Archive for May, 2013

The stash-down quest continues and the numbers are looking fairly OK despite that it has been break month in the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup. 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 April?


  • I finished the Daybreak shawl started in March and used 693 yards of fingering weight yarn for this (two skeins of Malabrigo Sock).
  • I made one pair of adult socks out of 326 yards of fingering yarn (a ball of Opal Sock).
  • I knit four pairs of toddler socks, three preemie hats and ten hexiflats out of 733 yards of fingering scraps.


  • I traded in two 130 gram / 572 yard balls of sport weight Kauni  left-over from my Marius circular yoke sweater. In return, I got four 100 gram / 465 yard balls of fingering Opal sock yarn. I will count this trade as “costing” me 1.5 100g balls of fingering weight sock yarn allowance.
  • I won a prize in Sock Madness 7 round 2 – a 100g ball of Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks fingering weight yarn.

Opal Sweet & Spicy

Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks Kona Superwash Fingering


At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was seven balls of sock yarn and roughly 1300 yards of any yarnThe only yarn in was the prize and from the trade.

I used three balls of fingering sock yarn for socks and shawl and  733 yards of yarn for other projects. All finished objects except for the adult socks were knit out of deep stash yarns! The socks were from a recent purchase. This brings my April numbers up to 1.5 balls of sock yarn and 150 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is now up to 8.5 balls of sock yarn and roughly 1450 yards of any yarn.


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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping again. I’ve completed 11 projects – five pairs of socks, three preemie hats, a lace swatch, a shawl, and some hexiflats:
Greenhouse socks by Anita Grahn for Sock Madness 7 round 3, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Uni Solid 4 ply. Started April 7, 2013; completed April 9, 2013.

SockMadness 7-3

Daybreak by Stephen West knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started March 1, 2013; completed April 12, 2013.

Daybreak Shawl

2 pairs of b16-26 socks by DROPS design knit in various Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 and Schachenmayr nomotta Regia City Color. Started April 12, 2013; completed April 23, 2013.

Ribbed toddler socks

2 pairs of Toddler Toe-up Ribbed Socks (my own pattern) knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 (Champion and Cotton Fantacy). Started April 28, 2013; completed April 30, 2013.


3 preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Merino. Started April 25, 2013; completed April 27, 2013.

Preemie hats

2 Evenstar Swatches by Susan Pandorf knit in Garnstudio DROPS Lace on  March 26, 2013. (Photo coming soon)
Hexiflats (the beekeeper’s quilt by tiny owl knits), knit in scraps from above projects. Started April 23, 2013; completed May 1, 2013.



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