Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Stash busting? Some hope!

First the good news - I busted 650 grammes of stash during April, getting it down to under 9.5 kilos.  The total weight surprised me, given that I spent so much time on the dreaded pink aran cardigan.  I managed to finish off another project that had been hanging around for a while - a cot blanket to use up lots of oddments of blue yarn.

There must be 5 or 6 different types of dk in there, including some Aldi magic yarn, and the overall effect is quite pretty, I think.

I also used yet more 4 ply (single stranded this time) to knit up this textured cardigan.  The pattern was a free one on the Australian Spinners website.  It was a very easy pattern to follow; all I did differently was to pick up stitches to knit the front band, rather than knitting it separately and sewing it on.  I find it easier that way.

Both of these items have been put in a box ready for my next parcel to Loving Hands, and will probably go to Operation Orphan, which is one of the charities we support.

OK, so that was the good news.  The other news is that I succumbed to the enticement of 25% off Stylecraft and James Brett yarns in Deramores sale.  I probably wouldn't have, except that I also had a small win on the Premium Bonds, and the coincidence of the two was too hard to resist.   I splurged, and before I knew it I had ordered 4 kilos of yarn in dk and aran.  So is this bad news?  Yes, on the basis that I am trying to reduce my stash and I now have more yarn in total than I had at the start of the year.  But emphatically no, because now I have lots of yarn in beautiful colours, and in plys that I shall use!

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  1. Thanks for the link to the cardigan pattern. I have quite a bit of 4 ply yarn to use up and this looks like a useful charity donation.

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    1. Yes, I can see myself making a few more like this one, Una.

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  2. Both are lovely Barbara and don't feel too bad about buying new yarn I was tempted twice first by woolwharehouse and then by Deramores. In my defence I did buy it with specific projects in mind I have no idea when they will get done but how can we resist when they put such tempting offers our way. :)

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    1. Strangely I felt guilty between ordering it and receiving it, but once I had it and saw all the colours all the guilt faded away!

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