My Forest Floor Legwarmers are finished! And the stranded colourwork turned out pretty well, if not as perfect as I hope to get by the end of 2013 (The Year Of Stranded Colourwork, as I have decreed it!). In the end, I had plenty of yarn for full-length, slouchy legwarmers. In fact, despite having carefully weighed and weighed again, after working the 19 stripes on each leg that I’d calculated I had yarn for, I was left with so much yarn that I carried on to 23 stripes, unpicking the ribbing at the bottom of the first legwarmer to add more length. Why 23? I don’t know, I was at knit night and it just felt right. And apparently I estimated well – I have several yards of light brown left, but only about 8 inches of the dark brown. Perfect! There’s two skeins out of my stash and onto my (now warmer, cozier) legs!
I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now. I set myself a goal in January to have three skeins of yarn out for every two I bring in (including handspun). So far the proportions have been pretty even, but just yesterday I was able to destash 14 full and part-skeins of yarn – mostly cotton that I was given as gifts, and it’s nice enough but I far prefer wool – as well as finishing the legwarmers and a pair of seed-stitch bathroom-cleaning rags for 3 more skeins knit out. This puts me so far ahead in the stashing down that I feel like I should celebrate. By going to the yarn store. But I won’t, because…well, I made no such resolution about my fibre stash.
In fact, dear readers, I wanted to talk to you about that. I signed up for a couple of clubs – Dyet Yarns’ Fairy and Folklore club, running January-March, and Fat Cat Knits’ Fairytale club, running March-June. Yeah, I’m a sucker for folklore. And I’m going to blog my club fibres, but on the off-chance that someone reading this hasn’t got theirs yet, they’ll be under the jump.