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New Year Ramblings: Goals and Stash Additions

Hi everyone, I’m still alive! I’m sorry I haven’t written in awhile. Now that the holidays are over and a new year has begun, I hope to devote more time to blogging. And of course I intend to keep up with my knitting as well. Perhaps I’ll even get an earlier start on Christmas gifts this year! I would like to share a few of my 2020 knitting resolutions. My #1 knitting goal is to knit socks. I’ve acquired some sock yarn this year that I’m really looking forward to knitting with. I’ve always been scared of sock knitting, but after doing some research, I’m starting to think it won’t be that difficult. Wish me luck! I’d also like to develop my sweater knitting skills. So far the only adult size sweater that I have knitted is the flax sweater by tincanknits. It’s a seamless, top down pullover that is perfect for an introduction into sweater knitting. I loved knitting it and I am even knitting another one right now as a little treat for myself. That being said, I would like to try out some more complex sweater patterns in the near future. I’d especially love to incorporate some cables or lace. One other skill I would like to learn is yarn dying! However, this is my least priority and I probably won’t attempt it until we buy a house.

Now that I’ve stated some of my 2020 knitting goals, I’d like to move on and show you all some of the new yarn that I’ve acquired in the past month. If you read my Black Friday post, you know that I ordered some yarn from Hobbii is an online yarn store in Denmark. They charge a flat rate of $7.50 to ship to the US, but if you spend over $74, shipping is free! It would’ve been very easy to spend over $74, but I showed restraint and only spent a little over $40. Unfortunately, my order took a couple weeks to get to me, but overall I was pleased with my first experience with Hobbii Yarns.

I got the cable needles and the row counter as a free gift!

I gave the two skeins of purple yarn and the pom pom to my mother-in-law for Christmas. She wanted supplies to knit a small project like a hat for herself. The brown Viking Garn yarn was knit into a hat for my husband’s grandma, A.K.A Nana. I’ll post a picture below. I was hoping that the yarn would be a bit softer, but Nana loves it anyways. 🙂 As for the giant skein of dusty rose yarn, it is currently being used in my second flax sweater. It is a %100 acrylic yarn. I know acrylic isn’t ideal for sweaters, but it’s just for me so I’m not too worried about it. At least it will be easy to wash!

Nana’s hat

In addition to my hobbii order, I also received two identical knitcrates. One was a gift from my in-laws and the other was from my monthly subscription. This was going to be my last month, but my in-laws gifted me a 3 month subcription which will go through February. This yarn is Vidalana Lofti DK which is 48% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, and 32% organic cotton. Should I attempt a sweater with this beautiful yarn or make some matching accessories? Please share your thoughts!

My sister-in-law gifted me some gorgeous 100% wool yarn for my birthday. It’s a lovely deep burgundy. I’m thinking I’ll either make a scarf or a hat. If I make a hat, I might make some matching fingerless gloves if there is enough yarn leftover.

Scout from Kelbourne Woolens

The last thing I would like to share with you today is a couple photos of my sock yarn stash. The first photo is a mix of yarns from Hobbii, Hobby Lobby, and the knitcrate store. The lovely yarn in the second picture is part of sock knitting kit that I bought from a small yarn shop in Port Townsend, Washington. It is an 100% merino wool yarn and it is so soft! In addition to the yarn, the kit came with a pattern for a pair of socks with some simple colorwork. I probably will try a more basic sock pattern before I tackle these ones, but I’m super excited to work with this yarn.

Top Four: knitcrate store Bottom Left: Hobbii Bottom Right: Hobby Lobby
Jorstad Creek Orcas purchased from Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop in Port Townsend, Washington

Thanks for taking the time to read this long post. Hopefully I’ll be able to prevent having to pack so much into one post by being more on top of blogging in the future. If I didn’t bore you to death with my ramblings, please follow me. Thanks again!

1 thought on “New Year Ramblings: Goals and Stash Additions”

  1. All of your yarn looks lovely and now you have so many different options to choose from. How exciting! Looking forward to see what you end up knitting. 🙂

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