Archive for August, 2014

The stash-down quest continues in a timely manner. I have to admit doing some damage at the going-out-of-business sale at my favorite LYS. But seriously, who walks away from 40% discount on sweater quantities in identical dye lots?

For the background  story, take a look at my plan for 2014.

My current rules and goals are:

  • In general, knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (older than two years)
  • Vanish all 2009 yarn of light fingering weight or thicker
  • Vanish all 2010-2013 yarn of sport weight or thicker
  • 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
  • Yardage in is when the yarn enters the house. Yardage out is when a WIP becomes an FO or yarn is gifted/donated/traded
  • 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 July?


  • I knit 2 pairs of fingering weight socks
  • I knit a cardigan and a vest out of 600 yards worsted alpaca left over from DH´s sweater
  • I crochet a shawl out of two skeins of fingering yarn (836 yards (deep stash and making a dent in the 2009 bin!)
  • I knit a dress out of 930 yards  fingering yarn (bought on the LYS May sale for this purpose)


  • 3 50g balls (1.5 skeins of sock yarn) of Regia Silk for Tour de Sock
  • 1 100g ball of Opal sock yarn
  • 5 50g / 125 yard balls of Dale Lerke to knit another raglan hoodie for the kids (626 yards)
  • 3 25g / 137 yard balls of Katia Galaxy for an advent doily or table runner (411 yards)
  • 40 50g / 116 yard balls of Dale Falk for at least two adult sweaters (4640 yards)



Dale Lerke
Dale Lerke

Katia Galaxy

Dale Falk
Dale Falk


At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was 14.5 balls of sock yarn and -756 yards of any yarn. 2.5 skeins of sock yarn and 5677 yards in.

I used 2 skeins of sock  yarn and 2366 yards of other yarn. This brings my numbers up to 2 balls of sock yarn and 473 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is 14 balls of sock yarn and -5960 yards of any yarn. Looks like I have to get a lot of UFOs off the needles in the upcoming months… 


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The time for the end-of-month housekeeping for July. I’ve completed two pairs of socks, a sweaters, a vest, a dress, and a beaded shawl:

Dazzle them from behind TDS2014-4 by Meagheen Ryan, knit in Regia Silk 4-ply. Started July 01, 2014; completed July 31, 2014.

Dazzle them from behind TDS2014-4

Arch-Nemesis TDS2014-5 by Sarah Bordelon, knit in GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome Fingering/Sock. Started July 11, 2014; completed July 18, 2014.

Arch-Nemesis TDS2014-5

Kidding Around by Cygnet, knit in Rowan Lima. Started May 31, 2014; completed July 09, 2014.

Kidding Around vest

Retrofit by Jesse Loesberg, knit in Rowan Lima. Started May 18, 2014; completed July 13, 2014.

Retrofit cardigan

Retrofit cardigan

Design 26301 by Kari Haugen, knit in Dalegarn Lille lerke. Started July 09, 2014; completed July 27, 2014.


Laura by Lily Go, knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Cotton Fantasy. Started May 06, 2014; completed July 27, 2014.

Laura beaded shawl

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