What does it want to be?

I bought some Knitpicks tonal fingering weight yarn for my birthday. In 2014. It was supposed to grow up to be a cardigan. While I love the look of pullovers and the knitting of them, it’s just too hot here even for a fingering weight wool pullover (learned that lesson on the much loved Olive pattern, which I’d still like to re-knit, I just love that collar).

I first tried to knit an Impromptu. But that wasn’t working. So I tried a Decimal. No dice. Then I picked Grace. That hummed along for a bit but I couldn’t quite make it with the mesh.

I really wanted a new cardi to wear to BlogHer16 in August.

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But it may not be in the cards. This yarn may simply want to be broken up into multiple little projects instead of one lovely cardigan. It makes me so sad. I’m not sure whether to push through or to give up. Right now it’s in time out. Again.

Summer of KALs

Around Santa Barbara school may let out in May or June, but summer and the heat doesn’t really start until mid-July. First you have May Gray then June Gloom, though the afternoons usually brighten up and let some sun in.

On the internet, though, the Summer of KALs is kicking off on May 15! There are a ton, nearly every podcast I listen to or have heard of is hosting one. I’ll admit that most of the ones where you need to track points are beyond my life right now.

But I will be participating in the Down Cellar Studios Splash Pad Party since it’s perfect for smaller projects.

I’m also casting on for Cultivate & Create‘s Cowl KAL with a Fancy Zebra Cowl.

And I hope to find a pattern or two for Actually Knitting‘s PALKAL.

I did just finish a pair of By the Seine River socks that I’ll be triple dipping into 10,o00 stitches Lace Along & Fibre Town‘s Friend Along, as well as She’s Crafty Sock Along.

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I got this yarn as part of a Knitted Wit grab bag (you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit) sale. Of the two yarns I got, this wasn’t my favorite, though it is interesting colors. And there were a ton of knots. A ton. So while I like the chance to try out this yarn on a larger project, I don’t know that I’ll be grabbing her grab bag again anytime soon.

Finish in February

For some reason several of the podcasters I listen to consider February the month to finish projects. Ms. Kalendar of Brass Needles hosts Finishuary in her Ravelry group, and I just heard Kemper of the Junkyarn podcast is hosting a “Finish in February” KAL (Knit-a-long).

I’ve recently frogged a couple projects, specifically my reindeer sock comes to mind. That yarn did not want to play nice. But I’ve got a couple projects I could work on and a couple fairly quick ones that I could start and finish during February.

My hex  has been on-going for quite some time. Originally it was going to be a blanket. That idea was born in March of 2013! It lasted awhile but has fizzled out. But I have just enough hexes that I might, if I focus a bit, finish it off as a pillow cover. Because in Santa Barbara, you just don’t really need a double thickness blanket all too often.

The best thing about this project is that it is flexible to change the end goal. Plus, I learned so much about kitchener stitch – each of those hexes had to be kitchenered (grafted) closed.

Flash your Stash

I’ve seen several threads on Ravelry talking about “Flash Your Stash.” Showing both the yarn you have and how you store it. While I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by my stash a bit, I realized I don’t really have that much. The left photo is my sock yarn & sock yarn leftovers in the corner cabinet, the bag on top is my precious YOTH from the Never Not Knitting Store. I did get to add a couple of full skeins thanks to a friend. Though at least one has been earmarked for a hat.

The right picture is a 5 gallon rubbermaid tub that holds my leftover bits of other weights.

And the bottom right is a sweater’s worth of yarn that has been naughty and is in time out.

I do have to admit there is one more tub. But I don’t count it as my stash. It’s someone else’s stash that she’s no longer using so I gave it a home. That’s not real stash, right?

The husband and I were debating a lovely storage shelf. Something akin to the X cross wine storage you see. But my stash is mostly made up of odds and ends rather than beautiful whole skeins, hanks, or cakes. I’m not sure it’ll work. For now, this’ll do. And I’ll continue thinking on better storage.