Flash your Stash (sock yarn anyway)

So…i was inspired greatly by Pirate‘s stash organization and tracking. πŸ™‚ I ain’t got nothing on HER! she’s got enough sock yarn for over 200 pairs. PAIRS…not skeins..PAIRS. πŸ™‚

For months the KFN girls have been bugging me to organize my stash, count it up and document it. i’ve been fighting it. I started counting sock yarn skeins one day…when i hit 30 i freaked and i stopped counting.

So one of my new year’s resolutions is to be more organized. πŸ™‚ I started w/ my kitchen and conquered that. Now i’m starting w/ my sock yarn stash.

I seperated everything by yarn manufacturer. I seem to favor Trekking and Regia. πŸ™‚ Then i got Space bags, stuffed them full by manufacturer, sucked the life out of them. Oh yeah….i wrote down all the color numbers and stuff and put them all in a spreadsheet. surprisingly, this only took like 2 hours. This is just the stuff from my car, my garage and from where i immediately knew where sock yarn was. I know i have more. But i figured i better start on this before I lose my want to do it. πŸ™‚

Anyway…enough talking. here are the photos…

{stash} regia {stash} Sockotta{stash}  Opal{stash} Trekking{stash} Koiguuuuu{stash} Miscellanous sock yarns

Here is a breakdown of what is in these bags…

  • Koigu: 27 skeins
  • Opal: 6 skeins
  • Regia: 37 skeins
  • Sockotta: 12 skeins
  • Trekking: 15 skeins
  • and then tons of miscellanous. πŸ™‚

So in ALL..i have 145 skeins of sock yarn…enough for 107.5 pairs of socks.Β  LIke i said before…I *think* i have more…but i need to find them all. πŸ™‚Β  in due time…in due time.

So i’m working on my jaywalkers and disco socks still. I put those on hold this weekend b/c I realized my friend’s son’s FIRST bday is coming up (jan 24th!) πŸ™‚ He’s one of my favorite little munchkins and I can’t believe i almost forgot to make him something. πŸ™‚ So i decided on making him a vest! πŸ™‚ a preppy little vest πŸ™‚

I managed to finish this vest in less than 2 days πŸ™‚ granted, it’s for a 1 yr old little boy…. heehe. i can’t wait to send it to him. it still needs to be blocked.

{vest} After casting on and knitting 5 rows at Simpatico...here i am to work on it again.  {vest} Midnight....Fri night...gotten some stripes worked up3am on Sat night...i'm done w/ the vest...i'm ready to weave in ends!!!{vest} OMG SO MANY ENDS {vest} other side's ends!  it's never ending{vest} OMG i'm almost finished{stash} v-neck!  no ends!{vest} i'm all done! :)

So i ended up doing crochet edging around the neck and armholes. I tried 3 times to pick up and do a few rows of ribbing around the neck…it made the neck hole SO SMALL!!! the boy’s head is kind of big. hahaah. so i decided against it and just did a single crochet around the neck and arms. i hope that’s good. sigh

Project: Vest from Knits, Knots, Buttons, And Bows: Projects for Babies
Yarn: Plymouth Encore
Amount of yarn used: About one FULL skein (half of each color)
Colors: Olive and Beige
Needle Size: US7
Date Started: January 19, 2007
Date Finished: January 21, 2007

I only picked Encore because of the fact that it’s so easy to care for. People kept asking me “why not WOOL? why not something better?” i didn’t want the parents to have to deal with something that requires special washing. they have enough laundry to do. πŸ™‚

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2007 is here. What will the year hold in store for all of us? who knows….but we always hope for the best! To everyone, best wishes to you and all yours for a wonderful year!

While I was en route to visiting my parents, I made the One Skein Scarf from Happy HOoker by Debbie Stoller in Berroco Suede. I managed to do MOST of it in the airport and on the plane on the 90 min flight back. I sat at the airport for over 2 hours though b/c of weird delays. I never took a pic of that scarf b/c it came out too squirrley. Sooo…i made another one!! Remembering the mistakes I made w/ that scarf, I avoided them and made a prettier version out of OnLinie Clip in Eggplant (Color 57). I managed to do this one while working HORRIBLE busy days on Thurs and Fri of last week. While waiting for the kids to test, i just DC’d away. I was surprised at how fast this scarf went. when i saw the instructions start off “Chain 203 stitches…” i almost just threw the idea away. πŸ™‚

{oss} on me{oss} close up of the stitches

I think it came out lovely! what do you think?

Project: One Skein Scarf from Happy HOoker by Debbie Stoller
Yarn: OnLinie Clip (100% cotton)
Amount of yarn used: Less than one skein
Colors: Color 57
Hook Size: J
Date Started: Dec 28, 2006
Date Finished: Dec 29, 2006

Awesome secret pal-ness and it’s a new year (almost)

So my friend picked up some of my mail for me while I was gone and I just got a box last nigt…from my SP!!!!Β  she’s so sweeet!Β  even in the rush of christmas, she sent me a gift.Β  i cannot say i was as good as she was.Β  I still need to sent my SP her gift.Β  πŸ™

Here is what was in the box…

Thank you, SP!!

I’ve been working like a dog since I got back from my parents’ house.Β  But today was a slower day and I’m thankful b/c i’m so tired!!!

But tonight is new year’s eve.Β  I had plans to go to a friend’s party….but i didn’t realy want to go b/c I hate to mingle w/ his other friends b/c I don’t know them.Β  I was set to be designated driver.Β  But turns out the people that i was supposed to drive cannot get a babysitter. SOOOOOO…turns out i’m going to a get together w/ them, their new baby and a couple of other couples that have children who are all bringing their children.Β  should be pretty fun.Β  i didn’t feel like driving all the way to North Dallas for that other party.Β  Too many crazies out driving around.Β  I was a bit scared to go anyway.

So i have a year-in-review list for the year 2006.Β  This year has been a better year for me considering that 2005 was a bit sorry for me toward the end.Β  Here’s a list of things that made 2006 awesome:

  • Had a cancer scare w/ my mom, but she is cancer free!
  • No car accidents!!
  • KFN – thank you, ladies.
  • Learned how to crochet
  • Learned how to spin w/ a drop spindle
  • my family’s health has improved
  • I’m making progress in some areas of life that I’ve been working on for a little while.
  • I’m cooking more at home.

Resolutions for 2007:

  • As always, lose a bunch of weight
  • As always, exercise!!!
  • As always, clean up my home so i dont have clutter everywhere.
  • Work smarter, not harder.
  • Buy LESS yarn
  • Knit more from the stash
  • Spin more
  • Be nicer to people
  • Quit being so grouchy
  • Get more sleep
  • Eat better
  • Love more
  • Worry less
  • Watch less tv (yeah right! HAHAHAHA)
  • read more books

I think that is all for now. πŸ™‚

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!Β  Please keep safe!!!

Β 

Thursday Purse-Day!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I sure did! i just sat around and didn’t do much but eat, hibernate, eat, hibernate, fix a few PC’s, eat, hibernate, church, eat…you get the picture. πŸ™‚

My brother and mom caught a cold over the weekend and i’m scared I will come down with the same cold this week. It didn’t keep us from celebrating w/ our weird family traditions. One of our traditions is eating Christmas Eve dinner w/ old family friends…the same people we eat Thanksgiving dinner with. I didn’t know we would be dining w/ strangers this year. So there was 4 new faces at dinner this year….17 at dinner this year. The food was….ok. i wouldn’t have ordered as much shrimp as we did, but it was good times and laughter. We presented the little kids w/ Christmas gifts which they proceeded to rip right open. Children after my own heart. πŸ™‚

{xmas dinner} Large group of peeps...and too much food.{xmas dinner} some yummy meatball soup!{xmas dinner} My brother and I started to get bored and took pics of our plates. This one is mine...I had just finished off the fish. :)


ANYWAY….So I left for home on Fri. On Thurs…I received a lovely box from my friend with a Christmas present for ME inside! OOOH! i ripped that box open in the car (that’s how I roll..i can never wait till i get home)…and i gasped when I saw what was inside:

IT'S THE REAL DEAL!

This isn’t like the one post where i said I wished I got this purse….i actually HAVE IT! YAY!!!! My friend has known how much I have been lusting after this little Coach wristlet.Β  She’s so sweet. πŸ™‚Β  Purple patchwork…she knows me tooo well. πŸ˜‰

Remember the Hello Kitty vest that was my labor of love this season? My friend that gave meΒ  the above mentioned purse is actually the recipient…and she received it on Thurs…but like good Americans, they waited to have their daughter open it on Christmas Day. I am happy to report the family loved it. haha. i was thrilled! Her uncle asked for an exact replica of the vest in size XXL so he can wear one too. har har har. πŸ™‚

I managed to crochet a scarf while i was at the airport waiting for my delayed flight on Friday. I made the One Skein Scarf from Happy HOoker by Debbie Stoller. I do’nt have a pic of mine because I need to block it still and take a photo of it…but I decided to use 1.5 skeins of Berroco Suede (stash diving) in Color 3755 Wyatt Earp. I asked my friend Ruth if she had any advice on it since she just made one…and she gave me some tips. And i thought i followed her tips, but my scarf came out surprisingly ruffly. I think i just didn’t make the primary chain loose enough. So i’m going to try again out of some deep purple On-Linie Clip. πŸ™‚

Thursday Purse-Day!!!

It’s Thursday! Time for ANOTHER PURSE!!!

So stupid me…i went to Sam Moon to look for a necklace that i saw the day before on someone at the Simpatico Christmas party. i know better than to walk into that store alone. i had my arms full with 4 purses…but as I walked around, i put 2 of them back. but I picked up 2 wallets instead. no necklace to report…SOLD OUT! BOOOOO!!

So I found this gem at Sam Moon. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hobo bags….but i can never find a hobo bag that wont’ fall off my short shoulders. this one fairs well. πŸ™‚ It’s single strap (which is ideal for me), hUGE and it’s patchwork. πŸ™‚

MY NEW PURSE!

isn’t it cute??? it was only $15.95! WHOOO-HOOOO!!!

I had to fight people left and right at Sam Moon. I didn’t realize it was going to be SOOOOOOOOOOO BUSY! i thought…monday afternoon…it’s all good. hell no. i forgot the stupid kids were out of school. i was ever so angry to deal w/ the crowd. hahahaha.

So i have been making scarves like a mad woman.

3 of the 6 scarves a close up of the Eve's Rib pattern

this is one of the easiest scarf patterns ever written. I have completed 5…and have one more to finish. i have to have it done by Fri afternoon before i leave for my Christmas visit to home. AAH! I did the green one today in about 3 hours..i kept getting interrupted at work. hahaha.

I did take a break last weekend and worked on another MITT! this one actually FITS!

{new mitt} new and improved glove!{new mitt} close up

I can’t wait to make the other one. once the other one is done, i will block both and present them to the world. HAHAHAH jk. This mitt was made w/ some Jojoland cashmere SPORT WEIGHT that i got last year and had saved to do something with. so this yarn is thicker than what is called for in the pattern. but it’s all good. it’s sooooo soft. some of the nurses at work were ready to club me and steal my mitt!!

And i did a crochet aran square today. I was supposed to be up to number 12 today…i’m only on number 6. tee-hee…OOPS!! i didn’t think about the holidays getting in the way. and i ddin’t think that square 3 would keep me occupied for 3 weeks!

Crocheted Aran square

who knew you could crochet cables?

Thursday Purse-Day!!

I’m dead tired tonight…not sure why. but i have to post before i pass out on my keyboard!

here is this week’s purse!

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Isn’t it cute? I got it at the fair this week. it’s in my favorite color…and it’s the cutest little bag. it’s not a purse…but a perfect bag for me. there are cute little compartments inside. this is the perfect SOCK BAG. πŸ™‚

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Oh look…socks inside fit perfectly!

Speaking of little socks….

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these will fit my toe i think. hahahaha

I’m working on a baby pair (or two) of socks for my friend who is due soon. I already made her that camoflauge sweater and matching hat. I figured i would make the kid some socks b/c he’s due on Nov 1st. I’m hoping it gets cold by then. i love to give away widdle socks. they knit up so fast! little heels! plus, this was the last ball of Regia Mini Ringel at Simpatico. hehehe. i figured might as well grab it. you can’t do much w/ just one skein of sock yarn…and i wasn’t in the mood to make a hat w/ such tiny yarn.

In other news…

I took my first actual crochet lesson today w/ the great Pat the Tat. she’s a wonderful teacher and was very patient w/ me as I looked like a total moron w/ a crochet hook in my hand.

I”m taking her Crochet Aran squares class. and so far..i think i’m doing ok. i had to rip it out a few times to get it right…but hopefully i’m on my way. πŸ™‚

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ACK! CROCHET! πŸ™‚

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My stitches look ok! WHEW!