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The stash-down quest continues and the numbers are back in black. 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 (2 of 3 finished)
  • 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 June?

OUT:

  • I made one pair of adult socks out of 344 yards of fingering yarn (deep stash).
  • I knit three pairs of toddler socks out of 334 yards of fingering weight left-overs.
  • I knit 15 pairs of baby socks out of 886 yards of light fingering (10/15 out of deep stash).

IN:

  • I bought one 100g skein of sock yarn from GnomeAcres.
  • I received one 100g skein of Socks that Rock fingering weight yarn as a prize in Sock Madness 7. Remember, prize yarns do not count 🙂

Toadstool Meadows

Socks that Rock Silkie

STATUS:

At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was 11.5 balls of sock yarn and -23 yards of any yarnThe only yarn in was the single skein of sock yarn plus the prize.

I used one ball of fingering yarn for adult socks and  1220 yards of yarn for other projects. 11 of the 19 finished objects were knit out of deep stash yarns, and the rest were knit out of yarn that had been 6 months or less in the stash!  This brings my May numbers up to balls of sock yarn and 244  yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is now up to 11.5 balls of sock yarn and 221 yards of any yarn.

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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping again. I’ve completed 20 projects – a sweater and 19 pairs of socks:
b18-25 Jacket in garter stitch by DROPS design, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Sweet & Spicy. Started May 3, 2013; completed June 3, 2013.

Opal garter jacket

Opal garter jacket

Swirling Vortex by Sofiya Cremin for Sock Madness 7 round 6, knit in Shibui Knits Sock. Started  June 7, 2013; completed June 8, 2013.

Swirling vortex

3 pairs of b16-26 Socks in ”Fabel” by DROPS design knit in Zwerger Garn Opal (Uni Solid 4 ply, Hundertwasser Sparkle, and Sweet & Spicy). Started June 1, 2013; completed June 11, 2013.

Opal toddler socks

15 pairs of 26405 VM-genseren 2013 (baby) by Dale of Norway / Dale Design, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull. Started June 11, 2013; completed June 30, 2013.

Baby socks (Photo @digitaldias)

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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping again. I’ve completed 13 projects – seven pairs of socks, five preemie hats, and a blanket square:
High Button Socks by Bridget Landry for Sock Madness 7 round 4, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Uni Solid 4 ply. Started May 10, 2013; completed May 17, 2013.

High Button Socks SM7-4

Zip by Nina E. Larsgard for Sock Madness 7 round 5, knit in Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash Solids. Started May 29, 2013; completed May 31, 2013.

ZIP!

Drip Drip Drop by Claire Ellen (SKA May mystery KAL) knit in Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash Solids. Started May 2, 2013; completed May 24, 2013.

Drip Drip Socks (SKA mock)

A pair of b16-26 socks by DROPS design knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Regenwald / Rainforest. Started May 24, 2013; completed May 25, 2013.

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3 pairs of Simply Sweet Socks by Sherie McManaman (newborn) knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Falk. Started May 20, 2013; completed May 21, 2013.

Simply Sweet Socks

5 preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt knit in Sandnes Garn Lanett. Started May 18, 2013; completed May 20, 2013.

Preemie Hats

Square for “Hjerteteppet” by Kristin B. Johannessen, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull on May 1, 2013.

Heart blanket square

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The stash-down quest continues and the numbers are overall on track. 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 (2 of 3 finished)
  • 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 May?

OUT:

  • I knit a garter toddler cardigan using 890 yards of the blue/purple Opal sock yarn acquired last month.
  • I made three pairs of adult socks out of 1183 yards of fingering yarn (of which one was deep stash).
  • I knit three pairs of newborn socks out of 107 yards of sport weight left-overs.
  • I knit a pair of toddler socks out of 140 yards of fingering weight left-overs (deep stash).
  • I knit 5 preemie hats and crocheted a flower out of 224 yards of light fingering (deep stash).
  • I knit a blanket square out of 22 yards of left-over baby wool from March mittens.

IN:

  • I bought 2 100g skeins of Garnstudio DROPS Lace for a specific project and immediately cast on. This will set me back 1750 yards on the generic allowence.
  • bought a pile of sock yarn on our vacation to Hamburg, Germany. Remember, vacation yarns do not count 🙂 And I have already knit an adult pair of socks from the pile.

Garnstudio DROPS Lace

Hamburg 2013 Yarn Crawl

STATUS:

At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was 8.5 balls of sock yarn and roughly 1450 yards of any yarnThe only yarn in was the lace and vacation yarn.

I used three balls of fingering sock yarn for socks and  1383 yards of yarn for other projects. Seven of the 14 finished objects were knit out of deep stash yarns, and the rest were knit out of yarn that had been 6 months or less in the stash!  This brings my May numbers up to balls of sock yarn and 277 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is now up to 11.5 balls of sock yarn and -23 yards of any yarn.

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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?

OUT:

  • 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.

IN:

  • 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

STATUS:

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.

DSC_0076

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.

Hexiflats

Hexiflats

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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.

Hexiflats

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.)

OUT:

  • 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.

IN:

  • 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

STATUS:

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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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping again. I’ve completed 10 projects – two pairs of socks, three hats, two pairs of mittens, and three sweaters:
Baby´s first fair isle yoke cardigan (“b16-10 Jacket with raglan sleeves in pattern and pants in Alpaca”) by DROPS design, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Royal Alpakka. Started September 3, 2011; completed February 1, 2013.

Fair isle yoke cardigan

Preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt, knit in Garnstudio DROPS Fabel (blue, February 4th) and Schachenmayr nomotta Regia City Color (variegated brown, February 20th).

Sunshade preemie hat
Maile preemie hat

Selbu Modern hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn, knit in Du Store Alpakka Tynn Alpakka. Started February 19, 2013; completed February 27, 2013.

Selbu Modern Hat

Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock by Jasmin Canty, knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Champion. Started January 26, 2013; completed February 7, 2013.

Champion Socks

Socks for the Deputy Headmistress by Erica Lueder, knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Merino. Started February 8, 2013; completed February 20, 2013.

Socks for the Deputy Headmistress

Toddler Raglan Hoodie by Megan Goodacre, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Lerke. Started February 2, 2013; completed February 28, 2013.

Gray Mouse Hoodie

Gramps cardigan by tincanknits, knit in Rowan Creative Focus Worsted. Started February 14, 2013; completed February 28, 2013.

Gramps cardigan

Dulaan Easy-On Mittens by Julia Farwell-Clay, knit in Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Lerke. Started February 23, 2013; completed February 24, 2013.

Easy-on Mittens

Kiesten Larisdoter Church Mittens by Randi K Design, knit in Rauma Finullgarn. Started February 1, 2013; completed February 18, 2013.

Kiesten Larisdoter Church Mittens

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The stash-down quest continues and the numbers are looking … wait! I will not spoil you – read along and you will find out 😉 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. When it is gone, it´s gone!)
  • 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 February? (If you do not want to read all the details, scroll down to the status at the end.)

OUT:

  • I have a Marius on the needles for me out of fall 2012 yarn.
  • I finished the Baby´s first fairisle yoke cardigan: a long-time almost-done hibernating UFO. This was one of the pre-2012 sweater UFOs and thus the yardage does not count.
  • I used two balls of fingering vacation yarn from Hamburg, Germany (2010) to make socks for me.
  • I knit up almost all of the Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Lerke swapped at LYS in January, with only 6 grams to spare. That is 485 yards of DK weight yarn.
  • I knit a baby cardi out of some of the Rowan Creative Focus Worsted purchased this month, consuming 356 yards of worsted  weight yarn.
  • I knit up the mitten kit purchased in December, 2012, consuming 252 yards of light fingering yarn.
  • I knit a colorwork hat out of fingering deep stash, consuming 242 yards.
  • I knit a pair of toddler mittens and two preemie hats out of various 2011 left-overs, 167 yards total.

IN:

  • I have not bought any of the forbidden yarn brands.
  • The four 100g balls of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted that a friend picked up on sale for me to knit a sweater and a vest for the baby entered the house. (I mentioned them being 50g balls in January, but because they did not count for yardage at that time, the size of the balls did not affect the January numbers.)

Rowan Creative Focus Worsted

STATUS:

At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was two balls of sock yarn and roughly 760 yards of any yarnThe only purchase was the 200 grams (880 yards) of  worsted yarn for baby garments, and I have knit one of those garments already.

I used two balls of fingering sock yarn for socks and close to 1500 yards of yarn for other projects. Four of the ten finished objects were knit out of deep stash yarns, and three out of recent purchases! This brings my February numbers up to two balls of sock yarn and 124 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance is now up to four balls of sock yarn and roughly 884 yards of any yarn.

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