The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl!

Last Saturday was the inaugural Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl, held here in Edinburgh and organised by Ginger Twist Studio in collaboration with Kathy’s Knits and Be Inspired Fibres.

Manic is probably the best way to describe it!

I was helping out, so I didn’t get to all the shops, but I did manage to pop in to Kathy’s and get yet another ball of Jamieson and Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (I have a self-confessed J&S addiction). I also ran into a couple of the groups being led by friends from my usual Monday night knitting group, who all seemed to be having a good time and were already heavily laden with yarn – despite this being their first stop of the day!

I headed off to Ginger Twist after that, which was a very pleasant stroll in the sunshine – couldn’t have picked a better day for it weather wise! At this point, GTS was still quiet (compared to crowds later on) and I managed to get one of the very fabulous, limited edition Sheepish Sock in the Indie Burgh colourway which Jess had handdyed specially for the day. I had promised myself that if a skein of this was there I could treat myself… and I did. I also got to meet Susan Crawford who was setting up her trunk show and ended up getting a pattern for a sweater and a hat kit – called A Day at the Races (which seems to be so new that the pattern isn’t in the Ravelry database yet).

From here I headed off to the Safari Lounge and grabbed a quick lunch before preparing things for the impending arrival of many, many weary and shopped out knitters and crocheters. I don’t think I really got to stop once people started arriving. We filled the back room which was reserved for us, to the point where crafters were quietly taking over the rest the pub. I think at one point there may have been another 3 – 4 tables worth of people who couldn’t fit in the back room. It was lovely meeting everyone, and all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their day. It was wonderful to see the crowd of people all happily knitting and chatting.

Although I was exhausted at the end of the day (I have no idea how Jess, Kathy and Lucy were still able to keep going after being in busy shops all day), it was well worth it. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

You can also find images and comments from the day on twitter – under the hashtag #IBYC including quite a few pictures! Karie Bookish over on Fourth Edition has written a round-up post too. And there is now a thread on any blogposts related to the day on Ravelry, which can be found here.

Shopping the Stash

If you’ve seen my stash entires on my Ravelry profile, it becomes very apparent that I have a not in-substantial quantity of yarn and fibre currently residing in my spare room.

So… 2014 is the year of the stash!

The aim is to knit  (and spin, crochet or weave… or just remove by donation or sale) as much as possible from said stash.* Occasional exceptions are permitted**(for instance there is no way I am giving up my HilltopCloud Best of British fibre club spot – sorry!)

I’m now a semi-active member of the Stash Knit Down group on Ravelry, and am starting to (albeit) slowly work my way through things.

So far, so good and as of April 30th, I’ve reduced my stash by 7.38 miles!

 

* Destashing will be fairly limited, I rather like what I have in my stash. No novelty yarn lurks in the deepest reaches of my storage boxes!

** Apparently occasional exceptions have resulted in copious amounts of yarn from Iceland, a pile of Jamieson & Smith’s Jumper Weight (both purchased and won as a prize) and a wee heap of cotton yarn since I didn’t have any… I may have to rethink the definition of ‘occasional’. 

Resolutions 2013

I’m not one for making resolutions, or to be more honest I like the idea of them, just not the actual practice of carrying them out. Last January I posted on one of the stash down forums on Ravelry which was discussing the idea of 12 12’s in 2012.

These were the aims:

  1. 12 Sweaters, Cardigans, Tops
  2. 12 Socks (6 pairs)
  3. 12 Mittens, Gloves (6 Pairs)
  4. 12 WIPs or Queue Items
  5. 12 Favourites
  6. 12 Scarves, Cowls, Shawls
  7. 12 Hexipuffs per month (12 x 12)
  8. 12 Techniques (New and Previously Used)
  9. 12 Seasonal Decorations
  10. 12 Wildcards
  11. 12,000 Yards Knitted
  12. 12 Months Keeping my Knitting Stuff Organised

I think I can safely say that all of these probably didn’t happen. I need to actually review what I knitted last year and match it up to the list – I’ll post on that later. But really – it won’t have happened. Some categories will be complete, others will be half done, some will not be done at all and others will probably have been forgotten. Although with my memory for these things, I may surprise myself.

So this year I’m considering things a little differently. Less limitations, more flexibility and no categories.

So for 2013:

  1. Plan ahead
  2. Knit from stash where possible – Although I’m allowing additional purchases if necessary to the project, or if something else specific shows up, i.e. where I see something I *have* to knit and just buy the yarn for that.
  3. Get the stash (yarn and fibre) down to a comfortable level – I have no idea what that level is, just that I’m not there at the moment.
  4. Try and knit from patterns already purchased (or free!) – My Ravelry library is extensive, and I’ve been lucky with the free pattern codes this holiday, I have no excuse.
  5. Spin more – Far easier now I have the wheel. 
  6. Knit with the handspun from resolution #5 – Should be made easier if I have an idea of what I’m knitting and what is needed – see #4.
  7. Try and design more patterns – I have many ideas, I just need to get on with it. 
  8. Try and actually publish my own patterns – see notes accompanying #7.
  9. Stay organised – in terms of stash, equipments, notes etc – Should be straightforward, my office is better organsing and I like sorting things. 
  10. Try and take better photographs – More on this later.
  11. Keep blogging – Speaks for itself really…

I think this should work; I’m already working on #1…

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