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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Self-Imposed Year of Projects: Update #9

I've heard a rumor that it's Sunday again...and that means I'm headed into my ninth week for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects. Yes, kids, this is my Self-Imposed Year of Projects: Update #9.

Today, I'm going to do a little something different...again...sort of. I'm still going to give you the basics: FOs, WIPs, and Planned Projects. I'm also going to discuss my plans for my plans. Yes, I realize that doesn't make much sense right now. It will in a little bit; I promise.

Anyway, onward...

Finished Objects (Otherwise known as: "things no longer occupying my precious needles")
1. Claudia: started January 3, 2012; finished January 10, 2012
2. Mama's Simple Skyp Socks: started May 22, 2011; finished January 19, 2012
3. Little Man's Cobblestone Baby Blanket: started July 2010; finished February 2, 2012
4. Dalek Dishcloth: started February 6, 2012; finished February 8, 2012
5. Baby Traveling Vines Socks: started September 18, 2010; finished February 17, 2012
6. Snail Hat: started February 18, 2012; finished February 19, 2012

WIPs (Otherwise known as: "things taking up my precious needles" or "hurry up and finish")
1. Mama's Vanilla Socks: started December 6, 2011 - Admittedly, these still haven't been touched...they are still sitting in their respective project bag (that they share with the Lothlorien Hat). I'll get there
2. Little Man's Giraffe: started May 11, 2011 - I think a better term for this project would be "hibernation" rather than "WIP"...oh well. I'll get there.
3. Icarus Shawl: started March 15, 2010 - again, another one that should be in "hibernation" rather than "WIP."
4. Lothlorien Hat: started January 25, 2012 - I have e-mailed the designer about this project and whether or not I can show photos (either as a WIP or FO)...until then, it's all in the dark.
5. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit Socks: started January 23, 2012 - another pattern that has been on a bit of a break. I'll get back to it soon enough.
6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket: started February 21, 2012

Here I am, in all my glorious unblockedness and still on the needles...
Currently, I'm on the third skein of this yarn and I haven't decided yet if I'm going to put a block of white in the middle or not. I don't think I'm going to need to but I won't know for sure until I get closer to the end of the third skein. I've decided that if it's around 15" long when I get toward the end of the third skein, I won't put the stripe of white in there. If it's too short, I'll put it in there to get it some extra length. We'll see. But, for now, that's what it looks like...

And now we're going to get into something a teensy bit different...sort of...

I'm going to refer you, firstly, to my stash on Ravelry...and while this isn't everything I own, it has a good chunk of it cataloged so I have something to work with. Secondly, feel free to skip over this if you're just not interested in my potential plans (other than to queue patterns for yourself - that's totally acceptable and highly encouraged). 

Planned Hats
1. Odessa - calls for DK weight yarn. In my stash, I have twenty-three (23) stashed DK weight yarns. I'm thinking that for this hat, I will probably use either my skein of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, or maybe my Berroco Comfort DK.
2. Hermione Hearts Ron - calls for sport weight. In my stash, I have fifteen (15) stashed sport weight yarns. I was originally thinking of using up a skein of Aslan Trends Glaciar Del Cielo but I don't have enough in yardage...and it was a swap gift so I don't even know where to begin to find it. So, I'll probably go for my Mirasol Yarn Nuna...but I do have some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino that could use a project. We'll see.
3. Habitat - calls for worsted weight yarn. For the original, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter was used and guess what I just happen to have a skein of in my stash? The second I won this yarn at Guild last spring, I knew what I was going to use it for eventually (a hat)...and now I can.
4. Ogre Babies! - calls for worsted weight yarn. I have seventy-two (72) stashed skeins of worsted weight yarn...however, because this will probably be for a baby or small child, it will need to be parent-friendly (i.e., machine washable and dryable, durable, etc.). The other caveat is that it needs to be green. What's the point of having an ogre baby hat if it's not green? I'm thinking of my Cascade Pima Tencel (if I can find it) or Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids.
5. NIN Hat - calls for worsted or Aran weight yarn and requires two different colors (contrasting). I've already told you about my worsted stash...but I still have thirty-five (35) stashed skeins in Aran weight. However, I have several skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease hiding in my stash that could work out quite well for this project. I was also thinking of using my Premier Yarns Everyday Soft Worsted Solids. Or both.
6. Pup Tent - calls for worsted weight yarn. I have a skein of unknown yardage that is 100% wool (it's the first one listed in my stash) and I'm pretty sure it's worsted. If I don't use that, I have several skeins of Cascade 220 that would work or I was thinking of a skein of my Blackberry Ridge Traditional Colors (Medium Weight).
7. Godric's Hollow Hat - calls for worsted weight. I'm either going to use my off skein of Per Tryving pt. 2 or Rowan Magpie Aran.....if I can find them. At this point, it's going to be a matter of which one I find first. I think the Per Tryving will be closer to the color used in the movie but, really, does it matter?
8. Brandon Ribbed Beanie - calls for worsted weight yarn and two colors. I'm thinking of using some of my many skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease or taking my Bernat Satin Sport Solids and holding them double. I'll probably make this for Husband so I'm leaning more toward the Bernat (he picked that one out a looooooong time ago - long before I knew there were things besides acrylic, cotton, and 100% wool).
9. Raglan Hat - calls for worsted weight yarn. I'm pondering using up some Patons Pure Organic Cotton for this one...I have several other options, however.
10. Bergen Street Tuque - calls for worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220. I have a lot of it and I need to use it.
11. Nolan - calls for DK weight yarn. I'm thinking of either Frog Tree Pima Silk or Araucania Ruca Multy for this project. This is probably a hat I'll be making for Little Man so it doesn't really matter if the yarn is machine washable or not...I'll know how to take care of it (Husband, on the other hand...well, he knows not to touch handknits where washing is concerned).
12. London Beanie - calls for Aran or worsted weight yarn. I've made a couple of these out of Lion Brand Cotton Ease and it works very well for, I think I'll continue with that.
13. Grumpus - calls for DK weight. I think I'm going to use more of the Araucania Ruca Multy (I have three skeins of it so I may as well use it).
14. Simple Baby Cap #1 - calls for DK weight. It's for a baby so it needs to be machine washable. I'm thinking of any of my Rowan cottons (Handknit Cotton or Cotton) will work for this project. If not, I can always pull out the old, trusted Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I made Little Man one of the other Simple Baby Caps (#2, I think) out of Lion Brand Cotton Ease and it worked out very well.
15. Candy Cane - calls for worsted weight and two colors. I have an idea in my head to make a bumble bee hat rather than a candy cane hat. So, I have some yellow Rowan Cotton and some black Cascade Pima Tencel that I think will work out well for that idea.
16. Little Pumpkin - calls for DK weight in orange, green, and brown (though the green and brown are teensy little bits). This is one that I'm stuck on. I have no orange yarn. None. Not even baby-melting acrylic from the 1970s. I know Knit Picks makes a Swish DK that would work...but I don't have any and without any income, an order to Knit Picks would be a bad idea. I'm not sure I have any brown, either, now that I think about it....this is going to be a hard one.

Other Planned Items
1. Hermione's Everyday Socks - calls for finger weight yarn. According to Ravelry, I have eighty-six (86) skeins of finger weight yarn in my stash. Now, I know this is's way more than that. Anyway, the Sun Valley Fibers group on Ravelry is doing a knit-a-long (KAL) wherein you can pick any project but you have to use some of Jeanette's fabulous hand-dyed yarn. Since Jeanette lives only a half-hour away from me, I have plenty of yarn to pick from. I'm thinking of using Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Nylon in the Waterfalls colorway for this project. Or one of my other three SVF, if I can just dig it out...
2. Freeport Vest - calls for bulky weight yarn. I know exactly what yarn I'm going to use for this project. At Stitches Midwest, I picked up sixteen (16) skeins of Malabrigo Chunky for this project. It has yet to make it to my stash page. Oh well. I know where it is.
3. Hippo - calls for finger weight yarn held double, in two colors. I have two skeins of Shalimar Yarns Breathless for this project (picked out by Sweet Girl). I just need to wind them and get going...
4. My Little Slug - calls for worsted weight (need to purchase still...). I'm thinking of Cascade 220 for this project. I have enough of it...
5. Brooke Baby Afghan - calls for sport weight and worsted weight held together. I'm thinking I can substitute the sport and worsted held double for some bulky yarn. I have some Knit Picks Swish Bulky in my stash that might work out well for this. I have two different colors so I could make a two-color blanket. We'll see.
6. Mossy Jacket - calls for Aran weight yarn in two colors. I have some Filatura Di Cosa Porto Cervo that might work out quite well for this. I haven't looked at the pattern so I'm not sure about gauge and sizing but I would think it would work well.

Have a gratuitous photo of Little Man. I have no idea what he was doing but he looks cute so, there you have it.

Now, if you've made it this far,'s been a long haul.

With all the above said, things stand thus:

FOs: 6 projects
WIPs: 6 projects
Planned: 22 projects

TOTAL: 34 projects

Still think I'm nuts? Do you see something I don't see? Anyone have any ideas for me? I love to hear it!


  1. Nice plan, I think if you can knit all that from stash, you can buy some orange yarn. Maybe try destashes? I do think you're a little nuts, but you can probably knit faster than me! And I'm loving the pine ridge baby blanket.

    Tell little man I say hi back, and Im sure his mommy will take him to see Rammstein when he's older!

  2. I love how you decided to lay out your proposed items to work on and you even have an idea of what yarn your going to use. I just pick my next project as I come towards the end and root around then for yarn..your system sounds sooo much better and a lot more organised.
    Little man is so cute and thats all you need to post a pic, I do it most of the time anyway lol

  3. I love the Pine Forest Blanket. I went to Rav to put it in my favorites... and it was already there. I must have favorited after one of your other posts :) I still love it and it looks fabulous in the green color you selected!

  4. Wow, you are very organised.Well done with all the finishes this week too!

  5. He does indeed look cute. LOVE the Forest Blanket, such a great color and pretty design. Good luck on the amount of green. Good way to stretch it ...if you have to, hope you don't though cause I really like the green. Speaking of green, neat new Irish blog background!

  6. You are not nuts. If your system works for you, run with it. Have a great week.

  7. Your pine forest blanket is really lovely in that pine green yarn; I hope you don't have to add the white stripe :)

  8. By gosh, now I see the whole picture....that is some stash, you lucky thing! So much yarn, so little time!

    Good for you to have a plan.

    Your little lad is just gorgeous!

  9. I love your plans :) I'm trying to be strong and stick to my stash for a while - who knew it would grow so fast, I haven't even been knitting/crocheting for a year yet! :)

  10. Hope you have enough of the green for the entire Pine Forest.

    Like that you are selecting projects for yarn in your stash. Next thing you know, your gonna drag it all out and match it all up to projects...

  11. He is so cu-ute!
    Yeah on another FO w/the Snail Hat! What a lively color that is.
    I love the warmth in the green lace blanket.