Reducing my stash, kind of…

A bought myself a new gadget. It’s an absolute life saver, quite possibly the most useful gadget I’ve bought besides the kettle. It has improved our quality of life no end, and all for the modest sum of £10 including postage. What did I buy?

A yarn winder!!!

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This amazing machine has reduced all of my knotted and untidy balls of wool into these neat little cakes that can be stacked. Isn’t it wonderful? It also provides hours of family fun. See?

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After two days of winding I reduced my stash from this

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to this!

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Worth every penny!

Little Surprises

I was feeling pretty miserable during my hospital stay. I was thinking to myself that whilst I had a well stocked house for everyone, I wished I had got the washing done and the house tidied up before I had gone in. I was mostly concerned with how everyone else was, and how I’d look after the toddler when I got home. I most certainly wasn’t concerned with my own recovery.

Jamie came to visit me and told me I had a parcel at home. I was a bit excited as I had won a competition on a blog for a crochet book and four balls of wool. I couldn’t wait to get back and open it! This cheered me up enough to look through my Simply Crochet magazine to see what I could make. I was nil by mouth, so trying to find anything to think about other than food!

When I got home I was confused. The parcel was flat, so it couldn’t have been my prize. I ripped it open and discovered this

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Lots of wonderful knitting notions and needles, and a big sectioned knitting bag. I couldn’t work it out. Had I ordered something at the hospital that I had forgotten about? I looked again in the packaging and found a little slip of paper from Let’s Knit magazine. I had one something else! It was very strange, I hadn’t bought a copy of Let’s Knit for a really long time, but I had bought one on my way out of the hospital. This cheered me up so much! Here it is full of my projects, with storage at the back, and a pocket for notions at the top

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Then, a couple of days later, this turned up

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The other prize I had one! Unfortunately the day after I got this prize I went back into the hospital for my operation, but at least I had some new things to play with when I got home!

Using every scrap

I finally finished the big fluorescent granny square blanket I showed you a while back. I kept thinking it was done, and then I added another row, and another, and finally here it is!

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Using some of my free wool

I have had such an influx of wool recently, I really don’t know what to do with it all! However. when I got my free wool from Simply Crochet, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do with it. I had had a jumper pattern for years that I had been itching to do, but could never afford the wool to make it. It was a fitted pattern but I like my jumpers over sized, so I made the next size up on slightly bigger needles, and the result is this

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A lovely, cuddly, oversized jumper that is very soft, and very warm. It used a few more balls than the recommended, but I don’t mind too much as this means I used more up, and it knitted up so quickly, it only took me a week. I absolutely love it, now on to the next project…..!

Still trying to use up yarn, but…

So, I’m still slugging away trying to use up all my yarn. I finished my brightly coloured blanket, but still had some colours left, so I’m trying out Bavarian crochet, a pattern also known as the yarn eater, as it uses up so much. Don’t know what I’m making yet, I’ll  just keep going until I run out I suppose.

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I’m also making myself a pair of fair isle My neighbour Totoro mittens, which are using up a couple of balls. I finished one mitten, but as it’s my first attempt at this kind of colour work, the thought of following two intense charts at the same time with a toddler hanging off me makes me want to cry. I will make the other, I just want a rest!

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And, as always seem to happen when I use up some yarn, I was promptly given some more. This time, I won a competition in the magazine Simply Crochet, and I was sent a box with a whopping 26 balls of chunky wool in it! On closer inspection, I discovered there were only 22 balls of wool, and being the massively ungrateful person that I am (I still feel guilty) I informed the magazine that they had sent me four less balls than they were supposed to. As soon as I sent the message I felt bad, and they were well within their rights to ignore me, but this next day this turned up

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I feel even more guilty, as I’m using 7 balls of it to knit a big comfy jumper, not crochet the patterns that the yarn was meant for. I will crochet at least one of those patterns, mainly because I feel so bad about it!

Somebody up there REALLY likes me!

So, I may have mentioned my intention to stop buying wool until I have used up my stash. You also may remember that immediately after saying this I was given a bin bag full of wool – see here. Well, once again I stated that I wouldn’t buy any more wool until I had used up some of my stash. Continue reading

Sit and think corner with a pompom rug

One of my resolutions ‘things to do in the new year’ was to use up my large stash of yarn. Rather than just making the same things over and over (who needs 10 hats?) I decided to try and make as many interesting and useful things as I could. Continue reading

Christmas centrepieces

Our dining table was looking a little sad. Everything else was decorated, but I had nothing for it. I’ve been toying with the idea of attaching together some doilies and pot holder I had crocheted to make a centrepiece. As this was arranged on the table, I decided to make think about a decoration to go with it. Continue reading

Seek and ye shall find

I’ve spent a lot of time and effort working my way through my stash and trying to finish up projects in an attempt to save money and stop buying craft supplies. I have done everything I can to use up oddments making Christmas presents and accessories. I cast on my very last new ball of wool on Sunday, and I was busy thinking really hard about how to use all the other half bits and bobs. Continue reading

The little jumper that could

Recently I made my daughter a jumper. Now, I would absolutely LOVE to knit her things in dreamy woodland shades, mustard yellow and dark reds. However, these colours cost a fortune, and the only colour I had enough of to make the jumper was fairly bright pink. Continue reading