Rose City Yarn Crawl late recap

I wavered on whether or not I should do the yarn crawl. I spent most of last year on a yarn “diet”, trying to not buy yarn; but truthfully I still haven’t knit-down my stash to my satisfaction (frogging projects doesn’t help matters). But then that Thursday afternoon I thought, “I have the time now, so why not?”. I went and took some money out of the ATM with a goal of only spending that cash. I had a few things in mind that I was looking for (a few patterns I’ve been eyeing, a very specific skein of yarn). Due to my last minute decision this was a solo project.  Being solo was one of the reasons I was hesitant, 18 yarn shops, a few on the perimeters of the metro area (in my eye anyway), it felt a little bit wasteful. Also, the first year I just went to a couple shops, and while I am decidedly an introvert, I still find it hard to do solo events when I am surrounded by groups of buddies. But I rallied my spirits, swallowed my pride and did it by myself.

I’m so glad I did. I visited shops that I wouldn’t have (even though sometimes I do go on epic yarn-hunts in the city searching for that perfect yarn for a project). And having some gorgeous nearly 60 degree and sunny weather didn’t hurt either. I visited all 18 shops, spread out over all four days (I also managed to go to PMQG’s all-day sew on Saturday too). And I splurged a little bit, but really I didn’t go very far over my initial budget. I got things I had been looking for (sock yarn, shawl pin) and things I had not (yarn, and my  perennial weakness, buttons). I made mental notes of many yarns that I want to try…eventually. I feel like I have better sense of different shops strengths & weaknesses. I got to hold a two-week old lamb!

I am sad to say, however I didn’t get any good shots of places/things that aren’t yarn-related (like the very cool leaning abandoned house in the country, darn you rain + truck following me or the bridge in Oregon City). The haul:

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Impulse yarn: Malabrigo Rastita in Indiecita. Planned yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock in White. Nifty notions from Hiya Hiya: pretty colored tapestry needles with bent tips (my fav tip) and interesting bulb shaped safety pins. A Shawl Pin. Vintage buttons. A fat quarter (I wonder how many yarn crawlers bought fabric). Patterns (it turns out I just got the patterns that were designed specifically for the crawl).

One of the things that attracted me to this particularly skein of Indiecita was the blends of blues and aquas. I knew from a past purchase of that colorway that it could vary quite a bit, and I wasn’t sure I’d find that combination again (or when). I never thought I’d fall for such a variegated yarn. Take a look (the shawl is knit out of malabrigo sock, but still):

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March 25, 2013. Tags: , , . Knitting, Life. 5 comments.

Crazy Yarn Lady

My neighbors caught me taking pictures of my yarn in the yard-like area between the units in our complex.  I spoke with my next door neighbor about it a little and then noticed a little girl across the yard looking at me through their window.  On the bright side they didn't seem to notice me taking pictures of my gazpacho and I now have pictures of everything in my stash.  Then I put everything away in ziplock bags (sorting the leftovers by fiber) and threw it in the rubbermaid tub I use to contain it.  Next up is taking the time to update my Ravelry inventory

This week I bought yarn with no particular purpose.  It is the first time I have done that (up to now I've always envisioned a finished object).  A LYS is going out of business so I stopped by to be a vulture (Husband reminded me that vultures are a valid part of the cycle, I was helping them get rid of stock that they needed to get rid of; I just feel bad since I never managed to spend that much there pre-store-closing-discounts).  Husband is such a yarn-enabling tolerant man, or is that yarn-tolerant, enabling man?

I've now added the following yarn to my yarn tub:

  • 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas dyed cotton (one for swatching for a sweater, the other because it was the same color and more is better, plus all that was left in a color I liked)
  • 3 skeins of Berroco Softwist in a pretty pale blue
  • 6 skeins of GGH's Linova in lavender (I hope this is enough for some sort of summery top)
  • 2 skeins of GGH's Linova in two other coordinating colors for swatching or bits of contrast if a little extra yarn is needed
  • 1 pattern that I've been wanting for a while

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