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knitdamsel
Chatty Knitter

223 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  9:29:10 PM  Show Profile Send knitdamsel a Private Message
ONE WHOLE YEAR on a yarn diet??

The Yarn Non-Buying Agreement sounded like a good idea to me last January. Knit down your stash, make room for more yarn, right? So, during 2005, I made....drumroll, please...4 sweaters, 2 hats, 4 scarves, 2 shawls, 1 handbag, and half an afghan.

Guess where that half-finished afghan is going? Back into the stash!

Enough of the yarn diet. I'm going shopping!


http://www.knitdamsel.blogspot.com

griffsmom
Gabber Extraordinaire

457 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  10:37:02 PM  Show Profile Send griffsmom a Private Message
Wow, that must have been one doozy of a stash!! Congrats on your FOs and starting the new year with a fairly clean slate!

*~*Lori*~*

My finished projects: http://community.webshots.com/album/308469463umpbHG

"Measure wealth, not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money." ~ Unknown
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saashka
Chatty Knitter

114 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  09:20:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit saashka's Homepage  Send saashka a Yahoo! Message Send saashka a Private Message
Wow! Good for you. You deserve a splurge.

http://saashka.blogspot.com
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Ditzy Girl
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USA
4723 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  09:23:40 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
BUT, how is your stash? Is the afghan going back into the stash or are you just tired of it? Inquiring minds want to know!

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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firymist
Chatty Knitter

USA
220 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  11:25:59 AM  Show Profile Send firymist a Private Message
Amazing! I'm in awe! I really don't think I could have made it a whole year not buying any yarn. I bow to you and the knitting gods should smile and give you luscious yarn!
firymist
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Boogie
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USA
3073 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  2:13:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
A whole year not buying yarn???
And you survived???

I always thought that by passing up yarn buying for too long would injure or possibly kill me.

amy
http://theboogerblog.blogspot.com
http://www.spunkyhats.com
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lauriec
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USA
424 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  2:41:37 PM  Show Profile  Send lauriec a Yahoo! Message Send lauriec a Private Message
You know, I've *heard* about people doing stuff like this & surviving but I thought it was merely an urban legend!

Go shop woman! You earned it!!!
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knitdamsel
Chatty Knitter

223 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  6:04:32 PM  Show Profile Send knitdamsel a Private Message
Urban legend, that is so funny!!

The yarn diet really started last January because I couldn't shut my closet door anymore. I had bags of yarn on the top shelves, boxes stacked on the closet floor, more boxes under the bed -- you get the idea. The stash was getting out of control.

And the funny thing is that I rediscovered yarn I had forgotten that I had bought! It was almost like going shopping, to get surprises like that. I still have enough yarn for about a dozen sweaters or shawls. Now I'm going to rotate WIP's (something new from Knitpicks, something from the stash, etc.).

Zola, the half-way-done afghan is going back into the stash because I can't figure out how to finish it. It's one of those super easy patterns: three strands of Red Heart, size 15 needles, knit four rows garter stitch, then four rows of knit four/purl four. By the time it was three feet long, it weighed so much, I couldn't flip it over in my lap anymore as I was working on it. Anybody have any suggestions?


http://www.knitdamsel.blogspot.com
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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  8:07:16 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
There's no way I could go a whole year without buying yarn. However, I could knit steadily for several years without buying yarn. I could make several sweaters and shawls a year for at least 3 to 4 years, easy.

Geez, this is scary.

Anita
My completed projects

and here

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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  8:09:00 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
quote:
Zola, the half-way-done afghan is going back into the stash because I can't figure out how to finish it. It's one of those super easy patterns: three strands of Red Heart, size 15 needles, knit four rows garter stitch, then four rows of knit four/purl four. By the time it was three feet long, it weighed so much, I couldn't flip it over in my lap anymore as I was working on it. Anybody have any suggestions?


Learn to knit backwards! It's easy! Then you don't have to turn the thing, just go back and forth!

Anita
My completed projects

and here

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Knitrageous
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1445 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  9:35:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Okay Anita...my curiosity is up. How do you knit backwards?

~~~~Jamye

I don't have a problem with authority, I just have a problem with people telling me what to do.
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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  1:37:58 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
A picture is worth a thousand words, so:

http://oma57.tripod.com/ktbk.html

http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/knitblog/archives/000811.html (continental)

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/backwards.html (has videos also)

Like everything else it takes a little practice, but I would never do entrelac without this technique.


Anita
My completed projects

and here

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Knitrageous
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USA
1445 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  1:57:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Looks interesting. I'll have to see if I can do it sometime.

~~~~Jamye

I don't have a problem with authority, I just have a problem with people telling me what to do.
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