Mitered Squares!

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Well not surprisingly, I ended up getting bored with my last stash yarn project – the wool eater’s blanket.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love the pattern, the rounds were just getting way too long…and boring.  So I have retired that project permanently and decided to have a dig through my knitting library.  I came across one title that is all about squares, in fact it is called Knit to Be Square and has all sorts of patterns.   The pattern that I eventually ended up deciding upon was the pattern that first made me even decide to purchase the book – this lovely rainbow afghan made up of mitered squares.  Now, if I had been thinking about it, I probably could have just figured out how to knit this pattern without buying the book, but it was a bit of an impulsive decision several years ago.  In any case, it was a good thing that I found the book because I now have a new project to (hopefully) use up my stash up Vanna’s Choice yarns.  The colorways I’m using are mustard, terracotta, cranberry, scarlet, raspberry, sapphire, aqua, pea green, dusty green, wildberry, dusty purple, purple, and navy blue.

The colors do match quite well with those called for in the original pattern and the good thing about using the VC yarns is that it is worsted so the squares end up larger.  I have been exclusively knitting with skinny yarn (primarily sock) for the past few months so it was nice to knit with a thicker yarn that produces faster results.  Of course, I put on my “how can I make this project ‘better’ re: make myself crazy and likely not finish” hat and decided to widen the pattern.  I even knit the first row of squares adding more squares, but looking at it, I’m pretty sure that the finished blanket would end up being a behemoth so I’m going to rip back to the original pattern and go from there.  In addition to the eventual finished blanket being HUGE, I also considered that I would like end up buying more yarn to finish the blanket, thus completely defeating the purpose of the stash busting project in the first place!

So I’ve been just knitting away at my colorful squares!  There are going to be an insane number of ends to weave in so I should probably start on those sooner rather than later!

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And we’re back!

Tonal Collection

 

The Yarny Cakes family enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting with family. Miss Emme was a trooper during her first car ride and only had a couple major meltdowns during the 26 hour roundtrip adventure. She was quite happy to be home yesterday and is relaxing. If not for her doctor’s appointment this morning, she would be having what I refer to as a not-real-baby-person-day which occurs when she wears jammies all day, haha.

Also back is the Yarny Cakes Etsy store! Before leaving last week, I finished dyeing all of the semi-solid yarns and created draft listings for them. Now I just need to re-skein and photograph each one and they’ll be ready to go! Here is a sneak peek of them together!

Rainbow Glory!

Unitam Collage

A very good friend of mine asked if I could dye rainbow yarn and while I had never done that before, I decided it was time to experiment!  I ended up creating a skein that I named ‘Utinam’  While I was at it, I created three complimentary skeins to make into mini-skeins!  Off to do some knitting…hexipuffs must be knit!

Rainbows

 

Day 6: Favorite Knitting Tool – Around and around we go!

My favorite knitting tool that I used to wind up some raibbow yarn I dyed yesterday.

My favorite knitting tool that I used to wind up some raibbow yarn I dyed yesterday.

For the sixth day of knitting and crochet blog week, we are asked to discuss our favorite knitting tool.  There are many tools that go into the making of a fine, knitting item – needles, yarn, stitch markers possibly, a crochet hook for dropped stitches, a ruler, etc, but my favorite knitting tool is my yarn winder.

I had ordered one from Knit Picks a few years ago when I first discovered that there was more yarn to buy than just that found at large craft stores and that quite nice yarn could even be purchased online! During my college years when I taught myself to knit, I didn’t even know such a thing existed, mostly because I didn’t know that yarn came in any other format than the wound skein of Red Heart, Caron, etc.  But when I signed up for Ravelry, I was introduced to a whole different side of knitting, that included knitting with natural fibers…and in different sizes too!  It was around this time that my bee knitter’s attitude decided to land for a while on the lace shawl blossom.  In my quest to find all things lace weight, I found Knit Picks which offered affordable lace yarns in yummy colors.  I immediately started to hoard collect some skeins of lace weight yarn to jump into my new knitting adventure.

Well, I got the skeins of lace weight and went straight to winding it up…like a true ignorant novice and wound up with a rather ridiculous, balled up, just about beyond help mess that used to be a rather lovely red yarn.  I worked at untangling for a week (with Mr. YarnyCake’s help – he would hold the ball on one couch while I sat across the room and picked the little knots and occasionally told him to wind it a bit – he’s a good sport and a keeper!) before it finally yielded and became a ball of yarn.  All the while I kept thinking to myself, there has to be an easier way to do this.  So to the internet I went and there I found the yarn winder, once again from Knit Picks as that was my favorite place to buy all things knitting related.

Along with this winder, I also purchased a swift because half of my trouble with winding the lace yarn was that I hadn’t thought about what would actually hold the yarn while I wound it by hand

Since then I have been winding cute, compact balls of yarn that really showcase the beauty of the yarn! I even wore one winder out and had to get another, but this is certainly one knitting tool I simply cannot do without.