Friday, 4 December 2015

Leftovers!!!

Today I've been very productive.  I've fitted the new carpet in the bathroom, I've built a new chest of drawers for Eve's bedroom (wardrobe still to be done) and I've loaded up the car with the old dismantled furniture and cardboard boxes, ready to take it to the tip tomorrow.

I'm even making good progress on my various knitting projects.  I've finished the jumper I was knitting - a long-line aran weight jumper, with raglan sleeves.  I was using up yarn leftover from a previous cardigan project (there was a lot leftover as I'd misjudged the amount I needed!).  As I was knitting it, I just had that feeling that I wasn't going to like it, but I kept going and now that it's finished - I still don't like it.

This is the problem - I feel compelled to use all my leftover yarn, but then I end up just knitting things for the sake of it, rather than knitting with new yarn and making something I really want.  So I haven't taken any photos of the jumper yet - I will do at some point - and may be I'll get some wear from the jumper - but I think it's best to move on and forget about it.

Fortunately, I have also finished something that I do like.


This is the third time I've knitted up this pattern for fingerless mittens - it's such a perfect fit and ideal for sock yarn.


This particular sock yarn is leftover (yes - more leftovers!) from my Very Berry socks ( my October socks).  I love the colours in this yarn.  This time I actually managed to get the stripes lined up correctly on each mitten.  Full details of this project are on my Ravelry project page, here.

So far, with this lovely sock yarn, I have made socks, the mittens and a little mini sweater.  I still have about 10 grammes leftover.


The little ball of yarn is sitting, staring at me accusingly - "Use me!" it says - Stash busting is so stressful.

On a different note, I had a lovely message from Judy in sunny Australia who has crocheted these sweet mini Christmas wreaths from my pattern.



She has made them for gifts for her friends in her sewing group.  Judy says -

"We are a smocking & needlework group; we supply 27 Sydney hospital's with smocked gowns, knitted rugs, booties & caps for preemie & still born babies.  Sadly this work is on going.  We supplied 1,000 gowns this year with all the other items.  
Our website is Smocking Arts Guild of NSW Inc.  We are also on Facebook."

What fantastic work the group does, and how lovely of Judy to make the gifts for her friends.  It is always wonderful to hear how my patterns are being used.  It makes me feel so humble.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

18 comments:

  1. Those mitts are fantastic! I really love the color and the way the yarn works up. Wonderful job on all you have gotten accomplished today.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith. It is a gorgeous colour yarn, I love it.

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  2. The only yarn I've used up so far is some Stylecraft on another blanket which is still in progress. I love the mitts - gorgeous colours xx

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  3. You have been busy Janet, it's a pity you don't like the jumper but I feel the same about almost everything I make for myself, the gloves are great, sock yarn is fabulous so many lovely colours, the mini wreaths are lovely a great little gift idea, have a great weekend. :) xx

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  4. Very nice fingerless mittens ♥ This colour is very beautyful. And I like your amazing Christmas wreaths, it's a wonderful decoration.

    Have a wonderful weekend ♥

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  5. Oh I love those fingerless gloves x

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  6. If I'm tempted to make something just to use up the yarn, I give it to the charity shop, pronto! Love your sock yarn fingerless gloves. Have you tried Rico superba Cotton Stretch Print superwash sock wool? You only need 1 ball of 100grms.Makes your socks nice and clingy. I'm using it at the moment ,done one sock. About £6 and you get 420m. Now I'm going to have a go at one of those gorgeous little wreaths.

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    1. In future, leftover yarn will go to charity shops - I've learnt my lesson. I haven't tried that Rico sock yarn. I'll have to look out for it. I like the idea that it is clingy.

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  7. I love the mittens. I really like the fingerless style and the bright mix of colours.

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    1. Thank you Ginny. The colours are just perfect. I may have to buy more of this colourway.

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  8. Wow you have been busy! I love your mitts! So pretty! I am sure that you don't need any more projects if you are like most of us, but a suggestion for your leftover yarn! I have seen some people using their sock yarn leftovers to make blankets, perhaps you could keep yours and use them in that way. As I say, I am sure that you have enough to do already though! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. I have been thinking along the lines of a blanket. I may go for crochet rather than knitting.

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  9. The mittens are absolutely gorgeous. After Christmas I'll pop over to ravelry and give them a go. What a huge complement you revived from Australia. Wonderful.

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    1. Thank you. The Fitted Mittens pattern is definitely one to try.

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