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Sunday, August 13, 2006

My name is Kay and I have an addiction......

Count them, ten knitting bags. Oh, make that eleven, one is in the car trunk.

These are thirteen of the WIP's that I can find.

This is the Market Squares Bag I started last August. I only need a couple of more tiers to finish. I don't care for the colors so I lost interest in it.

Next to it is the Nina Shawl. It could very well become a finished object. In fact, it shows more possibility than any of the others. lol

There are supposed to be 4 WIP's in this picture but I turned the camera angle a bit so Susan would see I too have an inspector. For some reason she was really showing an interest in that green/blue sock yarn. But the coils of the circulars also capture her attention and she likes to try to chew on them.

Here is the unfinished Clapotis. As most of you may know I don't have enough of the Blue Heron Yarn to finish. The shop where I purchased it doesn't have anymore. Margaret has sent a couple of emails plus David called the company trying to arrange to start selling it and they won't answer!! If anyone has an in with Blue Heron please let me know. Otherwise, this clapotis is going to the frog pile. The white/black/green/red is Lexi's Christmas Stocking and the pink on the dpn's is a hat for my niece.

The lavender is an unfinished baby blanket, the fushia/purple is a hat for another niece and the lime green is a second hat for a niece.

This is an unfinished pillow cover. This is Classic Elite Summer Tweed 03. My first purchase at the Woolie Ewe. If you recognize this yarn you are remembering it from the yarn I keep in a decorative basket. Oh, I heard a rumor the Woolie Ewe is up for sale. Please, please, please let it not be true or if it is please let good people buy it.

These are my needles I have collected in the beginning. I found out pretty quickly that long sticks and I do not get along. I was soooo happy to discover bamboo and nice wooden needles and then Addi Turbos!!

Ahhhhh, here are some better needles. Well, except for those horrid plastic telephone poles. Ugh. I had to buy those for the first knitting class I took. I still can't believe they had us use such huge needles.

Notice those adorable pointed ears and the faint stripes on that kitty face. She has to inspect everything I photograph. More wooden and bamboo needles. Yes, I know there are 3 bamboo needles there. I found the fourth later.

Oh boy!!! Circulars!! Lexi's fave! I didn't count the needles but as you can see I have bunches. And Lexi wants to leave teeth marks on every cord.

This is my latest acquisition. Haven't used them yet but I will. They are lightweight, pliable cords, nice pointy tips and smooth joins. I highly recommend them.

I bought this swift last summer. I wasn't too adept at using my feet or the parts of furniture to hold skeins for me while I wound yarn.

And the winder.....two wonderful pieces of knitting equipment.

Notice the expression on her face? See how her eyes are almost glazed over? What on earth is she looking at??


And this!!

And oh wait.....

There's more!!

I got up this morning thinking I'll clean and do laundry today. Knit in between chores, relax, fix a very late lunch and relax in my gown. About 30 minutes after I got up I thought I know I have another 40 inch circular size 1 or 2 Addi Turbo. I'm having a devil of a time trying to learn wrap stitches and I wanted to swatch and practice on yarn other than my Regia. I turned and looked around me and realized my "nest" was encroaching on my chair. No way could I find those needles without going thru everything. It was time to organize my yarn stash and knitting bags and needles and oh dear.....books, magazines and patterns too!!!

So I started by pulling all yarn not currently attached to a project and started filling big bags. I found unused needles and projects I knew I'd never finish. I frogged those and put the needles in the needle pile. I pulled loose pages of patterns I've copied and tried to get them all in a single stack. Then I remembered I had a couple of bags in the closet. I go and load my hands and realize I can't get them all so I turn and work on what I have in my hands. Go back to the closet and get the others I see, sort thru all of it. Then I remember...there's more!! In the other bedroom I find several sacks of yarn that I'd just piled up when I brought it home. Grab that and sort thru it, not remembering some of it. I sit down and think....where's that Olive Berroco Suede? The purple Brown Sheep yarn in the zip-lock bag? Oh wait, I have some Kid Silk Haze somewhere and four skeins of Noro Kureyon too!! I start digging and searching and I pull out more. As soon as I get finished with one load I remember some other yarn and start searching. It took me most of the morning. I have an addiction. It's really bad. I've only been knitting for 20 months!!!

So here's the challenge....I dare you, no I double dog dare you to show your stash of yarn, bags and needles. (Lord, help me I didn't even try to show the knitting books I have. lol)

Oh, I do hold the right to update the stash pictures....why you ask? Because I know there's more hiding in the closets somewhere.


Anonymous anita said...

I'm soooo glad you did that. I feel much better about my stash! It's like "permission"!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

I don't know if a triple dog dare could get me to take a picture of my stash - much less the closet! ha

I have 2 large rubber maid boxes with the yarn. I have a few sacks with yarn and I have a couple of WIP.

4:26 PM  
Blogger katie said...

Ha, Anita! I thought this post felt like permission, too! We're not alone in our addiction.

Your couch full of knitting bags cracked me up. When I started my new job last week, they gave me a new nursing bag. I immediately started pondering how many knitting projects it could hold!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

My own stash isnt so bad, but that's probably because I have the yarns grouped together and in many cases, enclosed in ziplocs or similar bags.

My sock yarn basket won't hold anything else though, and if I pull it off the shelf, the yarn springs out everywhere.

Please, please don't frog Clapotis. You can find the yarn!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Well, me too! I have a very similar situation here. : )

Although, I do know where all of my stash is....I think?

: )


4:49 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I love it, love it, love it!! I posted a pic of most of my stash a while back in my new transformed from real estate to hobby/craft room, but did't really show the "whole ball of wax" like you did! And.....everyone is IS like permission! When I went to the Woolie Ewe last Friday, she was fully overflowing! Can't imagine where she is going to put all the piles of new yarn that were lying around on the floor! The only area she was low in was sock yarns...not much to pick from there at all! Didn't know she was trying to sell it....maybe if we all "go-in-together", we could buy it...LOL!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Beep said...

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7:50 PM  
Anonymous sandi said...

I have to admit to being a knitter/ripper. Will rip something out just to start again. That is sick.

12:04 PM  

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