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Logan's Sock Yarn sweater Version 2

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Logan's Second Sock-Yarn Sweater

Over the weekend, I worked hard to finish Logan's second Sock-yarn sweater. I am really loving working with sock yarn for baby sweaters. It's lightweight, which is more weather appropriate for the colder season in Southern California. During the days, we are still in the mid 80's degrees so I keep dressing him in thin tshirts and sleeveless rompers but at night it falls down to low to mid 50s. So after the bathtime, I dress him in the thin tshirt again but layer it with either cardigan or thin sweater for bedtime. It's a shame that all these beautiful handknit sweaters don't see the light of day (literally) but I love dressing him in quality wool. What can I say?

Because the pattern calls for more than 1 skein of sock yarn for the size I was knitting, I decided to mix in some other sock yarn. When I knitted the first version (6 mo), I noticed that the self-striping yarn was pooling right around the largest rounds when increasing from top down for the raglan style. So when I got to that point, I started alternating between the original yarn {The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts sock yarn in Mud Buddha on Water} and Koigu KPPPM in P867X colorway. The Koigu colorways have the similar greens and dark brown as the Sheepwalk yarn but also has some reds and black to make it interesting. 

I also love how the Sheepwalk self-striping pattern worked out awesome for both the body and the sleeves, although they're obviously different sizes of rounds! 

What hoarding problem?

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We knitters have a euphemism for our hoarding issue. We call that our "Stash." 

Stash.

As if we are going to hibernate one day and need to stash all our yarns for the hibernating season. 

....no.

Last weekend at Yarnosphere, I accumulated a lot of new yarns. And with holiday season coming up, I was on other yarn store websites, looking at yarns on sale. And then I got curious how my last year's serious effort to destash has worked out. 

So today, I went to pull out all the yarns from every corners of the house.

And I was fully disappointed.

Last year, when I decided to destash, I started with 3 plastic bins. When I gathered all the yarns, I had to get an additional bin. And the 3 bins I started out with last year? were still full. At least last year, the sock yarn bin was half empty. This year it's FULL!

And I found so many WIPs. Those alone filled the biggest basket I had in the house..  Unbelievable.

Remedy: Similar to the destash challenge I did last year, I decided to finish at least 1 WIP before casting on for a new one. I have 2 baskets: 1 full of WIPs, 1 full of bags with yarns and patterns I matched up with the yarns. When I'm done with one project from the WIPs basket, I will cast on from the other basket.

Fortunately, the WIPs I have are mainly from last winter, so they'll be weather appropriate once I am finished. I have a lot of baby knits on my mind right now, so wanting to knit for Logan will keep me on task (hopefully)!!!