Sunday, September 30, 2007

SSS Wrap-Up

I finished a few more projects this week to top off my Single Skein September Stash-A-Thon. Here's the final three projects:

Pattern: Fetching, Knitty Summer 2006
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 2 skeins
I skipped the picot bind-off to preserve yarn, and still needed to buy a second ball. Argh! Luckily, a little stash diving turned up another ball of CA in cream, so I have a colorwork hat planned. Just in case you needed another reason to freakin' love your stash.

Sorry the pic is so blurry. My mom is not much of a photographer.

simple 2x2 rib scarves, improvised
Yarn: Crystal Palace Labrador, about three skeins. I bought a bag of this yarn three or four years ago, when I still lived in Richmond, and after having many lives and several uses, I was tired of looking at it every time I opened the "wool" drawer of my stash dresser. I had enough for two of these scarves, so I made one for me and my sister.

better shot of the scarf

My sister, an all-around awesome gal, nascent knitter, and guest blogger at XRK, has had a pretty shitty week after having her apartment ripped off. While she was there, asleep in the next room. She deserved something special and new, after losing all her photos, her masters degree work, her carefully mapped out "life plan," and her wallet, not to mention her overall sense of security in her home. I am just so incredibly relieved that whatever asshole that took her stuff did not want to do harm to her. Because I could not live in a world without my sister.

I finished 10 projects during Single Skein September, and used up about 18 skeins of stash yarn. I am glad to have returned to some of these great yarns in my stash, but mostly, I am so happy to have finally knit some of these projects that have long been in the queue. I have a very peaceful relationship with my stash, and know that the longer that I knit, I will find a use for most of the yarn that's there. However SSS was a great exercise in focusing my energies on actively finding uses for those small quantities of yarn that lurk in the stash, rather than continue to be distracted by socks.

Of course, the sock distraction is returning with a vengeance in Socktober!


Ashley said...

Wow, that is so scary and awful. I've had my house broken into while I wasn't home, and that was enough of a violation--I can't imagine having been there, asleep, while it happened. Your sis deserves a scarf and more!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, that is the most horrifying, scary story. SO thankful that your sister is safe and sound. Can't believe they took old family photos and personal belongings, too. What an even more nasty event.

Comfy scarves are definitely in order!!

Anonymous said...

spiced wafers - I'll be right over!

your sister is being watched over by your dad, cause what happened to her shouldn't happen to anyone. hope that freak is caught and punished.

anne marie

Bridget said...

I'm really glad your sister is OK, especially since I "know" her!

Your Fetching mitts are nice, and I love the scarves!

Anonymous said...

Great fetching and scarves! I'm so glad that nothing bad happened to your sister! How scary! What a creep.

Diana said...

What a horrible experience! I'm so sorry it happened. I hope the masters stuff can be replaced somehow. Two sisers loving one another, there is nothing better. I have 2 of them I adore and they love me back!!!! ;)
Oh! the scarves are fabulous too!

Anonymous said...

The scarf is a warm purple hug, which I definitely am still in need of. Thanks sis!

Sally said...

Blurry or not, that pic of you and Sis is great. I'm so glad that your sister is okay. The scarves are lovely, as are the Fetchings.

Family is way good, no?

Kristy said...

Wow, that's so scary. I'm so glad your sister is OK.

You had a great idea for using up bits of your stash this month! I'm glad it was so successful.

Octopus Knits said...

I'm so glad your sister is OK! She definitely deserves a scarf, and what a nice, comfy one!

diana said...

Oh dear, I'm so glad your sister is okay. That is unbelievably scary. It's good she has you. Sisters rule.

pamela wynne said...

omg, wow, how scary for your sister. So, so scary. I'm glad she's okay, and looking remarkably chill in her pretty new scarf (seriously, I can't believe she's not hysterically crying in this photo -- I would be).

also, 18 skeins?? Jeez. Good for you!

Ann said...

That is absolutely terrifying. The loss of stuff is bad enough, but the loss of comfort and secuity in your own space is so very awful. I am so, so sorry for her.

Is that the same yarn as the pillow? It's great as a scarf! And I have some unfinished fetchings in my closet that might need to be finished one day soon. Yours look great!

Dorothy said...

The scarves are as cute as the two of you together.

I'm so sorry about your sister's apartment getting ripped off. I'm very glad she is safe and unhurt.