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Mom and I went into the center of town yesterday morning for coffee as we usually do on a Saturday. The unusual thing? Look how empty this street is! There are some cars parked on the right, clustered in front of the diner, but … no traffic. Literally dozens of available parking spaces. All at 10:00 on a Saturday morning. I’ve literally never seen Broadway so empty.
It was so unheard of, I had to stop to take pictures.

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I finished my current knitting project–this square shawl/blanket knit in my handspun. (It’s folded into quarters for blocking, so that it fits on my blocking board.)

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I had THIS much yarn left when I was done!

Next up? I’m thinking an Aran sweater in my JMF yarn. I wound off 2 balls of it earlier and just need to make a swatch.

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Unpinned, it’s almost impossible to get a good photo of my shawl/blanket that doesn’t look like a shapeless blob, so the best I can do is to show it in action.

I’ve spent the weekend reorganizing my closet and my knitting stash–including repurposing some sweaters. I felted three storebought ones that I now just need to figure out what to do with–but at least the fulling part is done. Now I just need to figure out what to DO with them. SUGGESTIONS?? Bags? Slippers? Oven mitts? My only mistake was that one was a wool/angora blend, and while it fulled wonderfully, it generated tons of lint (thank God for zippered pillowcases) and the finished fabric is kind of … hairy.

Anyway.

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I took my old Autumn Dreams which NEVER fit right and felted it. The arms, voila, will now be wrist-warmers, and I’m going to turn the body into a purse. I just need to figure out how to attach those handles.

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These handknits have never been satisfactory, either.

The Manos Sweater, which I designed (more or less) shortly after restarting knitting in 2004, ended up with Romulan shoulders. The Romulan version of Tasha Yar (whose name I forget) would have loved it. The yarn is gorgeous, though, in that golden brown color (called “Topaz” here) I love so much.

(I also love how, even unraveled, you can still see exactly how the stitches were laid out.)

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The other was my Olympics Sweater from the 2006 Knitting Olympics.

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Oh, and the green one? I’m thinking it would make a nice pillow. It’s always been problematic. I never found a zipper I liked for it, and the weight of the hood makes it pull backwards when you’re wearing it. It’s just … weird. But the cables are gorgeous and I love the apple green Cashmerino yarn. It’s just that … the thought of unraveling all the seams to repurpose that sweater seems very, very wearying. Sewing it into a pillow shape seems much easier.
So, I unraveled them. With this assistant who helped hold the sweater upright:
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I must say, it was helpful that I was the one who knitted these sweaters in the first place. Even though it’s been YEARS, I still remembered the direction of the knitting, how they were assembled, when the sleeves were added. All that stuff. They both just took forever because of the colorwork. Frogging colorwork is much harder than frogging all one color.

Today, I washed all the yarn.

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I also pulled out ALL my yarn from the closet and sorted through it, reacquainting myself with all the beautiful stuff in my stash. I also weeded out a pile of yarn I don’t really need anymore.

I’ve come to accept that my stash is made up of three things. Sweater-sized lots of yarn. Yarn for socks. Yarn for lace. Anything else–medium-sized quantities for, say, matching hat and mittens or single skeins that aren’t sufficient for a full pair of socks–tends to never, ever get used.

I really need to accept that I like larger projects and stop BUYING yarn for small or medium-sized stuff. With the exception of socks, because I like handknit socks AND they’re perfect for carrying in my purse. By rights, I should get rid of bunches more yarn that falls outside my usual knitting projects but … it’s so pretty!

I hope 2011 is going wonderfully for all of you!

4 Thoughts on “Full Weekend

  1. I am with you on the large projects. :)

    But ripping out stuff that don’t work to salvage the yarn?! I am certain I have a SABLE to last me a lifetime.

    The only thing I have attempted is just to rip out small finishing areas such as neckbands, buttonbands etc to improve the look.

    Happy 2011!

  2. I think that’s a pretty good picture of your shawl draped casually. Very clever about the folding/blocking, too.

    I am so impressed that you have repurposed your sweaters. I am in dire need of a new handbag, which just needs to be a decent-sized rectangle. Surely I have sweaters I can felt — and I know the thrift store does. Any tips for percentage of shrinkage or anything?

  3. Aw, too bad the Autumn Dreams never behaved, it would have looked so good on you. At least it’s not a complete loss! I find it freeing to frog or toss or repurpose. You’re the boss of your knits. Glad to see someone shares that philosophy.

    Hmm. I’d be more inclined to make them slippers or a hat or something along those lines. Any chance you could cut & sew & make a jacket out of the lot? Felted is so much warmer.

  4. Good recycling efforts! I really love that gold colored yarn.

    Sela, that was her name. I seem to recall she wasn’t a very nice character on ST.

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