Sunday, January 6, 2013

FOs: Rainbow Scarves

Two rainbow coloured scarves have been finished and fringe chosen by the recipients. Yesterday they were out ice skating outside while the wind gusted and blustered.

The scarves are incredibly hard to photograph. Here's the yarn, Bernat Softee Chunkee Ombres, a super bulky acrylic in the "Schoolyard" colourway.

The saturated colours are very bright. I normally shy away from acrylic, but in this case I am using these scarves as a bit of a test case - the girls are being trusted not to lose them, so cheap yarn is desirable.

I'm planning to type up my notes on the two scarves as a pattern freebie - they were fast and came out great! Not too long but just about right for munchkins:

They are also hard to photograph!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: The year of eliminating UFOs?

Happy 2013!

We rang in the new year with a group of friends in our cozy home (our last house guest actually just left after a nice long single-malt-soaked-sleep) and had a lovely time.

Over the weekend I did some stash airing, inspired by everyone's favourite @knitsib, Brenda Dayne.

I'm not quite finished, but after finding mould in the closet where my yarn is mostly stored (EEEK!!!), I resolved to go through everything, make sure it's in good shape, and properly ziploc bag all of it. As my stash has grown, I have sometimes stored things properly and sometimes left them in the bags they came in. No longer. I bought a box of large size ziploc bags and have re-bagged everything now, and it has been wonderful to look at what I have and remember what I planned for all of it when it was first purchased. As I assured my partner (who has never seen the full stash out in one place - on purpose!), I bought all of it with a project in mind. Well, most of it, anyway.

The re-organization/stash airing is nearly complete and as I uncovered some forgotten (save for the grace of Ravelry) UFOs and the yarn to finish them, I started moving toward a half-formed resolution. I'd like to make 2013 the year I finish up the projects that have promise and are finishable, and frog or repurpose the projects that are no longer inspiring. I have lots of beautiful yarn and ideas about what it should become, and having too many projects on the needles hanging out (taking up valuable needle and cable space) is holding me back.

Do you have any crafty new year's thoughts about how you'd like 2013 to go for your projects?