Stash Dash 2016 has begun! Stash Dash is the virtual race to use up 3, 5, 7, 10, and up to 15K of yarn from your stash (details can be found below in my previous post "WHACO Solutions"). I feel comfortable that I can finish 4 kilometers of yarn (see my previous post), but I’d really like to finish 7K.
So I went back to the stash and I found a carnivorous fish hat that I hadn’t finished! This is a very well-written and excellent pattern by Thelma Egberts that was published in Knitty in Winter 2008. I made one for my daughter and one for a friend of hers in Winter 2014. I adjusted the hat to add teeth after watching Ice Age 2 when Scrat fought the toothy fish for his beloved acorn (minute 2:20 is when you see the fish). I'd started a third hat for another friend, but somehow forgot about it! Finishing that hat would add about 280 meters, so I am adding that to my projects.
I also want to make another Tauriel vest. I designed this vest after we saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. My daughter decided that Tauriel was the coolest elf ever and she had to be her for Halloween 2014. The muse has grown since I made this one so I'll make another one for her in brown. I'd also like to modify the hood and make a second hooded sweater vest in green for Andrew. Andrew really likes kangaroo pockets, so I'll try to design his with a pocket up front. Basically, it would be a lot like the Leaf and Tree Cable sweater without all the cabling and with a hood. If I finish these two, I should have at least another 700 meters.
Finally, I have 10 skeins of this beautiful red alpaca yarn that I'd really like to make something with. I also have a design idea for this orangey-brown and purple alpaca yarn. I don't know how much yardage is in the Alpaca Soft yarn, so I have to do some math. If I manage to use up all the yarn in that stash pile, I think I'll have the 7 kilometers I need for Stash Dash 2016! And if I don't have 7K, I'll still be very happy to have gotten through a lot of the stash and perhaps escape the WHACO situation I'm in. So, now that I've got a plan, I'd better get back to my yarn.