Friday, January 26, 2007

More Yarn porn

Trekking for socks! Yes, I'm addicted!!!
Cascade 220 from L in beautiful purples!!!
One last final look at the stash enhancement from January!!!

I still can't figure this blogger spacing out so I had to add another post with my January purchases!!

My month of stash enhancement . . a little yarn porn

Well, I just got pictures taken of all my newest yarn. I'm addicted to Destash for Cash. It's a wonderful blog that I can't get away from!!! I've purchased so much and still waiting for 2 orders to come in. It's really scary how much I'm on this site.

Needless to say I've gotten 2007 off to a whirlwind of stash enhancement!! Sock yarn, yarn for no project, yarn for projects, etc. Just everything and anything!

So I thought I'd interest you in a little Friday yarn porn! This stuff is all from January purchases and gifts!!

Crazy superwash sock yarn from Country Hill! Some lovely handspun silk/wool mix (Aqua) and another handspun mohair from Fiberwoods Studio here in Milwaukee.
Malabrigo Worsted. Nothing more needs to be said!!!Look at this stuff. Truly heavenly!!
Fable Baby Alpaca in little lilac color! 2 full skeins.

Cascade Pastaza Wool/Llama blend.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The birth of a sock and goodbye to the early 30s!!

Well, I finished my first pair of socks ever. I have such a feeling of accomplishment!! R loves them and is wearing them around the house. Here it is almost finished. They're in the wash right now
so I don't have a finished picture!!


I tried to start another pair with Size 1s and Austermann's Step but it's just too much right now. I'm on fertility drugs so I'm feeling a little out of sorts and honestly trying to count a pattern is just driving me nuts!!

I'm now trying out the Toshiko Felted Bag from Berroco. It's super easy and for my MIL. She likes the little bag I made for myself so she wanted one for aerobics. I'm just using Paton's Classic Merino Wool. It felts nicely and was on sale at Joanns. Nothing like buying the in-laws love with handknits!!

In other news, it's cold and I just got a little older this week. Yep I turned 34 and had a wonderful night with my closet friends. We had sushi and I got lots of stuff. Of course we had a great time and I ended up with some more stash!! Thanks to L!!!

She got me 3 hanks of Cascade 220 in various shades of purple! They're just GORGEOUS!! She gave me the pattern The Felted Bucket Bag and I can't wait to make it! It's going to be awesome for the summer and fall! I just need to fit it into my schedule.

I think I'll be redoing my 2007 Knitting Calendar b/c of the drugs. I can't even keep up with a 4 stitch pattern right now. I guess I'm destined to do lots of bags and dishclothes until I get off these drugs to make S and baby brother or sister. At least I'll have most of my Christmas presents done!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Denial just ain't a river in Egypt!

Yep, corny, but oh, so true!!! For anyone that reads this regularly, you'll see that I constantly refer to my "lack of stash." I'm not like those other knitters who have a gazillion pieces in their stash. Not me, no sir . . . well, that's because I apparently had a crappy storage system. Well, not crappy, just not allowing me to see that yes, I do have stash.

After about 20 minutes of S helping me build my tower of yarn out of 2 packages of metal wire shelves, I realized I do have a crap load of yarn. Now it's not as impressive as other knitters stashes, but for someone whose been knitting for just a year, it's not too shabby. I have all the baby yarn and Joann bought yarn on the bottom shelves. I figure if the cats or the kid gets into this stuff, it's not too much of a loss. Then the sock yarn and expensive stuff have the top shelves.

Here's a look. Now remember I have a walk in closet that R is forbidden to enter so I can easily hide anything from him!! S is little nosey (takes after me) so he's really into seeing what my closet has to offer!!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Stash Enhancement

WOOHOOO!!! I got my Knitpicks order AND L and I hit a yarn sale this weekend!!! I can not do the Knit from your Stash thingymabob that everyone is doing. Simply can't do it. I don't really stash yarn, I buy for projects so my extra yarn is minimal. However, the whole sock addiction may change my entire outlook on how I'm going to do things in 2007.

So this is what I got from Knitpicks!!
Gloss for DHs socks! It's so soft. Wool/Silk Blend

Memories in Redwood Forest for fingerless gloves. This is just so gorgeous!!!

Panache in Cloud for Elenor from Viva Poncho. I figure living in Wisconsin, I need to have a yummy, but useable poncho! This stuff is made of 40% Alpaca and 20% of Cashmere, Silk, and Extrafine Merino. I'm so excited to make this for myself. Of course, L is a registered poncho hater, so it'll fun to watch her try to get out of telling me how great this stuff is!!! =)

And finally, some DPNs in 0-4. I know that many people have suggested I do socks on circular, but I'm totally hooked on DPNs!! Lovin' those!!

I do have a backorder for Kelly's birthday gift. I can't wait to get that. It'll be available on January 19th.

Then L and I went to the LYS for the big sale. 20% off everything and 40% off if you bought all the remaining yarn in one color. I thought I would get a lot of deals, but it turns out that every yarn I thought I could get at 40% off had 15-20 balls of the same color lurking in the upstairs rooms. It sucked, but I did manage to score some sock yarn. As you can see the constant obsession with socks is already starting!!! I got 3 balls of Clown at 40% off only $13!! ! Not too shabby!!!

I love the colorway and can't wait to knit a pair of socks for ME!!!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

First Finished Project of 2007!!!

I finished Rs scarf that matches his hat made with Ecological Wool by Cascade. I blocked it on the 1st and it's now ready to go! It's also my first cabled piece. Never tried it before and I can't wait to make another piece!!In sock news, I paid for my Socks that Rock Club on Blue Moon Fiber Arts today. Took a bunch of my money, but L assures me that socks like this are worth it!!! To prepare for my sock adventure I started my first pair of socks this week. It's just very basic pattern from Knit Socks! It's a basic stockinette stitch on 3s with a worsted weight. I want to get down the basics of how this sock makin' works before I try with the good stuf!! I'll get pictures up soon!!!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!!

Well, it's 2007! That means it's time for me to list my projects for this year. I'm a project knitter and yarn buyer. I have a small stash that I buy only when I know there is a project waiting. Some of the yarn is from really good sales though. I'm also a Capricorn so the thought of an unplanned year is somewhat daunting. I have to have a plan so her it goes!!

Finish R's scarf
Peg's Socks
Mom's Scarf
Addison's Blanket Buddy

Bonnie's Bag
Beach Poncho (must get a picture of this up!)

Sock O' the Month
Kelly's Cabled Birthday Bag

Patagonia Cotton bag for me!!
SP's wedding garter

Sock O' the month

Gift for Baby A

Gift for Baby Smith
Ss winter sweater

Winter Poncho for me!!!

I'm sure this will change as the year goes on, but at least I have a plan!! It makes me feel better to open Excel and see the month, project, patterned used, yarn purchased for, etc. K said I was a total Capricorn the other day. I denied it . . . I think she might be right!!!! =)