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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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Birthday Yarn!

Look what I got in the mail today!  🙂

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Yep!  That would be a BUTTLOAD of yarn!  At the suggestion of Kai, who had no idea what he was getting himself into, I put in an order at Jimmy Beans and an order at Knit Picks.  I quickly photographed everything and added it to my Ravelry stash for accurate record keeping.  I’ll be ziploc-ing these beauties at a later time when Eva is not present.  She loves to tangle yarn. 

  Included in this haul are:

  • Cascade Pima Silk
  • Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Sweetgeorgia Tough Love Sock
  • Shibui Staccato
  • Knit Picks Felici Fingering
  • Knit Picks Stroll Sport

Surprisingly, I have projects planned for all of it.  🙂  I also ordered some tools (including larger sock blockers), but I didn’t photograph them since they’re kind of boring compared to the yarn.

I’m so excited, I don’t know what to start next!

 


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A Trip to Woolbearers

As I mentioned in my last post, yesterday Eva and I took a trip with my friend, Melissa, to a yarn store.  It’s techincally not a “local yarn store” for us since it’s over an hour away, but it’s about as close to local as we can get.  For some reason, South Jersey lacks yarn stores.  😦

We went to Woolbearers, which is in Mt. Holly, NJ.  The store was much larger than the last one I visited (Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia, PA).  They had lots and lots of yarn, and the three of us spent an hour making our selections.  (Well, Eva wasn’t really making any selections.  She was playing with my wallet and tossing my money on the floor.)  I went with a list, but in true Meghan fashion, I didn’t stick to it.  🙂

Aside from the Debbie Bliss Bella I showed you yesterday, I picked up the following:

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Woolbearers Superwash Worsted

Woolbearers Superwash Worsted – 100% Wool.  I was looking for a nice tonal for a sweater for myself, so I hope this works!

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Plymouth DK Merino Superwash

Plymouth DK Merino Superwash – 100% Merino.  I bought these on a whim.  I liked the look and feel of the yarn, and I’m hoping to make some baby sweaters with it.

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Cascade Ultra Pima

Cascade Ultra Pima – 100% Cotton.  I picked this for the baby dress I’m now making with the Debbie Bliss Bella, but I decided to buy it anyway because I’d like to make more than one baby dress.  I love the lilac color, and it’ll be great for summer weather.

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Plymouth Vita

Plymouth Vita – 85% Cotton, 15% Cashmere.  This is for a dress for Eva.

So there you have it.  You’ve been introduced to all of my lovelies!  I still have to plastic bag them and stick them in my stash, but I’ve been holding off since petting them makes me happy.  🙂


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Yarn Delivery!

Today I received TWO (!!) packages in the mail.  One contained my new Coastal Knits book, and the other was full of Knit Picks yarn.  🙂  I’ve been eyeing a couple sweaters in Coastal Knits (mainly Bayside Pullover and Rocky Coast Cardigan), so this book is a great addition to my library.

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Pictured above is Dishie in “Aster” and “Pomegranate,” and Galileo in “Pearl” and “Valentine.”  I bought the Dishie for two market bags I’d like to try, Ilene Bag and Let’s Go Shopping Market Bag, and the Galileo is for a Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater and Heart Hat for Baby.

Sorry, linking doesn’t seem to be working for me today, so here are the patterns I referenced:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ilene-bag

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lets-go-shopping—market-bag

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/top-down-raglan-baby-sweater

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-hat-for-baby

I plan on adding the hearts from the baby hat to the bottom of the sweater so they match.  It’ll be my first foray into stranded knitting, so wish me luck!

 


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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!