The 20th day of advent calendaring

Oh man I love the colours in these five pretties! They look so good together:

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I can’t believe there are only five days left, what will I do when there’s no more new yarn to open?? You know, apart from look at patterns and start making something with them all. I might just have to start thinking about next year’s advent calendar as well…

Hannah

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The 15th day of advent calendaring

Well those five days went past in a flash.

Here is the interesting bunch of colours that came out of my advent packets this time.

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The purple and yellow one really stands out to me, as there’s no other skein (so far) with such opposite colours put together. Whatever I end up making with these lovelies I suspect it won’t include that wee odd one out!

Hannah

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The 10th day of advent calendaring

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My advent calendar threw out some surprising colours this week. I was not expecting the orangey yellow one that reminds me of Fruit Salad sweets. Or the irn bru one.

But I still love love LOVE them all, and I’m still just as excited every morning when I get to open a new little parcel. I definitely want to do this again next year!

Hannah

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The 5th day of advent calendaring

As promised, here are the first five mini skeins from my yarn advent calendar:

They’re so gorgeous!

I’m still not sure what I’m going to make with them yet. If the colours continue like this I might go for some blue/green socks with pink/purple contrast cuffs and toes, or if the right skeins come out I could make some sort of fade scarf. We shall see.

I’m still loving the little surprise each day!

Hannah

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It’s December!

And you know what that means – I get to open my first advent yarn!

I made sure to get out of bed when my alarm went off this morning instead of hitting snooze, so I’d definitely have time to open it before work. Which I did. So here is my first tiny advent skein:

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The blue is slightly more teal-ish in real life, but my camera couldn’t quite catch it. It’s soooo beautiful and I love the stitch marker as well, so this is an excellent start to the advent calendar fun.

I’m probably not organised enough to post what I get every day (also, spam) but I might show them off in groups as December goes along. 

Hannah

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A colourful quiz

Karen does the best quizzes, and this time it’s all about colour

What is your favorite colour? How is this colour reflected in your crafting?

My favourite colour is green, specifically Kelly green, which is hardly reflected in my crafting at all because green yarn usually isn’t even an option. The exception being Bonny Lass by Kitty Pride Fibres – the most beautiful yarn I have ever seen ever. 

 

Do you prefer bright colours or more subdued shades?

Brights and jewel-tones all the way, I love colours that pop. E.g. my happy neon Hermione socks:

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Does your colour mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one colour all year and just change the accent colour?

Neither? I love the colours I love and I work with them, it doesn’t really change no matter the time of year. Although while I’m stash-busting, colour has to take a bit of a back seat as I try to just use up what I’ve got.

 

Is there a colour you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?

Orange. If someone asked me to make something using orange then I could, but I would never choose it for myself. 

 

When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is colour to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?

It’s usually the first thing I notice, especially when it comes to yarn. That’s why my stash is so very colourful.

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Do you ever consciously choose a different colour palette just for the change?

I have done in the past, but I always end up coming back to what I know and love. Lots of vivid, happy colour makes me happy so why wouldn’t I stick with that!

Hannah

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July review 2020

Oops I just realised I haven’t done a yarn stash update for last month yet. Better get on with it!

Stash used this month: 1.25

Total stash used this year: 36

Stash additions: 2 or 4 (do I count the yarn the boyfriend bought for his socks? I can’t decide)

Stash remaining: 325.75 (or 327.75)

I spent so much time darning socks last month that I hardly got through any stash. But that doesn’t seem so bad when I look at the pile of socks I can now wear again.

I did finish one pair of shortie socks and made a good start on another, which is where the tiny bit of yarn was used up.

All of my factory-made socks are fixed now so this month I can get back to knitting, crocheting, and busting some stash!

Hannah

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I’m (still) a stress buyer

So there are even more new goodies to show off!

Firstly, my love of Doctor Who had to be recognised so I ordered a box from Twisted Yarns Store on Etsy, which included candles:

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A sticker of the ninth Doctor, which I’ve misplaced (not too gutted – he’s not my Doctor).

Some stitch markers:

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And some pretty, pretty sock yarn minis:

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It was the blue that really sold me. It’s so deep and Tardis-y and gorgeous.

I treated myself to a couple of pin badges, then found a few more while sorting my extensive jewellery collection, so my crafty bag now looks like this:
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I don’t think I’ve shared a project bag I got from Clara Rose Crafts on Etsy so here it is:

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It came with stitch markers attached and a cool freebie!

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There were also some less exciting but useful items, like more T-pins and some fancy blocking combs. No idea if that’s what they’re actually called, but that’s what they remind me of.

That’s everything I’ve ordered during lockdown (at the moment) so that’ll be my last happy mail for a while. Better get back to using up some stash!

Hannah

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April review 2020

Stash used this month: 2 skeins

Total stash used this year: 17.5 skeins

Skeins added to stash this month: 3

Stash remaining: 341 skeins

The 2 skeins used up this month is really an estimate, as I’ve used little bits from lots of different skeins for my Beachcombing blanket. When it’s finished I shall be all technical and weigh what’s left so I can take out exactly how much I’ve used.

I’m somewhat disappointed that total stash went up this month. But on the other hand, NEW PRETTY SQUISHIES!

Only one of them was an impulse buy on my part, because Hobbii had yet another sale on Twirls and there’s this gorgeous new colourway called Pink Tanzanite:

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How could I resist?

Some JK Fibers yarn got added to stash by accident (honest!). I bought it for the boyfriend as a present to celebrate him getting a job, but shortly before it arrived he informed me that he doesn’t like knitting with sock yarn because it’s too thin. So it’s gone into my stash, and his present will be a pair of socks made from it instead.

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Then, because he is an excellent boyfriend, he bought me a mini skein of Industrial Accident from Mothy and the Squid.

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And it came with a free mini skein of Blue Footed Booby, which is also sock yarn, so that went to me as well.

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Buying yarn is one of my coping mechanisms so I can’t promise that’ll be the end of lockdown stash enhancement, but I’m trying really hard not to go on a yarny binge. The goal is still to have less than 300 skeins by the end of the year so I need to focus on using up what I’ve got!

Hannah

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On a hat binge

I just can’t stop making hats at the moment.

The current one is an attempt to use up a big multipack of yarn I can’t remember why I bought. Each skein is 200g and for some reason I got four of them, so there’s a lot to work with!

It’s plain blue and I can only deal with boring in one aspect of my crafting, so I decided to add a wee bit of texture into this hat. After the ribbing I’ve started a 7-stitch repeat over a number that doesn’t divide by seven evenly, in the hope that it will offset and create a subtle spiral pattern.

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Not quite pictured: unicorn stitch marker

I’ll see if it works out soon enough.

 

The thought has just occurred that I could use some of this stuff to make a Flax for myself. It would be much quicker than the Flax Light (yay for thick yarn!) so I’m seriously tempted…

Hannah

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A big (pre)Spring clean

At the weekend my boyfriend and I tackled the Box Room of Doom. It’s been my dumping ground for years, and had reached the point that I was reluctant to even open the door in case I saw what a mess it was.

But we (well mainly the bf – I got a migraine halfway through) smashed it:

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And once that mountain turned out to be a little molehill that only took a couple of hours to sort, I well and truly caught the clear-out bug. First I sorted my CDs, and DVDs. Then my books. Then my papercraft supplies.

And then it was time to face the stash.

I didn’t realise just how much yarn I had until it was piled into a heap on my living room floor.

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So much yarn!!

First of all I sorted it by fibre groups: cotton, acrylic, natural fibres, and mixed.

Then I sorted each category by weight.

And then a final sort by colour, because I can never resist a rainbow.

Then I put the whole lot into an Excel spreadsheet so I can track it.

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I still don’t really have a good storage solution for my yarn so it’s mainly in cardboard boxes at the moment. But at least it’s now in cardboard boxes in some semblance of order, I know what I have in there, and I should be able to find what I’m looking for pretty quickly.

Now I just need to decide what I’m going to sort out next!

Hannah

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