My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Full Disclosure

In the interests of full disclosure, I have to tell you that some stash enhancement has gone on chez WendyKnits.

This is what I got in the mail yesterday:

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That would be . . . um . . . 40 skeins of Classic Elite Skye (20 skeins each of 2 colors) that I bought from Elann.

And this is 5 skeins of Great Big Sea Silk, purchased from Red Bird Knits.

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It’s a worsted weight yarn — 50% Silk, 30% Wool and 20% Seacell. I’ve got it in the “Ocean” colorway

In my defense, both of these purchases were made before I made the Knit From Your Stash 2007 commitment.

I got something else in the mail yesterday, in a package with very alluring stamps.

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This is a prize I won from the lovely Janine, for being the 1,000th commenter on her blog. It is a gorgeous handpainted roving from Spunky Eclectic.

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Look at those colors!! Thanks, Janine!

And just so you know, I ordered sock yarn from The Loopy Ewe after making the Knit From Your Stash 2007 declaration. It should be here tomorrow. But remember:

Sock Yarns Don’t Count as Stash!

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Bohus Progress

I am into the colorwork! Alert the media!

Many of the rounds are three-color rounds and have some purl stitches on the right side for texture. While this is somewhat nerve-wracking to knit, I am just in awe of the beauty of the colors together. The color changes are incredibly subtle and very very hard to capture in a photo. You’ll have to just take my word for it — it looks amazing!

Bad photo:

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Another bad photo:

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Winners! Winners! Winners!

Without further ado, here are this week’s winners in the Heifer Project raffle:

Bente in Germany wins the Knitspot pattern of her choice, donated by Anne Hanson, Knitspot

Shanti wins 3 skeins of Scarlet Fleece sock yarn (480 yards per 100 gram skein, 80% wool/20% nylon) donated by Kathy Oliver, Holly Spring Homespun

Christy S. wins a handmade “Make One” t-shirt, donated by Katherine Of It All

Chris P. wins Icelandic wool yarn from Tongue River Farm, donated by Raye Schwartz

Virginia T. wins hand-dyed yarn from A Piece of Vermont, 50/50 wool/alpaca,3 oz., 200 yds. Worsted weight, 4-5 sts/in on 7-8 ndls, donated by Lyn.

Rabbitch wins Spin to Knit by Shannon Okey, donated by Nina S.

Thank you to everyone! Check out the total donations so far! Woo!

Ho Ho Ho!

I am feeling indescribably festive because today was my last day of work until January 4, 2007. “Use or lose leave,” how I love thee.

And Lucy is pleased because she will have her Momma home to cater to her every whim.

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Comments

  1. Oh – happy time off to you! I can hardly wait for mine. It starts the 21st and goes to the 2nd. Not nearly long enough, but long enough to knit and knit some more with my mama-in-law and visit a yarn shop or two. :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for all your writing and knitting – it inspires me and makes me feel less bad about my yarn horde!
    cls

  2. Congratulations on your well-deserved time off. I look forward to your Bohus progress and any spinning that you do. Of course, I can’t wait to see your new sock yarns!

  3. Enjoy the time off. I also love use it or lose it. And congratulations on such a successful Heifer collection. That has gotta feel great… Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Just me, peeking around the corner and shaking my head…

  5. “um . . . 40 skeins of Classic Elite Skye” Before, I didn’t know what to make of your remark that your stash was “of epic proportions.” Where do you keep it all? And where do you keep all of your finished projects? Somehow, I doubt that space bags are enough. :-)

  6. I’m going to love watching the baby Bohus grow!

    Often, I hear people refer to this particular design as “the black-and-white sweater” – given that there are 11 colors in it, I am always amused.

  7. I fell off the “knit from your stash” wagon today. The local yarn shop is closing and she had a 50% OFF SALE!!! Now, honestly, could I pass that up??? In order to redeem myself, I rewrote my “knit from your stash” rules, and decided I wouldn’t ACTUALLY start till Jan. 1.

    You have some lovely new stuff in your stash, and the Bohus looks beautiful already.

  8. The Knit from Your Stash-a-thon specifically states from Jan 1st to Sept 30th. I think you’re fine, even by your own rules, until Dec 31st at 11:59pm. Then, you’ll need to put down the mouse and yarn buying money. :)

  9. Ooooooh! Sea Silk! What will you make with it? That Ocean blue colorway is gorgeous!!

  10. You have two weeks off?? Will you knit me a sweater and a shawl and three pairs of socks in between your own projects during this time? Just askin’.

  11. Well, I wasn’t going to participate in the Knit-From-Your-Stash project unti I saw your newest stash enhancement. Okeedokee, I’m in! LOL Enjoy that use-or-lose vacation; it’s the best. Merry Christmas and Hi Lucy!

  12. Oh how I wish I had a job like that! Being self employed and the fact that this is my busy season deprives me of that . Sigh…

  13. I knit a Blue Shimmer this year, and had the most fun watching the yoke grow… they really were geniuses (genii?), those ladies of Bohus Stickning (they should print more of their patterns – they’d make a fortune). Next year I want to knit “The Wild Apple” in cardigan form. We’ll see if that actually happens. I’ll enjoy seeing how yours looks, because I know someone who’d look good in that pattern…

    If you knit this in less than six weeks (how long mine took) I will have to hate you. Just saying. :)

  14. squee!

    Yes, I am squee-ing. But that book will be a good addition to my asslike spinning.

    Thank you!

  15. Holy cow, that’s a lot of yarn you just bought!!!!

    Keep up the good work; my yarn-buying seems piddling by comparison, which makes me happy.

  16. I can’t help notice – the roving appears to be Lucy colors, like your BMFA Lucy sock yarn! I wonder if she did it on purpose……

    Nice stashing!

  17. Woo Hoo! I got in on that Elann sale too. I bought some of the Skye Tweed in spruce green – enough for a cabled sweater.

  18. There is and will be pre-Jan 1 stash enhancement happening Chez CBM, too. Not only Elann’s upcoming 12/26 offering of 75% silk/25% cashmere, but I fell across Little Knits Merino Aran in one of their famed bag sales.

    And, though I don’t have your snail mail addy, I send you this link, thinking you’ll gift Lucy with some of these Hot Cat goodies. My cats have dived into the trash can to retrieve the cellophane wrappings.
    http://www.cattoys.com/favcattoy.html

  19. ooh – great big sea silk – didn’t know it existed til your post. What will you make with it? And I don’t feel quite so bad about my recently developed sock yarn fetish (I have ordered about 15 skeins in the past week or two). 45 Skeins arriving on the same day???

    Now I know you’re a cat person, but if you get some time I’d like to invite you (and your readers) to drop round to my blog and say hi to my pup Pierre :)

    Happy Holiday :)

  20. I had also been planning a bit of stash enhancement–my knitting group’s annual yarn crawl occurs between Christmas and New Year’s, and I was thinking that would be a good time to be sure I had enough wool to keep knitting through September…(my DH is certain I have enough wool to keep knitting through this millenium, but he is wrong.) I feel that your purchase of the 40+ skeins shown make my upcoming yarn expenditures entirely justified.

  21. Gee, my mail carrier brought me 40 skeins of Skye Tweed, too! (Mine is Rosey Glow and Light Grey.) He forgot the Sea Silk–ha-probably cause I didn’t order any of that! I’ll be knitting from stash too, but this last-minute enhancement was ordered before I decided that. Oh, and my Heifer registry, while not as active as yours, has been filling up with lots of bees, geese, chicks, ducks, and several “baskets” too, even a share of a knitting basket! Go Heifer!!

  22. I do love getting paid leave from work. It’s great to be sitting at home on the couch, knitting away, and knowing that I’m actually getting paid for it!

    And now that I just got a fairly large amount of Christmas money from my grandmother, I’m very tempted to do some stashing up before the Big Day. I know I have enough already to keep me going for nine months, but heck, I can’t resist the siren call of yarn any better than the rest of all your blog readers can! :D

  23. You totally know how to enhance stash – that silk? Mmmm. I shall think bitter thoughts at you while I am toiling away, since I only have 2 days of “use it or lose it.” *sigh*

  24. I’m curious about who does your work while you are on forced leave. Do you come back to a giant pile of stuff?

  25. I hope you have a great time off, and get a lot of knitting and spinning done!

    I’ve been spending the past week reading your archives, and have finally worked up the courage to ask you two questions:
    1. Have you ever been to Spring Water Fiber? It’s only a few blocks away from Knit Happens, but it’s got a different focus- and there are spinning supplies there too, so if you ever need something to spin last minute, you could check out bamboo or soy or ecospun (recycled plastic bottles) all of which are available as roving.

    2. do you go to thehungersite.com every day? SInce you seem so into charaties, I think a link to the hungersite would be a good idea. There are a whole bunch of sites- breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rainforest, and pets, and you click a button on each site once daily to donate something pertinant to the cause.

    Just some thoughts.
    Helen

  26. I hope you have a great time off, and get a lot of knitting and spinning done!

    I’ve been spending the past week reading your archives, and have finally worked up the courage to ask you two questions:
    1. Have you ever been to Spring Water Fiber? It’s only a few blocks away from Knit Happens, but it’s got a different focus- and there are spinning supplies there too, so if you ever need something to spin last minute, you could check out bamboo or soy or ecospun (recycled plastic bottles) all of which are available as roving.

    2. do you go to thehungersite.com every day? SInce you seem so into charaties, I think a link to the hungersite would be a good idea. There are a whole bunch of sites- breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rainforest, and pets, and you click a button on each site once daily to donate something pertinant to the cause.

    Just some thoughts.
    Helen

  27. Enjoy your time off, Wendy! I barely know the meaning of the words Use or Lose. I think I had some once, before I had kids.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  28. FlyingNeedles says:

    Back before I retired (so that I now get paid to stay home and knit every work day), I used to donate some of my use or lose to cow orkers who had run out of leave entirely. Personnel put out a list at the end of every year and many people, not just me, donated. I think that’s one of the most sensible things the Federal Government ever came up with.

  29. enjoy the time. In Ca. they cant do that so i have rolled over vacation time at my job as i had no where to go that i cant do on the weekend (wed-thurs)i was shocked to find out that i have over a month of pto comeing to me. also its trying to find a time that is not blocked off by someone else or during a ‘blackout’ so i will be going to stitch west on paid time off.
    oh and i found a real cute pattern for knitted chicks it is in ‘world of knitted toys’ by kath dalmeny it also has cats lions tigers bears pigs etc etc

  30. Glad you liked the roving (and the stamps)that seasilk is really pretty.

  31. Susan Sarandon was on The View last week talking about Heifer’s registry function. I was so happy to have donated chicks through yours.

    Winning the t-shirt in today’s drawing is just icing.

    Thanks Wendy and enjoy your time off!

  32. And it is still 2006… So, really. There’s no issue with you picking up the odd purchase here or there!

  33. You made Rabbitch squee. That’s a little frightening.

    And dude, if that’s ‘some’ stash enhancement, I can’t wait to see what happens in September when you allow yourself a shopping spree. Heh.

  34. Lucky you off work until the 4th. Use ‘em or lose ‘em rocks.

    That is quite the stash enhancement! The knitting looks fascinating too.

  35. Hi Wendy- I must admit, I succumbed to the Skye Tweed I saw at WEBS. Intriguing color names, mine is Highland Cow Brown.
    I also bought 20 skeins, and have no idea what I’ll do with it. The joy is in the owning.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  36. Is that our Queenie I spy there? I have to say that I love that you bought yarn ‘just before’ the Knit From Your Stash started… My rule is that I can only buy yarn if I intend to start the project that night or the next day. And I don’t have enough pairs of Addis to stretch that point too far. xx

  37. I think your supposed to add to stash right before the knit from stash starts. I’m doing it again this year, last year I went from 12/30 until 8/10 at Stitches Midwest. It’s not that hard after Feb!

  38. How wonderful to have so much time off of work! ENVIOUS, am I. Hmmm, me thinks I remember something about not buying yarn like a crazed person before 2007, but maybe not.

  39. OMG, I’ve stepped into yarn porn!

  40. Hi Wendy! I’m so excited because I also bought some Skye Tweed. Glad to see someone else using it.

    I plan to make a regular stockinette sweater for a 40″ chest in the round, but I only bought 15 balls. I noticed that you bought 20 balls. Do you think that 15 balls is enough for a sweater?

    Thanks.

  41. Thanks for posting about the Great Big Sea Silk! Hand Maiden hasn’t put this up on their website yet. This would be perfect for a couple projects I want to do.

    Have a great holiday!

  42. Knit From Your Stash – A great idea and I’m going to try to destash this way :-) My DBF approves and agrees that sock yarns don’t count.

    I’m in!!!

    Enjoy your time off :-)

  43. Hi Wendy,

    I have enjoyed seeing the progress of the cashmere scarf and the Olives sock. Your work brings out the beauty in all yarn you touch.

    Now on to this yarn diet frenzy. As a shop owner and with a shop owner’s bias-the only think I can say is “YIKES!” Now I do feel that all yarn wants to be knitted and should be at some point. But as I look over the comments-I only saw one comment-thank you Karen-that had any concern for the shop owner. We do face a flattening of the yarn market-and I treat this sitiation with more determination to provide my customers with the best yarn variety and customer service and ambiance that I can provide. Not only that, but I provide help with tough patterns, I correct mistakes and listen to problems and provide a gathering place for knitters, spinners and crocheters. After reading all the comments-I feel a bit dirty-like some drug pusher supporting a bad habit. But in order to stay in business-yarn shops need to sell yarn. And I encourage you to buy yarn and work on projects-but buy only what you love and can afford-buy responsibly-and if you do find that you have bought too much-have a designated driver-so you can start your knitting right away-on the way home. The only way to avoid a stash too large-knit faster. Ok-I feel better now.

  44. yay for Wendy, with two weeks off! happy holidays. I’m sure Lucy will enjoy having you around.

  45. They make worsted weight Sea Silk now?…

    *thud*

  46. Enabled by our mutual Manhattan friend Margaret, I am also the owner of a large amount of SeaSilk. I did not enjoy knitting the Shoal Water shawl that came with it. Please tell me what you are going to do with yours! I want to knit this stuff, but am stumped. I am doing a small Feather and Fan with a single skein– but fear there will not be enough. I have 4 skeins of another color. Help– Bev in Oklahoma

  47. I’ve been eyeing that Skye Tweed myself! I guess I’d better high-tail it over there. gotta enhance my stash before I start you Stash-along

  48. Have a great time off! Can’t wait to see what becomes of the new additions to stash!
    {Lucy}

  49. I would love to join you in the Knit From Your Stash 2007. Oh wait – I guess I’m knitting from my stash, not yours :)! Actually, I was thinking of doing something like this anyway so it will be good to have company. I will have some gift certificates coming my way (is that like a gift of yarn?) and I have already joined a few sock yarn clubs – but since all that is before January 1st, I guess it doesn’t count.

  50. Hey…a little enhancement is understandable, especially since KFYS2007 technically doesn’t begin until January 1st. Stash away! 9 months is a LONG time. Think of squirrels…they store up nuts for the winter so they don’t starve to death. Imagine running out of stash before September (shocking! oh the horror!)

  51. Ooooh, that Sea Silk! The combination of blues in the Ocean colorway makes me want to dive right in! One question I have, as a semi-newbie lacer is: How do you determine how much variegation a lace pattern can take? Do you swatch up and judge (hoping you bought enough yarn for whatever pattern eventually fits), or does experience with a wide variety of patterns and yarns over the years develop an instinct? I’m marinating some rainbow Koigu in my stash, and have swatched a few lace patterns, but everything looks too busy.

  52. Oooh, hope your time off is great!

  53. Come on people, give her a break. She ordered it before she came up with KFYS2007!!!

    It’s O.K.! I’m sure Lucy didn’t have a problem with the arrival of new yarn.

    Happy knitting Wendy!

  54. sally & zeppelin says:

    Ms. Spinningkat also makes sense. The yarn shops provide a huge amount of inspiration to knitters of all levels since we can see and touch the yarn they offer( it’s like being inside a kaleidoscope or box of watercolors), browse their patterns and books at our leisure, get free advice and help and sometimes free fixing of a project gone wrong. Projects can be expensive investments in materials AND time…every one needs to be responsible (it IS hard!)regarding their abilities to finish projects! Designated drivers or the “designated driver within you” are a great idea!

  55. sally & zeppelin says:

    Ms. Spinningkat also makes sense. The yarn shops provide a huge amount of inspiration to knitters of all levels since we can see and touch the yarn they offer( it’s like being inside a kaleidoscope or box of watercolors), browse their patterns and books at our leisure, get free advice and help and sometimes free fixing of a project gone wrong. Projects can be expensive investments in materials AND time…every one needs to be responsible (it IS hard!)regarding their abilities to finish projects! Designated drivers or the “designated driver within you” are a great idea!

  56. sally & zeppelin says:

    Ms. Spinningkat also makes sense. The yarn shops provide a huge amount of inspiration to knitters of all levels since we can see and touch the yarn they offer( it’s like being inside a kaleidoscope or box of watercolors), browse their patterns and books at our leisure, get free advice and help and sometimes free fixing of a project gone wrong. Projects can be expensive investments in materials AND time…every one needs to be responsible (it IS hard!)regarding their abilities to finish projects! Designated drivers or the “designated driver within you” are a great idea!

  57. Have a wonderful time off and Merry Christmas!

    I’ve added the KFYS button to my blog and I’ve already started! : ) Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    I’d like to comment to Gina that worries this will close all LYS’s… you needn’t worry. We will all be buying with renewed vigor once our stash is depleted. Also, business wise and wonderful yarn shops that offer value and excellent service will survive and thrive. Offering the best value along with friendly service, keeps me going back….and I buy more than yarn at my LYS. There’s bags, needles, tools, books, patterns, wool wash, classes, retreats, etc! There’s loads that I go for besides yarn…especially good company and friends.

    I love the local yarn shops in my area, but I would never want to be *guilted* into shopping at any of them, nor do I want to feel it is up to me to keep them in business. I feel I do my fair share (and more), but it is still a business and up to the business owner to work their business plan, keep their business afloat, and be innovative to bring in customers and promote their business.

    I’m sure that Wendy has no intention of negatively impacting the yarn industry. Gee, we, as knitters, have to be good stewards of our resources, too.

  58. How do you like the Skye Tweed? I’ve never seen it in person, what does it feel like? I keep picturing something that feels like Donegal Tweed but with a two-ply spin . .. no idea if that’s accurate.