My word

I’ve just entered my stash on Ravelry (courtesy of a really dull conference call, and having already emailed my stash spreadsheet to myself at work).  Now, bear in mind that this is *not* entirely complete, and it is also only my knitting yarns; no weaving or dyeing yarns.

According to Ravelry, I have 88 stash ‘items’ (i.e. yarn/colourway combinations).  That doesn’t sound like a lot, until you realise that each of those items is probably, on average, one project’s worth of yarn.  If it takes me a month (again, on average) to knit one project, that is over seven years’ worth of knitting.

I know I have a lot of stash.  It’s no surprise.  But this is a new way of looking at it.

A back in four days??

After a bit of a swatching frenzy1 last weekend, I finally cast on my lovely, long-stashed Noro Silk Garden.  Last thing Wednesday night, I finished the back, and last night, I started a sleeve:

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This could be something of a record for me, and I think it’s safe to say that The Mojo Is Back.

I’d originally intended this yarn for Tithe from Noro Unlimited (Ravelry link), but on second thoughts, I don’t think it would really look good on me.  I have more boobage than I used to, and the curling-back collar segments would probably not sit so well.  I have a feeling that wearing Tithe, I would look more than usually as if I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards, and would be annoyed by the floppiness of it all.

So instead, I’m going for this little cardi from Garnstudio (Ravelry link).

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Obviously, it’s a yarn substitution, and I didn’t *quite* get gauge.  I’m close enough just to knit the next size up and not worry about it, though.  For me, this little cardi has just enough quirky asymmetry and fun styling details to look great with the colourful yarn, without overwhelming it.  Knowing how much wear I get from York (Ravelry link), I’m really excited about getting this finished and into my wardrobe.  It’s also a pretty mindless knit, which I’m really, really enjoying right now.  🙂

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1 Swatching frenzy?  Yes.  I swatched for the Gathered Pullover from Interweave winter 2007 (Rav) in Felted Tweed, Stephanie Japel’s Two Tone Ribbed Shrug from Fitted Knits (Rav) in SWTC Karaoke, and Sherry’s Easy Shrug (Rav) in Noro Kureyon, as well as for this sweater.  Frenzied indeed.

Seriously, where did all the love go?

I’ve been looking through my old blog posts recently, trying to track down all my old projects and get them into Ravelry.  I’m yarninmypocket there, too, for anyone who doesn’t already know.  I’m a Ravelry late starter; I didn’t ‘get’ it at first.  But now I do.  It’s for when you’re bored at work.

But moving swiftly on…

Boy, was I productive in 2005!  According to my New Year’s roundup, I knit:

  • 1 Clapotis
  • Amber (tank top in summer tweed)
  • Waves (cardi for J in summer tweed)
  • Silk Corset (too small; completed, but frogged)
  • Noro York cardi (still one of my fave knits ever)
  • Elspeth (still too big; still scheduled for a re-knit)
  • Rebecca 27 cardi (another fave)
  • 3 pairs of socks (Dad’s Christmas pressie)
  • Noro McKee (Mum’s Christmas sweater)
  • Natalya gauntlets (to keep my wrists comfy; clearly stopping knitting wasn’t an option)
  • 7ft single-sided curly wurly scarf (crochet)
  • 5ft double-sided curly wurly scarf (crochet)

I also had on the needles:

  • Ice Maiden
  • Lacy thumbsocks
  • Triple triangle mohair shawl
  • Mask (originally for Stu’s Christmas, but postponed)

Considering that this is the year I *started* (or, rather, re-started) knitting, and that wasn’t till April, it’s a fairly impressive tally.  I’m certainly not on track to do anything like the same again this year.  So what happened?  A few things – this was all before I started spinning again, or took up weaving.  I also got ill in 2005, which gave me a fair bit of spare time during the year but which has also had a long-term adverse effect on my energy levels since.  I also had a few disappointing FOs in 2006.

But I think the ‘big one’ is that I became a slave to my knitting.  A slave to my stash, a slave to knitalongs, a slave to challenges.  I can so clearly remember the freshness, the excitement of each new project back then; everything was special, nothing was a chore or a drag.  I want that back.

I’m a very selfish knitter; I want to knit mostly for myself, for the joy of crafting everyday beauty for ME. I know a project is a good one when my heart skips the first time I see the pattern.  There will be gifts – of course there will – but I’m not now, and never have been, a charity knitter.  I love the process of knitting, but the excitement is that of the product.

So sod the challenges, screw the stash.  I’m not a joiner – or at least, I shouldn’t be – and I hereby resolve to quit it.  No more will I join mystery -alongs; if I can’t see the design in advance, I won’t feel that rush.  My work life is scheduled heavily enough without trying to fulfil a weekly sock knitting demand. No more will I start projects just because they’re not a bad match for that yarn I bought because it was a really good price even though I didn’t really like the colour.

I’ve cleared out my Ravelry queue; now it only has things in it that I am excited to knit RIGHT NOW.  I will be destashing, hopefully a lot.

I want to rediscover my knitterly spontaneity, and follow my inspiraton.

I must be one of the few people in the world who want to plan ahead LESS.

Quiz time…

Your result for The hardcore SCA Test…

The Lord or Lady

You really enjoy the SCA and like to go to events when you can. However it doesn’t take over you life or anything. You’ve probably got an AOA or will have one soon. Sometimes folks wonder where you’ve been when you make it back to a meeting or event.

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Thanks, Genevieve!

Your result for Which of the “Big Five” personality traits best represents you?…

Openness

Your strongest “Big Five” is Openness!

Openness is a general appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, curiosity, and variety of experience. This trait distinguishes imaginative people from down-to-earth, conventional people. People who are open to experience are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. They tend to be, compared to closed people, more creative and more aware of their feelings. They are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs.

People with low scores on openness tend to have more conventional, traditional interests. They prefer the plain, straightforward, and obvious over the complex, ambiguous, and subtle. They may regard the arts and sciences with suspicion, regarding these endeavors as abstruse or of no practical use. Closed people prefer familiarity over novelty. They are conservative and resistant to change.

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Sick day

The rigours of last week and a summer cold have caught up with me this week.  So I spent yesterday on the sofa, hoping to recuperate somewhat.

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52 pair plunge: 5 weeks in, slightly less than one sock knit.  Hmmm.  I like it, though.