Not much to see for this post, I’m just listing a few projects I’m hoping to get done 😀
- Rip out my Treccia hat (Michele Wang) – so, my gauge was off, and on top of that I was a cheapskate and didn’t buy smaller needles for the brim of the hat; and I learned my lesson about halfway along the project when I realised the hat was massive. So, I decided to continue and adapt it as a cowl. I finished it, however I feel like the circumference of the cowl is a bit large which means that often it flops down and the hard work knitting cables is hidden. Therefore I have pretty much decided to rip it out and reuse the yarn either to re knit the hat or create something else! I would like to re knit the pattern for sure either in this yarn or another, as I love the cable design.
- Rip out my first cardigan – my first cardigan was a Simone cardigan by we are knitters. It used super bulky single ply yarn. There wasn’t really any fitting involved for this pattern as it was a super beginner pattern. When I finished it I realised that the shape of the cardigan wasn’t one that suited my body type, so I would like to rip it out and on top of that I’d like to re spin the yarn into a lighter weight 2 or 3 ply yarn. Due to it being single ply it is also very susceptible to pilling and is not very structurally robust. I would be likely to re knit this yarn into another cardigan, one that is better suited to my body type and a bit more lightweight.
- Rip out my first sweater – this sweater was another we are knitters design, called the Pyry sweater. While it’s quite nice and definitely fits me much better than the Simone cardigan, I haven’t really worn it. This is because I noticed that again as the yarn is single ply it’s very pill-y and I worry that as soon as I wear it it’s going to get damaged. Probably not the case but I definitely feel like within 10 wears I’ll see pilling and get sad! So again this will be ripped out, respun into a yarn which is plied and probably knitted into a jumper or cardigan. I’d be quite tempted to combine some yarn from the Simone and the Pyry and use it for a colourwork project.
- Remove my singles spun from a batt from my spinning wheel – a while back I bought a batt – I think it was (moorit coloured) shetland wool – from World of Wool. While a lot of their other stuff is great, I found that this batt was full of nepps and difficult to spin. This could be its intended texture and it could be that I’m just not used to this texture to spin from, but I’m just not enjoying spinning on it and it has just been sitting on a bobbin for months. I don’t really like the idea of wasting it though, however I’m thinking I can keep it until we move house and then use it on my compost, since it’s not superwash. I want to stress that I’m not criticising World of Wool however and I recommend a lot of their fibres 🙂
- Crochet squares for putting under plant pots – pretty self explanatory 🙂 well, I ripped out a 2nd crochet blanket I was working on because I had messed up the increases, and decided that I could crochet these up over time into other useful things. Perhaps I could also look up how to make little baskets. We’ll see 🙂
- Continue with my draft sewing project – trying to make a draft/toile/muslin of the Factory dress pattern by Merchant and Mills. My friend gave me old bed sheets to work with, so I really appreciate her help!
- Skirt – I’d love to also use one of the bed sheets to make a skirt for myself. When we moved from Mid-Wales to Manchester I got rid of a lot of clothes, so I’d like to rebuild my wardrobe and have clothes that I feel good in while wearing – preferably I’d like to do this in a more sustainable way if possible.
These are my main to do list type projects. On top of these I have my general knitting projects, like my Stephen West Dotted Rays (in seed stitch) which is about 70% done now, woohoo! And I also have a couple of pairs of socks on the needles too. Just wanted to note down the above sort-of thrifty projects for myself so I don’t forget them!
I’m still trying not to buy yarn and use up what I have. And since I have a load of unworn finished objects I feel like I should re purpose them and get more use out of them. I need to use up that yarn a bit more before I fill my home with more yarn. I definitely think that I could get a ton of projects and mileage out of my current stash, and it isn’t even that big anymore! It can probably fit into one typical household plastic storage box, and I’m glad that’s the case 🙂
Anyway, happy knitting, thrifting, sewing and all that!