Your Hobby is Action …

This popped up on my Facebook feed … and I immediately thought of yarn stashes.  Ok, so my yarn stash, specifically, and am I really collecting, or just accumulating?

” Your Hobby is Action, Not Accumulation “

But when I buy yarn, I’m not buying yarn to add to a collection, but to add to the ‘To-Be-Used’ pile to use for the ‘To-Try-This-Pattern’ list …

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But I totally see where you cross over the line of accumulating, and not enough of the action, and you don’t even realize it.  
I wrote before that I felt that I’ve ‘graduated’ to the next level of yarn fibers … that I was ready to try new patterns that would mean a different set of fibers and yarn weights to use, if I wanted my finished projects to look like the photos in the patterns.
I’m moving away from the acrylics – not completely, but I do notice when I don’t feel the excitement of buying yarn because it came in a new colour.  I feel that excitement now more for the wool-based yarn, and the colours and combinations  I’m drawn to are mostly in the fingering and lace weights.  img_0517
I’m okay with fingering weights … I still think twice about working with lace weights.  It takes forever to finish project!  Not to mention how easy they tangle up when I frog …
Although I did recently purchase a Malabrigo lace weight yarn (the light grey-blue cake at the bottom of the picture).  When and what I do with it is a different story.
So … a new period of accumulation … errr action .. starts – I’m stocking up now on the wool yarn, and in different weights too.  And there will be an effort made in more action in using up the accumulation … There you go .. I already have a crafty resolution for the new year, even before the new year has started …

What To Do …

My fingers are looking for something to do …

Yes, I have WIPs I can work on … but they’re not calling to me.  I have lots of ideas in my head on what to work on … but I can’t settle down long enough to start on them.

So I just picked up hook and yarn and started a granny square …

It’s the easiest thing to do, right?

So this is what it looks like at the moment – a bit washed out, but the lighting was kind of dark, so I had to lighten up the photo a bit.

Don’t know if I will continue with this, or if I’ll change my mind and make it into something else instead …

For more inspiration, I took out the stray hanks of yarn that I purchased from a destash group on Facebook … I decided it was time for a winding party …

 

 

All done … and ideas are running through my head again … So now, what to do?

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This just means that I have to look for patterns to experiment on …

 

Weird Moods 

I was in a weird mood some weeks ago, since coming back from vacation and I bought the Caron cakes.

No idea why I was so obsessed with defending the Caron Cakes from all those who were ready to write it off without even trying it, or after crocheting a swatch and not liking it were so quick to trash it … Really?   I too was a little let down when it wasn’t quite the gradient yarn that I thought it would be.  But I didn’t have any problems working with it, and the colours and the texture and effect weren’t too bad.  So I continued with it, but I wasn’t going to write bad reviews about it, based on it not being the gradient colours … eeeesshhhh

A poster even called me rude because I didn’t answer what she wanted to hear … Really?   Was I too direct in my answer about not buying it if she had to think about ways to like it?  If you see a hank of yarn and you liked the colours and looks of it, you wouldn’t need any other reasons to buy it.   And vice versa .. if you saw a yarn and didn’t like it, you wouldn’t even think about buying it.  So why find reasons from other people to like the yarn?  Love it or leave it!   eeessshhh …

That’s why I’m mostly a lurker in those crochet and knit forums.  I think I’m helping somebody when they say they need help, but I think now that it’s really for the posters looking for validation and reasoning out when they’ve already made up their mind.  eeeessshhh …

End of rant.  I’m just going back to playing with my yarn …. I’m almost finished with this, I promise.  That’s the neck I’m working on now …

 

Fall Is Here …

Even though the temperatures still say it’s summer, the calendar says it’s the first day of fall.  Thoughts now continually turn to looking for new patterns for winter wearables, or trying out the new yarn to make those hats and scarves again.  Maybe I should finish my current WIPs first …  My brain is just over-flowing with all these ideas for patterns and yarns …

Those Caron Cakes projects are almost done.  I hope to have at least one of them finished this week … In the meantime, I couldn’t resist buying a skein of yarn because I wanted the colour-changing pen.  Yep, my other obsession is collecting pens.  So, yarn + pen is made just for me!

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I thought the pen would literally change colours as you write, but the ink is in blocks, so you’re actually writing in one colour, and when that runs out, there’ll probably be a line when the ink is changing colours, and then solid ink again.  So I’ve been scribbling, because I want the ink to hurry up and finish, so I can see how the ink changes colours.

I was going to make a cowl in a star stitch pattern with the yarn, but I worked all day on the stitch, and it didn’t look anything like a star stitch.  Maybe because of the colour changes, so you couldn’t really see the pattern.  So now it’s waiting for another pattern inspiration.

And that’s how my crafting is going so far.  I hope to settle down soon, and organize and sort out all those WIPs and yarn and patterns … We’ll see …

 

 

 

Obsessed With Cakes …

Caron Cakes, that is.

On the last day of our vacation, photos of these cakes started filling up my newsfeed.  A new yarn! five colours in a ball!  and see how huge they are!  (yes, they were huge balls – they covered my face).  I had to get out to Michael’s (who was carrying them exclusively) as soon as I could.  But not knowing when that would be, I went online to order … and before I could finish the purchase, colours and amounts I had chosen were slowly running out of stock!  I managed to get two colours …

Miraculously, the chance presented itself the next day … my son had an early morning soccer practice session, and asked if I could drop him off … Well, now .. early morning wake-up on the day after we get back from vacation, having arrived late the previous night?  I really wanted to sleep-in for another hour or two … but then, what better time to go to Michaels?  The boys didn’t even notice that I wasn’t grumbling about getting out for a practice session so early …

I was one of the first three customers that morning at Michael’s, and I made a bee-line to the cakes … Well, I sort of twisted from one aisle to the other, trying not to make it obvious, I don’t know why.  And this is what I found …

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I thought I was too late already!!  but as I paid at the cashier’s, 14088669_1090366064351676_7338846668569125064_nI was told that there were more boxes in the back, and that they would be stocking up the shelves later that afternoon,
so I should return later in the day.  Well, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to return later that afternoon … I settled myself with four colours.  I wasn’t sure if I liked how that lime/green/purple combination would turn out, so I didn’t get that.  ha!  See?  I don’t buy all the yarn on the shelves!

I did have a project in mind this time, and why I wanted those Boston and Butter cream colours … I thought it was time to make that poncho-capelet. So I started …

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… And found out that it was more of a self-striping yarn than a gradient.  Actually, I don’t know if I really thought of it as slow-changing colours.  I did expect some sort of transition from colour to the other, but there weren’t any.  Well, maybe for one or two stitches only, then the colours change.  However, on looking at what I had so far, I wasn’t seeing any abrupt colour changes that was bothering me, and so I continued.

Over the weekend, I got a chance to go to Michael’s again … and this time, the shelves were better stocked … yaaayyy!!  What a difference!  So I got some more new colours to add to the collection … but still none of that lime/green/purple cake …

Out of all the cakes, this is the one that has caught my eye .. the Red Velvet.  And so of course, I start a project with the pattern that I’m currently obsessed with …

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LoL  … have you ever been obsessed with a pattern and make it with different yarns and colours?  Well, this is fast becoming one of those … And I need to finish one of these soon!

 

 

Vacation Crocheting

This is what I was working on out on the beach … Surprise!  more beach cover-ups!  lol

Actually, I did work on other stuff, but was still obsessed with beach cover-ups and tunics, etc.  It was so good to just sit and crochet, with minimum interruptions.  I was really enjoying this pattern, and couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.  Again, this was based on a famous Asos tunic pattern (which I hadn’t heard or seen in stores or publications until I was looking for a pattern).

There was a little tweaking on the shoulders and sleeves – those were frogged twice.  The lengths didn’t match 🙂  The border along the bottom was also frogged, until I liked how it looked.  I still had almost a full ball of yarn, so I thought maybe I should make it longer, then changed my mind again. I figured I would make a long skinny scarf with the remaining ball of yarn to match the top. (It hasn’t happened yet).

And because it finally clicked in my mind how crocheted garments are or can be  constructed, I started another one, with a little variation …

A couple of days after this photo, I frogged this to the neckline.  I found the armholes (those two spaces on the side) to be a bit too big and loose on me.  After adjusting the sizing of the armhole, this turned out to be a sleeveless top, which became a daily favourite of mine while out on the beach or the pool.

And what did I do with the rest of the yarn that I brought with me?  There were some that were not pictured with this photo … I didn’t touch them either, and they remained in the suitcase.  From this pile, I wound up the green/yellow/blue hank while on the plane, and started a blanket (because that’s what the boys said to make, but I’m not so sure again if I will continue with that …)  The grey hank on the right and the purple/blue hank on the left were wound up into balls, with plans to start a capelet with either one to work on during the flight back home … It’s not turning out quite right, so it’s on hold for now …

But with cooler winds coming, my mind is whirring with ideas of what I want to work on next … We’ll see how it goes …

 

What to Start Next …

The countdown has begun to the start of the summer trip … Thoughts turn to what to pack – yarn, of course!  lol

Whenever I go on a trip, any trip, short or long, my brain thinks that I will have all that time to relax and start on a new project.  Sometimes, I bring a WIP to finish during the trip, but I always need to start on a new project for a trip.  I look back at the finished items and identify the places I’ve traveled to … like the Four Seasons Cowl that I started in the Congo.

So this time is no different.  And because the cold winds are coming back, my potential projects turn to the winter wearables … already??  I’m not done with summer yet, but I’ll never finish in time to use it for the winter if I start later in the year.  I’ve settled on actually making a hooded cape or a jacket this time.  So here’s my top three patterns – from Red Heart, Lion Brand and Drops.

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Which one of these am I actually going to make?  No idea at the moment, because it will depend on the yarn that I have in my stash.  I’ve been good with the yarn budget this year, and there’s been no spending sprees on sales.  Purchases have actually been for projects in mind … hmmmm …

Anyway … all these patterns call for grey or light grey or aran colours …. do ponchos and capes have to be solid neutral colours?  I don’t have that much grey or aran yarn in the stash … A dive into the stash tonight is on the schedule.  I think I have a nice dark blue that I can use instead …