Hi, my name is Elle, and I’m a yarnaholic.

Hi, Elle!
So, I actually have not been knitting for the last week and a half. (Ok, well, I did, but just a little bit.) Instead, I spent my spare time organizing my yarn stash. Oy, what an undertaking. I’ve been using those Rubbermaid under-bed bins to store the yarn I’d bought over the years, and they were scattered around in whatever closet space I could find. I pulled them all out and reorganized. At the end of the exercise, I had 26 bins full of 145 different types of yarn, representing a little over 10 years of knitting and crocheting. This is what 26 bins of yarn looks like:

No, I don’t have a problem, why do you ask?
As I was going through my stash, I could see a clear evolution of my craft. A lot of the earlier stuff was plain acrylic yarn, like Red Heart. Some baby projects, a lot of unfinished afghans, stuff like that. Then as I became more involved in knitting and crocheting, I branched into different types of yarn. It was still mass-market stuff like Lion Brand (evidenced by a ton of Homespun yarn… I must’ve really liked it!), still doing mostly afghans. Then, as I began to discover local yarn stores, my stash turned to wools, fancies, and other fine fibers, and my craft turned to finer work, like gloves and fair-isle hats. I’m no yarn snob, though. I have plans to go back to some early projects to use up some of the old yarn.
I do have more yarn than I’ll ever use, so I’ll have to figure out a way to destash. Give/sell/trade on Ravelry, most likely, and I understand there are some charity programs that takes yarn. We’ll have to see.
Until then, if you don’t hear from me, I may have been struck by a yarnvalanche. Send help.

Fun with coworkers

Oh yeah. I do like knitting a lot, but give away more than I keep. So, I ended up making some items for people at work, just for fun.
First, a Quant headband from Knitty.com, using Crystal Palace Yarns Taos. I gave this to one of the editors on my team.

And then a Under Water scarf from Dorothy, for one of my husband’s co-workers. He had a neon sign that I wanted to buy off of him for my husband, but he just gave it to me and refused payment. So I made him a scarf. The yarn is Moda Dea Tweedle Dee.

And finally, a set of Voodoo wrist warmers from Knitty.com, knit with Noro Silk Garden. This was for one of the writers on my team. She told me she wore them all evening after I gave them to her. Awwww. You’re welcome.

I’ve got another one in the works, too. Stay tuned.

Knitted Christmas gifts

Since I just started this thing, I thought I’d step back and grab a few projects from Christmas. It still counts, right? So, I made some gifts for the fam. Actually, I’m still working on some. (Shhh, don’t tell them.)
First, I made some hats for my nieces (2 and 6) from a pattern in Knit Simple magazine. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted superwash wool.

Then I made a tam for my sister-in-law from the Three Tams pattern on Knitty.com. The yarn is Cascade 220 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The Silk Garden is a self-striping yarn, so it looks like the color changes you see in fair-isle knitting. Fake-isle, it’s called.

I made my mom, dad, and stepmom some Zune cozies, too. More on that later.
About the ones I’m not done with yet: I have two more that are kinda almost done that I’m still counting as "Christmas." I’ll post those after I’m done and have given them away.