Sunday, January 13, 2013

YOP Update

Busy week for Grace (my new cat I adopted...just booster shots), storms in 2 installments and NFL playoffs yesterday and today.....I turned around and the week was gone!  But here's my update for what it's worth.  I did finish my covered stones and now have my 2 smooth stones covered in crochet.  The first stone I used a thread type and this one was a Rowan cotton thread but it was much thicker and harder to work with considering the hook size I had but I managed.

Okay, now I spent a lot of time trying to pick my next project.....first was going to be this cowl and I downloaded the pattern for $9.00 from Spud and Chloe.....

But when I read the pattern I discovered it would cost me $70.00 in yarn!   I didn't like it THAT much!  So, I went and looked at my other projects for this year.........

Another Spud and Chloe pattern which I also bought for $9.00 and then  discovered it called for #9 DPN's which I don't last but not least I chose this project next..........

Free pattern and I have the yarn we're talking!  Meanwhile, I can slowly gather the supplies for the other projects.  Is Spud and Chloe yarn that good?  $15 a skein?  I love great yarns but at this rate I'll go broke! LOL! 
Needless to say I spent so much time trying to figure this all out that I didn't get it started yet but by next week hopefully I will have some progress to show you!
P.S. I'm also casting on a second pair of socks like my first ones before I attempt to make a pair using really nice sock yarn in a more regular type sock pattern.  A second pair was not on my YOP list but I need to keep going so I don't forget how to do it! Ha! Ha!
I did finish the middle design on my cross I just need to do the little side flowers.
  Hope you had a great week and good luck on this next one!


  1. I imagine Spud & Chloe probably is THAT good. I've only ever heard good things about it. That being said, it's big money because there are five colours and your using about half a skein of each. I'd be tempted to use Stroll Sock yarn from KnitPicks instead just to halve the cost :) Provided you can find five similar colours that you like of course!

    Love the blanket pattern! Can't wait to see that one!

  2. Hmmm...
    Such pretty projects, but yes.. quite expensive.

    Love your covered rock, and cross stitch.
    Good luck on the new pair of socks.
    You'll have an entire drawer full before you know it !!

    Hope that this coming week is a great one for you.


  3. Oh the agony and precision planning it sometimes takes to get the next project lined up! I really like the look of that Blackberry Salad blanket--I think someone from our group made on last year?
    Hooray for you and the continued sock knitting--it sounds like you are a bit like me in that I really learn something by doing it over and over again.
    Have a super week--

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  5. Its so hard picking the next project especially when you've not all the yarn. I can't say on the Spud and Chloe as you can't get your hands on it over here. In cases like that I just choose something of similar gauge that I like. Way to go you on the sock, keep going its the only way I found to master them, not that I've done that by any means but I'm getting there slowly but surely. I did get your long post and I'm so glad you answered my question about the pot holders. I was unsure whether these used cotton or wool. I use cotton for all of the cloths I make and I'm thinking of making a few pot holders for my kitchen. I tend to use only cotton and wool and thats what I have most of in my stash, I'm not a huge lover of acrylic. I have seen the interchangeable circulars but they are quite expensive and I'm not sure I like circulars enough to purchase them, now dpn's thats a different matter, I'm as far as I can see one of the few who prefer these to circulars lol. Which book group did you join ? its nice to know others in the same groups I find.

  6. I don't have much trouble picking projects right now. I'm still knitting blocks for a blanket I started 2 years ago - ha ha ha! However, I have never heard of Spud and Chloe either. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 15 dollars a skein..sounds a bit much to me...does it make the cowl extra special? I could use that log idea..I have a log bench that gets pine pitch in the summer..I would have to make my own design. Oh my.. Have a good week! :)

  8. You are going to love that blanket pattern. That's the pattern I used to make Jellybean's baby blanket and it was so much fun. I loved the way the bobbles popped up.

    Hang in there on the socks. You are going to be an expert in no time.


  9. I've always wanted to try spud and chole but the price has kept me away. If you use it let me know what you think!

  10. Yes, that is very pricey for the yarn

  11. I have some #9 dpn's..I'd gladly send them to you..Yes, someone else posted that blackberry salad last week and I faved it right away..I went with another pattern as that may be a bit above my skill level..

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  13. I've never heard of that company, but just because you buy their pattern doesn't mean you need to use their yarn. Just get whatever is available to you. Great work on the stone. I have many more that are waiting for their own little covers. Best wishes, Tammy

  14. Where are the cat pictures? You can't justsay you have a new cat and then not show us! And Spud and Chloe yarn is very good, and definitely worth the money, but if you don't want to pay that for the cowl, why not get something cheaper? You don't have to use the suggested, there are very nice yarns out there for less!


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