That is just the most embarrassing number. I wrote a few posts back about my stash inventory system. This week I got the bright idea to add up all the yardage to see how much yarn I actually have. According to my database, I have 91,955 yards of yarn in my stash. That’s 84,094 meters for all of you from the rest of the world. Of course this doesn’t include the latest purchase.


This lovely pile of yarn is a Colinette AbFab Throw Kit, in Amethyst. I have just been coveting this (which commandment was that??) for a long time, but had not bought the kit. I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with “the look” that I get when yet another shipment of yarn arrives at the house.

My covetousness began in earnest when Kerstin posted this.  Then Crayonbrain had to go and suggest that they were taking these kits off the market. I took this as a sign and whipped out my credit card. I have no idea when I will ever get to this, but I just thank God that I didn’t miss the AbFab bandwagon.

Here are a couple of rare Willie sightings. (That doesn’t sound quite right does it??) I mean Willie the cat…get your minds out of the gutter, boys and girls. The boy cat howls like a maniac till we let him out in the morning, then about mid-morning he howls like a maniac to get back in, and occasionally climbs the patio door screen to let us know that he is serious. He likes his comfortable warm morning nap.


The rocking chair is one of my few prized possessions. Most of the furniture in our house is of the “I like it but wouldn’t be tormented forever if it disappeared one day” variety. My grandfather built this chair in the early 1900’s for the farmhouse in North Dakota where they lived. It is definitely not fashionable, though it is as solid a piece of furniture that you will ever find. One of the pieces of wood on the bottom of the chair looks like it was salvaged from a box used to ship farm equipment. I had it reupholstered a few years ago, and when I sit in it, I think of my grandfather sitting in the same chair after a long day’s work, playing his fiddle and perhaps sipping on a jug of whiskey if my grandmother wasn’t looking. I’ve mastered the whiskey sipping; someday I will learn to play the fiddle as well. Here’s a better picture of the chair.


Here are a couple of Rogue pictures. I haven’t done more than a few rows all week, due to work interference, but have made a bit of progress. I’ve attached the pocket to the body and am to the underarm section where the cables start to widen out again.


And a better shot of the pocket.


Knitting that pocket back on was just a barrel of fun. I took some pictures but they didn’t come out particularly well, so if you want to see what it looks like, you’ll have to knit it yourself. It is an ingenious pattern, and I could really see doing this again. (Have I mentioned that before??)


91,955 — 15 Comments

  1. Cool, cool chair — and memories to go with it!
    Is most of your stash earmarked or just looking beautiful (like that AbFab kit)?

  2. Isn’t Rogue the most fun thing to knit? I finished mine a few months ago and now a lot of other knitters I know are making it. I want to do it again!

  3. That is a lot of yarn! I have no idea what kind of yardage I have, but . . . three storage cube/milk-crates full, plus a reasonable amount of overflow…
    And, the chair–plus the memories–is wonderful. It’s lovely–who needs “fashionable?”

  4. What an awesome chair. I will probably attempt a Rogue one of these days… now that I know part of it is a barrel of fun… maybe sooner than later. 😉

  5. Love that pink Rogue! I’m already thinking about doing it again, too. It seems to have that effect on everyone who does it. I finished the body and am now on the second sleeve. Whoo hooo! I should have the knitting done by the end of the week, but who knows how long it will take me to sew it together. As I recall, you really like that part. We’re not far away – how ’bout I send it to you (tee hee).

  6. The Rogue is lovely, but the chair is out-of-this-world wonderful! I have serious chair lust. I DO so wish I were capable of woodworking (well, to be honest, I wish I’d married a talented woodworker….)

  7. I’m thinking that I may have to give in to the Rogue craze, what with yours, Melanie’s, and Lauren’s beautiful Lovat one. It just looks so cozy.

  8. The chair is absolutely beautiful, it looks so solid and comfy. -And I loved the story about Willie, it made me laugh out loud. My cat, Candie, acts the same way about getting outside (and of course back in when SHE’S ready). 🙂

  9. I love that Ab Fab colorway! I have been thinking about purchasing a kit for quite some time now. Maybe, I will take the plunge and do it.
    Your grandfather’s chair is priceless.

  10. Did you see Siow Chin’s (Little Purl of the Orient) Ab stole? The gauntlet is down: you have to model your finished Ab Fab in Hong Kong! The color of your Rogue is GREAT. Love it.