Using up Yarn

WIP Management 2018 is going well. I have added many rows on to the projects I’m concentrating on right now.  My efforts at organizing the knitting accessories has also worked out well. Things seem to be at my fingertips right when I want them.

I do still start new projects. I’m still active in HPKCHC and so new, small projects will happen each month. I’m dedicated to Freeing the Wall, as my dear friend Kit calls it. This means cold sheep, no new yarn purchases, and using up the yarn I have now. This fell off my needles this month and while it’s only Red Heart, I still like how it came out.

Jill and I have been admiring super bright colors paired up with gray yarn and this was the result. I don’t have enough yarn or energy for the blanket I was admiring, but I could possibly do a batch of hats and/or mitts for Christmas this year.

I had in my stash, a small bin of leftovers from baby blankets past. This was my favorite yarn to knock out a granny square blanket with. It is also a Red Heart yarn, but came in lovely colors and was a pompadour yarn. That means, I think, that it had a tiny strip of a ribbon of some kind that gave the yarn a shiny appearance. This yarn is discontinued, so there’s no sense in saving it.  More isn’t going to come along and I don’t like to mix yarn brands. I gathered the balls and figured out a way to use them in a blanket or two.


I’m almost done with this one.  This blanket is made with three different colorways that go well together. The two variegated colorways have a yellow that matches what was a full skein plus a small ball of yellow.  I used up every inch of the middle colorway and blatantly ignored the color ending in the middle of a round. I shall do the same with the next colorway and it remains to be seen how I handle the end of the actual blanket.

I’m pointedly ignoring this.

While I won’t stop in the middle of side, I may very well end on a corner that doesn’t complete the round. I’m sure my grandbabies won’t mind.

And finally, cute little bookmarks made from leftover sock yarn.  That’s three new projects and no yarn purchases.


A small tradition but a sweet one

Our fairly recently established tradition for Valentine’s Day is chocolate covered strawberries.  David has decided that traditions are important. To me, traditions are perfectly fine, as long as someone else does the work. When you are consistently running short of spoons, traditions fall by the wayside in favor of what is easier and more restful. I do sometimes try to be supportive so I brought home chocolate and strawberries on Monday so I could make a batch.  The strawberries were not going to cooperate and last until Wednesday, which is fine, I wanted to make them while Joshua was still here. On Tuesday, I melted the chocolate and dipped a few dozen strawberries. I think they turned out rather nice.

The last time I tried to melt chocolate, I made rather a mess of things. This time, it worked perfectly. Chocolate is a fickle thing.


WIPPING right along

The WIP and Cold Sheep project is coming along great. I’m still struggling with wanting to buy some yarn for a candy cane scarf/hat/mitt set that I want to make for Chynna. I’m trying to hold off until next fall. If I still want to do this project at that time, I’ll get the yarn. The yarn I have in mind is inexpensive and I have some of the yarn I need already. The point of the project is to free up space in my craft room, use up some of this fabulous yarn I already have and most importantly, stick to a budget.

I’m rotating the WIPs and getting a little bit done on each one. I’m always surprised at how much you can get done even by doing just a little at a time. These afghans got a little bigger.

That big ball of yarn got a little smaller.

I used up some odds and ends to make a protector for the teflon pans.

I seem to only be working on crochet WIPs. I need to get some of the knitting and spinning in the rotation.