Thursday, July 26, 2007


So I thought it would be really fun to pack my yarn, organize it and reminisce about projects of yore. Turns out that packing my stash is really depressing. I saw a picture online of a woman's destash efforts once. There were hundreds of plastic grocery bags filled with yarn on two folding tables. I always said to myself that I wouldn't let it get that far.
Well, I may not have a metric ton of wool, But I have much more than I'm comfortable with. I filled two giant rubbermaid tubs with yarn. While that may not sound like a lot, one of those is filled completely by ends and partial balls left over from other projects. What the hell am I going to do with 35lbs (I weighed it, AND remembered to subtract the weight of the empty container) of half-used skeins? I feel like I just binged on an entire apple pie and chocolate cake and now I have to live with nausea and self hatred.
Oh well. I also found this!


It's an apron I had made for an installation last year. The outside is red-orange vinyl with white trim and the inside is lined with a grey sheepskin. It's freaking beautiful. I can say that modestly because I didn't sew it and I totally forgot that I had it. I'm hoping I'll find a good use for it.

In knitting news, I've been working on the sock as a packing avoidance tactic. Andrew used Harry Potter. So we're pretty much screwed.


The heel is knit with the same yarn as the leg I dyed in a mint green color. I used a strand of grey lace weight mohair as the reinforcement and I think it lends the whole sock a Grinch Who Stole Christmas feel.


I like how the red borders the green.

I hope y'all have a wonderful day. I'm gonna pack.


The_Add_Knitter said...

Love the gorging metaphor, that one hits home in a major way...glad you're both finding ways to distract yourselves form the unpleasant task at hand! When all else fails, just start piling stuff in garbage bags!!

kim said...

I'm a little neurotic about using up my leftover balls. I leave them sitting in my project basket, guilt tripping me until I use them up.

Love the apron and the sock! I read the Harry Potter too. Intellectually, I know there are other books/series out there, but I'm still like, what the hell am I going to read now?!

Charles said...

I saw your comment on Rob's blog greqat to find you!
I really like your knittingblog so much!
GREAT to find another guy knitter!

By the way check out my knitting blog too ..what do you think about ant also video cast iam doing!


Anne said...

Make an afghan :) Or some kind of blanket where you can use up the odds n ends - there's the Fish Blanket that's really cool, or even just a lap blanket with them all together. Not only do you use up your stash, but you have a reminder of projects past!

Liss said...

Good luck with your move. I've always wanted to go to Chicago. I'm sure you'll find lots of fabulous things to take pictures of.

xtina said...

I love that heel. I also am unable to toss leftovers from projects and have had similar crisis moments over my endless amount of leftovers. Which has forced me to not only develop a storage/organizing system for said leftovers (I know!) but compile a list of things to do with them. I'll happily share if you're interested, just drop me a line. xo!

Tania Sk said...

Wow I've never gotten a hard on for an apron before (maybe because I don't have that kind of genitalia). What was the installation? BTW love the fuzzy heel...