STASH-BUSTING #16

Baby knitting updates!

Baby knits

I have completed the pieces for the Guernsey jersey and done the neck but then I put it down. As I think I have said before I am not a fan of sewing up and pressing. The Guernsey is second size as the little boy will be 2 months when he gets his gift. From my point of view the deadline is mid February so it will probably stay in the knitting bag until then and then it will be a mad dash to finish….

I have made a couple of baby beanies (whilst avoiding sewing up the Guernsey )! The blue one is for the same little boy, the pink one is for the baby shower at the end of February.

I have just used stocking stitch on the beanies which gives that nice little roll on the rim and then just a bit of shaping for the top.

And 🎈🎈🎈🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾 celebration time I have only used yarn from my stash. There have been no crafting temptations this week so I still have money in my purse πŸ˜†

Have a lovely weekend everyone ❀

STASH-BUSTING #15

Working my way through my lists…

I have baby gifts to make for February. A little boy who will be a couple of months old mid month when my sister goes to visit and I have been invited to a Baby Shower at the end of the month, the expected baby is a little girl.

I have started making a little Guernsey style jersey for the little boy (a very Channel Island inspired sentence).

Front and back done! One sleeve complete, the other on the way.

I am quite pleased because this is yarn from my stash. I am always picking up baby wool because you never know when you might need it but a little goes a long way when you are making cute little baby things.

Now I should be throwing a party using up some of my stash 🎈🎈🎈 but it was my birthday last week and those lovely people at Hobbycraft sent me a Β£5 voucher so I had to pop in to spend it. I bought a couple of balls of end of line aran wool which I will make some hats with for next year’s Christmas stall. My purchase came to Β£13 so their marketing ploy worked!!!

Progress on the Guernsey to follow…

STASH-BUSTING #9

Knit one, purl one…

I have completed a baby Guernsey so I am feeling quite virtuous – always good to finish something, just needs a bit of a press, then need to work out what I am going to do with it β™‘

The rest of my time has been spent making little hats for the big knit. They are such a good way of using up bits of yarn and so quick to do β™‘β™‘β™‘

I get that buzz of having finished something every time I finish one and I can make four or five in a day. How good is that?

STASH-BUSTING #8

Booties and bunting β™‘β™‘β™‘

An exhausting morning spent running errands and pulling up nettle roots..

A much nicer afternoon using up a few ends of yarn. I have made some baby bunting, it needs to be bigger for grown-up but these little triangles are still quite cute πŸ˜™

I have finished the booties that were on the WIP list as well so a well deserved glass of early evening wine🍷

STASH-BUSTING #7

Teeny-tiny β™‘β™‘β™‘

Not a great deal to show for my dabbling with needles and hooks this week. I have used up some ends of colour lots on these tiny cardies. I will take them to my local knit and natter group on Monday to pass on to the premature baby unit.

The funny little rocket is a children’s craft project at my local museum. I popped in with a colleague yesterday and we asked if we could have a go they were so sweet. So we have both painted a rocket tea-light holder. I plan to put mine in the garden but not until the bad winds have stopped. I don’t want it being blown over and broken! We spent the afternoon making pom poms, sadly I left them with her so don’t have any pictures to share.

A very childish day I know but fun β˜†β˜†β˜†

Stash-busting #4

Those unfinished projects…

Digging through a stash bag I have found a number of WIPs that have been long forgotten. I have already photographed a couple but here is the story behind them.

A couple of weeks ago I was showing off some baby booties and mitts that I had made using some oddments of pink yarn. Sadly I found the unfinished baby blanket that it came from. However there was also a jersey, again unfinished, that I had been using the same yarn on. I finished the jersey.

β™‘ quite cute I thoughtβ™‘

And happily there was some yarn left. I only had a border to finish on the blanket so I used the remnants of the jersey yarn.

Having held it up in natural light I cannot see a discernible difference in the colour so I must have bought the yarn at the same time because the dye seems to match… Phew!!

The little jersey I am going to give to the little girl who was the recipient of the booties and mitts. The blanket will be kept until needed. I did wonder about making another one in blue, just in case but that would mean buying more wool.

I have dug out some half-finished socks and some mittens which are next on my to do list. Happily I haven’t been dipping into the yarn this time β™‘β™‘β™‘

Self-help #3

A sunny day!

The sun is out today, it feels like the first time this year. A little sunshine really gives me a lift.

Managed to get a handful of strawberries out of my garden for my breakfast. They taste so much nicer straight off the plant. I have not enjoyed this treat often this year due to the rain. Strawberries and kitchen herbs are the only foods I grow in my garden.

Yoga this morning. A few sun salutations, I hope they work and the good weather continues. I always feel ready to take on the world after practice. Head clear and body tingling.

I am also feeling uplifted from giving. I have woven in the ends of the baby blanket and packed it up with the booties and mitts and passed it on to a friend who has just had a beautiful little girl. There is a lot to be said about the power of gifting.

So back to my stash to work my way through my clutter.