Sunday, December 30, 2018

Burn Through Stash Like Crazy - Weeks 3 & 4

Since I didn't produce a YOP post last week, I'm playing catch-up today.  

Sometime over the past two weeks I finished two more scarves made with a simple rib stitch that's shown in this video.

In both of the scarves below I used the same Red Heart Boutique yarn in the colorway, Heirloom, but combined it with two different colors to see which I liked better:

Combined with Hobby Lobby ILTY in the color, Graphite 


And then combined with a light gray color. 

It's really interesting how a light and dark base color changes the appearance of the colors in the multicolored yarn.   I like both scarves, but I like them differently.  

Jenn asked me a couple of weeks ago how much of the Boutique yarn these scarves take.  For the darker one above, I cast on 29 stitches and made this thing long (about 3 inches above my knees), and I know I used just over a skein of the Boutique yarn (I estimate that I used ~316 yards). 

For the smaller scarf, I cast on 25 stitches and it's not nearly as long (would fit a child or small adult), and I used nearly 90% of a skein (or about 250 yards).

I don't know how helpful that is since yardage could vary depending on a person's gauge, and the size scarf one makes.  But since I was asked, I did want to report what it took for me to make these.


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Does this look familiar?:
This is my second Spicier Life Blanket, and it's nearly finished!   It just needs a few ends woven in and then a hard steam blocking before I finish it up with a pretty border.  Next week I should be able to show a finished blanket!  

I will be doing a tally of yarns used once this blanket is finished, and will record it under my 2018 goals since most of the crocheting of it was done this year.   I'm not thinking I'm going hit my 100 skeins goal, but this blanket will certainly bring me closer.  Trying to diminish my stash by 100 skeins of yarn in a year's time was a good challenge for me.  It's totally doable (if I'd just stay focused), so I'm going to challenge myself again.  The challenge will be to surpass diminishing my stash by 100 skeins of yarn in 2019.


I think I can...



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2018 Yarn Stash-Down progress:  82.46/100 Skeins






18 comments:

  1. I love these scarves, every one you have posted using the double yarns has been so different. Well done on your stash busting, I look forward to seeing your finished blanket.

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  2. I like both scarves too: one is like a sunset, the other a sunrise.
    Thanks for the yardage information: I can see now that I won't get a full scarf out of what I'm using, but a nice neckwarmer/cowl.
    The blanket looks great! Looking forward to its glamour shots and your yarn tally.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. When I turned one into a cowl, I found I had to cinch it up a bit. Otherwise that section would stretch out larger than the rest of the scarf. It's not a problem, and not difficult to do, but I thought I'd mention it.

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  3. Both scarves are lovely and I can't wait to see the blanket in its full glory! I really need to shop my stash much more this year.

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  4. Hi Becki :) I love the scarves, they're really pretty and so well done!! I can't wait to see your finished blanket, though weaving in those ends looks like quite a task for you. :)

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    1. I can't wait to show the blanket next week. It's been languishing far too long.

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  5. It is amazing Becki how the different coloured bases affect the outcome of the scarves. I like both as well but for different reasons too. Looking forward to seeing the second blanket all finished.

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  6. You Spicier Blanket has some wonderfully happy colors in it. Weaving in all those ends would make me cry. I do have a friend that loves to weave in ends though. I think I would pay her to do that many LOL. The scarves are really pretty. They look very warm and snuggly. I hope you accomplish your 100 skein challenge. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! I've woven in a lot of ends and I progressed on the blanket, so it's really not very bad at this point. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I hadn't done that.

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    2. Actually, yes I can. I'd be too discouraged to do it, that's how I'd feel...

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  7. One thing about combining two yarns together is that you use up twice as much! Nice scarves are the result. Looking forward to seeing the finished blanket too!

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    1. That was my original motivation (to use twice as much yarn), but the results are so fun! It's been a very interesting experiment.

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  8. The scarves are gorgeous! You have inspired me to get rid of stash this year. I was doing the cozy memories blanket but that's not going fast enough! LOL! I will be watching that video...thank you! Good for you on the weaving the ned in...an awdul job but someone has to do it! Happy New Year!

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  9. I love those scarves - they look so squishy and warm.

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  10. You have the magic touch with those yarns. They are certainly eye-catching.

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