A Big Destash

Recently I have been looking at my stash and suffering extreme choice fatigue. And I realised that you can, in fact, have too much yarn. I have so much yarn that I bought because it was on sale or because I thought I wanted to make something with it but then never got around to it and now the inspiration is gone. So I decided to sort out my Yarny life.

First, I had to clear up my stash on ravelry. I discovered (after 6 years on Ravelry) the feature that allows me to remove yarn from my stash and place it into an ‘All Used Up’ folder. And all of a sudden my digital stash shrunk almost in half! I went from a tally of 157 to 90.

Then, I went through all of my yarn in my draws and cupboards and boxes and god knows where else, and assessed all of my yarn. Does this bring me joy. Am I still excited for or do I even remember what I had intended this for? If I didn’t love it, In the ebay pile it went. And my goodness, I was surprised by just how much yarn I no longer wanted:

5.85kg of yarn gotten rid of. That bought my digital stash on Ravelry down to 73.

Whilst chugging along I also organised all of my odds and ends into one location. The leftovers from other projects that still contain enough yardage for a small hat. I intend to turn these into hats for charity. Once they have been used up, my digital stash will have gone down to 62.and I have also resolved to use up all of my odds and ends of Cotton yarns in my OFAPUK stash, before starting a new skein.

Now I intend to cease purchasing new yarn (We shall wait and see how strong my will power is on this one) wherever possible, so in theory, the only new entry into my stash will be the WYS The Croft which I intend to buy with the Wool Warehouse vouchers I received from my Fiance just as soon as they are back in stock in the Colourways I want.

Now I feel much more organised and my craft drawers are much less over stuffed and I can focus on the projects that really excite me. If I can abstain from unnecessary yarn purchases until September then I will have more nmoney to spend at Yarndale, which would be an absolute dream!

Some New Project Bags

Back in November, I purchased a lovely little project bag covered in sheep for my mums Christmas gift. I got it from a lovely lady on Etsy called Josiane who’s Etsy store is called GladeOfDreams.

As a thank you for my first purchase she gave me a discount code for my next purchase. Well, mum loved hers so I decided that for chris’ Birthday, I would get him his own one. Up until this point he has been using one of the organza bags provided by Wool Warehouse but organza doesn’t hold up well to dpn’s. So I thought it time he had an upgrade.

And of course, it would be daft of me not to get my own project bag too, wouldn’t it? So I got this one.

And, the parcel came with an added extra – she had thrown in an extra little notions case as a thank you for being the first buyer of 2019. Isn’t that lovely? and its the perfect size to fit in my stitch marker tin, my chibi, and my jammy dodger tape measure.

So If you need a project bag, do go over and check out Etsy – she is still quite a small business and I am sure will be very greatful for your visit.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GladeOfDreams

And Whilst I am here, I want to share with you some yarn I forgot to share with you back when I got it in December – check this out:

I received this yarn and pin badge as a reward from Sealy MacWheely, for helping to fund her dream of opening a Bricks and Mortar store via Kickstarter. The colourway is a kickstarter exclusive, so you won’t be able to get this specific colourway, but I would definately recommend giving her Instagram a perusing – just don’t blame me if you can’t help but spend all of your money!

Happy Birthday to My Love

I do love a good birthday celebration, and this weekend we celebrated my Fianc√©’s 31’st birthday. Here he is looking happy as a sandboy with the birthday gift he got from my parents – a Lubitel 166b Medium format film camera.

His birthday isn’t until Monday but he has to go to Germany to give a speech at a tech conference so we celebrated today with cards and gifts and a lovely meal after visiting Greenwich Market to collect the camera. So now I can share with you my birthday craftiness!

First of all, here is the card I made him.

Did you get the reference? It’s from the video game Portal which is one of his favourite games ever. It isn’t as neat as I would like, but I think for my first attempt at both watercolor painting and paper cutting, I think it is pretty acceptable.

And of course, since in the game, the cake is proven not to be a lie, I too had to prove the cake not to be a lie by producing the cake.

Here it is – on top, the cake in the game and below, my attempt. After spending forever trying to work out how to get the sprinkles on the side of it, I almost dropped it whilst lowering it into the fridge, which I can tell you, was heart stopping moment. Luckily I managed to rescue it, with minimal damage. He loved it!

And of course, in true Me style, I had to crochet him a gift too. And, of course, I finished it whilst he was sleeping on the morning of gifting. Doh! When will I ever learn to be punctual?

This is a Pachimari, modeled on his favourite character, D.va from the Video Game Overwatch. And, I am especially proud of myself as I did not have to buy any new yarn – I was able to complete it using leftover yarn from the Loot Llama I made back in December.

I am particularly proud of the little headphones. I think I managed to pack in quite a lot of detail!

Boxing Day Sales and A wonderful Holiday

Ok. I know that yesterday I said I was trying not to buy any more yarn, but there are some exceptions…

First of all, I want to share with you these yarns we got from Truly Booked in their boxing Day sale.

I do have justification though. I wasn’t actually the initial shopper here. My fiance was looking at yarn other which to make socks, and when he asked “do you want anything before I check out” I really can’t be expected to say no, could I. So the yarn in back is mine, and the one infront is my Fiance’s. Can you well we have a favourite colour?

I also received another gift from my Fiance for Christmas (I received a steady stream of gifts after Christmas since my Fiance forgot to check delivery times on half of his purchases). Isn’t this the coolest. A marriage of my love’s of crochet and tattoos.

And then onto our holiday. In the gap between me finishing my old job and starting my new job, we decided it might be nice to just spend a few days somewhere different, so off we flew to Vienna.

And of course, we had to check out the local yarn shops (it is now a tradition after all). We visited 2 yarn shops. The First was Wollewein. This wonderful little shop has its own line of yarns as well as stocking Fernerwolle, and Austrian yarn brand. You can’t miss this shop if you visit the city center – it’s in the beautiful Greek orthodox church building. Whilst you are there just a few minutes walk away is a wonderful restraint selling hearty Austrian meals in an informal setting – Schachtelwirt. We had the best Roast Pork with Crackling, Dumplings and Sauerkraut so tasty it made me want to learn how to make it at home. Anyways, I digress – again, not all of this yarn is mine. The green and grey yarn is mine – I almost picked a sunset shade but then decided I already have so much yarn in orangey shades that perhaps I ought to try something else. The darker yarn is my Fiance’s. Again with the purple – he liked this one because it apparently works up like a purple tiger.

The second shop we visited was Lille Butik GMBH. Very unasuming from the outside, but full of beautiful yarn on the inside. And there was a wonderful little market on the streets adjacent, so if it hadn’t been icy cold and snowing, we could have easily wandered around longer drinking and eating local produce. I got just 1 cake of yarn here. Poema by Laines Du Nord. Italian so not technically local but they do share a land border and I have never seen this yarn before so that totally justifies the purchase.

And now to find projects for these lovely yarns. Any ideas?

Bonus – of course, max smelt yarn and had to get involved so here are the out takes.

She just can’t help herself!

WIP Wednesday (16/01/19)

It’s Wednesday again! and in total contrast to last week, this week I have a whole lot of WIP’s.

I have made a bit more progress on my Kindred Spirits scarf. I am about 30 yards short of the required amount but the scarf is super long so I think when I get to a repeat of two before the halfway point I will weigh my yarn, then just start decreasing at the 50g mark. As the scarf is really long – (90 inches) I think I can afford to loose a few inches and still have a very long scarf.

I attended an OFAPUK meeting at the weekend, and as usual, this spurred me I with a bit of motivation. I have a huge box full of cotton’s specifically for Octos, but I decided that before I can crack open any new balls, I really ought to get through the scraps of yarn I have lying about.

I am also working on a Birthday present for my Fiance, for his 31st birthday, which is coming up next week. He will be in Germany on his actual birthday, attending a conference and delivering a speech as part of his work, so we will be celebrating a day or two earlier. I am trying not to buy too much yarn but when I was working on the Loot Llama I identified that I could use the remaining yarn for a second video game related Amigurumi. But I will say no more, just in case he decides to look here. Wouldn’t want to give away too much and ruin the surprise. He already knows one of his gifts thanks to a delivery box absolutely smothered in company branding!

Once I have finished these bits and bobs, I think. will start on a baby gift – it’s so hard to resist starting a new project! Someone send me the strength to keep focused on my already existing projects!

My First FO of 2019

Yays! I am pleased to share with you my first finished project of 2019 – a little pouch to hold my new folding keyboard, a gift from my fiance who was worried about my carpal tunnel. Bless his little cotton sock, he does look after me – I didnt even know such a thing existed.

anyways, here is my pouch. I didnt follow any sort of pattern. I crocheted 2 pannels of star stitch that matched the size of my keyboard, with one 3 starts taller than the other to add a flap. Then added 2 rows of single stitch around the edge of the rectangle. I then stitched the rectangles together with a third row of single crochet and finished it off with scallop edging. finally I added pair of buttons to secure the flap. 

This is crocheted in 45g of Scheepjes Sunkissed. 

And of course, the cat wanted in on the photo shoot, so here she is: