose," and "Sandstone Stripes."

Here's a finished knitted dishcloth made with the "Oasis" yarn. I did a little different, and included interspersed "yarn-over" stitches, which make a pattern of small holes. Just something a little different from the straight-knitted ones.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Soft, Soft Yarn

This will be a comfy baby blanket of some kind. I'm trying to make some baby blankets to have on hand for gifts. We had 5 weddings in our church this last summer and fall! Ya never know when a little one will be on the way.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Colorful Binding Off

Got the "Hot Cocoa"-colored dishcloth done, and was binding off. I noticed the combination of browns with the dark pink-red needles. I like different colors of knitting needles and crochet hooks, and will use certain ones with certain yarns, sometimes making it easier to see. I thought, "Yeah, pink and brown kind of go together." Then I looked at my PJ pants - pink, with (brown) chocolate donuts all over them. So here's a picture of the whole pink-and-brown conglomeration. Now I need spring-green or baby-blue PJ pants to match the other dishcloth that's almost done.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Finishes, Starts and Continuing On

Finished another dishcloth, started two more.

Finished a granny square afghan-throw. Two more continue to be in the works.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Time for Everything

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ... A time to rend, and a time to sew ..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7)

I know this isn't "sewing," but these are the verses that I thought of as I ripped some crocheting so I could use the yarn for something else.

I'm using up yarn on hand, and needed more of that dark blue. I found something I'd started, and realized I didn't care to finish it. So I ripped it and will crochet it into the "Granny Square Afghan" I'm working on in the background of the above photo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Adding to the Stash

To some, it may appear that knitters/crocheters in some cases may be a little bit obsessive. I know I am - it's as if my fingers and my brain MUST be making all this stuff. One obsession that may stand on its own is the simple obsession with YARN. It's just as bad as having "inumerable" projects going at the same time. You see neat yarn, and you HAVE TO HAVE IT. "It'll be perfect for such-and-such a project," you tell yourself. So you buy it and add it to the variety of yarn already in the house.

I've been having a blast making simple, cotton dishcloths for the relief sale next fall. It's a nice way to have something quick and simple to pick up and knit on, without having to think too much. OF COURSE, as I use up my current stash of cotton yarn making these, I need to replace that yarn so I can go on and make more. So .... I got a few skeins of yarn at wallyworld the other day. Some nice yarn for a couple of scarves (also for the sale), and some new colors of the cotton yarn.

Needless to say, I've been happily knitting and adding to the pile. This is all so colorful and cheerful to look at when it's drab and wintery outside! I intend to have a HUGE pile of these to send when it's time. These are a lot of fun to make.