Saturday, March 14, 2009

Both Lismore and Shalor are progressing. The colors in Lismore are just beautiful and are working out well. They remind me of standing on the rocky coast of Maine in the fall - ocean and leaves. The white line at the bottom of the ribbing is just a cotton yarn backstitched on to keep the ribbing flat until it is blocked.

The sleeves on Shalor are almost ready to put on a holder thread. They will be put aside until the back is finished. Then I'll string them all together on a long thread and try it against Joe. For some reason the sleeves look too wide but I have to remember it is a raglan and the sleeve top is part of the upper body.

We've been discussing yarn storage on the Ravelry groups especially in the Starmore Junkies section. When we finished off the room over the garage, we built in wooden storage bins to the slope under the eaves. The top serves as great storage for books and some baskets of yarn, needles, etc. The bins were built to accomodate big tubs for quilt fabric, yarn, batting, etc. In my usual OC mode, I put everything on a spread sheet so I could find it by looking at the index rather than having to go through each bin. Cascade 220 in red in Bin 1, Blarney Spun in Bin 2, etc. The hardest part now is keeping the spread sheet updated when I use something.

The Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight yarns plus a lot of the stash already dedicated to projects are stored in canvas bags I got at Christmas Tree Shops. Very inexpensive but they still stack well. The boxes contain the yarn for the project, copy of the pattern, notes, etc. I have a large stash, but nothing like some of the Ravelry folks. This will last me way until heaven - or I'd better save some of the thinner stuff to knit if I end up in the other place.


Rebecca said...

You are quite organized! And, that is a serious stash of yarn you have there. The colors of Lismore are beautiful! I can just picture in my mind's eye standing on a beautiful Maine precipice overlooking the ocean. Are you knitting both of your Aran sweater sleeves at once?

Ruth said...

What beautiful sweaters! You are a wonderful knitter!

And I like your storage system, too.

Sheila said...

Your work area is great. I love your organizational skills. Want to come to Utah and organize me? : )

ConnieB/CA said...

Love your Lismore sweater. I am just beginning to knit myself, and have not gotten to using two different yarns yet. But I can definately see I want to!