End of 2015 Stash Report

The last quarter report for 2015!  The good news is that 2016 can only be better. It was a busy year and it is cool to see that I still produced several finished projects.  A little strange that I did not do more sewing.  I sold a lot of handspun at the beginning of the year.  I also fell down hard on snatching up the old Dream in Color base from Ravelry destashes.  We joke as knitters about how we must purchase yarn because,  “they might stop making yarn,” but they really did stop making this particular type of yarn.  That did me in for being ahead on 2015.  But this just means that I will have some awesome goals for 2016!  Happy New Year!

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 4 yards

Added Year to Date:  13 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -9 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  20 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  68 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  898 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  2 ounces

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  6,118 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  3,345 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 11,048 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  150 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   -366 yards

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2015 First Quarter Stash Report

Happy spring and happy second quarter of the year!  It was a busy quarter for me, but I still took the time to work my goals for the year and to remember my one little word – nourish.  Thinking about that word is going to be a lot easier this spring and summer.  Overall, I am doing well on my stashes.  I have not sewn anything yet this year.  I have no finished spinning projects to share – just lots of bobbins that need plied.  I did destash a lot of my handspun on a Facebook group this past quarter.  That felt pretty great to send some of my first handspun yarn out into the world for others to enjoy.  I have been knitting at a steady pace and I already posted about my weaving progress.

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 0 yards

Added Year to Date:  2 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -2 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  0 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  22 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  24 ounces

Finished these simple socks this quarter!

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  2,512 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  745 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 1,818 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   2,808 yards

I hope your craftiness had a great first quarter too!

My Rigid Heddle Adventures

After the wedding last June, the present I gave to myself was a 15″ Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.  I had been eyeing them for several months ahead of time, thinking about which loom I wanted to buy.  Reading the reviews and comments on Ravelry really helped and I am really glad I chose this loom.  Right away I made two scarves, but then I was stalled out for several months because I had a slightly stretchy yarn on the warp.  I finally finished that project and then got back on a kick of weaving plain weave scarves.  Somehow I never blogged about any of them this entire time.  So this will be the rigid heddle loom montage of projects (all listed on my Ravelry page):

A special thanks to my direct warp helper – my husband!  And the dogs seem to always want to help as well.  Why am I posting all these projects now, you might ask? Well, I have moved on to a bigger loom already.  I saw a deal online that I could not pass up – while I was watching for a deal on hand combs.  That’s another story for another day.  But yes, I bought a floor loom for an incredible price and am currently learning how to use it.  My mother-in-law has my rigid heddle loom on loan so she can learn how to weave next.  And my friend Janelle has a Cricket loom now too!  She tried mine out on knit night at my house and caught the bug (so I say).  The weaving bug is spreading…looking forward to seeing what I can create next on my big loom!

2014 Third Quarter Stash Report

The third quarter of 2014 has come and gone!  I feel like I lost my knitting flow somewhere in this quarter, but I am back on track now.  I will blame part of that on these cute puppies:

Rosie (adopted this August) and Calvin (adopted last August)

How can you resist those faces?  They have kept me busy, that is for sure.  I should also blame part of the lack of mojo on Candy Crush Saga.  That game just sucks me in sometimes.  But excuses, excuses.  Within the past month I have been to knitting events that got me re-energized about the craft.  Janelle blogged all about our trip to DC to see Sally Melville and our trip to my first Knitter’s Day Out.  I also spent the day spinning at our local heritage festival with some crafty friends:

So my flow is back, but for the first time ever, my yarn report is in the negative!  I have one more quarter to get back on track.  Here is the full report –

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 26.5 yards

Added Year to Date:  19 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  7.5 yards

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  5,235 yards

Woven Year to Date:  426 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  993 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 6,919 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  995 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  -1,260 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  48 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  45 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  2,120 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  3 ounces (Decided to cancel my monthly club after I realized how close I was to negative numbers!)

I am looking forward to knitting, spinning, and weaving more this quarter!

Parker’s Log Cabin Blanket

Once my sister told me she was pregnant earlier this year, I wanted to knit all kinds of projects for her.  But we did not know the gender yet and so of course a blanket made sense while I waited.  My local knitting group was just finishing up the Blanket of Love and I wanted to make more squares!  So I picked out six colors of Vanna’s Choice at Joann’s and got started.  Even though Vanna’s Choice is a 100% acrylic yarn and non-snobby, I really do enjoy using it for baby and kid projects.  It has a nice thick consistency and rich colors.

I just jumped into the project, knowing I wanted to stick with the red/orange and yellow centers in the squares.  I only bought one ball of each color to start…but then once I saw that the balls made exactly four squares…and four squares was a good size for a baby blanket…I stopped there!  I love the finished result.

I just gave the blanket to my sister at her baby shower this weekend.  Of course now we know she is having a boy and a Dr. Seuss themed nursery.  So this blanket turned out perfectly!  I will definitely return to this pattern and highly recommend it.  

My New Craft Room

After seven months of living in our new home, I think it is time to share the craft room with you!  A couple of things had been holding me back.  First, it took awhile to get the space set up the way I want it.  The new “room” is in one part of the unfinished basement and my options were almost unlimited on how I wanted to arrange my massive amounts of stuff.  And then it has just been in the past couple of weeks that I found the perfect little containers to store some of the messier items.  The colorful buckets and baskets you see are from Dollar Tree and Target.  I also had to remind myself that this is the year of flow and my craft room is constantly evolving.  There will never be the perfect set of photos, especially because the walls are cinder block in the background, but I love my room all the same.  As a reminder, here is the blog post about what my craft room looked like at the old house.  You will see many of the same things here of course.

And now I have an entire wall of shelving!  The previous owner used these shelves for storing her canning jars.  Now they hold most of my crafting supplies and give me easy access to materials.  Now that we have carpet, I used our old rugs to create the feel of a room here.  Maybe some day I will get a big rug for down here.  All of my crafting books live on the black shelves.  And the dog gets a bed for just downstairs as you can see.  Although he would much rather sit in my lap while I am crafting.  Here is a close up of one of my favorite shelves:

Next to the shelves is a fake wall created by the book shelf and plastic tubs.  See that grey plastic tub in the far right corner?  That’s the yarn tub.  Yes.  Full of yarn.  And there is yarn on top of that and in the buckets next to it…Now you know why I have to monitor my stash!  You can also see that one of the shelves is full of wedding invitation supplies.  The other shelves hold most of my 12″ by 12″ paper collection so I can sort through it quickly.  And I bought an old Singer sewing machine that lives the original (dirty) carrying case, that is what is sitting on the ground there.

Then turning the corner, this area should look familiar!  The pegboard lives on!  My table is full of card making supplies here in this photo.  Well let’s be honest, it is usually covered in supplies of some type!  The white filing cabinet holds all of my stamps in the top drawer.  On top of the cabinet is a simple shoe shelf from Target.  I use it to store some of my bigger tools and rulers.  And on top there I have the supplies out for making my bridal veil!  You cannot see it in the photo, but in the ceiling I have outlets to plug in the glue and embossing guns.

Then my sewing area is next.  The leather chair rolls between this station and my desk (next photo).  Behind the sewing machine is a serger that needs fixing before I can use it (bought it on Craigslist for a steal).  To the left are my rolling totes for scrapbooking.  I need a better way to organize my thread for sewing.  Some of it lives here and the rest is over in a plastic tub on the main set of shelves.

And here is my desk area.  This desk used to be in the front room at our old house and it was where I worked when I was home.  Now I do not need an official desk at home because everything is at school.  So this desk is a crafting desk!  My Cricut lives here.  I could put my laptop here if I brought it downstairs.  There is a loom on the desk because I am thinking about trying it out before it has a permanent place on the main shelves.  I also consider this my mailing station.  I have my address labels and envelopes here.  To the right of the desk is a sewing machine table that flips open.  Yes, another sewing machine is inside.  I went through a phase where I could not resist the Craigslist deals, clearly.  And my ironing board is permanently set up next to that.

And on the back of the desk hangs all of my finished cards.  The idea to use a plastic shoe hanger is from my friend Pam.  These are loosely broken up into themes of cards like “happy birthday” and “thank you.”  It is so easy to grab a card this way.  And I love having so many options!

Those are all of the photos of my craft room!  That is only about 1/4 of the space in our basement.  The wall with the shelves is actually a dividing wall within the basement.  If you were standing in my craft space and turned to the right, you would see T.’s desk area and more shelves for him.  Then in the other part of the basement we store other household stuff.  This winter the basement has seemed cold (55 degrees F) when I could be sitting upstairs in front of the warm fireplace, but I am sure this summer it will be a nice retreat from the heat.  Thank you for taking a look at my evolving craft room!

Charlotte’s Web Shawl

Before I moved here in August, one of my knitting friends gave me yarn from her precious Koigu stash to make a Charlotte’s Web Shawl.  Koigu is precious because it is fairly expensive, very squishy, and is dyed in beautiful colors.  The five skeins needed to make this shawl transition one into another so well.  I started this project in October and just finished it last week.  It is one of my epic projects for a couple reasons.  First, I could have never knit this five years ago.  I have come a long way as a knitter and you have to read between the lines on this pattern for the lace repeats.  I was also able to easily crochet the edging on this project.  Additionally, it was epic because it took 875 yards, which is a lot more yarn than I have been knitting in projects recently.  So it felt like a masterpiece to finish it!  I cannot wait to wear it and show it off to my new knitter friends!