COMPETITION FOR THE STASH

Miaow. …..

Look what I came home from work to!

N has a kitten. Maro (said kitten) and I have had loads of fun with a bit of yarn tonight but it has made me realise I need to confine the stash because he could have far too much fun if he found thatπŸ˜‰

So looking for more nooks and crannies to hide the stash because let’s face it N doesn’t need to know how bad (big) it is πŸ˜‚

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

CUTE KITS

One from the hoard…

As I have confessed in the past I have a weakness for crochet/knit kits. I get drawn in by the cute picture on the box, buy it and then stash itπŸ€” I have a load of them hidden in the garage that I may or may not get round to completing!

Garden pest 🐌

The snail came in a crochet kit from Aldi. Everything that I needed to make 2 snails, including a horrible plastic hook. Less complaining Jane! I have made one snail and there is plenty of yarn left, might even be enough to make a third? So for Β£3.99 it was quite good value, not that I will be making another one any time soon. The pattern was quite straightforward and I have finally mastered crocheting in the round without too much swearing πŸ˜‰

I might dig out another kit next month and see how I get on but in the meantime back to my blanket😊

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

MORE REPURPOSED JARS AND YARN…

I really need to get out more πŸ˜‰

Still on the look out for the inspiration for my next big project. In the meantime I have been making more cosies for old jam and pickle jars.

Though I say it myself I am quite pleased with these. Super chunky yarn on chunky needles worked in garter stitch. You may recognise the yarn from the toy basket I made a couple of months ago.

So great way of using up old bits of yarn and I should have the tidiest desk in town with all of the desk tidies I have been making but sadly it just looks cluttered with desk tidies πŸ˜‚

Anyway I have decided I need something to get my teeth (or needles) into so I am going to start a blanket for Lucia the camper. I’ve got a bag of little balls of DK that was free with magazines so I’m going to use that up. It will be a real mishmash of colours but it will be a great stash buster πŸ˜‹

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #14

A holey bag in one…

I have been dabbling in crochet this year trying to learn new skills and techniques. I have also been drawn towards storeage ideas. Useful makes!!

A couple of years ago when I was dabbling with macrame I made a market bag but it wasn’t very satisfactory! I ended up using it as a gift bag for a bottle of wine 🍷

But I have been dabbling and produced this little market bag out of 100g of baby yarn from the stash. I haven’t even sewn in the two ends before using itπŸ˜‰ It now holds some organic cotton yarn ready to make another one… I was quite pleased with my practice effort, so using my notes I hope to be able to reproduce it in sage and cream. Fingers crossed.

Still plodding on with my nephew’s cable knit.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

DABBLING ON THE DARK SIDE. ..

Hooking and me πŸ€”

I am still in a storeage frame of mind so thought I would have a go at crocheting a basket.

Now this basket made in the round is a bit of a jumble, I lost track of the join and ended up with too many increases. So I finished it off added a little loop to use as a work basket.

I do like the little neat stitches and the firm fabric it has made but need to pay more attention to marking the join.

I have made a larger crochet basket.

I just worked this backwards and forwards which was easier to keep track of the increases and then I sewed up the seam at the end. I do like the ridges created by working this way.

Both baskets were made using aran weight yarn and I chose a size 4 hook which has made a nice firm basket.

Not a natural hooked! !!

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

MOSTLY ABOUT OWLS🐲

Idle musings…

On one of my walks around Jubilee Gardens last week I found this:

I don’t know how many times I have walked past this without noticing the owl. Time for a close up:

What a handsome chap. I think he may be a barn owl?

Meanwhile at home I have made this little owl from one of the kits in my stash.

I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to what type of owl he is? Kamikaze Owl !!! I am going to give him to my mum who used to be a Brown Owl, not the feathered kind that hunts small rodents but a Brownie Guide pack leader.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING in 2021 #2

Every day is a school day…

Temptation got the better of me last night. I really needed a change so I thought I would have a go at some storage cosies, see Let’s Knit issue 166. My thought being something small and quick using bits from my stash.

The cabled cosy was the intermediate level cosy and it is covering a jam jar to make a decorative pot to store crochet hooks and small scissors. And I am quite pleased with it, so pleased in fact I thought I would have a go at the beginner’s cosy. Now I have been pulling my hair out with this one!!! It is a mock cable and quite frankly I am struggling! All that dropping and making stitches, what a faff much easier to do the cablingπŸ˜‰

Hoping that your projects are less frustrating.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

ADDING TO THE STASH AGAIN!!!

Ooops. …

I am a bit of a lost cause – look what arrived today

I am trying to convince myself that this doesn’t really count as free gifts but I have my doubts as it still takes up space. I really must stop ticking the free gift box when on line!!!

Just got to think of something to do with it all before N throws me and my stash out πŸ˜…

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #42

Getting my knots in a twist !

Well there is a bit of progress on the tangle that was the yarn dug out of the stash yesterday. I have started the knotty cowl. There is a bit of faffing about but the results are quite pleasing.

Usual sections as if twisting and cabling but extra work on the bits that are doing the moving so that they can be knotted.

My photo doesn’t really do it justice!!!

Then carry on a bit until ready to do the next knot.

Not looking forward to weaving in all of the ends and being of a certain age I think I might find it rather hot to wear 😝

This is something by Jo Alport that I found in Let’s Knit – every day is a school day πŸ˜„

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #38

A fish out of water 🐠🐠🐠

Made this little chap last night:

Few ends of yarn, in fact the sewing up took longer than the knitting πŸ˜‰

The pattern came from Sarah Keen’s 100 Little Projects.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘