Saturday, June 26, 2010

KISS my stash


My new plan is to KISS my stash (Keep It Simple Stitcher):

P(df): brainless
Q(ueue): green-with-envy-cardigan
R(eceipt): wrapped-in-ripples
S(tash): dancing-doll-tee
T(est or text): pretty-polly

Now, which to do first?

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Good morning!
Spinning is on my 'bucket' list. Lately, however, I've been getting "pushes" from my Yarniverse to consider it more seriously. Inspirations began with Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review which led to Catskill Merino Sheep Farm and thoughts of knitting with yarn from US grown,  non-muesling-treated Sheep. Why not spin my own?

THEN, while I worked 'brainless', this NPR Weekend Edition Sunday segment further inspired me.

SAVE THE SHEEP! (Buy the fleece, process, spin and knit it to support the breeders and the breed.) This is a Desert breed introduced to North America hundreds of years ago, nearly exterminated by the White man intentionally because it was inconvenient! Just like the Navaho population it supported.

In a world of Climate Change, do we not need more hardy, fleece bearing animals? Methinks so...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Settle down?

Often I don't settle down into knitting or crocheting; I use crafting as a last resort when I'm worn out from reorganizing my PLan for a Yarniverse (PLaY or PLY?). Like a dog turns around and around and around in its bed before lying down, I do the same in starting to craft. I'm fine once I start; it's the procrastination before I start that is not working. I really, really, really need to get going; these items don't create themselves!
I like using acronyms to organize my world. Instead of R.S.VP, I'm considering R.E.S.T(Receipt.Electronic.Stash.Test/text). I'm still seeking that which works in getting me off planning and on crafting. Kind of like a meditation focus word, when I ask myself why am I doing this and what is my goal here, the acronym becomes the answer. RSVP to respond or just simply REST.Why do I do this? Perhaps the thrill of planning is more exciting than the actual work of creating. Sister Diane-  Craftypod episode 116 had a wonderful interview this past week regarding Creativity and organization with making-ideas-happen-with-scott-belsky/

On the needles now:
R wrapped-in-ripples
E dancing-doll-tee
S family-hats---mans-hat finished!
T test-knit-fiddle

harvest-blanket has been completed except for the borders.
'brainless' has been frogged. The yarn was too dark for the pattern; I'll restart with a different yarn.
All others have not been started.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Weekend wrap-up

Good morning!

We have a completion weekend-raglan:

Harvest-blanket has taken a little nap... after recovering the three panels from the children and attaching the fourth panel, I have run short of one square's color "Mushroom" and will need to visit Michael's or Jo-Ann's for a refill.
Wrapped-in-ripples did get some love this past weekend: