Posts Tagged ‘crafting’

But Shipping Was Free

I needed a set of double pointed knitting needles to finish the sleeves on my sweater. I could only find the size I needed locally in bamboo, and I really prefer nickel. So I bought these from Knit Picks for $6.99.

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But shipping was going to cost me $3.99. So I added a back issue of Interweave Knits, four skeins of yellow Imagination fingering weight alpaca blend, three skeins of grayish Shadow merino lace weight and a Knit Happy sticky note pad. For a total of $44.67. So I could get free shipping.

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Don’t judge.

What’s Wrong With Orange?

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I married someone who thinks certain colors are meant for certain seasons and can only be worn at specific times. Orange in particular. Orange is fall. October and November and that is it. Orange is pumpkins and turkey and fall leaves, or so he thinks. I once found a beautiful orange cardigan and he said “well, you could wear it in the fall, but that’s about it.” He’s nuts.

I like color. All the colors, all the time. I don’t WEAR them all the time, but I like them. But a good, vibrant green is about my favorite. Pair it with a bright, warm orange? Swoon! So when one of my favorite yarn shops was closing and I found a few skeins of an alpaca blend in my two favorite colors, of course I snapped it up! There wasn’t enough of either to make any large project, but I figured I could use them for smaller projects – hats, mittens, scarves. It’s been marinating in my stash for a couple of years now.

When I first saw Alicia Plummer’s pattern for Backshore, I knew that was the one for my long-hoarded yarn. I had almost enough yarn to make it, and was able to gather enough of the now-discontinued yarn through Ravelry destashes to finish the job. A comfy, striped pullover in my favorite colors? Yes, please. It’s driving my husband insane. “Why are you knitting a fall sweater in January?” “I guess you can wear it in October.” I can not wait to wear it this spring. Sometimes it’s fun just to push his buttons.

Looking Back at 2013

I made one New Years resolution in 2012, and that was to make 2013 the year of (mostly) selfish knitting. For the first time ever I (mostly) succeeded in keeping my resolution.

In 2013, I knitted 8.10 MILES of yarn. That’s 14, 256 yards. 42,768 feet. 513,216 inches. 13,035.7 meters if you prefer metric. That’s a lot of yarn.  What does that make??

  • 1 shrug
  • 7 pairs of mittens and fingerless gloves
  • 11 hats
  • 1 bag
  • 7 sweaters
  • 8 stuffed animals
  • 1 pair of baby leg warmers
  • 3 cowls/scarves
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 6 shawls 
  • and 2 dishcloths
 I’m going to have to knit faster in 2014 if I want to put a REAL dent in this stash…
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