Monday, January 02, 2006

KAL fever!

I've got it!

With the new year comes the natural urge to rid yourself of some of your clutter. Now before anyone's panties get bunched up I am only referring to the sacred stash as clutter for lack of a better term (or because that's how DH refers to it). While I love to surround myself as much fibery goodness as possible, sometimes too much yarn makes me anxious. Projects for which there is yarn already earmaked in the stash can feel like just another laundry or dishes. Or maybe I feel like I just can't knit fast enough to knit everything I want and still keep up with the current knitting trends. I have the yarn for a Cozy, Branching Out, a Ribby Cardi, Rogue and even a Turtleneck Shrug. Then there is the Zephyr for a FBS,the Lion and Lamb on it's way (from a swap) for a Clapotis, and the 3 balls of Cathay that are (also) on the way to keep the 5 balls I already have company until I'm ready to knit Orangina. How in the world am I going to accomplish any of this?

I guess the first step would be to not buy any more yarn. Ok, are you done laughing yet? Since that's probably not going to happen I vow to at least slow down. Step 2 would be to gather with like minded individuals, giving me a cyber kick in the pants to get knitting!

I've been knitting on Ella as part of a KAL on Yahoo. This is a great pattern! And the yarn? Oh my goodness the yarn is something else. You must check out Brooks Farm and check out their yarn. This stuff is gorgeous!! I'm enjoying every minute of this shawl.

I've joined the Behind the Times KAL which should prove to be a lot of fun and quite helpful in my quest. Branching Out, Clapotis, Rogue...heck, just about everything in my queue...fall under the heading of this KAL! A bunch of us plan to start Clapotis very soon and we've got someone starting Branching Out. If you've got a project that you *missed the bandwagon* on come join us :o)

Last but not least there is a KAL in the works for Teva Durham's Turtleneck shrug. I don't know too much about it yet but I know I've been eyeing the 'sleeves without a sweater' ever since I got the Scarf Style book and I can't wait to knit it!

Lots of stuff going on at the Busy house in the next few weeks. Three birthdays and an anniversary all coming up. For us life doesn't quite get back to normal until a couple months after the tree comes down and the decorations are put away. But more about all that later...I'm off to knit a little on Ella!


Insomiknitac said...

ill write more later :)

Nik said...

I said the same thing to myself the other day...That I shouldn't buy more yarn until I've used up a lot of what's in my stash.

When I actually went through all of my stash, I realized that I have yarn that I forgot I had.

Anonymous said...

I like the Ella pattern too. I'm also liking the sounds of the Brooks Farm yarn. It will probably be quite a while before I knit Ella, though. My queue is already quite extensive.

Looking forward to seeing your Ella progress!

Kim said...

I have to go through the stash again. There has been much acquired sine my last peek!

Hopefully I'll have Ella pics soon :o)