Science-y String

Two new additions to the yarn stash from String Theory Colorworks. Both yarns are self striping in really bold and fantastic colors. The Density yarn was formerly the brim of a hat that came out ridiculously small and has now been frogged and is back to a ball waiting to be knit. Such fun colors and they stripe wonderfully. You have to love the science themed names from the dyers. The husband and wife are an engineer and biologist, respectively, so they have a thing for science.

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From the Density collection. Color Particle Accelerator

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From the Resonance line. Color is called Atom

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…

 

DFW Yarn Crawl

I am so dreadfully late in posting this. Its sad really, because I really enjoyed yarn crawling for the first time this year and I planned a very involved post about it. However, the month of October zoomed by with incredible franticness and the post didn’t happen.

This was my first year participating in the DFW Yarn Crawl. My mother and I set a day aside to hit all of the Dallas shops we had never visited.

Our Itinerary:

1. The Shabby Sheep

My mom and I were both enchanted by this little shop. It is housed in a blue home that was probably built in the 1910’s. The shop itself is tiny and consists of pretty much two rooms, however, it is overflowing with charm. We went home from here with the official embroidered Yarn Crawl totes.

Sadly, this shop is soon to be no more. It is one of several historic buildings located in a square that is being sold to housing developers. The neighborhood is so sweet, it is like a little oasis in the city. I hate to see that go to make room for condos. The owner is trying out something that is still a novelty- taking her shop on the road, literally. She is planning to move the store into a vintage RV and travel to events. I’m very interested to see how this food truck style yarn-mobile will work out.

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2. Holley’s Yarn Shop

This shop is a decent size and had a number of yarns that I would’ve gladly taken home. They seemed to offer a lot by Rowan (which I love). I would definitely visit here again. I left there with a skein of Shalimar Yarn Breathless in Sprout and a beautiful project bag by Della Q. My mom was loaded down with skeins of a Rowan DK to make two baby sweaters (and maybe hats). I also won a skein of Imperial Yarn.

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3. Yarn and Stitches

Well, we were honestly disappointed with this shop. Unlike every other store I visited during this crawl, no one came to greet us or offer to stamp our passports. There was, overall, a standoffish feeling. I saw a few yarns I hadn’t run into anywhere else, but not enough to make the trip to North Dallas again. I ended up buying a pair of DPNs just so I wouldn’t feel awkward. It goes to show, hospitality in a shop goes a long way.

4. Woolie Ewe

This is a very interesting, large store. They had a little of everything, including buffalo hair yarn, spinning fiber, looms, and more. One huge compliment I have for this shop is that they were one of the only to decorate according to the theme. There were cowgirl touches all around, including saddles and mannequins with whole outfits. I really felt like they cared about the crawl. I think I only got some stitch markers from here, but my mom bought a few sets of the Cubics needles she has been wanting to try and couldn’t find anywhere else.

5. MadTosh

This wasn’t originally on our list of shops to visit since I’ve gone there so many times. My mom had never been though and I wanted her to see it since she owns a quilt shop and they also sell fabric. That, and, I had a very specific yarn desire in mind and I knew they would have what I wanted. I can’t even tell you what all we bought. I know I got my skein of sock yarn for the shawl I want to make. I know we got a few patterns. The shop was giving away a cool sock pattern that makes a cowboy boot looking sock with a star on it. So cute! My mom was really taken by their shop samples of baby booties and sweaters and wanted to make them all. I ended up with Tosh Merino Light in Luster.

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6. Jennings Street Yarn

When I learned that Jennings was going to be open on Sunday for the final crawl day, I decided to swing by there. It ended up being a quick trip since the first shelf inside the door had some Eco Alpaca I had to have. I grabbed two skeins with the plans of doing some sort of simple baby sweater with maybe a cable. I still haven’t found a pattern I love though. I also grabbed a white skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk

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7. Knitting Fairy

I saved this shop for last since it is the closest to home. I had actually planned to skip it but I decided to go since they were open Sunday. Ted, from my knitting group, had recently gotten some yarn there called Theodora’s Pearls that I was really interested in. I ended up leaving with three skeins. The pumpkin spice has already made its way into being a pair of baby booties and the start of a cardigan.

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Not Cheating, I Swear

Some new yarn came in from Sundara. Now, I know I said I was going on a yarn diet, but I promise I’m not cheating since I technically ordered this before the start of my diet.

This is their Sport Merino Two base in Summer Shadows, Morning Light, and End of Summer. I really liked that the inspiration for these colors was the art of Monet. Tis collection was Sundara’s August colors.

I don’t just love the three colors together like I thought I would, but I think that once I knit with them, they’ll blend a little bit better.

I am planning to make the Color Affection shawl (aka the shawl everyone and their mother on Ravelry has knit). I think the narrowness of the stripes will work well with these colors together. At least, I hope so.

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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

Daily Dose of Fiber

Since my spinning has been going much better (although admittedly it’s now been 2 weeks since I sat at the wheel), I decided to treat myself to some beautiful fiber.

The new additions to my newborn fiber stash are Potluck Roving from Paradise Fibers in Midnight Mulberry, Corriedale from Fiber Artemis in Ginger and Plum, and Romney from Sheepish Creations in Patient Purples.

Now I just need to get to spinning…

Romney

Romney

Corriedale

Corriedale

Potluck

Potluck