So it is the day before my last day of vacation…and looking back on the last week, I got more done on something I didn’t plan – and nothing done on the things I planned. Typical. It has been a nice week off though, and I’ve enjoyed the down time. And I still have today and tomorrow to try to get some of those thigns that I had planned done (like finish a knitting project!).
One of the things that I accomplished that I didn’t plan was to upload my entire stash to Ravelry. I had never really thought of doing it all because I knew it would take a while, and I wasn’t ready to face how big this thing was (or have anyone else see how big it is!). I thought I’d put up pieces of it – but once I started, I just couldn’t stop. And now I’m happy that it is all there. I think it will help me manage my impulse buying a little better – now that I can see what I have, I’ll be less likely to want to buy something when I probably already have the yarn in the stash. I also decided to part with some of the yarn I bought that I know I won’t use – my destash page. I’m really motivated to get rid of this, so make an offer!
Going through the stash was fun – and it made me want to start new projects. All that wool, silk, laceweight, sock, sweater yarn… I’d pull out a ball and think “Oh, I bought this to make…” and then I’d sidetrack to look for the pattern. And then I’d force myself to put the pattern away, photograph the yarn and move on. I finally couldn’t resist the lure of a new project – so I started a pair of socks.
This is Socks that Rock in Lenore – one of the colorways from last year’s sock club. I always liked it but didn’t realize how gorgeous it really is until I started knitting it. The picture shows the yarn a little lighter than it really is. I can’t put it down – I just like it too much. The really bad part is that these are for Larry – he picked out the yarn from the stash and no matter how hard I try, he won’t agree that these are too girly. I really would love to buy some of Blue Moon’s laceweight for a shawl in one of the Raven colorways – maybe if I sell some stash, I’ll do it.
The pattern I’m using is Harris Tweed socks from Ali Green – love this pattern. It makes a really nice texture, but is so easy that its just great knitting. I’ve been dragging these all over this week – I think this will become one of those patterns that is just a great standby pattern.
I really want to start a sweater next – it must be that it is the end of the summer here. I’d like to make a very basic, very plain pullover for Larry – and I’m thinking that it might be the Seamless Hybrid from Elizabeth Zimmerman. Any other ideas?
We went out to dinner with friends last night to a local restaurant. The service was really slow, which at first was sort of annoying – but in the end, it forced us to slow down, take our time and spend time talking, laughing and relaxing. We finally left three hours later – and realized that the slow service was actually a good thing! We had such a good time, and I don’t think it would have been the same had we rushed through dinner. It was great to spend time with our friends – we just don’t see enough of them.
I haven’t been working on the throw at all this week, but think that I’ll be working on it today. I joined the One day a week for UFOs KAL on Ravelry – the idea is that just one day a week you work on a UFO. I can do that! I picked Sunday as my day, so here I am, here is the throw, so hopefully I’ll get a bit more done on it today.
OK, I’m off. Have a great Sunday, and if you are in the US, enjoy your long weekend!