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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Accessorize

The newest addition to my collection of knitting accessories is this double pointed needle case by Atelier de Soyun on Etsy. It seems pretty well made and it’s really cute.

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A Yarn Bouquet Only a Mother Could Love

I put together the yarn bouquet for my Mom and gave it to her on Mother’s Day. When I first put it together I wasn’t crazy about how it came out, but luckily I had some fake greenery sitting around. Once I added that it looked much more bouquet like.

The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash. I didn’t take down the colors but, as you can see, it’s four kinds of purple. It may be Amethyst, Wisteria, Periwinkle, and Light Iris. The stems are ChiaoGoo straight needles.

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I enjoyed how much the yarn bouquet echoed the real bouquet I got my grandmother.

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Pay Day is Yarn Day

So I got paid and was off work today so I decided to go yarn shopping. My plan was to get yarn to make a witch pattern from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards, and Fairies that I have.

I’m using the witch

I needed to get some flesh toned DK yarn and something for the dress- ideally purple. I ended up at Madtosh in Fort Worth and got some of the Tosh DK to use in Fawn (for the skin) and a purple for the clothing. I wanted to do more colors so that the different clothing items wouldn’t all be the same color, and I wanted a blond/brown for the hair, but at about $18 a skein, it wasn’t happening. Once I make it to that point, I can probably pick up some other DK yarn for hair and accents that costs less.

Then I needed some needles, but I had forgotten to bring the pattern book and I wasn’t sure which I needed, DPN or straight. So, I bought both, just in case. With all the needles I have at home, I didn’t have any smaller than a size 4.

Of course, I also picked up a few other yarns. I couldn’t resist the brilliant, bright colors of the SweetGeorgia sock yarn. I don’t even knit socks. I tried it once… It was going fine but I absolutely hated the tiny needles, tiny yarn, and tiny stitches. I have been feet, it would’ve taken me years to finish those. I might use this to experiment with the two-at-a-time socks. That, I might actually do.

The Scrumptious yarn was, exactly that, scrumptious. I couldn’t resist the silky, rich purple. I bought two skeins to give me more options for what to make with it.

The Manos del Uruguay called to me because it’s kind of different. It’ll probably end up as a Boho style hat like my Malabrigo did.

All in all, I spent far more than I planned. I told myself I would only spend that much if I found the colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze that I wanted to make a rainbow scarf. They didn’t have any, but I still managed to spend a ton.

I cast on the leg of the witch doll tonight, but I can tell this is going to be slow going. There’s a lot of little pieces and lots of making up. It only seems appropriate to make myself a little purple-garbed witch to match the blog. 🙂 However, I am also working on a hat right now that I’m really enjoying, so it will probably be my primary focus.

Perfect Timing!

Just as I was plotting out how I am going to leave work at 5:30, drive from Arlington to Fort Worth, hit Madtosh for some undyed yarn before they close at 6:30, and then make it to Jennings Street Yarn before 7:00, I got a call that my new needle set is in! Perfect timing!

I currently own the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz set and I love them. They’re wooden, interchangeable, circular needles. I particularly love the varying colors for each size.

A photo of my set from Knitter’s Pride’s website.

Since I love those so much, but I really wanted a set of slick, metal needles, I decided to get the Knitter’s Pride Nova set. The people at Jennings Street Yarn were nice enough to special order them for me (which meant I could use my gift certificate). I’m really excited they came in on the day I was already planning a trip to Jennings for a replacement needle.

The new set. Image from the Knitter’s Pride website

A Bit Crazy

So last night I wound up some beautiful new yarn (Classy with Cashmere in Happy Forest) and was just about to cast on when… I had a needle snafu. For some reason my needle tip wouldn’t screw onto the cord. I have the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable set and I absolutely love them. However, I think I must have overtightened the connection and stripped the threading.

Somehow, this was my only set of size 7 circulars so I wasn’t able to start the hat. “No problem”, I thought. “I’ll just zip out tomorrow to get another.” Well, it didn’t work out that way. My local yarn shop was out of the size 7’s and, with the time I got off work, I wasn’t able to make it to Fort Worth to make it to the shop that had them.

So I had to sit there and think about what I wanted to do. I could run by the nearest crafting mega-store and buy a set of needles to cast on with and then switch to the Dreamz once I could. I realized it was pretty silly I couldn’t wait one or two days to get the replacement needle I need before starting the project. It’s not as though I don’t have plenty of other things I could be working on. I still need to do that second Knit Night Glove. I have a little baby blanket on the needles and a scarf.

So, for once, I’m forcing myself to practice a little knitting self control and actually waiting to get the needle I want before starting the new hat. I can abandon those projects again on Friday..

In the meantime, I’m working on the Dandy Scarf in Handmaiden Yarn’s Maiden Hair color Peridot. I will say, this is a really sumptuous yarn, and the pattern is nice and simple. I haven’t really gotten into this project, in spite of those two things, but I hope that will change.

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Really, cats?

Now, I’m not saying that the cats are keeping track of my receipts from the yarn store, but it sure seems like it.

Perhaps cats can just intrinsically know the value of a set of knitting needles and only choose to chew on the best ones. That must be why I just picked up my Addi Turbos to find the cord chewed.

And why, just a few weeks ago, the ends of my beautiful, brand-spankin’-new Lantern Moon straights had been gnawed.

I swear, these cats need to get a job to pay for all the stuff they ruin. But will they? Ha!

 

This is the current needle chewing suspect

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