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Thoughts on yarn shopping

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A week ago, I complained here how disappointed I was about my yarn stash being so big even after consciously destashing for a year.

 

So I have been thinking about my yarns and fabric stash. And I am a little calmer and came to realize that my stash has very little to do with knitting or sewing plans, and more to do with inspiration.

When I look at yarns or fabric, I get excited over the texture, the colors, and the possibilities. When I look and touch wool suiting fabric, I dream about making my husband a custom tailored suit. When I look at handdyed merino yarn, I think about wrapping myself in a cozy warm sweater.  

I have come to accept the fact that as long as I knit and sew, I will always have a stash. Because a creative person should not be afraid to invest in his or her source of inspiration. I don't just craft. Things that are made by me represent who I am and what I dream of.  

So. What do I have this week to represent my dreams: 

I have a Playful Stripes cardigan I am knitting for Logan, in Oink Pigment yarns that I purchased at Yarnosphere 2 weeks ago.  

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

 

And I have been becoming more interested in knitting dolls and softies lately and cast on for a Baby Doll by Susan B. Anderson in the Itty-bitty Toys book. I am making it a gender neutral doll, without the dress and am thinking of making something matchy matchy for Logan. 

I am also working on an old WIP project, Cameo by Wendy Bernard. The original design is a cropped cardigan with short sleeves but I have lengthened the body and will be making the sleeves long as well with shaping.  

And I have an FO! I finally re-knitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater which is drying on the rack right now. I re-installed the zipper as well because Marty complained that the zipper end keeps poking his neck. The mornings and nights here have been absolutely sweater worthy so I will try and get some action shots next week. 

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Wishing for two bodies and 10 sets of hands

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On the needles:

2nd sock yarn sweater for Logan | Handcrafted Fashion at  www.candyandbagel.com  

2nd sock yarn sweater for Logan | Handcrafted Fashion at www.candyandbagel.com 

Do you recognize this sweater? Yes, it's the sock yarn sweater I knitted for Logan months ago in The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts fingering weight yarn. I really loved the simplicity of the design and the yarn so when it no longer fit on Logan, I decided to unravel it and knit the next size.

Since I had come to the realization that I have a hoarding problem, I decided to approach my knitting one project at a time. After all, I only have one set of hands. I have been working on this project only for the past 3 days and I realized something. It's still a LOT of knitting. I have this knitting project, and this blog, not to mention working on some sewing, some spinning, cooking for my family, and taking care of Logan. Life has a lot of stuff for me to do. 

After just 3 days, I am almost done with this sweater. Considering this is about 400+ yds of yardage project, that is pretty impressive. This means that even after having a baby, my knitting productivity hasn't really changed much. I am still quite busy during the day although I don't have a formal job anymore. I get up at around 7, cook and feed the baby, clean up the house a bit, put him down for his first nap, then take him out to the local library or baby boutiques for story/song time,  do grocery, feed and walk the dogs, and cook and feed the baby again... 

But by focusing on ONE project, knitting it at any spare time I have, I was able to almost finish a sweater! For the past 7 months, I have been knitting this and that and never really got to finish anything much. I only released 1 design and have so many more I have in my knitting bag. I hope this change will make my knitting life a little more prolific until the end of this year.

9 weeks till Christmas!

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Less than 9 weeks till Christmas, guys. Seriously, this year went by way too fast.

Winter in Southern California is one of my favorite time of the year. Mainly because it would rain, and it's great to have some climate change. People think I'm bragging when I say things like this but seriously, 90 degrees day in and day out, it's exhausting and dangerous for the environment. 

Not to mention it's a great excuse to finally get some use out of the things I've knitted over the years! These past few days, it has been around low 60s in the morning and with our high ceilings and hardwood floors, we feel pretty chilly now. I put on some colorwork cardigan on Logan, and I pull out my handknit socks and sweaters (even if it's just ones in cotton for now).

So the holiday season is definitely upon us. Which means gifting. And I would like to offer my services to you in that department! If you look up on the menu section, you'll see a new menu! Holiday Gifts! What is this?

If you don't knit... (or even if you do, you probably have a LONG LIST of people for whom you want to knit)... but still want to give your friends and family handcrafted gifts this year, I am here for you. Talk to me about colors, for whom, their personalities, or if you have a Pinterest page full of cute wardrobe for babies, or your PETS, I can make your gifts. :)