Wednesday, June 25, 2008

SP 12 Question of the week #3

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

This is a difficult one. As you can see from my post below I have more than an adequate amount of sock yarn by most standards. Probably more than some LYS carry, but I know, I know I don't have the most sock yarn out there..... and of course sock yarn really doesn't count as stash, LOL. The remainder of my yarn stores is actually a little on the light side. I do have a fair amount of cotton for dishclothes and the like and some acrylic various stuff/colors from my early crochet days and for baby blankets. The balance after that though really only fills up 1 small plastic container about 16" deep and 14" wide. Other than sock yarn I pretty much only buy larger amounts (sweater and blanket etc...) for intended projects to work on. Can never seem to justify spending that much money without knowing what I will use it for. Sock yarn don't have that problem *grin*

in spinning news

I have decided to post up my first drop spindle efforts, Laura's is much better looking than mine on her pretty new wheel....

This is a little of my very first attempts before i completely figured out drafting and the park method.

then this still a spin in progress on my Bosworth after I starting to figure out drafting a little more consistantly....

should of done the penny thing, but hindsite being what it is, next batch I take pics of I will.

Still have over a pound of roving to work with so.... Trying to do at least 15-20mins a day to keep up practice and get better.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sock Stash

Well I finally did it, counted it all up and took one big picture....not as bad as I thought actually... I am still going to keep my self imposed diet though for personal and financial reasons. But here is the pic of it all laid out -
If I used it all for socks, ie its fingerweight or sport, superwash and/or with a nylon blend, meant for socks, I have enough for 84 pairs. Take out what is earmarked and wsa purchased specifically for shawls or scarves and I go down to 72. Still a tad daunting, but I will persevere and it will grow a bit, I still have Wool Girl Sock club and Deadly spins that may add to it, but not more than 2-3 skeins before summer is over I believe.
My self imposed goal - no buying for me, sock yarn that is, until I am down to at least half or roughly 35. Gifting of yarn to me of course doesn't count towards this, lol. Seems daunting, I have a game plan. 52 Pair Plunge will help and so will Summer of Socks (buttons on the bar) contest to get the most socks done in a summer and try to do 52 pair in a year.
I have cast-on my first pair(midnight last night) with some of the ladies from SOS08 on a chat group last night. A Christmas Story, yarn by White Oak Studios, pattern by WoolGirl. toe up, this will be my third sock and hopefully complete toe up pair, fairly easy pattern so should go quick.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Secret Pal 12 Week 2 question

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

Not setting the alarm and having to get up at 7is am to go to school. Never been a morning person, so getting up and getting ready for school was always the hardest thing to do. Summer hit and sleep, blessed sleep, waking up when my body was ready to get up, that made for great summers.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Secret Pal Question of the Week #1

What is your favorite summertime drink?
Thinking about this, when it is hot and icky, sticky out, ice water is my all time favorite, with plain iced tea(no sugar) coming in next.