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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Stars in My Eyes

And on every flat surface.
I have guestimated that I will want around 150 stars for my garland and will make them all from the yarn stash. I have 2 bags filled with odds and ends of yarn, from enough to make half a dozen stars to almost 100g balls. Once they are made I will press them flat  and may resort to spreading a thin layer of PVA on the backs.
They are very simple and fast to make, just a little fiddly for my big hands.



Just a few to give you the general idea, I am not looking forward to weaving the ends in though.

Ben and I managed a good walk in the dry this morning, just over a mile, we almost did it in the dry yesterday only the last few yards in the rain. Most days we do this 3 times, if the day is fair and Ben is up to it the middle walk doubles to 2 miles.
Ilona, Mean Queen, from Life after Money is promoting a "walk a thousand miles in a year". A very good goal and I am considering throwing my name into the pot. I will have to look for a way of recording my walking first though.

I am off to Neath this morning, my passenger is normally there for the day, so I come home. Today it is a half day so I will be taking Ben and we will stroll along the tow path, it will be a slow walk as the smells prove intoxicating to Ben, it will be a case of 5 steps forward, 2 sideways and 2 backwards. There are usually lots of dogs and their walkers to stop and chat with, along with the joggers.

There are a couple of places that sell yarn so I will have a quick look for the white sparkling yarn that I want for crochet snowflakes. I would like some dark green for a Christmas tree garland as well, I want to make this in several shades and do not have a dark shade. One ball will be plenty so I will not be breaking the bank. I do not want to buy any really but needs must and all that jazz. It will all help to reduce the stash and that is my aim. I would like to end the year 2016 with an empty space that is now filled with yarn.

I am off now to get myself into gear.

                       TTFN                                              Pam



30 comments:

  1. You must have lots of patience to do all those stars....just the making of, never mind the weaving in of ends! I have my current (gift) throw to finish, then another WIP to get done, plus a 3rd throw in the pipeline and another (non-crochet) project lined up. After that, I intend to crochet yet another throw in all the rainbow colours of my many odds and ends of yarn...a true stash buster.

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    1. I am going to make them in sections, once I have enough for each section I will weave the ends in and then make the chain. It does not seem so daunting that way.

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  2. Love the yarn busting garland task! Ben sounds like an interesting walkee! I think we might make the decision to get us a Ben this year. We need to get off our butts more!

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    1. Ben is an old chap now but still loves walking and socialising. It is a big commitment having a dog, but I am sure you know that already.

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  3. "An empty space where there is no yarn" . . . um, I hope it keeps fine for you, as my late m-in-law used to say! I look forward to seeing the 100s of stars you'll be creating anyway.

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    1. I have pulled 2 bags of end balls of yarn from the sofa storage and it is glorious to know that space is there. Mind you it will be filled with new yarn at some point, but not until I have used the stash.

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  4. Wow - walk a thousand miles - good luck if you go for it and good luck with finishing off all the woollen ends too!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. It sounds a lot but break it down to 2 walks a day and a couple of hours crochet and sewing in the evening and it is an easy target to meet.

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  5. Ooooh look at you, you crocheting star you. I'm not good with wool,knitting sticks or hooks.......and I so wish I was.
    Good luck with your wool hunt.
    Happy New Year-x-

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    1. I found what I needed, I also found a lot more but resisted it all.

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  6. Walking is something I shall be doing next year, I feel so refreshed after a good long walk x

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    1. I did 2 miles this morning and plan on 2 more later, little bits soon add up.

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  7. Now I would quite happily sit there and weave in all the ends for you - that's the easy bit - send them over to Suffolk! and did I read that right? you are buying wool so that you can use up the other wool????
    Happy new year!

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    1. Yup, you got it. I found a ball of green in a charity shop, almost 150 grams for 25p, not the perfect colour but definitely the perfect price. Put with the greens that I have it will make a tree garland and maybe a cushion.

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  8. Happy New year old bean , hoping 2016 will be a cracker xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you John, I will visit later.

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  9. Happy New Year! Here's to a starry, crafty 2016! xx

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    1. Right back at you Amy, I look forward to seeing your creations this year.

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  10. All the best to you and yours for 2016. May you see the back of your stash so you can fill the space with more yarn!
    xx

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    1. Ooh Mum, you hit the nail right on the head there. I hope the year pans out well for you too.

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  11. Just wanted to say Happy New Year Pam - hope you have a brilliant 2016 xx

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    1. Thank you Trudie, I hope that we all have a good year. I look forward to reading my blog list and seeing what everyone is up to.

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  12. Your crochet stars are lovely, a great way to use up leftover yarn. I aim to drastically reduce my yarn stash in 2016.
    I wish you a very happy, healthy 2016!

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    1. It is an easy way to use small bits of yarn, I will be planning on what to buy to fill the space. I hope that you year is just what you want it to be.

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    1. Thank you, and right back at you.I found your blog and will be back later. Your profile made me laugh, a good start to my day and the year.

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  14. Just come to say hello, and you have a new follower too.
    Lovely stars
    Happy New Year
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie, I love the little stars and although repetitive they are not boring....yet.

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  15. The stars are looking good but 150 mmmm a lot of repetitions.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year
    Carolx

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    1. No probs, I am over 30 already they take around 5 minutes each without hurrying. I make a few, then have a break and change colour for the next batch.

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