MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Use it up!


In my ongoing quest to use up stash I decided I'd make a little sweater for my grandson using some leftover yarns I had.  This is the result...

The pattern is  'Snow Bunnies' from a Beehive booklet called 'Knit Menagerie' - knit in the round and made a tad longer than it called for because our grandson is tall.  If I had to do it again, I would make the stripes much wider (and less of them) and I wouldn't carry them quite so high up the body.  











HOWEVER - after all that, I don't seem to have made so much
as a DENT in my stash!!

- THIS is a really nice fabric basket that would use up some stash and would make nice gifts too (particularly if it was filled with goodies)

- AND (!!) if you go to the link HERE there are tons of links to all sorts of patterns (oh, maybe I should have warned you to pour yourself a cuppa before you go.....)

- For those of you who are getting rather creaky in the knees and don't want to have to crawl about on the floor trying to block a piece of knitting (not that ANY of us are in that state!!)....have a look at THIS video for an alternate method.  

- THIS would be a cute little project to do for Easter - perhaps even with the kids or grandkids?

Anonymous quote again..."Hate has 4 letters, so does Love.  Enemies has 7 letters, so does Friends.  Lying has 5 letters, so does Truth.  Negative has 8, so does Positive.  Under has 5, so does Above.  Cry has 3 letters, so does Joy.  Anger has 5 letters, so does Happy.  Right has 5 letters, so does Wrong.  Hurt has 4 letters, so does Heal.  It means life is like a doubled edged sword....so transform every negative side into an aura of positivity....we should choose the better side of life"

25 comments:

  1. Lovely sweater. That link.....I did spend quite a bit of time looking at everything. Enjoyed myself immensely :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed that link -there certainly is a lot to see! Hope our grandson likes the sweater and doesn't outgrow it too soon!

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    1. There are changes I'd make to it if I were to do it over, but our little guy won't care.

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  3. The sweater for DGS turned out so, um (don’t want to say “cute” bcuz he’s a boy!), but it’s AWESOME!! Will he have cool enough weather still to wear it this spring, or did you make it to fit him in the fall?

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    1. awww - at 2 3/4 he can definitely be 'cute' - I'm the grandma and I can say that! Mind you, there's a whole lot of awesome with him too. Hopefully it will still fit in the fall....fingers crossed!

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  4. Fun knit sweater for your Grandson. Steam blocking knitted items looks doable. Interesting quote with the words and numbers of letters. Positivity is always preferred over negativity.

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    1. I'm going to try the steam blocking - SOOOO much easier than having to crawl around on the floor!

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  5. Beautiful sweater! I am sure your grandson will enjoy wearing it! Shame about the dentless stash!! Christine xx

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    1. The worry is whether he'll get enough wear out of it this spring and will have outgrown it by next fall. Ah, the joys of growing little boys!

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    1. Thanks Shirlee - it's for a very cute grandson!

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  7. Your knitted sweater turned out great and your grandson will love it.
    Now I have no excuse to not dive in and sew up a storm with all those tutorials
    In Sew4Home.
    Thoughtful quote, walking in the light is a choice and the path gets brighter and brighter.
    Walking in the dark never works out like you thought it would. You always get 'burned.'

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    1. I think there were enough tutorials at that link to keep us all busy for quite awhile!

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  8. Great sweater for grandson! I do like the link to the tote

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    1. All done in my quest to use up stash. Unfortunately I thought I'd use a lot in that sweater but it certainly doesn't look as though there's been even a tiny dent in the stash.

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  9. I think the sweater is great! I, too, find that my stash doesn't really show much diminishing even with all the stash I've used up over the last year or so. That's disturbing if I think about it much. :/ Love that link with the 100's (or maybe 1000's) of links. That will be fun to visit and revisit for continual inspiration. BTW, I love the Arne and Carlos video. I love their attitude - "blocking is just too much work and too time consuming". And look at those beautiful sweaters they're wearing! I'm a big blocker, but sometimes we make things too hard...

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    1. I enjoy the weekly videos I get from Arne and Carlos, even though my level of knitting expertise is nowhere close to what they do. It's nice to sit with a cup of coffee and just listen to them. I don't know what's up with our stashes though - they seem to just keep the status quo despite our best efforts to whittle them down.

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  10. Hi Maryanne lovely jumper you knitted for your GS,it will keep him nice and warm,well done my friend xx

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    1. Grandmothers have to get their knitting love in while the kids are young enough not to have much of an opinion over what they wear. The day will come when they'll turn their noses up at it.

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  11. How adorable, my friend! And I just love the colors. As always, you make the loveliest things.

    I believe you asked me on my blog last week about the Caramel Churro Cookies and the caramels I used. I used the individually wrapped candy caramels. I sliced them in half and it was plenty for each cookie. Enjoy! And hugs to you!

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  12. That is a cute sweater. Sure to keep him nice and toasty!

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    1. Just hope he can get some wear out of it this spring - and that it will still fit in the fall. Who knows with how fast little ones grow!

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  13. I think that is a very jolly sweater and I love all the colors :)

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    1. Hope our wee man likes it (and gets some wear out of it before it gets too warm or...better yet....it still fits in the fall!).

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