Black Friday Shopping

I am not the sort to rip myself from my warm bed the morning after Thanksgiving at some ungodly hour to go shop. However, I will purchase yarn online for my portion of the Black Friday savings. Not that I need an excuse to purchase yarn, but the discounts don’t hurt.

Here’s what I picked up.

A new set of the Caspian double pointed needles from Knit Picks. They’re so pretty! I don’t think they were on sale but I don’t have many of the smaller size DPNs and I wanted to hit the minimum for free shipping.

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Three skeins of Diadem DK Special Reserve from Knit Picks in Gold. This yarn is so soft that when it came it, I slid it out of the box and then cussed at its softness. I intend to knit it into the gorgeous French Cancan Shawl.

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Three skeins of Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb in the color Aslan (like the lion I assume?). This came from Eat.Sleep.Knit.  If you’re doing the Yarnathon like I am, this yarn is a 100% power boost right now, so the yardage counts for double. I think this might become the Clapotis shawl/scarf thing.

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Two skeins each of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper and Smokestack. Also from Eat.Sleep.Knit. It is intended for the Brick Road Cowl. I saw the sample at MadTosh done in pink and grey and loved it. I wanted to go for colors that were totally not my normal choice. The green of Grasshopper isn’t quite the electric color I thought it might be when I was making “bold” choices, but I like the colors well enough.

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As an added bonus, all my shopping bumped me up in the Yarnathon so I earned $20 in store credit and I am really close to the next level – which would earn me a shirt. Plus, when the order came in I won a free mitten kit from the little scratch off cards they throw in. So I am excited to see what that will be.

Now I just need to actually get to knitting… and updating my Ravelry stash…

 

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Yarn Diet and 10k

For the last six months or so, I have been on a major yarn-buying binge (as is obvious from my posts about yarn purchases). However, during that time I haven’t been a very prolific knitter. I have knit. I have finished several smaller things, but I haven’t made a dent in my yarn stash.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have been doing the Yarnathon (mentioned here, here. here, and here)over at Eat.Sleep.Knit. With my last purchase, I finally made it to the 10k mark. That means I have purchased at least 10,936 yards of yarn just from Eat.Sleep.Knit. I can pretty easily say I haven’t knit anywhere near that much. That means my yarn closet is overflowing with unused yarn, just ripe with potential. Yet, I keep ignoring it to go on to new things and buy more and more yarn.

So I decided, it’s time for a yarn diet. This seems like a pretty good time to do so. I’m on an actual food diet (and down 9lbs already, thank you very much) so I should continue that restraint in other aspects of my life. Plus, that means that I can use yarn as weight-loss rewards.

In an effort to assess how overwhelming my stash really is, I finally got around to putting it all on Ravelry, I also went through and added all of the projects I have planned (that I could remember at that exact moment) to my queue. All in all, I have about 40 stashed yarns (there’s still a couple new purchases to add I think) and 15 queued projects. Maybe that’s not so bad after all… Granted, several are larger, time consuming projects, but I haven’t exceeded what I can accomplish in my lifetime, yet.

Some of my newest purchases:

Numma Numma – The Usual in Cupcakes – no project planned yet

Madelinetosh – Lace in Oxblood – for my Morticia MKAL

Knitwhits Handpaints – Freia Ombre Fingering in Nightshade – my theory is to make a pair of really tall socks that will show off the color changes.

Ombre

Ombre

Tosh LAce

Tosh LAce

The Usual

The Usual

Tiny Sweater

As part of my Yarnathon welcome package, Eat.Sleep.Knit sent me a mini-skein of Dream in Color Everlasting Sock and a pattern for a mini-sweater. I ended up knitting it with the addition of some MadelineTosh Sock. Unfortunately, I don’t know the colorway for either but the Dream in Color is the darker yarn and the MadelineTosh is the lighter. I made mine short sleeved because I ran out of the darker yarn. It’s so tiny I feel like I could dress a little mouse in it. So if you know a mouse that likes hand-knits, send them my way.

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What Have I Done?

So I left work today planning to come home a read all night so I can start getting caught up on my to be read list.

What I actually did was eat fast food and fall asleep until 10 p.m.

When you sleep until 10 p.m., time loses all meaning to you.

Which is why I am shopping for yarn at nearly 2 a.m.

Perhaps the late hour is to be explained for the insane about of yarn I just bought. That and the fried chicken grease.

So here’s the damage:

6 Skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted in Poppy 

I’m planning to make the #263 Neck Down Wrap Cardigan with it. I think it’ll look awesome in the bright poppy color. I am having some doubts about whether I should have chosen a more variegated yarn, like the example below to add interest. Thinking about my personal style though, I tend to wear more solid colors. I may already have a sweater in a very similar color… We’re not going to worry about that because that just means I already have jewelry to match.

 

3 Skeins of Tosh DK in Thyme. 

I’m planning to make the With a Twist Blanket for my future/someday/maybe baby.

Last but not least, 7 skeins of Tosh Chunky in Curiosity.

I’m planning to make the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/comfy for my bedroom. The pattern actually calls for two strands of worsted yarn held together but I’m substituting for a chunky yarn and possibly making it a little bigger.

Fun fact, when I first learned to crochet (years before knitting entered my life), I decided to knit a purple blanket for my room. Everything in my room is purple, by the way. The pattern I chose was a sampler afghan. I bought at least 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn in two shades of purple and a linen color. I only made 3 blocks. Now there are two storage boxes of purple Vanna’s Choice in my craft room closet. I have no desire to finish that blanket. So, why am I buying yarn for a new blanket? Hopefully I’ll actually make this one. The chunky yarn should knit up pretty quickly and I have been really wanting to do a basket weave type blanket. I’m just hoping the yarn looks more purple than blue when it comes in. It’s hard to tell online and I am very picky about the purples in my bedroom.

 

This enormous purchase got me started in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Yarnathon! I already passed the 1 mile and 5 kilometer marks, meaning I earned a welcome package and earned $20 store credit. Which means I get to go back and buy even more yarn! And then earn more prizes and more credit. Then buy even even more yarn! Then more more prizes and more more credits! And the buy even even even more yarn! So on and so forth until the bank repossesses my house because I can’t pay the mortgage and I am forced to turn my yarn stash into some kind of shelter and live under a bridge.