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Blanket Progress

Alex’s Blanket Progress

I work on this while watching television (I just finished the fourth season of All Creatures Great and Small – there is some lovely knit wear in it).

I have two more repeats to go before I finish of the top border – there are a few places we I have gone a bit weird, but I think that just adds to the charm.

The blanket is a kit from Crossways Wool and Fabrics.

Yesterday, I went through my yarn stash checking to make sure there weren’t any critters (there wasn’t), I did do a bit of an inventory and I have 51 skeins of sock yarn!

Sock yarn pile of shame

I buy sock yarn for all sorts of reasons; it’s pretty, you only need 1 skein to make a pair of socks (I don’t know how much yarn I would need for a jumper), souvenir yarn, feeling happy yarn, feeling sad yarn, etc, but I really must stop buying it (because I want to knit other things as well).

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Yarn Acquisition

New Sock Yarn!

I read about cashmere, merino, nylon sock yarn and so, of course, had to get some. I bought them from ZigoZago, a shop in country Victoria (the service was fabulous and my yarn arrived within days!).

The one on the top in the image is Dream in Colour Smooshy Cashmere in the sonoran magic colourway, the one at the bottom is tôt le matin sock in the Jane Doe colourway (it doesn’t have any cashmere, but I loved the colour and it was the same postage for one skein or two).

I am super keen to get started on these.

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Souvenir Sock Yarn

I went to Dunsborough for the weekend. It was fabulous – very relaxing.

Dunsborough Beach at Sunset

While there, I bought souvenir yarn (yes that is a thing) from Text and Co – this fantastic store that sells books and yarn (heaven).

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More yarn – a souvenir

More Yarn!

I have taken to buying yarn whenever we go on holiday.

I bought this one from Text and Co – a yarn and book store, what a perfect combination!

It’s Cowgirlblues Merino Twist (in the shorebreak colourway). I bought two skeins because each one is only 300m (instead of the normal 400 for socks), but I suspect I only needed one.

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It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

Progress ...

Progress …

This is definitely a slow process… although that means I get to watch more War and Peace  and my guilty secret viewing Nashville (this is so trashy and melodramatic – love it).

I successfully completed the waist decreases and I am just onto the bust increases – I’m thinking of putting a life line in for when everything goes pear shaped.

There is a nice rhythm to this and (so far) the yarn has been angelic (except for the first ball which fell apart). I haven’t quite got to the point where I could do this out and about and keep track of the lace pattern.

The other day I succumbed to the lure of the yarn shop and bought two new sock yarns






I couldn’t really help myself …but they are beautiful.

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Addition to the Stash

So when I should have been doing this …

Blue Jean Wrap

Blue Jean Wrap

I was buying this …

Misti Alpaca - Tilt a Whril

Misti Alpaca – Tilt a Whril

The blue jean wrap is coming together quite nicely – an easy to remember lace repeat, but it is always fun to buy new yarn.

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Ravelry Yarn Stash

I store my yarn in various different places around the house and I decided it was time to get organised.

I spent a bit of time on the weekend taking photos of my stash and uploading it to Ravelry.

Some of the yarn I had forgotten I had! Like this …

Forgotten Yarn

Forgotten Yarn

I have two skeins so I can make socks.

What I think I will find the most useful is the Needle & Hook chart. I am forever buying new needles just in case, but now I shall be able to refer to my Ravelry page and see whether I have the correct needle size already.

Now I just need to do some knitting.

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More Purchases

My camera has gone on holiday so I can’t take any images – sorry.

Today I went to Spotlight and used my gift voucher (thanks Mum and Dad). I bought one of those bobbin winder things – it looks like this one here. Plus I bought more wool (I plan on making a blanket). It’s this stuff – in colour 4603. Plus a really long 5mm circular needle (I’m working on the theory that a blanket will have lots of stitches).

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