Tuesday, March 13, 2007

One Yarn Begets Another!

I am technically participating in "Knit from Your Stash?" Technically, that is. One of the caveats of this program (for me, anyway) is that if yarn is needed to complete a stash project, it's OK to buy more. The problem is, concentrating on finding matches for these destashing projects is taking time away from knitting!

Here's part of the saga: I had a ball of Kristha Metallic Yarn in a beautiful pink, brown and white colorway. I had bought it last summer to mix with another oddball that I'd gotten as part of the One Skein Secret Pal Exchange. My daughter fell in love with this metallic ribbon, but it's only about 60 yards, I can't find more of it online, and even if I did, it is expensive. I found a pattern for a cute Duffle Bag in a book I'd gotten out of the library, Knitting with Ribbon Yarn, by Tracy Chapman. We decided to do most of the bag in a straight cotton and then do some accents with this ribbon. After getting some tips on cottons from my Yahoo Knitlist friends, I settled on the Peaches & Creme Worsted Weight Cotton in Baby Pink, which I ordered directly from the manufacturer, Elmore-Pisgah. It should be arriving soon and I'm looking forward to making this bag.

Then, I had gotten 2 skeins of "Bumblebee" DK weight yarn as a gift from April as part of her destashing. I thought they'd be perfect for my Pittsburgh Steeler fan son for a pair of socks. After measuring his almost adult size foot, I realized the 280 yards wouldn't be enough, so I ordered a skein of Filatura di Crosa Zara in Bright Yellow to fill in the toes and heels.

Now I'm determined to stop shopping--even if it is contributing to destashing--and get back to work on my One-Piece Lace Pullover, which is proceeding nicely, and my second STR Marble Arches sock. With two plane trips coming up soon, I'll have to figure out which small project to take with me--either the sock or the scarf that's been languishing in my knitting bag.

1 comment:

knitseashore said...

That happened to me too! I used an odd skein of Encore to make a kitty charity blanket, and I ended up having to buy another skein to finish the project. I guess if we have no yarn left over, we can say that we have officially destashed?