Oodles and Oodles of Yarn

Step 1: Curious about the damage done to my project via incorrect gauge, I decided to finish the band I had going with the smaller needle size and block the project.  I am not too far off now, but I still need to go down another needle size.  I meant to pick up the smaller size today, but totally spaced.  Either way, what I have complete so far:

I may yet have time to run out and get the missing needles.  Or, they may magically appear in my stash, which I tried to organize somewhat this afternoon.

Basically, I have had several boxes of yarn, remnants, works-in-progress, and the dreaded forgotten works-in-progress.  I decided to begin with the full skeins of yarn.  My reasoning for this was actually quite economical of me.  We are driving to West Virginia on Tuesday and will be gone for 4 days, plus 2 days driving.  This is at best a 13 hour drive (from Chicago) and I have no intention of driving if I can help it.  I do not want to bring my sweater in the car to protect it from mistakes and dirt, so I must find an alternative suitable project, or projects as the case will most likely be.  I have two orders to complete for snoods:

I have one hat about halfway done, and the second one is a child’s size, which will be a fairly quick knit.  Especially since it is an original pattern that I have memorized and uses remnants specifically (pattern is for sale here).   Provided I don’t complete the hat already begun (unlikely) this is a mere 6 hours of knitting.  That’s not even the trip there.

My original plan was to swing by the yarn store near Odin’s workplace and stock up before picking him up and heading out.  However, today, while cleaning, I made the realization that me stash looks…well, rather disorderly and neglected.  Observe:

So, as you can see, I do have quite a bit of yarn to work with.  And that’s only what hasn’t been used yet.  There are so many half skeins and works-in-progress that are destined to be frogged!  I decided, in a strike of knitterly organization, that I was going to catalogue my yarns via Ravelry, in order to link to patterns designed for each type of yarn and gain inspiration.  This way, I save money on yarn, and use of some of the unmanageable stash, and have several projects to keep me busy throughout our road trip vacation!  Brilliant, right?

I am also proud to report that this portion of my stash now looks like this!


And now, I have 3 days to clean the house, get myself and the 5 year old packed, change the oil in my car, and find enough patterns to prepare.  Easy, right?






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