Thursday, June 08, 2006


So, yesterday I got to thinking about how I referred to my 'stash' as an objet trouve'. On my next trip into the family room, I had to admit that not only was it no longer artful, but looking a little out of control. Thing is, lots of this yarn is 'in the queue', so to speak. In fact, I rarely buy yarn without a project in mind (heresy, I know). The basket was looking pretty tame, until I piled the yarn for Alex's cardigan, and the trifold moebius thingy on top. In the pile is kitchen cotton for dishclothes and a baby kimono. There is a wee bit of leftover from my shrug----built from yarn purchased in Italy last year. There are leftovers from other sweaters, Brett's vest, Alex's hoodie, and the Olympic rosebud cardi. And then the odd balls of sock yarn; just a few. Another basket holds wool destined to become felted clogs. This is the lions share of my stash. Pretty unimpressive, huh? But it does bring up the issue of containment. While I love having my yarn around me and where I can see it, I really should find a way to, I don't know, show a little more control? That is one of the things I'm pondering. On a related issue.....where am I suppose to keep fiber and roving? Right now I am storing it in ziplock bags and even a grocery sack, stuffed under a table (one of those cute little round accent tables with a floor length cover). But for the stuff I'm working on? There's got to be a better, more aethestically pleasing method than piling it on the floor next to the wheel. Though handy, it presents temptation for Kramer, who at least twice now has virtually TP'd the room with roving. Not. Good. I'm thinking a basket with a lid might work well---a pretty, yet functional accent piece, yes? God help me if I take up weaving. On the knitting front, I did some swatching for the Cambridge Jacket yesterday. I started with US 9's like the pattern called for, but the fabric was too loose for my taste. Moving to 8's I got results I like, the gauge is only off by 1/2 a stitch (over 4 inches), which when I considered the finished measurements of the sweater related to the finished measurements of the son who will wear it, is inconsequential. So, I cast on a sleeve (I hate sleeves----especially the ones that are stockinette). While I plan to knit this up as written, I am playing with the idea of knitting the two fronts and the back in one piece, like the red cardi. Aside from having a great hurking thing to drag around, I'm not seeing a downside to this-----anybody? Well, maybe that I'll have to buy another needle---but that doesn't really count does it? Yesterday I finished listening to "Across the Nightingale Floor." It's been on the Ipod for a couple months and I finally decided to give it a listen this week. It was thoroughly captivating, and yesterday I downloaded the second book in the trilogy. Whether you're driving, dusting or knitting, this is multitasking at it's best. Have a great day.


At 6/08/2006 02:11:00 PM, Blogger KnitterBunny said...

All stash is good stash. Even the hideous (fill in your least favorite kind of yarn that you bought and don't know why) that you hide in the bottom of the closet. I like clear plastic tubs. You can see the yarn and still keep it contained. I also like to scatter it in various baskets around the house according to project.

Also, roving is easily kept in larger baskets (with set it lids) that you can keep near the wheel. Kitties and puppies do tend to get curious and I usually expose the critters to the fiber before closing to keep *curious* animals from strewing the fiber about.

Will check out the book. Thanks for the recommend.

At 6/08/2006 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Hmm, I think I have that book on my shelf, in my expansive "to read" pile (book stash?).

I don't think it sounds like too much stash. But the problem with tucking it out of sight... it gets easier to add to it... Beware!

At 6/11/2006 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous Laurie said...

The basket sounds like a good idea. Check out Wendy Jensen's. I've seen her at the fiber festivals.

Inspect the basket often. Julia of Moth Heaven says moths hide in the bottom darkness.

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