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Ever diminishing stash


In the spirit of stashbusting, I have continued to make projects from stash yarn, inspired by some of the podcasters I’ve been watching, and groups on Ravelry.

The total number of FOs for February so far (and we do have four days left still) is 12, with an approximate OUTage of stash standing at 695 grams. Even better, I have not bought yarn this month. There has also been associated binge-watching of Netflix, with shows called Collateral and Travelers.

First up, dishcloths!

I’m sure I saw this idea floating around Ravelry before: scrubby type yarn in the middle with dishcloth cotton around the outside.  For each cloth, I made two circles from the scrubby and then worked around them, single crocheting them together with the cotton, and then added a few more rows of cotton to make a dual purpose cleaning cloth. I have to say, I love these. They are really useful.

This bag is sort of an FO, in that the knitting is finished and the lining is sewn in. It does need some kind of handle or strap, but I haven’t decided what yet. I started it Thursday at a new knitting group that my friend has organised. The pattern is here, though I didn’t keep track of the knit and purl rows so mine looks a little different. And I used medium weight yarn instead of bulky so I cast on extra stitches. Yarn is Bernat Pop in the colourway Foggy  Notion.

And finally, this hat pattern is called I’m Lichen This Hat! It uses about 100 grams of bulky weight yarn, so is quick, and it’s also quite easy, with just one cable running up the back of the head. If you look at the designer’s version, you can see the detail more clearly as she has used a solid colour. The cable scrunches up the back of the hat as some of the rows of the cable section are slipped rather than knitted. I made this in one evening, except for the grafting of the stitches at the crown (it’s been a while since I’ve done Kitchener stitch so I had to search for a tutorial). My grafting is not perfect! Yarn is Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky.

In other news, I did acquire a new cookbook this week. It’s this one…


I follow Gaz on YouTube (avantgardevegan) and he cooks the most amazing recipes. So when I saw his cookbook in my local health food store, I decided to buy it.

I’ve had a bit of a rest week, skipping the gym on a couple of days when I could have found the time. My plantar fasciitis is still giving me a bit of trouble, despite the insoles, and I have a lot of tension in my left shoulder which doesn’t seem to want to let go. I’m in the middle of a course of acupuncture, so hopefully that will help.

Work was good today, though in a way I would rather not work Sundays. We had a lot more quilting fabric in with some really cute patterns. A lot of customers tell me they couldn’t work there as they’d spend their entire paycheque on tempting fabric! Luckily, I (mostly) maintain self-discipline around it.

Feeling thankful for my family who rallied around and communally made pizza for everyone tonight. It’s nice to have someone else do the cooking and cleanup.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Yarn twins

Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky

Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky

Lion Brand Unique

Lion Brand Unique

I had a feeling when my yarn order arrived the other day that the Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky looked very familiar.

Just now I went downstairs to dig out some Lion Brand Unique and my suspicions were confirmed. I have a couple of skeins of the Unique which I had on display at the market last summer as part of Learn to Knit or Crochet Kits. The two skeins in the photo above are, believe it or not, the same colourway – Garden. It changes from green/orange to purple/turquoise in the same ball, and these two are just wound differently.

Looking at the Harlequin (Flame/Forest colourway) and digging out the colours in the centre, I think I am right in saying it’s exactly the same yarn, just packaged for two different companies.  They are both 100 grams but the Harlequin claims to have 5 metres/yards extra length.


It’s a beautiful day today. After a cloudy morning, the sun came out, the breeze strengthened, and now that the extreme heat of summer seems to have given way to fall coolness, especially at night, I am enjoying having all the windows open and getting my housework done. Tai Chi Man mowed the lawn and trimmed the edges today, and now that the house is sufficiently clean and tidy I really should be getting started on dinner. To me, this really feels like the last day of summer, because it’s Labour Day, a public holiday, and it’s back to school for many, including my middle son. Not sure what the youngest is doing for his grade 12 year yet.

Have a fabulous week!