FO and crazy balls

Late last night, I kitchenered my Duotone Cowl. 

  
It’s blocking now! I can’t wait to see the final product!

Today I did something I’d been thinking about for a while. I had so many small random leftover balls of yarn, as many of us do.

 

before

 
I arranged them loosely by color and weight, and wound them up into Crazy Balls!

 

after

 
Much easier to store and also to use, I hope! I imagine Crazy Ball hats would be cool! How would you use them?

Duotone Cowl and back to spinning

I’ve been working solely on my Duotone Cowl over the past few days.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, and I think it’s super cute!  It’s also a good stash-buster if you happen to have random skeins of 230~ish yards lying around….

With DK yarn on size 7 needles, progress is fast and fun, and today I reached the halfway point, where I got to switch MC and CC.  Sorry for the poor color, the pink is a lovely Silky Wool and the dark purple is Madeleine Tosh’s Dahlia colorway.  It’ll look nicer when I can photograph it in the daylight.
Having reached the halfway point, I’m feeling an itch to start something new, while ignoring the blanket I’m not working on….  But I want to start something other than a knitting project…. The roving is calling me, but how to choose?

In the end I chose my purchase from Sincere Sheep’s “moving sale” collection, which I bought at Lambtown last year.  I sometimes try to use my older/oldest stash first, in order to justify buying new items.  :0    At the very least, I like to use up the product I bought from certain annual events before they come around again.  If I want to go to Lambtown and buy anything this year, I’d better get this spun up!


I’ve decided to spin it all up into one 2-ply project- each ply with a brown/gray section, then blue, then another brown/gray.    Maybe I’ll have some progress to show you tomorrow!