Category Archives: Knitting

Stashdown 2017 – March progress

Marathon training is getting in the way of stashdown progress, but while I didn’t make a dent on my fibre stash (my legs don’t need the extra work!) I did manage to get a little bit of knitting done.

I started with some delightful feminist mittens which used up 277 yards of yarn:

Then I finally found a project for my rainbow yarn (which I was going to use in the mittens, but it was too busy), turning it into a shawlette (using up 525 yards):

And matching hat (another 243 yards):

Total monthly yarn out: 1,045 yards, 237g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,045 yards, 237g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 7,930.5 yards, 3,738g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,030.5 yards, 2,912g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.

Stashdown 2017 – January progress

January has come and gone and so too has some of my stash (both yarns and fibre). I started by sorting through my yarn stash and donated yarns that I wouldn’t use to my local Children’s Scrapstore. This got rid of a large chunk which was mostly thick (and cheap) cotton bought to practise the principles of weaving with when I first got my loom.

Unwanted yarn ready to be sent to children's scrapstore tomorrow #stashdown2017

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In total that reduced my stash by 3,278.5 yards and 2,575g (remembering that for some of these yarns I have only weight and not yardage).

I also got on with some spinning for a blanket I am planning to weave, starting with 300g of Black Welsh top turning into 1,322 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn (which now weighs 304g)

Next I tackled some grey Corriedale fibre, turning what was supposed to be 100g into 524 yards and 105g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Then I spun up 100g of dark brown Corriedale to make 107g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn totally 476 yards.

Turns out the people I have been buying this fibre from have been overestimating slightly on the weight.

A quick reminder of what I started the year with (adjusted for some white Welsh top that had been spun but not marked as completed at the end of the year):


  • 56,641.8 yards
  • 15.071kg


  • 4.45kg

Total monthly yarn out:  3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total monthly yarn in: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 500g.

Revised totals:


  • 55,685.3 yards
  • 13,012kg


  • 3.95kg

Total yarn out ytd: 3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total yarn in ytd: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 500g.


Tepid Sheep 2017

In 2016 I swore off buying any yarn or fibre at all, aiming to reduce my existing stash.

I succeeded in reducing my fibre stash by 3.539kg and my yarn stash by a net 7,108 yards (reducing fibre stash increases yarn stash, so I think I did pretty well here).

I have just checked what I am starting 2017 with and it looks to be 56,265.8 yards/14.969kg of yarn (I don’t have yardage for all of the yarn) and 4.45kg of spinning fibre.

I am going to aim to reduce both stashes as much as possible, but am not banning myself from buying new additions (particularly fibre) this year. With that aim in mind I am going to try and get back into weaving, and also have a good sort through my stash and get rid of items that I am unlikely to ever use (there’s really no point it taking up space).

I can’t be bothered to drag my stash out for a photo session as I did last year, so here’s a public doman picture of some cold-ish looking sheep from Pixabay instead.

Cold Sheep 2016 – December progress and end of year review

December was a quiet month. I knit a hat for a friend, using up 138 yards of yarn:

And then decided at the last minute to make myself a festive jumper, finishing it on Christmas Eve and using up 1,585 yards of yarn:

I didn’t do any spinning this month.

Total monthly yarn out: 1,723 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,723 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out in 2016: 22,368 yards
Total yarn in 2016: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease in 2016: 7,108 yards

Fibre stash reduction in 2016: 3,539g.

I think I will continue to try and work from my existing stash as much as possible in 2017, but lift the restrictions on not buying anything new (particularly fibre), so ‘lukewarm sheep’ maybe. I will also try and get back into weaving in 2017 as that is a good way to use up yarn and you can always do with more stoles and blankets.


Cold Sheep 2016 – November progress

No spinning this month, and it was Vestvember, so a good chunk taken out of my yarn stash.

The first vest I made was knit at a loose gauge for extra squish and used 1,071 yards of yarn:

The second vest was knit at a slightly tighter gauge and I had to squeak out every inch of the base colour, using up a total of 1,157 yards:

Total monthly yarn out: 2,228 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 2,228 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out year-to-date: 20,645 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease year-to-date: 5,385 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 3,539g.

Cold Sheep 2016 – October progress

A few small things knitted this month, mostly for submission to magazines. First there was a hat to complement my Diamond Wristers which are to be renamed Peruzzi. This used up 161 yards.

Another hat then followed, using up 110 yards

and a matching pair of fingerless mittens using up another 110 yards.

All of that good using up of stash was almost completely undone by spinning up 102g of Welsh Mountain fibre into 376 yards of fingering weight yarn.

But not to fear, for Vestvember is here!

Total monthly yarn out: 381 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 376 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 5 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 102g.

Total yarn out year-to-date: 18,417 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease year-to-date: 3,157 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 3,539g.

Gullfoss Cardigan

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A seamless waterfall cardigan with a lace and cable panel which drapes delicately down the body. Inspired by the majestic Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland with it’s three steps, interest is added with a mirrored lace and cable panel at each edge with an integrated icord edging.

The cardigan can be worn with either side to the front, or left open.

The lace and cable panel is provided with both written and charted instructions.

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images.

Yarn requirements:

  • 1,200 – 2,300 yards of fingering/4-ply/sock weight yarn

Sizes available:

  • sized to fit bust measurement 30 [34, 38, 42, 46, 50]”/ 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125)cm with 2-4“/5-10cm of negative ease.

Available on ravelry for £6.50 (for customers within the EU – VAT added at checkout).