Stash Dash 2014 ::

Posted by vicki brown on

I have quite a few finished objects this week.

I finally finished up my Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  I'm not sure if this really counts towards my stash dash total as I haven't really done any actual knitting on it.  I'm going to count it unofficially just because it seems unlikely I'll make that 5,000 total anyways!
I love this cardigan, I loved knitting it and really like the way it turned out.  I did 10 rows of white for every 4 rows of colour, I did this without doing any sums to see if it would work, but fortunately it's almost perfect in terms of colour spacing.  I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK for the main colour and some scraps I had left over from my Mystery Blanket for the stripes, which was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Buttons are from my etsy shop (don't forget I have 30% off until I go on maternity leave and there's a chance to win £15 to spend in store, see this blog post)
Yardage is 240

Next up is the Milo vest I knit for the baby.  Looks super tiny, which is a bit worrying, but hopefully I've just forgotten how tiny babies really are, it also has quite a lot of stretch.  I enjoyed this pattern and I love the yarn (Cascade 220 Aran).
Yardage is 132

I also managed to finish up the baby granny blanket.  I just kept going until I ran out of yarn.  I'm not sure I'm all that impressed with this piece, I don't think it helps that after soaking it I decided I couldn't be bothered to block it so just laid out to dry.  I'm sure it will serve it's purpose well though.  I used Rowan Felted Tweed, which in retrospect is probably a bit tickly for baby skin, but I figure it will be over sleepsuits and sheets so probably won't be too much of a problem and will certainly be lovely and warm.
Yardage is 764

Lastly I have something entirely different for me, some spinning!  I bought myself a spindle last year from Hill Top Cloud and taught myself from the kit I got.  Then at the Knitting and Stitching Show I purchased some fleece to try and have a bit more of a practice.  That was back in October and I literally just finished spinning that measly 50 grams a couple of nights ago.  I was thinking spinning just wasn't really for me, as much as I'd like it to be, but when I came to ply the yarn I changed my mind a little. As I saw the yarn really come together, I thought maybe I could enjoy this after all.  This is very much a beginners skien of handspun, but everyone has to start somewhere right?! I have no idea what I can/will actually knit from it either, it's really quite ugly in many many ways.  For now I'll just admire all my hard work.
Obviously now I can't stop looking at all the beautiful roving on etsy I'm especially in love with the gorgeous colours over at Spin City Yarns, plus her spindles are works of arts in themselves.
Yardage is 236.

So my total yardage so far is:
Brickless - 315
Hitchiker/Brickless for me - 275
Baby socks and hat - 70
Milo's Hitchiker - 215
Baby Surprise Jacket - 240
Milo Vest - 132
Granny Square Baby Blanket - 764
Ugly Skein - 236
Total - 2,247 (nearly halfway!)

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