It's Sunday and time for a YOP update. I finished 1 item on my list, yay!, and added 5 more. What? Yeah, I was a bit all over the place this week for knitting because of a decision that's been a long time coming. You see I've had a little knitted toy shop on Etsy for some years now, but I've decided to stop making toys and to change the shop over to something new - plant dyed yarn. It's not too much of a stretch because all my toys are knit with plant dyed yarn (dyed by the wonderful Judy of Mamajudes also on Etsy) which is a passion of mine. In my zealousness last Summer I purchased a good quantity of yarn for the shop, but with dwindling sales I have a lot of yarn leftover. Since I don't want to knit toys anymore, all of it needs a new purpose. Judy uses Lamb's Pride Worsted yarn for her base yarn which I love for making toys, but not so much for wearing as it's a rather stiff. The great thing is that I have come up with a bunch of ideas on how to use it up, the bad news is I seem to be trying them out all at once!
So, I added a "Home" category to my YOP knit list with the following patterns:
For the Home
Sock Yarn Braided Trivets by Martha Lazar 8 of them
Sock Yarn Braided Rug by Martha Lazar
My Oluffa Doorstop by Lucinda Guy
Cozy Coasters by Joelle Hoverson
Out of the Frying Pan by Amy E. Anderson
With the exception of the Cozy Coasters which uses some Frog Tree alpaca yarn (that never seems to run out as seriously I've made 3 sets of 4 coasters using the yarn doubled and still have yarn for more) they are all knit with my toy business yarn. They Trivets I mentioned in this post, the rug you can see about halfway done above (it's basically a big trivet), the doorstop will be more of a pillow as it will use some other toy knitting yarn that's angora, and last are felted oven mitts which I'm making for use when dyeing and handling the hot pots. Felted projects are really perfect for this yarn so I'm hoping to come up with a few more ideas along those lines.
Oh, and the finished object for this week was the Classic Cowl I knit with my rainbow handspun yarn which you can see here. So, as you can see I didn't go with last week's plan to finish spinning my alpaca/angora yarn, but I'm pretty pleased overall. Now I probably need to tweak my list a bit by removing a couple of items to make up for the additions I made this week. Decisions, decisions, decisions...