Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taking the pledge

With six months - more or less - of the year left to go, I have decided to challenge myself.  And I'm doing it right in front of you all so there can be no fudging.

The pledge?  Simple:   not to buy any new yarn for the next six months.  I have a huge stash and it seems to be growing, so I'm going to get down to using all that yarn that I'm saving for...what? If you noticed a bit of a loophole in my pledge, it wasn't intentional.  Not at first.  But then I started thinking about yarn from a thrift store or gifted yarn.    Does that equal 'new' yarn, do you think?  I will do my best to stay honest.  You'll be the judges...OK?

The first stop is to use some of this cotton yarn that I found at a thrift shop.  It's a lovely creamy color - sort of like really pale lemon pudding.  I've been trying to find a use for it.  It is, after all, summer when cotton comes to town,  but no pattern is calling to it.


I keep coming back to a pattern for a bias knit skirt (they seem to be everywhere right now).  The Swirl Skirt  uses cotton and wool which seems like a great way to use up some more of that yarn.  I have lots of wool.  Well, I have lots of everything, heh, heh.  Swatch, swatch, swatch and I'm ready to get going.


Unfortunately, the wool that works best is a not-so-yummy shade of salmon and I think it will look better if I dye it something a bit more compatible with the creamy cotton.  Here it is soaking while I think of a color that might work in an overdye.  Since the cotton is light, I don't want to go any darker in tone than the yarn already is.


I've mixed a bit of yellow with a even tinier bit of chocolate (goes well with everything *grin* ) and hope that I'll get something which works.  It's cooking right now.  I'll post the results tomorrow.

8 comments:

Paws on the Run said...

Fun! The skirt looks awesome!!!!

Ginny said...

It looks like spaghetti! Well, the skirt is really cute, and I am anxious to see how the dye color turns out. But I say if it is such fun buying new yarn, why deprive yourself?? You may have to add on an extra room for all the yarn, but hey, if you can repair a deck...

Mimi said...

It's got to be good if it has "chocolate" in it!
Look forward to seeing it tomorrow. I'm glad the pledge was yarn-related and not food-related, or worse still, drink-related!
see you tomorrow!

Mimi said...

It's got to be good if it has "chocolate" in it!
Look forward to seeing it tomorrow. I'm glad the pledge was yarn-related and not food-related, or worse still, drink-related!
see you tomorrow!

ladydragonfly said...

The skirt is adorable. I should make the same pledge about not buying more yarn till I have used more of what I have. You notice I said "should". :)

Angie said...

I can only see 3 pics today (only one yesterday!) but the skirt looks amazing.

fabricfan said...

I'll be thinking of you and your pledge, I keep saying I must work down the stashes as well. I try, not brave enough to post it on the blog though.

Rudee said...

Good luck with your pledge, but don't look to me to hold you to it! That's like the pot calling the kettle black. That said, I haven't bought yarn in months and I'm trying hard to knock down my own stash.

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