And So It Began…

Looking back, I know exactly when my obsession with hoarding stashing yarn began. It started in a local craft store, now closed, when I started knitting again twelve years ago. My sister was pregnant with my first niece, and I decided as a good aunt I should knit her a baby blanket. I went to the store bought a pattern book and some yarn and was hooked, on both knitting and the yarn.

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The yarn was Patons Melody, 100% acrylic yarn that is so soft and squishy it is perfect for baby blankets. The fact it’s a boucle yarn did not make it ideal for a first project. Nevertheless, a blanket was produced and as Patons started changing colours in the line (or I saw a sale) I started “stocking up” so I’d have some on hand.  After all, there are always babies being born.

 

Over the years, my tastes for what I wanted to knit changed but I’d dip into my stash and produce a baby blanket from Patons Melody as each niece or nephew arrived. These blankets have been used and abused but still are hanging around. Patons Melody, however, isn’t.  The yarn was discontinued a few years ago when I wasn’t paying attention.* So when my newest niece arrived in January I went searching anxiously through my stash and discovered:

 

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Just enough left for one last blanket in little girl appropriate colours.

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* I just discovered there are a couple of opportunities on Ravelry to purchase enough for a baby blanket.  I thinking of replenishing a bit of the stash. 😉

Buying Local

Today we had the opportunity to tour the island with representatives from the provincial government’s “Buy Local” team.  The purpose was to talk about our local fishery for background for future stories for social media. For me it’s always fun to play tour guide for a day, and who could resist a spring day out of the office.

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Watermelon Hat

I’m sure it’s a common sentiment among knitters: you see a piece of knitwear, look at and think: “I could make that.”  I usually then get a grip on myself; remember the realities of my time, skill, and patience; and continue on my way.  However, my restraint fell by the wayside when I saw a watermelon hat on one of my niece’s dolls. It was one they had worn when they were babies. I proceeded to “borrow”** it to use as a reference.

 

A quick Ravelry search turned up a pattern for a watermelon hat from Stephanie Peal-MacPhee.  A little shopping from my yarn collection and voila:

 

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**  By “borrow” I mean I took when she wasn’t looking.