Archive for April, 2013

It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping again. I’ve completed 10 projects – three pairs of socks, a hat, a cowl, two pairs of mittens, a sweater, some Easter ornaments, and some hexiflats:
Carotene Collection by Taiga Hilliard, knit in Malabrigo Rios. Hat knit March 1-4, cowl knit March 18-20, and mitts knit March 28-30.

Carotene Hat

Carotene Cowl

Carotene Mitts

Sockdolager by Adrienne Fong for Sock Madness 7 round 1 knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Sweet & Spicy. Started March 7, 2013; completed March 16, 2013.

Sock Madness 7 round 1

Flying Dutchman by Caoua Coffee for Sock Madness 7 round 2 knit in Garnstudio DROPS Fabel. Started March 24, 2013; completed March 28, 2013.

Flying Dutchman SM7-2

Flying Dutchman SM7-2

Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock by Jasmin Canty, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Hundertwasser Sparkle. Started March 3, 2013; completed March 18, 2013.

Sparkly Socks

15-11 Marius-genser rund sal by Unn Søiland Dale, knit in Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn. Started January 7, 2013; completed March 18, 2013.

Marius Sweater

Deep in the Forest Mittens by Tuulia Salmela, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull. Started March 8, 2013; completed March 24, 2013.

Deep in the Forest Mittens

Hexiflats (the beekeeper’s quilt by tiny owl knits), knit in Garnstudio DROPS Fabel. Started March 16, 2013; completed March 24, 2013.


Felted eggs by Dale of Norway / Dale Design from Dale of Norway / Dalegarn #275 Påske og vårstrikk, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Hubro. Started March 8, 2013; completed March 31, 2013.

Felted Easter Eggs


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The stash-down quest continues and the numbers are looking OK! If you missed the first post in this quest series, you can read about how it all started in the January post. 

My current rules and goals are:

  • Knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (2010 or earlier)
  • Knit up the 3 sweaters worth of yarn bought in the fall, 2012
  • Buy no wool yarn from Sandnes Garn or Per Tyrving (I hate working with it!)
  • 1:1 ratio for fingering sock yarn – Knit one pair of adult socks or a shawl, may buy 100g of new sock yarn
  • 1:5 ratio for all other yarns, based on yardage
  • It is OK to buy yarn for specific projects for the kids, especially daycare sweaters, but the project must be started within 2 months of purchase
  • Yardage from my pre-2012 sweater UFOs do not count (mostly knit, need finishing), but the two scarves do count
  • Vacation yarns do not count (but may only buy yarns not available at local-to-me yarn stores (LYSes)
  • Gifts and prizes do not count

So, how did I do for March? (If you do not want to read all the details, scroll down to the status at the end.)


  • I finished the Marius sweater for me out of  the second of the three sweater quantities of yarn bought in the fall. I used a whooping 1716 yards of sport weight yarn for this!
  • I knit the Carotene collection (hat, cowl, mitts) out of most of the remaining Malbrigo Rios from my Dark and Stormy cardigan, consuming 400 yards of worsted weight yarn.
  • I made three pairs of adult socks out of 1155 yards of fingering yarn.
  • I knit a pair of colorwork mittens out of 395 yards of light fingering yarn bought for this project.
  • I knit eight felted Easter ornaments out of 144 yards of super bulky yarn bought for this project.
  • I knit seven hexiflats out of 72 yards of fingering scraps.


  • I have not bought any of the forbidden yarn brands.
  • I bought yarn for two projects, both started and finished this month. 540 yards of light fingering and 144 yards of super bulky

Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull

Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Hubro


At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was four balls of sock yarn and roughly 884 yards of any yarnThe only purchases were 684 yards for projects already completed.

I used three balls of fingering sock yarn for socks and close to 2700 yards of yarn for other projects. Non of the ten finished objects were knit out of deep stash yarns, but four out of recent purchases! This brings my March numbers up to three balls of sock yarn and 408 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is now up to seven balls of sock yarn and roughly 1300 yards of any yarn.

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