Today’s Early Bird Special – a fast-topic-changing Friday.
I’ve said this before – I’m a stashless knitter. I am not a yarn collector. I buy yarn, I knit it up, and then I buy more for the next project.
Here is my best definition of a knitter’s “stash”: Yarn that is purchased by the knitter, with or without a specific project in mind, that is stored away and not knit. (I honestly don’t get it.)
The exceptions: yarn that is leftover from a project is not stash. Yarn that is gifted to the knitter is also not stash.
Some of you non-knitters might be wondering, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that most knitters have at least some stash. Some knitters even have a stash so large, that if they knit ever day for the rest of their lives, they will never get through it all. Other knitters measure their stash yardage in miles. Still others find themselves redecorating their homes to accommodate the bins and bins of stored yarns.
Back to my stashless stash. I have leftover yarn…not stash, mind you, but lots of it. About 5 jumbo Ziploc bags – all left over from about 200 projects. Time to put it to use.
|So, I started this. This is the Traveler’s Life Afghan, as described in The Yarn Harlot’s Casts Off.
The recipe is: find a lot of yarn in about the same weight (mine’s worsted), cast on enough stitches to match your wingspan (mine’s 360), knit every row, and change yarns every row. Leave a tail for fringe. (There are more details in the book than I’m describing here.)
|I’m loving this project! I can look at every single row and remember the project for which the yarn was initially used!
Memmmmmorieeeeees, like the corners of my mind….
My rules for my afghan are: no black yarn (except the first and last rows), and only natural animal fibers.
|So far my afghan is wool, silk, angora, alpaca, cashmere, and mohair. I adore the way the colors are (mis) matching, row-by-row.
This will be an ongoing project that I pick up whenever I just need some simple, mindless knitting. You know – the kind of knitting that keeps one sane.
|Remember the Chartreuse Monster?
Well, it isn’t a Basenji sleeping bag…
|But it was big enough until I felted it…|
|And now it’s my new environmentally-conscious, insulated grocery bag!
This is the Green Earth Grocery Bag from Noni.
As you can see, I purchased a hearty dinner of champagne and leeks on my last trip to the supermarket.
|Abe survived his dental surgery like a trooper. He was a little sore and groggy that night, but he’s eating and playing again.
Here he is, fast as lightening, carrying his toy squirrel around. Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes his way.
Have a great weekend!