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Yarny Delight

My beautiful, beautiful yarn has arrived!

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The package on the left is from Fabulous Yarn, and the one on the right is from Shelridge Yarns. I was tickled to see the French writing on the Shelridge package. I don’t buy from Canada that often, so I was kind of surprised. Makes sense, though!

Up first is the Soft Touch Ultra from Shelridge.

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I won a $25 gift certificate, so I used that towards this purchase of 4 hanks in the “Wine” colorway. It’s redder in person, and it’s going to be a Christmas dress for Kirsi.

Next is some Malabrigo Sock in the “Ivy” colorway.

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This is destined to become a Christmas dress for Eva.

Finally we have some MadTosh Vintage in the “Onyx” colorway.

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I’m planning to make myself a simple shawl with this. I’d like to have one for the winter.

Since this is my third blog post for the day, I should probably get off my phone and start knitting. I’ve got a lot accomplish!

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For The First Time

After letting them languish in the closet for way too long, I finally tried out the new swift and ball winder that I bought long ago. I’m this close to finishing my shrug, so I wanted to prepare the yarn for my next project.

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My swift and ball winder!

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The yarn - Knit Picks Swish Worsted in "Blue Violet"

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The yarn on the swift.

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The ball winder ready for assembly.

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I'm winding!

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Completed yarn cakes.

The cake on the left looks a little wonky. It’s the second one I wound, so I’m not sure what I did differently. I’m assuming it has to do with the tension. I’ll knit from that cake first. I don’t want the yarn to stay stressed (if it is) for too long.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and simple the process was. It took me a few minutes to set everything up (it’ll only take a minute next time since I now know how everything works) and literally a minute per hank to wind.  Much quicker than hand winding! I had to fight the urge to wind everything in my stash, one, because I read hank form is easiest on the yarn, and two, because it would take three years to wind my ginormous stash. I don’t want to tell you how long it took me to find that yarn when I went searching for it in my many bins, boxes, and bags…


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Crafty Acquisitions

Since Kai was on babywatch today, I took a trip out to Hobby Lobby to pick up some supplies.  A friend of the family has requested a crochet Christmas tree similar to one her grandmother made years ago.  I did some research on Ravelry and decided that this pattern was the closest match to the tree in question.  Since I don’t have any green acrylic in my extremely large stash, I had to pick up a skein plus something to use as decorations for the tree.

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After a half an hour (seriously) of scouring the bead section, I decided on the combo you see above.  I’m not jumping for joy over my selections, but they’ll do.  I just couldn’t find anything in particular that spoke to me.  Since the beads are made of glass, they are a bit heavy.  I’m thinking I’ll have to weight the base of the tree when it’s finished.

I suppose it wouldn’t have been a proper trip to the craft store (or in my nature) if I had left without something for myself.  I spent some time browsing the button section and was unable to leave without these:

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Come on, did you think I'd leave without these??

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Pretty Ladybugs!

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It's no secret that I have a thing for diamonds...

Now I have to knit some garments so I can make use of my new treasures!


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I Won!

I’ve made a habit of entering every Knit Picks giveaway that’s advertised on Facebook.  I figure, what’s the harm?  It takes hardly any time, and usually the giveaways point me in the direction of a decent blog.  I never expected to actually win something, but I did!

I entered the Bare Gloss Fingering (70% Merino, 30% Silk) giveaway on the Fresh Stitches blog and wound up with three skeins of wonderful yarn!

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Aren’t they magificient?  They’re meant to be dyed, but I’ve never done that before, and quite frankly I’m afraid to try.  I would love to dye these in a gray tonal, but I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with three skeins of black yarn if I make an attempt.  I think I’ll hold onto them until I work up the nerve to try dyeing.  I thought about maybe making a natural colored shawl, but would that be too boring?

Whatever this yarn becomes in the future, I’m sure it’ll be beautiful.  Thank you Fresh Stitches and Knit Picks!


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Yarny Goodness

I picked up my Knit Picks order from the post office today!  😀

I snapped some pictures to share:

First up, 6 skeins of Simply Cotton Worsted in “Dogwood Heather.”  It’s intended for a basic raglan pullover for me.

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Then we have 6 skeins of CotLin DK in “Planetarium.”  These are intended for a lace yoked summer pullover for me.

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Up next are 2 skeins of Simply Cotton Worsted in “Bermuda Heather.”  These are intended for a lacy summer cardigan for Eva.

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Here we have two skeins of Simply Cotton Worsted in “Duchess Heather” and one in “Haze Heather.”  They are intended for a summer cardigan with picot edging for Eva.

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Finally, we have the real reason for my order, a book I’ve been after for a while.  It’s called Finishing School: A Master Class For Knitters.  I need a ton of help with finishing, so I’m sure it’ll be money well spent.

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Getting packages makes my day.  I can’t wait to use my new goodies!


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Eva’s Easter Bunny

As promised, I’ve been working on a stuffed animal for Eva.  I made her a little bunny for Easter using Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in “Ivory.”

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The eyes are safety eyes, the nose is made from embroidery floss, the feet pads are made from felt, and the ears have fabric lining.  I’m not too thrilled with how this turned out.  I’m really bad at seaming, not too good at embroidery, and so-so at crocheting.  I’m afraid the ear lining will fray since the edges aren’t turned under (per the pattern, you’re just supposed to cut them out and sew them on).  I sat the little bunny on our end table by the couch until Eva is old enough to be interested in her.

Anyway, I think I should stick to clothing.  I’m much better at that.  🙂


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Hobby Lobby Loot

I took a trip to Hobby Lobby today to pick up some supplies.  A certain amigurumi pattern has caught my eye.  🙂

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Hobby Lobby Loot

As you can see, I bought a ton of things to add to my crafting stash – in particular, animal eyes and noses.  I want to start making Eva stuffed animals, but my embroidery skills are horrendous:/

I’m looking forward to adding amigurmi to my repetoire, and I can’t wait to share my first project with you!