Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Despite appearances, this has not become a cooking blog, and to prove it here's an update on my yarny projects:

Progress on the Villeray scarf! Obviously, I am going to have to get over my wimpy attempts at blocking to make this look decent when I'm finished, but in my eyes it's beautiful right now, especially after the tangled mess of last week. I'm pretty proud of myself for finally gaining the concentration or muscle memory or something to not skip any yarn overs, so for the past few repeats of the pattern I've been counting stitches just to make sure, not to find out where I made an inevitable mistake.

Also, because one project is nowhere near enough:

Another stash-busting attempt, using the African Flower pattern. The idea is to make enough hexagons for a pillow cover, or a couple of pillow covers (I'm also doing a purple-green-brown version). This should use up the Vanna's Choice and the Bernat worsted that have been lurking in my yarn box for four years.

Yes, I am still seized by the urge to obliterate my stash. It's like an itch in my brain knowing I still have so much unpleasant acrylic to use up. For a while I justified saving up my craft-store-yarn collection because it is pretty good for making amigurumi, which is still my first love - but then it occurred to me, or I admitted to myself, that actually, no, it's not very good even for that. Some of it is scratchy and unpleasant to work with, and the rest of it is splitty and unpleasant to work with. I don't want to sound like too much of a yarn snob, because I actually really love Lion Brand's cotton for amigurumi, and there are some other good cotton yarns at the big craft chains too. I just am completely out of love for the icky acrylics I stocked up on almost five years ago and it is time to use them up and make room in my yarn box for nicer things.

Like these Avengers mini skeins that I have no idea what I would do with, but urgently need.

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