Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yarn Along & Stash Bustin

Linking up with both Ginny and Tricia this week

Two very quick, stash bustin projects, have recently come off the needles.  
Firstly I made myself this monday's cowl with the left over yarn from Rémi's hot water bottle cozy.  The twisted purl pattern gives a lovely 'basket like' texture.  It's knit in one long rectangular piece and then folded over and held in place with a button - slipped on and off over the head.  The hardest part was finding a button!  Despite rummaging through my s.i.l's extensive collection I didn't find anything I liked and so ended up buying this 'clip', bit of a shame really as it takes away from the 'stash only' element of things.

Secondly, I made this oddment:-
A nose warmer, kindly modeled by Bolt the dog.  It was requested by a friend for her mother's 80th birthday!!! I suggested she might prefer a day at the spa or even some talc, but she had her mind set on this!
In fact it was a great hit here (will let you know what the birthday girl though when I get some feed back) Richard (who never want's anything knit) and the boys have put in order for pig, mice and elephant models!! Might have started something here, who 'nose'!
So instant gratification projects aside for a moment, an on to my ripple.  I anticipated 30 balls for this blanket and still have 25+ left!! taking it nice and s-l-o-w-l-y, but as they say 'it's the journey not the destination'.     Whilst each completed ripple procures quite a sense of gratification, it definitely is  an exersise in endurance. 
Look, no ends!! I'm being very disciplined and sewing them every few rows!

My mind is a little preoccupied with plans for the new chicken coop and the veggie garden at the moment so I'm not in the 'reading-a-whole-book' kinda mood, but luckily I've received my copy of Taproot with it's wonderful collection of dream themed articles.  Throughly enjoying it as usual.
No doubt after todays yarn along I'll have a big long list of book ideas (and knitting projects) to tempt me.
Looks like the weather man was wrong and we are getting sunshine instead of snow here today -YAY!
Happy Wednesday all.


  1. Giggling - "Who nose?" I love the texture and colours of your cowl. Even if it didn't meet the stash-busting piece, your swirl of a clasp is gorgeous. Perfect for the cowl, and presumably can be used for other things as needed too?

  2. Nose warmer? How funny is that, I am thinking someones nose is always red and cold, I think it will be a big hit. Love the ripple, and the scarf. You are on a roll.
    Hugs to you,

  3. Love the nose warmer!! I am sure you can find patterns with the aforementioned animals. Love the neck warmer! I love the pattern the yarn created. The pin is not part of the project, because it can come off, so, you didn't miss you goal. It was jewelry you bought for yourself. LOL!

  4. A nose warmer? That is greatness, I love it!!

  5. That pin just makes the colors pop! Love it:-) I hope you'll join my weekly mem Let's Get Stitched!

  6. I think you should grant yourself an exception with the shawl pin. It's not yarn. And, it's so versatile. Surely you'll be able to use it on many other projects. :-D

  7. All of those projects look great! I love the shawl pin... beautiful!

  8. Your ripples blanket is just gorgeous - green is my favourite colour!
    The nose warmer made me giggle out loud!

  9. Love the clip you brought for your cowl, perfect with those pretty colours. Sounds like you'll be busy with some nose accessories, I like the fun options you have to choose.
    Enjoy the ripple.

  10. But the clip is perfect on your lovely cowl! I love the texture of that pattern - looks so lofty and cozy.

  11. The cowl and clip are lovely! It is an interesting stitch!

    I want to make a ripple blanket, but I do lack patience on larger projects!

  12. That cowl is gorgeous and I'm absolutely loving the nose warmer! So funny!

  13. Oooh! Weaving in the ends as you go! How inspiring! I always think to do so, but then I never do. :) Love the colors of your blanket. ~Lisa

  14. Love the cowl, it's gorgeous! Haha, that nose warmer is awesome! And your blanket - wonderful! I have been meaning to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my yarn along post!
    Happy knitting! xxx