2.02.2016

Attempting to remedy my yarn hoarding

cobberson yarn edited with a color story app





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Some time last year, I tried to purge the part of my yarn stash that was made up of the stuff that I knew WOULD NEVER EVER get used.  Ever.  Out went all the tiny balls of cotton dishcloth yarn that I used for one weekend (the weekend where I thought, I'll never need to buy paper towels ever again! Yeah, no.).  Out went the scraps of skeins I had used for other projects but decided to keep in case I could use them for tiny projects, or combined for stripes.  Out went a bunch of half finished projects that were just kind of meh, that would never end up being finished.

This left me with my current situation.  There are still bins of yarn sitting in my craft room that I still consider nice looking and have enough yardage to make a decent size project.  Why is it so hard to just shop my stash for my next knit, instead of looking longingly at other yarns at the LYS?  I mean, I must've looked at my existing stuff this way once, right?  

So in the interest of acting rationally/ sanely when it comes to my yarn, I'm going to attempt to use up everything I have left before I buy anything new.  I have no gift knitting to do where I have to take someone else's preferences into account, so everything is totally up to me.  This is going to be rough.

1.18.2016

Hot off the needles: A Dubious Victory scarf

cobberson dubious victory scarf





One of my goals this year is to try and put less pressure on myself to do everything (usually resulting in varying degrees of overwhelm) and do one or two relaxing crafts per month.  Nothing major.  This month, I wanted to do one infinity scarf and one scrapbook page.  We're halfway through the month and I finished my scarf and there's plenty of time left to do that scrapbook page!

The scarf I chose is A Dubious Victory by Anna Johnson and it is the perfect project for using up small quantities of stash yarn, or experimenting with color mixing.  The pattern is simple and relaxing and the scarf is reversible.  

Materials used: 

Size 9 circular
Fable Fibers Biography dk merino (not sure of the colorway, as it was part of a club subscription a few years back)


cobberson dubious victory scarf
Taking a bath
















cobberson dubious victory scarf
Still blocking






Unfortunately, it's still blocking, so I don't have any photos where I'm wearing it, but I'll post one soon.  I can't wait to wear it-  it's so soft and squishy <3

1.11.2016

Free Printable: 2016 Craft Goals worksheet

cobberson 2016 free printable craft goals worksheet






It's almost two weeks into 2016 and I'm about to hit full on planning mode.  My new Passion Planner just came in the mail today and I'm so excited to start filling it in.  Last year, I tried out the Erin Condren Life Planner and it was just too... much.  It's very nice and while I liked it for a while, I think I need something lighter, smaller, and less brightly colored.  Something I can leave open on my desk and kind of blends in.

I also wanted to start setting some craft goals for the year, but instead of putting it all into Ravelry (which I just started getting back into after a loooong hiatus), I really needed a simple paper chart I can hang on the wall above my desk.  Ravelry is awesome, but my queue is something like 6 pages, over a hundred projects long, and in desperate need of editing.  

If you need a simple printable worksheet, you can download mine here.  There are only three fields:  the major project I want to complete this year, new skills, and projects by month.  I have noticed on other blogs (where people have used my gift tags) that you guys would prefer files in jpeg format as opposed to pdf so you have the ability to edit, and so, this file is a jpeg :)

Time to get planning!  What goals/ projects are you setting for yourself this year?  



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