I've opted to give V8323 a bit more time to percolate. I also want to go to FabricLand and get some less expensive jersey than the fancy stuff I put aside to sew with. So that's on hold till next weekend. Today I worked on Simplicity 1716 and got about 3/4 through. Thing is, I'm not loving how it's going together at the centre knot. I sense I need a bit of time to do some thinking and research on how to debulk the knot. Net result: I've got nothing to show you.
I'm also working on 2 new Bust the Stash knits at the same time (using the same yarn): the Gaptastic Cowl and Surly Sheep's Fingerless Gloves. Let me tell you how I came to knit these projects simultaneously. See, every time I knit something I seem to end up with 50-100 yards of yarn left over. And since Bust the Stash is about the usage of every strand of yarn I currently own, my responsibility is either to find another project on which to use up the anticipated / actual overage OR to put the tiny remnants into the "can't possibly repurpose" baggie. I'm on the hook for so many Bluebirds of Happiness at this point that I really have to hope that pattern is enjoyable. Anyway, to cast on both the cowl and mitts together means that I'll get done with the full yardage of my lovely, but hairy, Misti Alpaca, no remnants. And I don't really love the needles I'm working with, for either project, so the sooner I'm finished with these big needles the better. I don't like
In one way, I feel very organizey-smug identifying new patterns for tiny yardages and organizing my every next move. I sense this is critical to avoid falling into that "I can't really remember what blue ball of yarn this is and I don't really know what to do with it" hole. But I can't say, having now assigned practically every yarn remnant to a project, that I'm insanely motivated to knit every last one.
No worries. I'm going to keep going with this stash bust until I can't stand it anymore. I mean, I still have some enticing, largish projects to get through - a Custom Fit sweater (I've yet to design), for example. But given that every project I knock off the queue inevitably results in a new (smaller) project being added onto it, it's a trick to stay motivated. I'll eventually be left with only the tiny stash-bust projects. At that point, given that every yard will have been organized and earmarked, if I feel compelled to buy some yarn to knit something new (like socks or a "special project"), that's cool.
Having said that, I won't do it before I get well under 1000 yards.
Now off to make some nut milk and a French yogurt cake...