Flashing and stashing

Today I cleaned out my stash, because, er, it wasn’t really fitting in its boxes anymore.

The starting point:

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That’s five boxes, one very clever little footrest/storage thing, one adorable green polka dot case, and one canvas tote. One of the boxes and most of the footrest contained scrap yarn and STUFF, so I started by emptying the footrest, and putting in…

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… my (okay, my mum’s) old straights, as well as my fibre and spindle from the 10 minutes I spent trying to learn how to spin…

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… and all the scrap yarn! Footrest is officially the scrap box.

As for the rest? Er, well….

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This is my stash as of today, 19 May 2013. Or, as I need to remind myself, THE REASON I SHOULD NOT BUY ANY MORE YARN.

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Colour coordinated. For some reason it’s a bit green heavy….

Results:

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One box of neutrals.

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One box of variegated.

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One box of reds, purples and purpley/true blues.

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One box of greens. (I think of this one as “the lesser greens”. Don’t tell the yarn, it may hurt their feelings.)

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Another box of greens. (These are the small boxes, though. I’m trying to convince myself this makes it better.)

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And finally, the “elite” greens in the polka dot case.

Tadah! Everything is in the boxes! Success! I’m trying very hard to tell myself that there being more space in two of the green storage units is NOT a reason to buy more green yarn. I will make it my mantra. No more green yarn. No more green yarn! No more – oh, who am I kidding. Green yarn is my cryptonite.

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The quick and the slow path

It was only the other day that I realized it, but the likeness is striking. You know how the Doctor travels through time and space, the past and the future while his companions are left waiting. Sometimes they actually name his path as the quick path and the companions’ as the slow path.

I found this lovely picture by amieekitty illustrating the slow path:

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Well, it’s the exact same relationship that my mind and my body seem to have. While my mind eagerly takes the quick path seeing all the wonderful opportunities in the future, sometimes years ahead, my body is stuck here, kind of stressed out wondering how to get there. The challenges I face daily are:

  1. How to pick out the best future scenarios and set up targets and plans to get there. 
  2. Realize when the future scenario contains something simply not worth the effort of going there. (Keep Tove’s knit science in mind here, it could work as a good tool actually).
  3. Enjoy the here and the now, the slow path if you like, while my over-creative and too optimistic mind goes back and forth.

Does everyone feel like this or is this just me? I’ve never really heard anyone else complaining about it so I’m not sure…

Tove and I speculated if stashing lots of yarn could be a symptom of this gap between the slow and the quick path. Is it planning ahead? Unconsciously aware of the future targets, hmm? Personally, knitting is a creative pastime and I don’t always know what I feel like doing tomorrow. So, best to have some nice stashed choices and a good selection of beads at hand for every eventuality.

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The carrot sweater

A while ago, I wrote about how tempted I am to knit a Sperry. Well, I have decided that getting to do that will be my reward – my carrot! – for when I reach my weight loss goal. Starting to think about how I can incorporate the intermediate goals in this plan – maybe once I’m halfway there I get to order the yarn?

Due to said weight loss goals, I’ve also decided not to start the cardigan I was planning on casting on as soon as all the gloves are done quite yet. I don’t want to have a baggy cardigan once I’m done (or worse, one that’s too small because I didn’t reach my goal…). Therefore, the next project on the needles will be…. something else. I think I’ll leave it a surprise for now!

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The difficult art of looking natural

Here’s something probably every knitter knows: trying to get a picture that shows off your finished item, while you also look natural and casual, is not as easy as it may sound.

AKA Toshwood bloopers, part 1.

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No cable needle needed!

These pictures are terrible because it was so sunny I couldn’t tell what I was doing. Excuses, excuses.

I thought I would do a quick thing about cabling without a cable needle. This is a slip two to cable needle, hold in back, knit two, knit two from cable needle, sans the cable needle:

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Slip all four stitches to the right hand needle.

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Insert the left hand needle into the two rightmost stitches from the back.

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This is the scary part… Pull the right hand needle out of all four stitches. Remember not to panic.

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Put the wild stitches back on the right hand needle…

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…. transfer them back to the left hand needle…

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… and knit all stitches as normal.

I personally find this much quicker and less fiddly than bothering with a cable needle. It’s just that one scary step you have to get past!

Cousteau in the sunlight = divine:

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Some proper pictures of my Orion Nebula shawl

And since spring is here Tove and I took the chance of photographing some of our projects in the beginning green. That and had some Japanese food!

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That damned elusive cardigan

In 2010 (!!!) I started knitting a cardigan. It was The Leafy Lace Cardi, in Drops Muskat Egyptian cotton, in green no. 44. I finished the body of it in October. October 2010.

It then spent over a year like this:

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Then, sometime in early 2012, I yelled at myself a bit, redid the button band (because it was terrible), and actually knit and put in some sleeves. There were some setbacks during this process, the biggest of which being that I realised I was short on yarn, but the kindness of my fellow Ravellers saved me and I was sent half a skein in the same dyelot by a lovely knitter in Finland. ♥

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It was finally finished in April of 2012. Then I completely failed to take any sort of pictures of it, until this week.

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While I am not 100% pleased with the finished cardigan (I’m not a big fan of knitting with cotton, for one, and I think it should ideally be a bit longer to be completely flattering on me, and the sleeves end at a bit of an awkward place that makes it a bit hard to bend your arms), it IS the first garment I have made that I actually feel good enough about to wear in public. In fact, just this week I was told it looked store-bought, so I’m counting that as a success!

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