Crunching Numbers

I’ve been crunching some numbers seeing as how my yarn buying will be resuming in just a few days. After knitting only from the stash for one year, I thought it would be interesting to see if I made any dent in it at all. Here’s the final tally –

Originally I had in the stash 58590 yards of yarn. (WOW!)

In the last year I have knit almost ten miles of it – a whopping 17037 yards.

I have swapped away 5304 yards.

I was given 3084 yards as gifts and 4909 yards through swaps.

That leaves me with 38216 yards of yarn left in the stash.

Gee. I didn’t even cut it in half….

Guess it’s time to clean it out the old fashioned way. I am a no-clutter kind of gal and I figure that whatever I haven’t used in the last year isn’t worth keeping for another year. Well, at least that is how I look at my closet and my kitchen. The stash is a little different, but I do need to trim the fat. I have lots of shopping ahead of me and it is time to make some room.

So, how about a giveaway?

I put together a grab bag of yarns that I don’t figure that I will ever use. It will be mostly Knit Picks, but there will be some other brands and some mystery yarn and some half balls leftover from projects long finished. There will be something in every weight from lace to bulky in a variety of fibers, mostly natural.

Anybody interested? Comment on this post and I will randomly select a winner on Monday, January 1st.

There. That brings the stash to a more reasonable level.

Stash enhancement begins anew on January 1st. Where to go shopping first? Eatsleepknit? Cosymakes? Jimmybeans? Knitpicks?

Twenty Twelve is gonna be a lovely year!

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The Letdown

….and I am not talking about nursing….

I love Christmas. I live for Christmas. My year is spent planning Christmas.

I shop for stocking stuffers year round.

I knit gifts in June and stockings in October.

Christmas rocks!

But, the week after Christmas stinks.

The tree is still here, but it’s so dry I am afraid to plug in the lights.

The kids have already played with/broken/lost many of their things.

The excitement is gone. What a letdown.

The only cure I have found for this lull is …. wait for it…..

Start planning next Christmas!

Who’s with me?

The Unveiling

At long last I can show you the sweater for the sis-in-law. I bound off the last stitch on October 2 (!) and have been positively itching to blog about it ever since. So here we go!

Knowing that I am a little bit dorky and a lot bit out of style, I recruited the aid of my younger, much hipper knitting buddy when choosing pattern and yarn for my younger, very much hipper sis-in-law. After much debating and hemming and hawing, I finally chose the Contended Cardi by Hannah Fettig. The yarn was easier to pick – a superwash worsted in an awesome colorway? Malabrigo Rios in Pearl Ten fit the bill nicely. And the end result? Fabulous (if I do say so myself).

And the really good news? I think she really liked it.

(Oh, by the way, did I mention that my sis-in-law is gorgeous?)

Pearl Ten will always be one of my favorite colorways. (The Man says it’s purple, but I see charcoal… honestly.)

Yay! It fits! (The Man says, “Is is supposed to hang down in the front?” “Yes, Dear. Extra long stockinette stitch rows for that feature!”)

She looks happy to me. Mission accomplished.

Three things about this knit:

1. Once again, Mrs. Fettig has written a wonderful pattern. However, it was extremely boring to knit. In the entire 1000 yards of knitting, there was one single interesting row. The remainder of the knitting was movie-watching-knitting. Which is fine, really, because I like to watch movies. I just don’t think that I will ever knit another just like it. Great pattern. Boring knit.

2. Malabrigo Rios is fabulous. I won’t go so far as to say that it is my favorite, but it is close. It is soft, drapes nicely, and washes easily. Throw in the fact that the color selection is heavenly and that it is Malabrigo and you have a yarn worth every penny.

3. Knitting for cute skinny people is way more fun (and faster) than knitting for me.

Happy sweater, happy sis-in-law, happy me.

A Thank You Note

Dearest Santa Claus,

I wanted to send you this little thank you note for the lovely gifts you left in my stocking this Christmas.

I can see that you got my letter because of the lovely, fibery goodness that I found hanging over the fireplace yesterday morning.

Rowan Creative Focus Worsted with it’s 75%/25% wool/alpaca blend in such a luscious purple caught my eye at once.

Followed by another in teal…. swoon.

I must say, Santa Darling, that your color selection is impeccable. The glorious reds of the Chocolate Cherries colorway are to die for. And to choose a hand dyed DK weight yarn shows that you really do know me pretty well. I have never knit any Baah! Sonoma, and I am so excited to cast this on my needles.

All that yarn, plus the antique darning egg and mushroom? You really went the extra mile, Santa, and I must say that I am impressed.

Thank you so, so, so much.

woolandchocolate

PS – did you notice my new stocking? I finished it just in time for Christmas. šŸ™‚

Knitting Poetry – Christmas Haiku (Christmas Countdown Day 23)

I wish you a merry
Eve of Christmas Eve today
Knit on, Happy Friend

or

December is short
Christmas Day is almost here
How goes the knitting?

or, perhaps

Composing Haiku
While knitting this dumb stocking
Is straining my brain

Ā A sneak peek at the stocking I am making for me. (Who says purple isn’t a Christmas color?)

‘Tis the Season to Make Candy (Christmas Countdown Day 22)

Christmas baking and candy making is twice theĀ mess and ten times the fun when the Ā littles help in the kitchen.

The Dancing Queen and The Boy helped make cookies with the cookie press.

That cookie press was lots of fun. Everybody had to try it.

The Princess and The Munchkin helped make fudge.

And, after two failed attempts, The Bookworm and I conquered the peanut brittle.

Yum.

So, what’s cookin’ at your house?

What’s in Your Stocking, Girl? (Christmas Countdown Day 21)

Stocking stuffers for my girls

 

1 white play silk and a packet of Koolaid for dyeing it
1 tin cup with cocoa and candy cane
1 kids bath bomb (fromĀ Cheeky Maiden)
1 Hello Kitty lipgloss
1 can silly string
1 bouncy ball
small notebook and pen

the little girls each get a doll from Nova Natural (specifically, this one for The Princess and this one for The Munchkin. The doll in the picture above is for The Dancing Queen) while the big girl gets a box of artists pencils and “The Parent Trap” DVD (the old version with Hailey Mills because it is waaaay better than the new one)

So, what’s in your stockings?

What’s in Your Stocking, Boy? (Christmas Countdown Day 20)

Stocking Stuffers for The Boy

1 white play silk and a packet of Koolaid for dyeing it
1 tin cup with cocoa and candy cane
1 kids bath bomb (from Cheeky Maiden)
1 can silly string
chapstick
1 bouncy ball
small notebook and pen
1 handkerchief filled with Legos (I buy them in bulk from this eBay seller)

Tune in tomorrow for the girl version.

Hot Chocolate (Christmas Countdown Day 19

Hot Chocolate

It isn’t Christmas without a little hot chocolate.

My Super Duper Hot Chocolate Deluxe Recipe

1 12 oz can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/3 c. baking cocoa
1/2 c. sugar
pinch salt
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

mix sugar, salt, and cocoa together in sauce pan.
add liquids and heat till almost boiling
toss in chocolate chips and cook until melted
remove from heat and add vanilla
enjoy!