Oh what a month can do to change your stash stats. I managed to destash a sweater’s worth of Malabrigo in November, it was a color I liked but I knew deep down that I wasn’t going to knit a sweater out of that yarn. Mal might be a wonderful yarn but I have an aversion to using sweater stones on my knits. I have one and I know they work well so ultimately it comes down to laziness. I’m just too lazy to knit a sweater that will require frequent shaves in order to look presentable half the time and a soft single ply yarn is just not known for it’s durability.

Dec 1st details.

Miles: 27.1

lbs: 31.9

Skeins: 206

The numbers would be more impressive if I hadn’t succumbed to the Black Friday sale of Sugar n Cream. I managed to pick up 5 balls despite the store being out of stock of the color I really wanted ($1.43 per super sized skein..how could I resist).

There has been a flurry of holiday knitting going on lately. The mittens for the sister are sadly waiting to be frogged, the pattern is lovely, the yarn is great, the two just didn’t want to work together.

Rather than giving up on the knitted gift idea for Sarah I decided to finally cast on for the RLS hat that I planned to knit for her when the pattern first came out. As soon as I bought the yarn and finished mine she announced the plan to move to LA where of course there is little need for a fair isle knit hat so the yarn went back into the box and there it stayed until a few weeks ago.

I had knit mine to gauge and it turned out too big for my head so this time I went down 2 needle sizes and cast on. All was going well until I got about 3/4 of the way through the hat. I weighed my remaining yarn to confirm my suspicions and yes I was going to run out of the main color.

A quick check of Ravelry only gave me one person with that dyelot in their stash but she was in Amsterdam and hadn’t been active for months. Another search led me to another Raveler who had a partial skein of Chestnut leftover from a project that was made around the time I bought the yarn. Keep in mind I bought this yarn in late 2006/early 2007. I figured a dyelot match was impossible but maybe I could get close. A few emails later and the yarn was on it’s way to me. Same freaking dyelot!!!!

While I waited for the emergency yarn to arrive I mulled over the other Christmas knitting and settled on a hot water bottle cover. I had 4 skeins of Imagination in the stash in Frog Prince and Wicked Witch that I bought when it first came out. I think my plan was to make scarves since it was way too soft and loosely spun to be a good sock yarn. I wanted the cozy to be thicker and more importantly a  fast knit so I wound off all 4 skeins into 1 cake of each color. I followed the free Blue Sky Alpaca pattern on Ravelry and I was off.

Doesn’t look half bad. The two colorways both had the same froggy/witchy green and once the yarns were doublestranded the handpainted effect was really broken up. The checkerboard patterning is almost too subtle to see but all in all I really like how it turned out. I have enough yarn leftover to make one for myself and conveniently I also have a nekkid hot water bottle. Mine will likely be stripes.

I’m now this >< close to finishing the RLS hat since that arrived today, the second sock for Mom’s Christmas socks is now cast on, the yarn for some robot mittens is ready as well. My Christmas knitting list suddenly looks manageable.

Oh and I do have something very special to show you. Well technically two things.

I kind of went shopping on Black Friday (first time ever).

Picked up a giant 1kg bar of Cadburys…not the crap Hersheys makes and distributes under the Cadburys name but the real deal. I’m in heaven.

Oh and I picked up a shiny new laptop. I call it Serenity. Yes I realize that makes me one hell of a Firefly geek.