Friday, January 10, 2014

Out with the old, in with the sweaters!

The tree this year <3

A very happy new year to you all, my dear Readers!

Hoo, what a wonderful Christmas! Mr. Orb Weaver and I spent the holiday in Massachusetts, enjoying a nice long break spent with family and friends.

Now that we've returned to the lovely non-frozen Pacific Northwest, (we left Massachusetts JUST before the Polar Vortex set in), I can turn my attention to the fact the Year of Using Up the Stash is officially over!

Whoo hoo!

I have to say that I haven't been as successful as I'd like. A great deal of the Stash was used up, though, and I'm proud to say that I've been (reasonably) good about not buying any yarn. I purchased a ball of lovely hand dyed wool from a sheep/goat farm in New Hampshire when Mr. Orb Weaver and I flew out to the East Coast this past fall (with the understanding that I was going to wait until the Year of Using Up the Stash was over until I would use it), and a bunch of yarn has been gifted to me for various reasons throughout the year. My friend (who I made that wedding cake for a while back) gave me a few skeins of a lovely wool acrylic blend as a thank-you gift, and Mr. Orb Weaver's aunt VERY generously gave me at least an entire sheep's worth of wool that she wasn't using.

Now that the Stash has grown exponentially, I think that I'm going to challenge myself a bit as far as my knitting projects go. This year, I'd like to focus on knitting sweaters.

At the moment, I've got three sweaters in the making: one for Mr. Orb Weaver and two for myself. Mr. Orb Weaver's sweater is simple enough;  but I'm a bit nervous about knitting an actual hoodie. Never made one before!

In addition to the sweaters, I've got a new snowflake pattern in the works! It needs a few revisions, but it's almost finished!

Until next time, Readers!