Yarn Stash Confessions…

28 05 2009

When my favorite yarn store closed a year ago (sniff) i figured i would be better about buying too much yarn. You know when you live above a yarn store it is very tempting 🙂  I also thought- great, now I’ll start to use all this great yarn i have in my stash.

hummm… well…. I must confess- I haven’t been that good.  Here is the proof:

my unassuming yarn drawers

my unassuming yarn drawers

Holy Crap! How did all that yarn get in there... Ok not too bad...

Holy Crap! How did all that yarn get in there... Ok not too bad...

OH WAIT I THINK I HAVE SOME YARN STORED IN MY CLOSET….

Ohh my... ok this is what we call a come to Jesus moment.  I need help with my Yarn addiction...

Ohh my... ok this is what we call a "come to Jesus moment". I need help with my Yarn addiction...

My girlfriend J and I were having a chuckle right after I took this photo.  Then the doorbell rang and I really had to face my “problems”

The mail man brought one more skein of Cascade Eco...

The mail man brought one more skein of Cascade Eco...

I blame Dizzy Sheep, the Woot of the Yarn world, and the recent Webs anniversary sale for my recent internet yarn purchases.

From Dizzy Sheep I’ve scored the following in recent months:

  • 11 skeins of Reynolds Lopi Icelandic wool $44.50 (retail $ 55.00) I inherited a bunch of bright orange lopi- i purchased these muted colors to tone down the orange in a large felted tote bag- at least that is the idea
  • 4 skeins of Dream In Color Smooshy $68.96 (retail $95.00) colors: 1 Happy Forest, 2 Blue Lagoon, 1 Gothic Rose. I already had 1 skein of Happy Forest in my stash. I have no idea what I want ot knit with these but I couldn’t pass up the good deal!

During the Webs anniversary sale I stocked up on the following:

  • 3 skeins of Ecological Wool in Dark Ash @ $10.49 per skein (retail $15 per skein) I want to knit BF and I a round heirloom throw blanket
  • 1 additional skein of Ecological Wool in Dark ask @full price  I decided on the Girasole pattern which required more yardage
  • 20 Skiens Amherst Yarn  byValley Yarns in Natural @ $3.19 per skein (retail $3.99 per skein) This is for a lover’s knot afghan I am knitting as a wedding gift.

Note: the 20 skeins of Amherst have not yet shipped… the stash is going to get bigger! oh no!  Needless to say, I am putting myself on a yarn diet. 😦

Dream in Color Smooshy... so dreamy!

Dream in Color Smooshy... so dreamy!






Hemlock Ring Blanket: Lace dream!

29 03 2009

I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket last weekend, but didn’t get around to blocking it until this weekend.  I knew it would be pretty but OMG it’s gorgeous!

Because it’s knit in the round, it actually is naturally shaped like a hat (hence the photo of me wearing it as such) it also is all ripply because of the fan and feather pattern  It looked a little like a sea creature.

Blocking is essential for a piece like this.  I let it soak in water for a good hour, draining all the water out and refilling a couple of times.  I squeezed out as much water as I could before laying the blanket on multiple towels and rolling it up… then stepping on the towel/blanket role to get even more water out.  Next  I used every straight pin in the house to pin it out on a blanket- starting at the center and carefully working my way out.  I pinned out each loop on the edge getting the blanket just right.  then I kicked the cats out of my bedroom,  and laid it on the bed to dry. Now it lays nice and flat!