Here's how the Snowflake sweater is looking tonight:
and have gotten a good start on the second sleeve:
The other project I've been working on has hit a crisis of indecision. Or maybe I should say crisis of changed-my-mind.
So now I don't know what to do. I love the yarn; it's perfect. But what to make for someone who really doesn't use hats, mitts, or scarves? Do I press on just because it's pretty? Pretty, but useless--is that really what I want to give as a gift? (Well, that sums up a lot of things sold as "gifts," if you ask me, but I still don't like it.)
On the bright side, I've gotten pretty good at a two-colour brioche stitch. (That's not really making me feel much better though. I wouldn't mind taking out this scarf if I had a good idea of what to do instead. As it is, I'm just frustrated. Sounds like it's time for a time out for this scarf.)
The other thing I've been doing the last few days is working on my raveled sweater stash. It's part of a recently renewed process of decluttering around here. Instead of just putting it in a closet and doing stuff that maybe I "should" be doing (like knitting a sweater which needs to get done), it "had" to be dealt with. So I tore apart sweaters, raveled the yarn, balled it up and labeled it. There were also three sweaters I decided I would never do anything with or didn't need (like the third red cotton one) and so I donated them back.
(In the following pictures, the real colour is usually closer to the one the right, if you're curious.)
307 grams of wool/angora/nylon blend:
I wore this last winter and it was ok, but I was done with it and the neckline never was very comfortable.
219 grams of cotton:
I wore this for the summer since "tangerine tango" was picked as the colour for 2012. It didn't quite fit right, so I didn't mind raveling it. It's a lovely colour and probably still will be in 2013 (or whenever I use it). ;)
517 grams of off-white cotton:
Is there dying in my future? Who knows...but if there is, I'll be ready with this on hand!
425 grams of red cotton:
(Check out the details on those sleeves!)
441 grams of bright pink cotton:
314 grams of a silk/rayon mix:
What a hideous style this sweater was. The yarn, however, is a really nice warm wheat colour; not too yellow and lovely. And silk...I'm a sucker for silk.
350 grams of a wool/acrylic blend:
Normally I wouldn't do acrylic, but this blend is washable and a lovely soft pink. It'll be good for a baby or child item.
285 grams of silk:
It's hard to photograph the colour, but it's a really nice teal.
So it's all rolled into cakes, wrapped up and stored away. And no more piles of sweaters in my living room!
I really don't know what I'm going to do with all that cotton--I don't use it that much besides the dish clothes that I make while walking (which hasn't been happening all that often). But it's all I've been finding to ravel and the colours are very seductive.
With this project off my mind, perhaps I'll get to some of the other stuff that needs to be done!
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