Thursday, October 8, 2009

Knit Quickie

Not alot of knitting nor spinning going on at the moment. It's weird. I am super excited about Rhinebeck, but I can't seem to get my ass to finish the bobbins I've loaded up, nor what's on the needles.

In an intense fit of organizing and cataloging, I finally got around to taking individual pictures of my obscene yarn stash and loading them up on Ravelry. It took hours. No wonder I've been putting it off. But now that I can SEE what I have, I am embarrassed. And it's making me think very hard about buying more yarn. Or not. There's enough there to keep me amused for awhile and I need to justify the splurges by actually doing something with it. Or sell it.

I needed a gift for a little after-work gathering this week and decided to knit up something fast and for once USE the yarn in my stash for Pete's sake! That's how this little scarf called Bainbridge came to be. Fellow New Yorker MintyFresh designed it as an adaptation of a friend's scarf, so named for the street in Philly where the friend picked it up. I had fun knitting this and might have finished it in about 3.5 hours. That's what I'm talking about!

Bainbridge Scarf

The yarn - Filatura di Crosa Zara - is a bit odd. While knitting, it felt a bit 'spongy'. Reading the ball band revealed it's a superwash yarn. After a short soak and blocking, the yarn relaxed completely. Do all superwash yarns do that? I'm glad it did, because I like the drape now.

The only modification I made was to cast on an extra 20 stitches, which meant I ran out of yarn while kitting up the ties. Ah well, it allowed me to dip into the stash for another color. Call it a design element. It makes for a sedate little neckwarmer.

Bainbridge Scarf

Which seems to align with how I am thinking and feeling at the moment. All serious and sedate. I just want a little more road in front of me so I can navigate the twists and turns. We'll see if that happens.


barefootrooster said...

lovely -- i like the sash in a different color. this is on my list to make as well...(and i have been enjoying all of your stash uploading!)

Oiyi said...

I love the colors you chose. Such a nice gray.

I cataloged all my stash onto Ravelry last year. It was after Rhinebeck. The more I found and pulled out to take pictures of, the more I sick I felt. I just couldn't believe I had that much yarn. It was pure gluttony. Neddless to say, it made me go on a yarn diet for a while and really learn to appreciate all the beautiful yarns that I had already had on hand. Having my stash on Ravelry has helped tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! And I always have the same issue with superwash yarn (though in your case it worked out nicely!). I made my "Turn a Square" out of some superwash, and it turned into...basically, a Rasta hat. It's slouchy in a very enormous way.

Sara said...

Yeah, superwash has been stripped of its woolie scales, so it tends to grow a bit after washing since there's no "tooth" to the fiber anymore. It looks like it has worked to your advantage though!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Bainbridge is a total winner, love your two-tone version.

Katie M. said...

A perfect stash buster! I like the two-toned ties. Moving made me face up to the stash ... I've been more careful about yarn buying lately ...

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t does wool said...

love your Bainbridge Lisa...
I have always wanted to make that one,but have never gotten round to it.

Beth Hahn said...

This is ADORABLE and perfect for our too cold already weather. I love the colors!

Eliza said...

That's adorable!
I've also decided that I need to KNIT and not BUY, and my spinning mojo is gone, so I'm skipping Rhinebeck this year. Which will hopefully make it all the more fun next year!
I hope to see you soon! it's been too long!

Cotton Wool & Silk said...

I just found you knithound -- by looking at 'brooklynomety'

Love your posts

I'm a knitter too -- have to get some more knitting pictures on my blog

Thanks for reminding me

Do you ever go to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival at the Duchess County Fairgrounds? Coming up this weekend -- ALWAYS a treat

Cotton Wool & Silk said...

Now I read more carefully!
You ARE going to Rhinebeck.