On the Needles – April 10, 2015

This is a test knit I’m doing for Laura Aylor. It’s kind of scrunched up til I get the sleeves off the needles but you can see (1) there are cables and (2) it’s lime green so you know I love it! And, the yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina, which is so yummy, I find myself just sitting and petting the yarn instead of knitting!

Test Knit for Laura Aylor

Test Knit for Laura Aylor

I’m pushing myself to get this done by the end of the month so I can wear it to a function that every time I go, I’m so cold and I say . . I’m going to bring a sweater next time. I have green/black/white necklace and ear rings so if I get this done, I can wear it with a white shirt and black pants, though I’d love to find a top that has black, green and white in it. Oh . . I forgot . . unless Walmart has it, I’m not going to find it in this town and you know I’m not going shopping. :)

Booga Bag is Done

The Booga Bag is a felted bag and it’s quite easy to make, though it does take a heck of a lot of yarn. I ended up using the better part of 6 skeins for mine. It’s a great project for when your thoughts aren’t completely devoted to knitting.

Here it is knitted but not yet felted. At this point, it measured 15″ x 24″.

Booga Bag

Booga Bag

After felting, it measures 10″ x 14″.

Booga Bag

Booga Bag

This bag will either be used for a knitting bag or for groceries. I was thinking if I used it for groceries, it could always be the bag with fragile items . . like chips or cookies. If I use it for a knitting bag, I will probably add a button and a loop to keep it closed, though with it being felted yarn, other yarns are going to kinda hang on and not be dumping out if it gets upside down. 

I  felted it in the front load washer and it worked just fine.

Because I had been advised that the even the larger size on the pattern wasn’t real large, I made mine bigger. I wanted it wider and not necessarily a lot deeper. There is an extra large Booga Bag pattern but that isn’t the pattern I had so I improvised. Here’s how I made it:

Cast on:  60 stitches
Knit the Bottom:  40 rows
Knit the Sides: 80 rows.

Yarn Report – April 3, 2015

There could have been massive amounts of yarn ordered/received this week. I’m going to go ahead and report what’s ordered, even though it isn’t here yet because I forget what came in when and you know I want to be sure and totally correct and not slip any unreported yarn by you. :)

One good thing is that I’m accepting responsibility for all this. Not blaming anyone! But, I believe everything I ordered has a project that’s ready to begin soon so . . it’s not too bad, or it won’t be too bad til Vince sees the credit card bill!  :)

Order #1:  Hitofude is one of the KALs at Eat, Sleep, Knit this year. I’m going to try to do them all . . not sure I’ll succeed. I love the pattern. From what I’ve read, Hitofude seems like it’s really fun to knit but right now I’m feeling a bit intimidated. I’m not sure how it will look on me. I could make it for a gift but I want to make it for myself. The worst thing that can happen is I’ll knit it, not like it, rip it out and make something else with the yarn. Some people have made it longer and I’m definitely going to do that. Madelinetosh’s Twist Light is new in stores and I’m using that, in the Moorland color. This is the swatch (that I showed in my On The Needles post). 

Hitofude Swatch

Hitofude Swatch

Six skeins added!

Madelinetosh Twist Light

Madelinetosh Twist Light

Order #2: You know how weird I am about funny little coincidences, right? Last week I had been out planting corn . . blue dent corn for making blue cornmeal and blue grits.

Blue Dent Corn

Blue Dent Corn

I was tired. I came in and sat down with a glass of water and was reading my text messages. There was one from ESK saying they had a new DK weight yarn from Numma Numma called TEXAS Toasty.

Texas Toasty

Texas Toasty

 I like their yarn anyway so I went to check it out. How could I walk away without looking at a  yarn named TEXAS Toasty? The first thing I read is that it’s a tightly twisted yarn. I love tightly twisted yarns! They tend not to pill. I looked at the colors and what was the first color on the list? Blue Corn Masa! I had blue dent corn, which is used to make masa, in my pocket! Yes, I ordered it.  The yarn is gorgeous! Even though I don’t have a project in mind for this one, DK is such a great weight and I knew I’d be sorry if I didn’t get it.

Texas Toasty

Texas Toasty

Seven skeins added!

Order #3: Laura Aylor is working on a cardigan with the most beautiful cables. I’m going to do a test knit for her and I should get the pattern today, though my yarn will not be here til Monday. It needs sport weight and I didn’t have enough of any sport weight yarn here so . . I had to order something. I decided on Madelinetosh Pashmina, which is what Laura used, but there just wasn’t much Pashmina at either Eat, Sleep, Knit or The Loopy Ewe. I ended up ordering Grasshopper, which is a wild green but I like it.

Six skeins added!

Order #4:  Another project for this quarter at ESK is something sleeveless. I decided on Beekeeper’s Tank and I ordered enough yarn that I can go back and add short sleeves once I get it qualified for the KAL. I ordered more Madelinetosh Twist, color Fir Wreath, to make that.

Four skeins added.

Order #5:  With the first of April came Madelinetosh’s new monthly colorway or ESK and it was Little Magnolia. I ordered 5 skeins of Vintage – 3 to make Brickless and 2 for whatever I’m going to make with the 2 skeins I order each month.

Five skeins added.

Lots of yarn ordered. Lots of projects planned . . lots of knitting coming up.

As far as used . . I did finish the knitting on the Booga bag. It still needs to be felted but I’m going to count the yarn now since I’m done with the knitting part. I used 5 skeins!

Used this week: 5 skeins
Used since 1/1/2015: 57 skeins
Added this week: 28 skeins
Added since 1/1/21015: 161 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2015: 104 skeins  (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used).

Darn!  Back in the hole by 100+ but I might can drop below 100 this week . . depending on how much I knit. I’m pretty sure nothing will get added this week.