Saturday, January 02, 2010

Ten in 2010

A bunch of peope I know are working on a 10 Shawls in 2010 sort of Challenge/Loosely-Knit Along thingie. While I am interested, I know that I will never in a bazillion years wear that many shawls, and other than for charity, I don't know where I'd gift that many shawls (and truth is, most of the shawls I am dying to make wouldn't be practical for the charities I knit for--they need solid, utilitarian sorts of garments). So, instead of 10 shawls, I am planning 10 sweaters. It's not like I don't have the yarn . . .

I have been telling myself for years that I *must* use up some of the older stashed stuff. I have beautiful yarns that are just "not my color" (to wear) though seeing and fondling them gives me great pleasure.

So last night, I cast on a sweater with some very old Patons Impressions Hand-dyed wool in a beautiful shade of green (just not *my* wearing shade) that I will send to Afghans for Afghans. Some child will be warm. I will have the pleasure of knitting this yummy stuff, and I will no longer feel guilty about not using it.

I bought it shortly after I discovered Smiley's as a source for lots of interesting yarns. I swatched it. I even started a sweater for me (witness the 2-3" sleeve cuffs in the Ziploc with the swatch and the rewound yarn). It's lovely stuff!

Follow me on this journey. Heck, join me on this journey. Surely you have yarn that is begging to be made. Surely there is a charity (local or international) that needs your help.

I'll be eyeing the stash over the next few days, identifying wool that needs to be made up. Might even post a list (with photos) to keep me honest.

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Me too, me too! I just dug out enough Lopi to make a good one for the current A4A campaign -- 6 skeins of the same brown (2 different dyelots, but we know how to work with that) and some gold and red for accents. It's been my bad habit to buy colors I like, without thinking about what I can do with 2 skeins of something. So there are stripes and checks looming in my immediate future!
You know I'd love to. You also know the likelihood of me finishing *one* thing, never mind ten. I shall cheer you on from the sidelines.
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