Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm trying

Must. Not. Buy. Yarn.

I need a new way to take a break at work other than,, and I just want everything at those 3 sites. Any suggestions?

Monday, July 27, 2009

the pact

i feel the need to state this publicly in order to make it equally publicly humiliating for us if we fail: my mum, my sister and i have made a pact that we will NOT be buying ANY yarn until christmas*.

i suppose trades on ravelry would be okay, and we agree that the purchase of patterns may be necessary to maintain some level of sanity, but still NO YARN. it doesn't matter if it's a one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, rare variety of silk and cashmere blend on clearance for $3 per 100 grams; the three of us will be knitting from our stash for the next six months.

voting poll is now open: can we do it?

i've already decided to tempt fate and made plans to go to the marketplace at Stitches East, which is in october. i can go to just look, right? still, i somehow feel that the knitting gods may strike and that i should be extra careful with gauge swatches for a while.

please wish us all luck.

*except for one skein that i have been looking for in order to make a gift. don't worry, this was part of the stated deal, despite the appearance of fine print.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


I realized a simple something. I want to knit with all of the yarn I have. I don't want to die before I finish using my yarn. I want it all to myself. (Selfish, I know, but who said all knitters are nice?) Therefore, I must take some serious stash-busting measures.

At least I don't have a sock yarn stash quite this big yet. I think I can finish what I have in a lifetime.


Friday, July 17, 2009


According to my ravelry, I have 14 WIPs. This means that I'm honestly trying to finish these 14 projects in the near future. (Can anyone guess how long the near future is? If I bet, this would be amusing to bet on.) I'm making progress on some of them, but sometimes, it gets a little overwhelming. I start a project thinking it's the best thing in the world, and it deserves all of my attention. I do spend a fair amount of time working on it (depending on the project, that's either 20 minutes or 5 hours), but then another project comes along...

According to my ravelry, I have 10(!) projects hibernating. This means I was trying to be realistic(!) and weeding out the projects that I won't work on in the near future (again, I wonder how long the near future is). I have every intention of finishing them and showing off their beauty (to my mother), but it all depends on how soon I finish my WIPs.

According to my ravelry, I have 58 projects. Subtract the 14 WIP's, 10 hibernating projects, and 2 frogged projects--I really only have 32 completely projects. That's actually not that bad. It's been less than a year since I've joined ravelry, and clearly, I've gone nuts over knitting.

Now the goal is to do something about the other 24(/26 projects if you include the yarn from the 2 frogged projects) in the next year. Nevermind my (evergrowing) stash.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Well guys...its been a while since me (or anyone else) has posted on this thing...but I felt like I should say hello, since its officially been a year since I started knitting socks. When I completed my first pair of socks….all I could think was “Why would ANYONE in their right mind decide to knit socks???”

26 pairs of socks later….here is what I have realized....I have my own version of “you know you knit too much when ____” .... only for me, its "you know you knit too many socks when ____"

So here goes.

You know you have knit too many socks when:
- Every roommate you have ever had owns a pair of handmade socks by you.
- You have scanned through all 204 pages of sock patterns with fingering weight yarn on ravelry.
- You have about 19 balls or skeins of sock yarn in your stash.
- You start knitting a sweater with yarn designed specifically for socks.

- You have started making baby socks for unknown babies of various sizes.

- You have made more pairs of socks than you own.

I also had to steal this one from Penny’s Blog…it was too good to pass up.

“You judge your friends by whether or not they are ’sock-worthy’”

…..nuff said.

Currently, to mark the occasion, I am knitting my first pair of toe-up socks. The thoughts going through my head right now are something along the lines of “why on earth would anyone knit socks from the toe up??”

Hopefully my feelings will change…

We’ll see.