Solstice Greetings!

A bit of a revamp to mark the darkest day of the year in this hemisphere! I'm still having a few CSS issues, noticeably the fact that no matter what I do, the content in my right hand pane insists on hiding waaaay down there below all my current posts. I assume that this means the whole pane is actually hiding down there, because the total width of my panes is greater than that of the screen as a whole, but no matter how I tweak the numbers, it remains shy and retiring. Incidentally, it works great on the Blogger preview. Anyone shedding any light on this can take a virtual mince pie and my thanks as a reward.

In more fibre-related news, after seeing Mary's recent post, I've decided to sign up for Knit From Your Stash 2007. This really shouldn't pose any difficulties at all – I have more than enough stash to do it – it's purely my resolve that is in question. I too am tweaking the original rules, as follows:

1. My Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run for the whole year. I have no reason to stop partway through, and plenty stash.

2. I will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:
2.a. Sock yarn does *so* count. It doesn't in the original rules, but it will in mine. I have enough sock yarn to knit for a small army.
2.b. I may buy yarn to knit specific gifts for specific people, as long as that person is not me!
2.b.i. I may purchase yarn to be given as a gift, as long as the recipient is not me!
2.c. If I am knitting something and run out of yarn, I may purchase enough to complete the project.
2.d. I get two "Get Out of Jail Free" cards – the original challengers/challengees only have one each – I am running this for a whole year, after all, and would hate to go to Woolfest or any other fibre festival with zero purchasing power.
2.e. It's possible that I will start learning to weave this year. Not very likely, but possible. I can buy yarn for a specific weaving project, as required, immediately before that project is due to start. I will most definitely *not* build a stash of weaving yarn!

3. I am allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt, but I will try not to increase the size of my stash in this time.

Progress on Lily

It's true – moss stitch projects *do* seem to go on forever.

knit so far

But will the yarn?

yarn remaining

I have only just over two balls left – plus the swatch. I have knit the back and both sleeves. This photo shows how much of the back was knit with one full ball of yarn:

Do you see the symmetrical pattern on the shoulder blades?

Looks like almost exactly half to me.

Still down to the wire, but with somewhat more confidence now, I feel.

Incidentally, do you see the difference between the fabric of the left sleeve and the other bits I've knit so far?


The ball used for this sleeve had areas of much lighter yarn – almost a bright, clear yellow – which show up as those bright nubs in the fabric. I noticed that that skein looked different when I wound them up, so I purposefully used it for the sleeve; I didn't want my two fronts to be noticeably different like that.

Oh – my dog likes sofas. And blankets. And blankets and sofas both together.

What a softie!

She didn't get told off for the spindle incident; by the time of discovery, it was way too late for her to understand what she'd done wrong. She's OK, and that's the important thing. Oh, and I used the inserts from the chewed spindle to repair another spindle whose inserts I'd mangled, so I still have the same number to play work with.


At first, we thought that this was the one that originally had yarn on it. I am happy to report that the one with several tens of metres of merino singles on it was later discovered under the coffee table, and that Kita is completely fine.

The little monster.

Holding my breath

All that moss stitch? Yeah. But why is it worse (or better) to knit than 1×1 rib anyway? And whilst you're pondering that, I'll try and whizz the statistics as determined by my rather inaccurate kitchen scales by you all quick-like, in the hopes that they'll be better that way.

Knit so far: back and one sleeve
Weight so far: 330 g
Weight of yarn remaining: 330g

And then, there is the swatch, which is good for another 10 g. Yes, I weighed it.

Next up…

…Debbie Bliss Maya.

This is another yarn that I was totally, utterly unable to prevent myself from buying. A bit like the sock yarn, really. It didn't help that Get Knitted acquired lots of the stuff just after it was discontinued, and had it at really fantastic prices. Still do, some of it.

I have an embarrassing quantity of the stuff. I think the current tallies run at something like:

– 10 balls of dark green/mid green/camel variegated
– 10 balls of purple/maroon/fuschia variegated
– 5 balls hot pink almost solid
– 5 purple almost solid
– an unknown number (read: I can't remember and I'm too lazy to look) of 'peach' variegated.

It seems that I have this …problem… with handpainted and variegated yarns. I see it in the ball (or the skein… in fact, particularly in the skein…) and I just droool. Drooling is embarrassing, especially in public, and the only way to stem the flow is to buy the stuff. Obviously.

But I don't particularly like the variegation once knitted up. Pooling and flashing drive me nuts, and I don't like horizontal stripes, as a rule. (There are exceptions. You will see…) Cables don't show up in variegated yarn. Short colour runs in the yarn, like the Maya has, are better, but still hint at that stripiness, really.

The solution appears to be moss stitch. It breaks up the stripes, pushing the current colour visually up and down between the rows.

The same yarn, swatched in both stockinette and moss stitch

Of course, Debbie Bliss book seven has no adult sweaters in the Maya, in moss stitch. There is a sweater, 'Lily', knit in moss stitch but a different yarn. It's quite cute, though:

Lily, from Debbie Bliss #7

I particularly like the fact that there is waist shaping not at the edges of the back piece, but set in about a quarter of the way from each edge. Of course, the yarn is different, and the gauge is different. This means maths, but, more scarily, a definite uncertainty as to whether or not I have enough yarn.

I actually started knitting on this a couple of weeks ago, and have completed the back and probably just over half a sleeve, and I still don't know if I'll have enough yarn. I suspect not, even if I do the trim in a different yarn.

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed as I knit. I really don't want to have to rip out that much moss stitch.

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