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Dieting Sucks



Dear Sheena,

So, remember how I was talking about going on a yarn diet a few weeks ago? Well….. I can’t say that I have been as successful as I’d hoped. You see, I have fallen down the rabbit hole of knitting podcasts in the last few weeks. I know that these aren’t totally your thing, but I have to say that I am finding them more enjoyable than I thought I would. Some are definitely more entertaining and polished than others; but the thing I most enjoy is seeing and listening to others talk about what they are working on, as I don’t really have anyone in my life (besides you, of course) to geek out with when it comes to knitting. The downside of this, of course, is that these people are TOTAL YARN ENABLERS!!!! I have since discovered many new yarn dyers that I reeeeeeally want to try out (like, desperately!), but I am holding off for the time being. Barely. I want to buy all the yarn.

As I’m sure you can guess, I have added to my stash. It was in the form of a gift from Mom, so it wasn’t at my expense, but it was totally not in the spirit of the stash busting pledge I made a few weeks ago. I guess I haven’t reached my saturation point yet.

My stash grew by 5 skeins, 2 skeins for socks, and 3 that were part of a kit for the ‘Sail Shawl’ by┬áLiisa Nieminen. As you can see, I finished the project.

Isn’t it beautiful? The yarn is Sweetgeorgia in Tough Love Sock and Glitterati sock, my first time using both of those bases. The pattern itself was super easy, with only simple increases, decreases and a few short row wedges to spice up the miles of garter stitch. I really thought this pattern would take me weeks to complete, but it only took me 6 days. I love it so much, it is soft and squishy and just lovely to wear. I took it out for a spin last night at a friends birthday party and got quite a few compliments, so I imagine that this will get quite a lot of wear.


The only action shot of the night.

Now that I’ve completed that shawl, I’d really like to make some more. I love shawls so much, a stylish scarf that turns into a wearable blanket – what’s not to love? I’ve already started working on my next one which is a definite stash buster. It is some KnitPicks Gloss Fingering that I’ve had in my stash for ages and it is really nice to work with so far. The pattern calls for 3 colours, and I am having trouble deciding which colours to use, so maybe you can help me choose from the pictures below.

I am not sure what to go with, the blue and grey are really masculine looking, so do I add the purple to make it more feminine, or do I stick with my original plan and add in the green? This project will not be as quick as the Sail Shawl because of the way it is constructed, so if I can finish it by the end of next month I’ll be happy with that.

I have a few other projects on my needles, but I think I’ll save them for another day. What are you working on these days?


P.S. Your ham of a nephew says hi!



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The Stash of Shame

Dear Sheena,

Well, I guess it’s time for a confession. As much as I want to talk about the projects I’m working on, I am going to save it for another time. I need to get something out in the open, the size of my stash.

Now I know that it is not the largest stash of yarn in the world, but as I was going through it, I thought 2 things:

  1. Dude, you have great taste! (I do, I really really do)
  2. Holy crap…. This is A LOT of yarn!

Don’t believe me? Here are a few pictures.

The sweater quantities (from here on out known as SQ’s)

Have you counted them? That is 15 (!) SQ’s worth of yarn. Almost 100 individual skeins….

Then, there is the sock yarn pile.


You can’t see all of them, but this is 12 pairs of socks at least.

Of course, this doesn’t include all the single skeins of worsted, dk and fingering yarns that are too nice for socks and destined to be amazing hats and shawls. I stopped taking pictures at this point because I was getting a bit bummed at how greedy I’d become in cultivating my stash.

So with all this said, I am making a pledge to not buy any more yarn this year. Of course, there will be some exceptions, like gifts (craft gifts are always awesome and welcomed), one of a kind yarns from places I’ve travelled to (hopefully when I visit you in the summer… and maybe a trip to the UK some time this year), and my Yarnbox Luxe subscription (which only comes 4 times a year).

So, what do you think? Are you in on the yarn diet? I am also curious to see what your stash looks like. And before you tell me it isn’t that bad, the true extent of the damage can be found on my Ravelry stash page.

Later dude!