So my goal this year is to use up some of my stash before purchasing any new yarn. I even have most of my stash on ravelry so I can match project to yarn. Should make it easy, right? It doesn’t. I’ve been trying to start a project for a couple of nights.
First, there is a cowl I want to make that calls for worsted yarn. So I pull out this nice hand dyed skein that was a gift to me, labeled in hand written wording, ‘worsted, 430 yards’. Well, after pulling out a bit, I felt like saying, if this is worsted, I’m Kate Moss. It’s fingering at most, possibly smaller. So ugh on that. Then I find some nice worsted that I have enough of, and go to get out my size 10 1/2 dpns, only to find 2 in the little pocket of my needle case labeled 10 1/2. What? 2 dpns will not do it. But I know I have a set, right? There are two right there. So I go through the house, every single place there might be needles, drawers, bowls of yarn, nightstands, every where! It took 2 hours! I found 5 other variety of needles and really organized my needles and the drawers, etc, but no 10 1/2.
I don’t want to buy them because I know five minutes after I walk in the house with new ones, I’ll find the old ones.
So project one, down the drain.
Well, I know I have plenty of sock yarn, so I’ll make socks, right? I’ve been wanting to make a pair of stranded socks anyway. I decide on these beauts: Butterflies Are Free. Nice huh? So I look through the patterns and pull up my fingering stash on ravelry….I have plenty. And now the hours of putting my stash there seem to so worth it. It’s so organized and easy to see that I have plenty of colorful yarn. In fact, it’s so colorful, there is no way any one skein would go with any other skein for a patterned sock. Is it cheating to buy yarn to use with yarn I have? I decide on project number one of the new year, I probably shouldn’t breakdown and buy new yarn. NOT ON PROJECT #1.
So another project idea, annihilated.
I go back to the lovely unknown hand dyed yarn, in fingering or other weight and just knit up a square to see if that directs me. It’s a baby sweater. Definitely baby sweater yarn. Guess what? I could get ahead of the game and knit a nice baby sweater for the next baby, but I don’t want to. Plus, I already have one baby sweater stashed away in case of emergency. No need yet for two.
Without much fuss at all, project idea three kaputt.
So finally, I just pull out sock yarn, two skeins in armyish green, look up Judy’s magic cast on, and decide to knit K a pair of toe up socks in a made up design, that will fit perfectly and tell me how much yarn I need to make socks for him. It only takes three tries to get the toe to look the way I want (twice I knit the first row of the second side without knitting through the back loop on the first stitch and it made a weird loop I didn’t like). Two days later and many hours of irritation, and I have a project!!
I think the new year is messing with me.