I know it is the beginning of June but I realized in the midst of my mad dash to destash my downstairs stash that I was building a new stash of handspan which doesn’t really doesn’t help me chip away.
It is amazing how fast you can spin up yarn. The amount of time from start to finish goes fast but there is a lot of passive time in there too. To be honest I was surprised how many steps there are to making yarn, and also how many of them are passive( resting on the bobbins, resting on the niddy noddy, giving it a bath, and drying the yarn).
I have gone off topic because what I really meant to discuss is what I am going to do with the yarn next month. Next month is my big “Christmas in July” challenge…. I have also signed myself up to a CAL, and participating in the Tour de Fleece ( Yeah, clearly I think there are more than 24 hours in a day). So I thought I would try my best to make next month work for me. Let me first explain why I am only knitting Holiday items in July.
It seems every year without fail I see cute decorations which I want to add to my queue or would love to have around the house. I usually see them around the Oct-Dec timeframe. Most seem to look like quick knits, but let’s be honest if you are a knitter who gifts hand knits you are usually cranking out the hand knits like a one person sweat shop. Thinking about how you are going to get family, teacher, friends and neighbors handmade gifts and have them all done in time do give the recipient is kind of exhausting( I typically start knitting accessories in July exactly for this reason, because if your count is 13+ in the finished object department you need to get cracking to have them all finished by December).
While all the gift giving is great; it leads me to the problem at hand, none of the cute decorations and plans I make get knit. So this year I decided to give myself permission to knit whatever holiday decor and knitwear I wanted during the month of July. I have been wanting to knit “Smitten Mittens” for the longest time and I think that my new stockpile of handspan will finally give me the perfect opportunity to use stash.
I have no illusions burning through my stash.. I will likely have massive amounts of scrap yarn and need to come up with another idea of how to use them…. I have had to come with the ugly truth that despite blowing through a massive amount of yarn ( 2600+ yards) on the Big Granny Square Blanket I will have roughly 14-15 25gram balls when I finish the project. I am not sure how I will use the remaining scrap yarn, I mean there are several options gifting the yarn, hatmaking, crocheting, or selling the yarn are all options, I just know that I will have about left overs:(
I also am toying with the idea of making a minimochi diarama ( Think Rudolf and his buddies, along with Santa, elves and maybe and indomitable snowman) and Christmas tree ornaments.
I guess one thing is for certain I need to finish this beast of a blanket and spin up some more yarn:)