Stash busting

My knitting theme for the year has been stash busting. I am determined to use the majority of the yarn I’ve been squirreling away for the last 2 years. Some of it was attached to a specific project and some of it was from an “I can’t resist it” place. It has actually been going quite well and I’ve been proud of the projects I finished. BUT I’m beginning to feel that pull to get more. I’ll have to be very careful at YarnCon in April. I hope I stick to my guns and get the stash under control. It will give me hope for next year’s theme of actually reading the knitting books I own!

Decreasing

image.jpegI have been going through my closet and weeding out clothes I’ll never wear again. This is at least a productive form of procrastination. Why procrastinate something I love like knitting?  I have reached that dreaded stage where I must decrease in a lace pattern. This always gives me agita. I am genuinly hampered by not really seeing a decrease as left or right leaning. So if the pattern maker hasn’t specified when to use K2tog or SSK and conversely P2tog or SSP, I’m in a dither every row. I’d rather untangle knots. At least the book I’m reading, Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter is engrossing.

Blue Heron

This week’s project is the cropped heart pattern pullover from Vogue Knitting Special Collector’s Issue 1991. It is fairly easy to knit aside from the K4tog.  Making something with short sleeves should help me get out of the winter funk Chicagoans are prey to.

I’m using Blue Heron rayon/metallic yarn and it is a dream to knit. I love the drape of the fabric and I now wish I had chosen a more flowing pattern. I’ll probably get more of this yarn at the next YarnCon in Chicago.  I think my granddaughter would love a dress from this fabric.