Monday, August 3, 2015

Getting Organized | Done!

...I didn't quite make it by the end of July but I came close. Yesterday afternoon, I turned my yarn room into a mess photo studio.

Thankfully it wasn't too much to clean up - and I love that I now have photos of all of my multi-skein quantities...in Ravelry!

Next I revisited my queue - deleted a few items, swapped around a few more and attempted to arrange them in roughly the order I need to/want to knit them. All said and done, I've got just a bit of stash still waiting for the perfect pattern. (I'm pretty sure the KFI Indulgence will be socks, but given my lousy track record with finishing socks these past few years, I haven't queue'd them.)


One of those is the Spud & Chloë Fine (it's a fingering weight merino/silk blend). Looking at the rest of my stash (and my closet), I'm thinking one reason I haven't been able to find the "right" project for it (I've tried two cardigans so far) is the color. I love it...but I have nothing to wear with it - save for black/white/khaki/gray pants and black/white/gray t-shirts. I think that means it needs to be a pullover! Suggestions welcome!

Of course the reality of working at a yarn shop also means new stuff is coming in all the time. Those two skeins of Cascade Eco+ weren't there two weeks ago. But two customers needed some ... an order was in the works ... I'd always wanted to try it ... and yep, now I have almost 1,000 yards of it to knit. If you'd like to knit along, I'm planning Kirsten Kapur's Laight Street.

The shop is going to start carrying Woolfolk any day now; I've seen the yarn samples in person and I'm excited to knit with it. There's also a new pattern collection (designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian - just like last fall's collection) coming out in early September; I'm going to (try to) hold off until then to buy anything. I might even try to limit myself to an accessory since...my sweater queue is already pretty full?!

But - in September, we are also getting in new colors and patterns and a brand new base from my very-favorite Shibui. I've seen the pattern previews and want to knit two of them - a pullover with a deep v-neck and a cardigan/coat. I think I can use my stashed Merino Alpaca for the coat ... and it that's the case, I'm going to buy new yarn for the pullover. (yes, that adds two more sweaters to my list!)

You might be wondering just when am I going to knit the yarn I already have? good question. I'm wondering the same thing! The good news is that I can knit ... an hour or two a day (yay!) so at least I'll be making forward progress.

And I'm so glad fall is on the horizon...knitting sweaters and shawls seems much more appealing for cool(er) weather.

What are you looking forward to casting on for fall?


6 comments:

  1. I'm jealous of how organized that all is.

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  2. I think you have a quite reasonable quantity of yarn, especially working in a yarn shop! I'm also envious of your organizational skills, and self-control in yarn-buying!

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  3. Good on you-I'll be doing something similar after Andrew goes back to school so I can take over his room and spread things out. I'm looking forward to some very simple pullovers that are warm, roomy and comfy. Definitely more hats and fingerless gloves and mittens. I have a few things in my stash that need photographs. Hunting for patterns so much easier when you have this all in one place- thanks goodness for Ravelry right!!!

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  4. You are very organized and have a very nice stash. Having stash on Ravelry is very helpful as you can always shop the stash when you find a new pattern you like. There are a few items I need to break down and photograph. You're good inspiration.

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  5. I started this type of photography project once, and then lost that thread! Without a good chunk of time to devote to it, I ended up doing some things twice. I have to admit that the #1 motivator has been the little photo icon that shows up on your project page when you use stashed yarn! ;)

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  6. Do you make house calls? I have yet to tackle my stash…no way is it as big or great as yours…but that will have to wait til Fall and I get a few other projects - non-knitting- out of the queue! Sooo glad you can knit daily, again! How wonderful is that!
    Cheers~

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