Friday, November 29, 2013

Using what I have

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Inspiration has lately been coming from the stash.  And, as in the case of this garter stitch striped scarf, also from the wonderful book Humans of New York.  [Somewhere near the back, in the last few pages, a woman outside Carnegie Hall, I think.  I’d have to go look again.  Go get the book and flip to the back, you’ll see it.]  Finding that photo--in a book not about knitting or yarn or scarves--and then finding these two yellow yarns sitting fortuitously beside one another, the darker one of which is a leftover from a years-ago requested and long-gone pair of Hufflepuff socks, has triggered this project.  Nice and plain, with color.  Yarn!  You rock. 

Also stash:

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When this is gone, the tapestry granny thingy will be finished.  So close! 

Also stash:

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A cardigan for me, in a light-sucking brown yarn the color of Hershey bars.  The sleeves are already finished, and I noticed, too late to do anything but rip them out and start over which I have decided not to do, that I had knit the stitch pattern incorrectly.  Well, who cares, it’s a brown cardigan, the 2013 version of my Annual Brown Cardigan.  When winter really gets here, I’ll do the next predictable thing and make a gray one.  The yarn is already—wait for it—in the stash.  Also, it snowed. 

9 comments:

  1. Aw it's nice to use yarns from your stash and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place. Looks like you've got a nice range of projects there :)

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  2. Some good stuff there. I am on a mission to finish a collage jumper using a load of stash that was given to me and I am on the final big push to get the stripy and lacy yoke done - oh the drama! I am sort of at the end of my love affair with leftovers, but it was good while it lasted. Jo x

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  3. I think that I have figured out how you knit so fast, there is actually a team of Kristen's!! Missing your old header, but loving your new one with the little angel choir. Hope that you enjoy wearing your annual brown. xx

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  4. You're a knitting inspiration! Looking forward to seeing them when they're done, they look absolutely lovely.

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  5. love that yellow and white scarf! can´t wait to follow the progress...

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  6. Kristen, this was so much fun to see! I am happy to report that I actually know at least one of the folks photographed in that book. She is a marvel in more ways than her sense of style.

    Your knitting resourcefulness, color-wise, has made me smile. Yes...playing with color is so much fun. And...I completely agree with your decision not to change a thing with regard to this autumn brown sweater. Your photos shows me that it's beautifully knitted.

    So cold here for the past two days...but no snow, though the sidewalk sales of Christmas trees have begun.

    xo

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  7. You can never have enough gray or brown sweaters. Love the new header.

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  8. Love that yellow scarf! And I might have an addiction to grey sweaters....

    - J

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  9. love the scarf, well done on de-stashing!! My granny always said"use what you have and you'll never want"

    Barbara, Scotland

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