I am, usually, quite restrained in the face of yarn. I tend to think of trips to yarn stores as more research visits than shopping expeditions. But when I stopped in at Yarn It & Haberdashery in Columbus, I sort of slipped. I grabbed a few goodies. That's some Madeline Tosh (I can never resist their colors) and some Faeriegrl Yarns (which seems to be only available at Yarn It, but I liked the speckles too much to leave it behind). And just in case that wasn't enough, I found another new goody in the mail when I came home. [...]
Every now and then I find a yarn that knows a special magic trick. It somehow manages to be more than one color at once. I don't mean more than one color over the length of the yarn (that's easy enough). I mean more than one color at any given spot in the yarn. Sort of like this. (This is surprisingly hard to show, so you can click to see a bigger version of the picture if you want to peer at it a bit more closely.) See how it all seems to have a base color (whether that's purple [...]
Oh yeah, I sort of bought some yarn while we were away. Not too much (the soul of restraint, that's me), but a bit. First up, Tosh DK by Madelinetosh in the color Stargazing (which doesn't show on their website, not sure if it's a one off or discontinued). It's the brightest non-orange yarn in my stash and I will never in a million years be able to get an accurate reflection of the color of this yarn. Let's just say it's blue enough it pretty much vibrates. It is totally outside my normal gray with hints of green and [...]
When last I left you, it was Friday morning. I'd visited A Verb for Keeping Warm the night before and just sort of casually mentioned that I was about to head out to another yarn shop later that morning. The second yarn shop was ImagiKnit, and it was a delight. Now, first things first, they had a wee stack of Curls sitting out on the table. And I know it's horribly tacky to admit it, but I confess that does always make me awfully happy to see that in a yarn shop. I secretly suspect anyone else who writes books [...]
You'll have to forgive me. I had all these grand plans. While I was away I was going to take advantage of the pretty scenery to take oodles of sock pictures (seriously, I packed along socks in my carry on for maximum sock safety). I was going to stumble across charming fiber animals (when I had my camera handy). I was going to encounter nifty knitting-related stuff (also with camera to hand) in unexpected contexts and document it for you all. But I haven't. Instead I've spent a fairly astonishing amount of time finding awesome restaurants, reading, just possibly napping, [...]
Last time we chatted about the critters of the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. This time, let's talk about the loot. Now, I'm normally rather restrained at these events. I just don't go through much yarn (and when I do knit something, I like it to be in a yarn I can use for a pattern, and that imposes a whole new set of constraints on my shopping). But I did find a few goodies. The first is some long, wooden dpns. I used to think I didn't care for wooden dpns (and I still don't like them at small [...]
So, the stash toss had a variety of benefits. First and foremost, it satisfied my 'I am being overwhelmed by all my things and must throw them all away to reclaim any semblance of sanity' urge (this urge falls upon me with alarming frequency). Second, it made a whole lot of extra room in my closet. And third, it allowed for some serious advance planning. You know I've been bringing early patterns back out (Cataphyll and Louche are recent sock returns, and Plicate and Colophon are some of the returning accessories)? Well I really want to get pretty much all [...]
You know what this means don't you? (Well yes, yes it does mean my entire front yard is covered in a foot of snow and is a featureless, frigid whiteout of despair...but that's not exactly what I had in mind...look at the yarn instead of the background.) It means it's almost photo shoot time. The next photo shoot is in early April, and these are all the yarns I've used in it. Running top to bottom we've got Bare Naked Wools, Vice, Quince, SweetGeorgia, Frog Tree, Phydeaux, Elemental Effects, Alchemy, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Manos, Uncommon Thread, Lorna's Laces, Anzula, [...]
You know those websites that show pictures of what's inside other people's fridges or purses or closets? And you know how you're always a tiny bit scandalized by something you see (how does anyone drink that much soda? Am I the only one with three chapsticks and no lipstick in my purse? Why am I not that tidy?). I think the knitter's equivalent must be your work basket. Here's mine. What was that? Why yes, yes that is all yarn for the gray curls. And yes I do love them all. And no, even in mid January, the gray is [...]
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