Stash Flash 2018

December 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

I’m back from the land of other social media to leave a Stash Update for posterity. Ideally, I’m going to try to be back here more frequently, but, we’ll see.

Fiber Total: 66.8 oz / 4.175 lbs

L to R: Old, miscellaneous merino and alpaca braids that I realized I didn’t enjoy spinning as much. The rest is the long-awaited Hello Yarn Fiber Club that I was able to get into at the beginning of 2017.

Yarn Totals: 6,477 g (I have a scale and it makes more sense to me to record in grams, rather than yardage, unless you can point me to an easy calculator to yardage, for handspun, mostly)

The Breakdown:

Cotton (top left)- 138 g

Worsted (bottom left) – 1189 g

DK (bottom left/center)- 291 g

Sock (center, so many partials!)- 3,143 g

Lace (top right) – 164 g

Handspun (right, mostly sock/heavy sock) – 1,552 g

Storage: I’ve spent the past few months collecting yarn from various places all over the house to this one location. Everything on the bed is contained in this bookshelf . The fiber stash is all together in my closet (no photo). I’ve got a “system” and full skeins are out on the shelf, handspun fits in a bin, the sock leftovers are in a storage drawer, and worsted yarn fits in a bin. I’ve been spinning a lot this year, so my wheel is out and accessible. I have about half of my knitting books on this shelf. Knitting bags and a few old WIPs. The other storage drawer holds my chair caning supplies – maybe I’ll post about that later.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the state of things.

I’d like to spin enough to keep up with my single dose of club this year, if not break into existing stash.

I’m planning on no yarn buying until at least the second quarter of the year. I could probably knit exclusively from stash this year, but I’m not super concerned about that. I’ve spent the last year being more mindful of my purchases and it has helped a lot with being satisfied with this stash. I really want to start knitting up my handspun in 2018 too.

Do you have any stash goals? I love seeing how people approach their stash – one tote, whole room(s), does it have yarn in it? I’m all about it.


My 8 in 2013

January 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Stephanie has a great idea, here.

My goals for this year are:

  1. To run at least one official 5K. (I don’t know if I can commit to 8 without having done one first.)
  2. Make a quilt for a someone secret (the fabric has been purchased!)
  3. Knit ThroughtheLoops’ 2013 Mystery Sock (Ravelry)
  4. Knit-a-long with my ZPDK: Azzu’s Shawl (Ravelry)
  5. Get a great photo of  the two of us for this year.
  6. Sew a new dress.
  7. Begin to reduce the amount of “stuff” I own. As much I am attached to many of my things, I think much of it is weighing me down.
  8. Run 100 miles in 2013.

Summer Spinning

July 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

As the Tour de Fleece ends (so I hear), I give you my usual contribution to the cause.

From this:Yarn Hollow Merino, Cinnabar & Sandalwood

Pausing to capture this:
Almost done

And ending up with this:
July 22

4.1 ounces of merino wool from Yarn Hollow, purchased at last year’s MI Fiber Fest.
chain plied into approximately 276 yards of heavy dk/light worsted weight
spun on my Louet Victoria
Another lovely from Rita at Yarn Hollow.


September 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Here ya go!
205 yards of dk weight superwash merino, dyed by Funky Carolina, colorway Fright Fest. I’ve been waiting for the right time to spin this for nearly a year now. It was the perfect project to try to spin thicker.

Back to School

August 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

We made the ten hour trek back to school. Other than my newly patched exhaust becoming unpatched an hour after we left (and thus began my embarrassment of driving a super loud car), the trip was good. It was mostly clear skies with fluffy clouds. Lake Michigan has never looked so appealing. I’m glad we took US-2 across the bottom of the UP, rather than M-28 across the top. Sorry, Superior, but you’re not quite superior to my beloved Lake Michigan.

We spend the last day and a half without internet, apart from my phone, so spent all day yesterday running errands with Cameron and then spinning up this FunkyCarolina roving. (Technically, combed top, Hailey!) I’ll take photos tomorrow and try to get them up here, but they will at least be up on my Flickr photostream.


July 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

Oh, hi, little blog. I seem to post a few days a week and then forget about you for a month. Don’t worry, I forget about uploading daily to Flickr as well, so it’s not just you. Anyway, I have a few fun things to share with you in the next few days.

I didn’t officially participate in Tour de Fleece 2010, but it did encourage me to finish spinning yarn for Andrea.

I had so much fun spinning this up. Traditional 3-ply yarns spun tightly like this make my heart pitter-pat. It becomes difficult when I need to improvise a fourth bobbin, but it’s always worth it. (Although, it makes me want at Schacht DT Matchless even more.) I ended up with 410 yards of fingering weight yarn. I can’t wait to see what Andrea does with it.

I’ve got a couple more things to share with you; a trip with new family, new projects, and tomorrow I’ll be making pies with my grandmother. See you then!

catch up

July 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

Hi, again.  It’s nice to see you.

Let me say that Muzzlepuffs merino wool is incredible. The dye is perfectly saturated and it’s a dream to spin. I’ve only spun up about half of my eight ounces (116.6 grams to be exact), and I got 488 yards of light fingering three ply.

Since I’ve been away for a while, I went up north on vacation with Cameron’s family. I got a few sewing lessons from his aunt, which I’m looking forward to applying to my own sewn projects. I’ve also been biking nearly every day for the past few weeks. I’m beginning to see a difference in my body, which I’m pleased about.

And onto a different subject, I’ve been seriously considering purchasing a DSLR. I want to take my novice photography skills to a different level. I haven’t been anywhere where I’ve been able to play seriously with any camera and that’s making my decision between a Nikon D60/D80 and a Canon XSi (with their standard 18-55mm lenses) quite difficult. This will be my first foray into the camera world and I know that the decision I make now will most likely influence preferences later. It’s just a big decision to make and a lot of money to spend.

I’ll leave you with a vacation shot.

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