Saturday, 24 March 2007

Stash yarn

I have been stashing yarn like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the upcoming winter. Never mind that my knitting progress is spotty and depressing right now. I need to knit something simple; with soothing acres of stocking stitch, or neat ribbed furrows. I can stand the boredom. I can, promise.

Look ma, pretty stash.
So, I took Nell's advice and decided to give Paton's a whirl, and bought six balls of
patons yarn in foxglove. It looks more fushia in RL than that purple, but it's bright and I can dig it. Whatever to make with it, I wonder.
No worries, I'm just glad that I have the colour to ward off the gloam of this wintry weather.

I also have Rowan all seasons yarn in a discontinued colour (Military). The yarn reminds me of Paton's aran haze, the same heft and makeup (60 cotton/40 acrylic), but the former seems to have a better colour range.

So, I'm going to have a play with the stash, and hope for some sort of inspiration for summer knitting. I'm supposed to be going camping soon, and it helps me to while the hours away with some intensive knitting, while my partner goes on long inspired walks and breathes in fresh air.

Or should I do crochet?

My mum taught me to crochet when I was six, but I liked emboidery better. I got the Debbie Stoller Stitch and Bitch crochet book, and it's fairly straight forward. I have made the odd flower, but perhaps I should try my hand at one of those patterns in the books. What's the worst that could happen, right?

Right, off to look at the stash. I'll get photobucket access, try and charge my camera and take some pictures.


JayJay said...

Hello! It's JayJay responding to your comment on my blog. I am using about 8 skeins of Jaegar Trinity to make something from this
I'm making #5464. It's a cute short-sleeved top with a couple panels of lace (looked like an easy pattern to learn lace). You can see a picture of what I'm making here, towards to the bottom in the light green.
I really have no idea how much of the Jaegar it will take, so you may have enough. I'm actually going to pick up this project again soon, so maybe I'll have more details for you! I hope that helps!

cranberry said...


Thanks for the heads up. I fell in love with the slubby texture and quiet colour. I do want to do something with it though, I think a lace pattern would be lovely, because the yarn is fairly inelastic.

I hear you about crochet though. After the time that knitting tends to eat up, the ability to whip up something quick and sweet is very tempting. God bless Debbie Stoller.

JayJay said...

Yes, I am often tempted by crochet, but there are some things that just look better knit. I am slowly getting faster and more skilled at knitting, so it's worth it to stick with it.

I checked again and I only have 6 skeins of the Jaegar for my sweater, not 8. Eeek! I hope it's enough. I agree that the texture and feel of the yarn is lovely.