Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Finally Some More Knitting!

Finally I am back with some knitting!

Joining today with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Not my shelves - I just wish I had this organisational space! I am more the plastic crate kind of organiser! 

2021 seems to be the year of stash knitting, if the number of KALs related to using stash are any indication. This suits me just fine as I had already decided this would be the case for me personally this year. 

Believe me when I say that I have enough yarn to last more than just my lifetime - I think I could keep a few people in yarn for their lifetimes as well! My Ravelry stash says I have 664 items. What?! Admittedly, about 100 of those are 20 gram mini skeins, but still - that is a lot of yarn!

I am also hoping to stash away some savings for a change in home this year, so stash knitting would help in a few ways. Obviously I could save money by not purchasing yarn. But I could also save by making the majority of my gifts this year from stash yarn as well. Double saving, yay!

I will tell you up front that I will be purchasing a little yarn this year as I will lose my Deramores reward points if I don't use them. But I will not just impulse buy because I love the colours. I will purchase yarns that can be added to other stash yarns, for example if I need a specific colour for some colourwork. 

Added to this, I will also be using stash patterns and books. Same as the yarn, I have LOTS of these and they just do not get the love they deserve as I am easily drawn in by the next new, shiny thing! 

All that being said, let's move onto some actual knitting!

I have completed one project this year, which is a free pattern from Deramores called Oh Bee Hive Cowl. You do need to have signed up for an account to download the pattern but it is very easy to get their patterns and they have quite a lot of free ones. 

The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in Turmeric and Poppy Seed which has been in my stash since June 2020. The project used 382 metres / 82 grams of yarn. Not much to have left my stash but it is a start! 

I am now working on my first Icelandic jumper from Lopi 28 pattern book. I thought I would start out with a child's jumper so this is the Kambur in size 4, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted. So far, it is a lot of fun. I cannot believe how fast it is knitting up compared to the cowl, which seemed to take weeks to grow a few centimetres! I have a feeling this will not be my last Icelandic jumper! 

Reading wise, I have set up my 2021 reading challenges in my LibraryThing group and am excited to have kicked up the new reading year. 

I am currently reading The Yield by Tara June Winch, which is a book to really immerse yourself in. It is wonderfully told using three different voices which helps to relay so much more than just using one. 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, no matter how you had to spend it this year. And that 2021 is treating you kindly so far.