Well, I guess technically the one on the right was the one I blogged about last time, but the other is new. Same pattern as before, the lovely 4-Corners Dishcloth. If you google “4-Corners Dishcloth, I believe the first link that pops up is the pdf of the pattern. Love these things! The color for the one on the left is Rosewood, in case I hadn’t mentioned it before. And the yarn for the one on the right is Over the Rainbow. Both are made from Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton.
As much as I love them, I have moved on to other wash cloth patterns. I printed off a Garterlac Pattern which I think I may be falling in love with. Although I could easily finish it in not time, I am only working on washcloths when I’m not at home. The reason? Part of my yarn diet goals. Yup, I’m making crazy yarn diet goals again in honor of summer.
So we all know I cannot buy yarn unless i use up what I’ve got. So far I’ve used 148g for the year. Woot! I really want to buy some cones of cotton so that I can make Christmas gifts for friends and family this year. I would like to buy at least 4, so I have some variety in colors, and each cone weighs a pound. This of course means I would have to use up at least 4 pounds of stash. Which means, this summer I will attempt to stash bust 4lbs of yarn. If I count the months of April, May, June and July in this “summer” that means I should be using up approximately one pound each month. So far this month I am down 148g, which means I would need to use up another 306g. It probably could happen. Really, the 1lb a month is an average. Another goal, is to finish up a lot of the UFOs that have been lurking in my stash. I shall give you all a list of UFOs:
- Charity Scarf (December 2008)
- Widdershins (December 2007)
- Essential Stripe Sweater (December 2007)
- Popcorn Ripple Afghan (December 2006)
- Baby Blanket (October 2006)
- Candle Flame Shawl (July 2006)
I also have a washcloth cast on, and a scarf warped on the loom. I’m not counting the washcloth or scarf as UFOs cause I’m pretty actively working on them. Part of me wants to be completely monogomous with my knitting until all the UFOs are gone, but many of my UFOs aren’t very portable, which is probably why they’re UFOs to begin with. So here are my rules:
- Washcloths as my travel project. If I need to cast a new one on for travel reasons, that is completely acceptable.
- Washcloths cannot be knitted when not traveling. (this way I can’t cheat and cast on tons of “travel projects”)
- Scarves on the loom can also be started. Weaving will give my hands a break from all the knitting/crocheting.
- I will pick one UFO at a time, and work through it till it is finished.
- The next UFO will be selected when the previous is finished. There is no special order in which I will finish UFOs.
- A UFO can only be thrown back into hibernation due to it being uncomfortable to knit in that particular season. Aka, I may not knit a wool sweater in August if I chose not to do so.
- NO NEW PROJECTS TILL UFOS are GONE!
Yay for having goals. So the short term goal is to have 4lbs out of the stash by the beginning of August, so that I can buy some yarn to make scarves for gifts. A long term goal, is to get all these UFOs done. I’m really not sure how long I should give myself to finish them. The knitted scarf should only take 2 weeks at most. I think I’ll give myself a month for Widdershins and a month for the baby blanket. Two months for the sweater perhaps? You know, scratch that, I’ll give myself a year.
By May 1st 2010, I will have the above listed UFOs FINISHED! And I’ll try not to have another 10 UFOs started. I do like having multiple projects, but the current ones I’ve started have been on the needles for way too long. I think in the future I’ll aim for 4 projects at a time. That way I can have a weaving one, a spinning one, a knitting and a crochet. Of course, I’ll just have to make sure one of those is a travel project. Or perhaps I’ll only let myself have two projects, a travel and a stay at home? We’ll see. Right now I have way to many projects that are “stay at home” projects… and there are multiple knitting ones.