Small portion of the out of control stash. And yes, those are each 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags or in other words a sweater each!
Dan's sweater vest.
So, it's happened again. While my back was turned my yarn stash added to it ranks. I was down to 1 1/2 Rubbermaid large tubs of yarn and now suddenly it's doubled in size and I have three. How does this happen you may ask? Well, definitely with some stealth, forgetfulness, impetuousness and excitement of new possibilities (because that's what yarn is after all - new possibilities.) That and well...maybe a yarn sale or two and a couple of fiber events might of pushed me over the edge. But, this of course is not the real reason why I purchased so much yarn. The real underlying reason, I figured out recently, is that I'm lonely and when I'm lonely I shop.
Now, don't get me wrong I have friends and a loving family, but what I don't have is knitting friends. Only one of my friends knit and she has 3 kids with one on the way so you can just imagine how much knitting time she has on her hands (let alone time to visit.) Knitting has become my passion and fills much of my waking hours. And not having anyone to talk to about it (besides you lovely people, but let's face it it's a bit one sided on a blog) is really getting me down.
To remedy this situation I turned to Ravelry and started looking for a local knitting group to join. It seems the obvious answer and I just haven't done it yet out of shyness and my hermit like tendencies. Well, there is one other reason I have yet to find a group. I knit kinda weird. My mom taught me and she taught herself from a book which wasn't very clear with it's directions. It works fine. I make knitted things as you've seen, but sometimes I look rather fumbly and awkward (at least I feel that way.) It's very silly of me I know to be concerned with how I look knitting, but I do so that's that. But, I think I really need people to talk to in person about knitting so I'm making the leap to join a group.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming of knitting. I've made decent progress on Dan's Wall Street Cables vest and will definitely finish it in time for Father's Day. The yarn is a nice soft merino, but I'm thinking I might not have quite enough or it will be tight to say the least. I started this project 3 years ago when I was still rather new to knitting and didn't know to estimate more yarn then suggested by the pattern. I think I will have enough to finish the front panel thanks to the deep v-neck so the worst outcome would be a contrasting neck and arm edgings. Which, let's face it wouldn't be too terrible. The frustrating thing is I think this sweater is going to be big on my Hubbie and I probably could've knitted one size down eliminating my yarn shortage issues. Agh! I am determined to finish though and well, Dan likes loose clothing so all this wringing of hands might be for naught. At least that's what I hoping.
Joining in with Nicole for Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny for Yarn Along.