30th January

>Well I’m 11 days post op from a total hysterectomy and am currently going through a surgical menopause. This has seriously hindered my 2011 progress as I get so tired and lethhargic. Sometimes it’s an effort to hold a cup let alone knit!
I have decided to amend the listso that there are two items per letter where I was torn between a garment and an accessory. I figured as long as I knit one item per letter it won’t matter much. I have a few projects on the go but am getting a case of startitus as I need to finish something. I need to learn some patience.
Here are photos of the progress of some of the items
D for Dominika the first front am on the collar part

and the back. This is knitted in the GORGEOUS Rowan Felted Tweed Aran

V is for Vivienne from the lovely Kim Hargreaves book Precious
I have adpated the pattern and am knitting it in the round in the soft Rowan Cashsoft 4Ply. This is for my eldest daughter who doesn’t normally let me knit for her so it had to be made.

Q is for Quack first completed project
this is knitted in Rowan Pure Wool DK and is from Cute Knits for Little Feet

O is for Odette Blanket for a friend. This is a field of dreams blanket. It works on the premise knit a baby blanket for a friend and the baby will come. It has worked previously.Knitted in Rowan Baby Soft

J is for Jazz Socks for daughter munber twoe. I love the colours in this yarn. The pattern is an Erika Knight one from Knitting Magazine Supplement

I am so tempted to start another project. MY friend Aryn sent me the pattern and yarn to knit a cosy cable cowl which only takes an hour . I need to finish something. I haven’t crafted this little since well, I can’t remember.


Targets for 2011

>My main target for 2011 is to use as much of my stash as I can. I have already destashed 2kgs of yarn to a friend who offered to knit a couple of tops for me. There are two possibilities I have in mind to achieve this.
Option one is to knit my way through the book 60 Quick Knits a mixture of Hats , mittens and scarves http://www.sixthandspringbooks.com/images/cascade220-PB-250.jpg

Or knit my way through the Alphabet from A – Z using whatever pattern takes my fancy.

I have a list of possibilities some are already WIPs others are ones that have been on my list for a while.

The prospective list is
A Alisa Wrap from Rowan magazine 48 (the yarn for this is all kitted up ready to go)
B Bloody Socks from Vampire Knits or Beret & Socks from Baby Cashmerino 3
C Cocoon from The Knitter Magazine Issue 28
D DOMINIKA from Rowan Magazine 48 WIP
E Eyelet Scarf from 60 Quick Knits
F Fetching from Knitty.com
G Goodwill from Cherished
H Hottie from Rowan Mag 32
I Inbetween season hat from 101 Designer Knits
J JAZZ SOCKS form Knitting WIP
K Kat from Precious
L Lucy Locket Dress from Baby Cashmerino 3
M Mystery Blanket 2011
N Normandy Cushion The Knitter Issue 27
O Oriel Lace Scarf. 101 Designer Skeins
P Plaid Mittens. 60 Quick Knits
R Ronnie from Precious
T Tamara Gloves Rowan Magazine 48 (already kitted up)
U Umoo from The Knitter by Just Call Me Ruby
V VIVIENNE form Precious WIP
W Willow Leaves from Simply Knitting 77
X Xian Knit Kimono Jacket
Y Year round little Cardigan
Z Zigzag scarf 60 Quick Knits

Photos will be updated as knitted

It’s Been a While

>I’ve been off my game lately and not updated my blog for quite a while.
Longer than I had realised.
2011 is another year of shopping from the stash. I was part of the Shop the Stash group on Ravelry last year this year it’s called Stash Control 2011. One of the members dared us to calculate how much yardage we knitted last year and how much we had left in our stash in yardage to years.
Now I know I have a lot of lace weight yarn and Rowan Kidsilk Haze but I was stunned when I worked it out. I have 19 years worth of yarn if I go by last years yardage.
When I’d looked at in weight I only had abouyt 6 years so this has really shocked me into submission,
I have just had a hysterectomy so I shall finish this post or add another later.
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