Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Knitting & reading - a little bit obsessed

- Knitting

 I've finished the poncho and the potholders, so right now I'm thinking about what to make next. I want to use up my 'stash' (don't laugh, pictures below show all I have) before I buy new yarn (that will be a bit of a challenge on this island), but I'm not sure what I want to make. A hat, of course. Maybe even a few hats, now that I know where I can send them to (see the link in the first comment on this post). And while I'm at it, I might even consider a scarf to donate. Try my hand at some cables or something to make it interesting. I'm not too happy about all that gray, but it is good yarn (most of it is real wool), so I don't want to waste it.
I think the cotton scraps will be another set of potholders and maybe a headband (or two). And maybe the pink is enough to try knitting a sunhat?
Wouldn't that be great, to be knitting hats that I can use myself? I still have to figure out how to get a stiff brim though. Maybe knitting them on a much smaller size needles would help. Going to look into those patterns I found.



- Reading

I wanted to use my e-reader to get through the endless stockinette (I can't read paper books when I knit) and found out that though my subscription stopped working here on Curaçao, I can download books that I downloaded before. And since I hadn't read all of the books I chose before, I started browsing my archives. And found that I had five books by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee at my fingertips (one of them I own, the rest through the subscription). So now I'm happily reading away.
And getting a bit obsessed with knitting, because she makes that sound perfectly normal. She also makes me itchy to build a real stash, but I'm holding that off until we move. I hope to be able to buy myself a 'crafting cupboard' to hold my yarn and fabrics and other stuff (oh, I do dream of claiming an entire room, but for now a whole cupboard would be heaven!).

linking up with Kat's Unraveled Wednesday

7 comments:

  1. A cupboard or even the floor of a closet would be heaven. I store my yarn in three large totes in two different closets but it is a way to keep it together. Maybe the gray would make a gradient scarf of some kind. Hats and mittens for donations make good stash busters. Have you seen the Stash-busting Helix Hat on Ravelry. It is a good way to use up scraps without having a million ends to weave in.

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    1. That's a great pattern! I wish I had seen that before. I love stash busting with striped hats, but weaving in those ends is always holding me back. Thanks!

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  2. I hope you can get some ebooks soon but that's great you have some you haven't read yet. I have my stuff in closets, I used to display them in pretty baskets but the cat gets into them as her personal play toys..

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    1. I had a pretty basket before we moved (and no cat), but we had to leave it behind. Baskets are no good here, I took a small one with us and it's starting to smell weird. I think it's the salty air and the humidity.
      I hope I can find a good cupboard, but otherwise I'll use totes that zip up or plastic boxes. I think leaving yarn (or fabric) out in the open won't work because of the insects and lizards (and cats).

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  3. I love my yarn cupboard! It is the best thing ever :)

    I think your left over bits will be wonderful together - however you pair them!

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    1. I had one years ago. Loved it so much! Sadly it had to go (we needed the space). It's been one of my goals to get one again for ages.

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  4. I am glad I left the comment. I need to make some more hats to send to them. Since I am trying to do 12 hats this year, I won't have to worry about running out of people to gift them to! And I can use real wool!!!

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