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Friday, April 6, 2012

A Loop Hole

Hello and Happy Friday!  Let me tell you........ this going back to work is difficult!  I've been feeling a bit under the weather and swamped with both work and home life, and I'm just not getting much knitting done.  That said, my new job is fun, and I am already comfortable giving the distillery tour, so that's a bonus. 
This is what I woke up to on Tuesday.  Apparently Mother Nature didn't get the memo that I'm ready for spring!

Before I show you my FO, I wanted to tell you about my Loop Hole!  This relates to my not buying more yarn, and trying to knit down my stash.  Some of you will think I've caved, but I like to think of it as finding a way around the rules (even if they are my own rules).  I've recently been selling off stuff on Ebay, and it occurred to me that I could use the profits in my Paypal account to buy some yarn, and it wouldn't really count as spending money in the bank.  I like to think of Ebay as one big place to trade stuff around.  I sold some of my girls old baby clothes (and a few other things), and used the money I made to buy the yarn and a pattern to knit them spring/summer cardigans.  SCORE!  So I don't feel guilty, they get something they need, and I get to have fun with a new pattern.  I should even have enough money left over to get the Irish tweed wool I want for myself, but I'm not going to buy it until I have the time to knit it.

After admiring my Tappan Zee cardigan on several occasions, I asked the girls if they would like something similar.  They said yes, so I went hunting on Ravelry.  I found the Tanvi which has the same eyelets and diamonds, only more of them, making it super cute for wee girls.  The girls picked out two very different 4ply yarns, so this should be an interesting experiment to see how two cardigans of the same pattern but with different yarns turns out.  Stay tuned!!
The bottom yarn is a lavender/lilac colour that didn't show up well.

For my FO this week, I've got the second Ramona tank top done (finally!).  I didn't think I'd have it done in time, but after work yesterday I pushed myself to get the i-cord bind off done and get it sewn up.  I finished just before I collapsed into bed.  My models are both still asleep (at 8:50am, that's unheard of!), so I'll have to just show you a boring picture. 
 That's all from me this week, have a lovely, craft-happy weekend!

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20 comments:

  1. That is smart! I do the same with my Paypal credits, I can't use them otherwise so why not re-invest! Some people have a profession as a broker, so it can't be wrong can it?

    Look forward to seeing the different wools knit up, that will be interesting.

    I am glad you are liking work, that is so important. I can imagine it makes quite a difference to life for you. I am also still on the lookout for a job and was considering the other day if I should get a travelling knitting bag ready for when that day comes so I could possibly knit in the breaks....addicted or what!

    x

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  2. Wow! Look at that snow... you might have to wait a while before that darling top gets worn :)
    I've followed you over from Wisdom begins in Wonder linky party.
    Have a happy weekend.

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  3. I am of the opinion that one never needs to apologize for 'indulging' in fiber purchases! :)
    You must be overwhelmed with this sudden plunge back into outside-the-home work.
    Please be gentle with yourself and don't expect too much at first. Trying to keep everything 'as it was' can be exhausting, and you may find yourself screaming at- instead of enjoying- your family.
    (I'm speaking from experience, here!) XXO-

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  4. The top is so cute. I'll have to search ravelry for the pattern, I bet my girls would like one for the summer

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  5. Beautiful work on the top. Looks like it must have been fun to make.

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  6. I have a habit of buying cheap acrylic yarn because it's the only thing our local supermarket sells, and sometimes I just want it now, rather than buy online and wait for it. My new rule for myself is no more acrylic...save the money I would usually spend on that and buy good Aussie Wool. I am doing well so far and have not bought from the supermarket since last year...and I much rather the good wool, it is inspiring me to make more wearable patterns rather than just blankets and decorations!

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  7. Blech! I don't like seeing snow pics in April. Keep it with you, I am enjoying spring too much here in Michigan ;-)

    LOVE the loophole. Yes, paypal does act as the perfect solution for more yarn because it's not buying, it's more like bartering.

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  8. Oh, I did the same thing...the same loophole I mean. I sold a few things on Etsy and went and bought some roving to spin into yarn...it hasn't arrived yet though. Aren't we sneaky.

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  9. The snow is beautiful. We had a little on Tuesday as well.

    I'm glad you're liking your new job. It seems like it would be a whole lotta fun. :-)

    The top is darling, of course and the two sweaters will be interesting to see side-by-side. :-)

    I have given myself permission to not be productive on the fiber-y front this summer. I'm trying to let that mojo find it's way back on it's own. But I do miss it, so I hope it finds it's way back by the time shearing season is over. ;-)

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  10. That Tanvi pattern is lovely, and I can't wait to see what it looks like in the sweet yarns you picked. :) And there's no such thing as a boring picture of something as cool as that Ramona top, the texture and colours and stripes (I love me some stripes!) are amazing. I wish I had one!

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  11. I'm so glad to hear that you like your new job, it sounds like a lot of fun! The other tank top looks great! Please be sure to post a picture of them together! Also, the Tanvi pattern is super cute as well. You always pick out the best patterns for your girls!

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  12. Great top, and I totally agree that your yarn spending hasn't been real spending so it's fine. I'm only allowed to buy yarn for gifts this year, but I always accidentally buy more than I need so I still have too much.

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  13. The photo is so beautiful, what a pretty view you have! Can't wait to see the sweaters for the girls knitted up and your finished sweater is so cute, Love it!

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  14. Oh, I-cord ... ick! I-cord makes me want to poke myself in the eye. I'm looking forward to seeing the new cardigans as WIPs!

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  15. The mild winter we've had here in Maryland is making me envious of all that snow. It is beautiful. The tank top turned out great. Love the different shades of pink together. I think that you came up with a clever way to reinvest your profits and get knitting enjoyment out of it as well. I might steal this idea :)

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  16. What an adorable little top! And I agree using money that is extra income for yarn in really not cheating. Have a great weekend.

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  18. We have kijiji here - an online garage sale as it were. I sold some of my old craft and decorating magazines and used that money to buy wool. I think that's an awesome way to keep the books balanced!

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  19. The tank turned out great! I think it's a great way to "not" spend moneyh!

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  20. This is so cute! Turned out beautifully! We hope you'll be back to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We loved having you! -The Sisters

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