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Box of Yarn

I’ve got a jar of dirt a box from Knit Picks, and guess what’s inside it? That’s right, more stuff for my stash! I took advantage of the awesome sale at the end of last year, and scored an insane amount of stuff for just a little $. Fan for life (probably).

Box of Yarn

I picked a range of stuff to try, from bulky yarn (I haven’t used anything thicker than worsted in, oh, forever) to my beloved thread (Curio). Merry early Christmas to me! I’ve already made three things with the yarn from this box, with a fourth in progress. Can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on.

In the meantime, for those who like my Pirates of the Caribbean reference at the beginning of the post, please enjoy this video of the scene. Aside from the obvious crochet/knitting projects, I’ve spent my day so far at a lovely baby shower and then played my oboe for the first time in ages. How is your weekend going? 🙂

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In My Stash: Knit Picks Chroma in Autumn Day

Around Halloween, I picked up a few skeins of Knit Picks Chroma (fingering weight) in Autumn Day. On sale. Pinch me. 🙂 It’s lucky that I took some photos of the yarn quickly, because it has already been transformed into a shawl and is pinned to the blocking boards as I type.

knit picks chroma autumn day 1

Having purchased this yarn in the Lollipop colorway, I knew what to expect this time. Although I have to say that, after working with angora yarn, this wasn’t quite as soft as I remembered. 🙂 Check out the lovely, slow-transitioning colors.

knit picks chroma autumn day 3

This yarn reminded me of something when I placed the order, and when it arrived I had an opportunity to compare. The colorway makes me think of the cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s a closer match in person, but you get the idea. Love it!

knit picks chroma autumn day 2

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In My Stash: Rowan Angora Haze

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was restful, but not by choice. I wasn’t feeling so great, so I didn’t wander too far from home. On the plus side, I got lots of crochet time in between naps.

I have been back at the thread crochet – I just can’t seem to stay away. I have a couple of doilies (I finally started working out of Doilies with a Twist – yay!) drying on the blocking mats now, and I can’t wait to get them photographed. When I do get back to thicker yarns, though, I have plenty of tempting choices. Exhibit A:

rowan angora haze 1

Rowan’s Angora Haze. I was lucky enough to have my name drawn as a door prize winner at knitxmidwest, and got a couple of skeins of this soft yarn. (Jen of makexdo is a Rowan ambassador.)

rowan angora haze 2

I’m now the proud owner of one skein each of the Hug and Embrace colorways. Handling this yarn is like petting a bunny, because, well. 🙂 Fiber content: 11% Wool, 20% Polyamide, 69% Angora.

rowan angora haze 3

Now, what to make? Included in the giveaway goodie bag was a pattern book. I’m thinking I could pull off the Judy beret or Judy gloves… believe it or not, I’ve never knitted anything in the round. Any votes?

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In My Stash: Yarn Bee Soft Secret

Here’s another acrylic yarn, because, let’s face it – not every yarn purchase can be a splurge. In this exciting episode, I once again prove that I have a problematic addiction to anything the turquoise/teal family. 🙂 This particular manifestation? Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Teal.

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

This yarn has a noticeable sheen to it, and is also very smooth to the touch. It is similar to Caron SimplySoft, which some people don’t like because it feels too “plastic-y.”

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

I personally really like this “shiny” characteristic, however. Soft Secret comes many jewel-tone shades that beckon from the Hobby Lobby shelf…

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

I have five or six skeins of this colorway. I keep changing my mind about what pattern I want to use it for – any thoughts?

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In My Stash: Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn

Have I mentioned that I love cable knitting? Because I love cable knitting. So when I saw the Nennir cowl pattern, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Such a beautiful Celtic cable pattern called for a gorgeous yarn to match. Specifically, I wanted a variegated green to complement the cables in the pattern. I found exactly what I was looking for when I bought Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Canopy.

stroll tonal sock yarn canopy

I’m actually using this yarn to make a full-length scarf in the Nennir pattern, instead of just a cowl. As I near the halfway point of the scarf, I’m very happy with how the project is going. As always, I promise pictures when I’m done. 🙂

stroll tonal sock yarn canopy

I would absolutely use this yarn again. The only odd thing? It has a very noticeable (chemical? dye?) smell. I’m optimistic that it will go away when I wash it, though. Has anyone else noticed it with this yarn? I haven’t experienced it with other Knit Picks yarns.

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In My Stash: Araucania Nuble

Update: Click here to see what I made with this yarn.

One of the highlights of our trip to St. Louis was a stop at Knitorious. I’m lucky to have a couple of nice yarn shops nearby, but that store ruined me for many other shops. It’s amazing. My favorite part is that they have lots of skeins of each colorway on the shelves. I know many stores will order more skeins for you, but there’s something comforting about seeing all of the skeins you’ll need in-stock.

My favorite purchase from this store was three skeins of Araucania Nuble yarn (you can buy it online here). It was a bit of a splurge for me, but I loved the colors and – hey – it was vacation. 🙂

araucania nuble yarn

I was initially drawn in by the colors (Colorway 06) – pink, blue, and purple have been my favorites since I was little. A girly-girl forever. These turquoise, violet, and fuschia jewel-tone shades were just too beautiful to pass up.

araucania nuble yarn

Texture is also a big factor for me – my precious princess skin is sensitive to some wool blends. I suspect I have a mild allergy, which is rather inconvenient for this hobby. In any case, this yarn is no problem for me: 75% Extra Fine Merino, 25% Silk.

araucania nuble yarn

The plan for the yarn at this point is to use it for the Glitz at the Ritz shawl. I bought a package of Bead Treasures Beach Party mix to use on this project.

I’m really, really excited to get started. So many queued projects, so little time. My current project? Even more cable knitting, my most ambitious one yet. Can’t wait to share it!

Fun Stuff, Yarns

Weekend Update

“What is a weekend?” Oh Dowager Countess, how I love your quips. I hope your own weekend is going well! Mine is going splendidly.

Today I went on a little shopping spree. My first stop was Knit Picks. I swear I do not work for them – I’m just a fan. 🙂 Anyway, they’re having a pretty fun and fantastic sale. Lots of their orange and black (random aside: any Orange is the New Black fans?) yarns are on sale. I scored a few skeins of a yarn I have been wanting for 40% off. Procrastination paid off, and my stash runneth over.

I also took the opportunity to pick up a skein of the new Curio crochet thread. Has anyone tried this yet? There are some fun colors – I chose Victorian. Pictures to come.

Next, my grandma and I hit the town to check out a local yarn shop I haven’t been to yet. It was great, and full of ladies working on projects and chatting. Can’t wait to visit again!

After an amazing lunch (buffalo chicken mac and cheese so good it should be illegal), we checked out a consignment shop. I scored a serving tray that came with a folding stand, which will be perfect as a portable work surface. It was $6. Six. Dollars. Can’t beat that. I think I’ll paint it, but I haven’t decided yet.

What have you been up to?

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In My Stash: Sea Foam KnitPicks Comfy Fingering Yarn

How, when, and why do you buy your yarn? Are most of your purchases spur-of-the-moment, without a particular project in mind? Or do you pick a pattern, then buy the yarn you will need? Like (I suspect) many people, I do some of each.

This particular yarn purchase – KnitPicks Comfy (Fingering) – was based simply on my love for its color. Plus, it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and (according to its description online) soft.

knit picks sea foam comfy

Based on these attributes, (and a need to meet my minimum “free” shipping purchase amount… online shopping logic 🙂 ) I decided to buy a few skeins. I thought that, if I like it, it could be good for bigger projects.

The verdict? Inconclusive. Since taking these photos of the yarn, I used it to make a small project. It is indeed very soft, but it probably wasn’t the best choice for the pattern. It’s hard to explain. The yarn is beautiful, the pattern is lovely, but this yarn + that pattern = something not quite right. Maybe it’s the “drape” of the fabric? Or just my newbie knitter status?

knit picks comfy seafoam

I’ll share some photos of that finished object later and let you judge for yourself. Chances are good that I’m just being overly critical of my own work (worsened by the fact that I plan to give the FO as a gift). I would certainly give this yarn another try – perhaps in a heavier weight, and for a light cardigan.

knit picks comfy sea foam

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In My Stash: Caron Simply Soft Paints

For a while now, Caron’s Simply Soft yarn has been my go-to acrylic. When you’re picky about textures (scratchy yarns need not apply), it’s great to have a staple like this one that works up well, is readily available, and won’t break the budget if you need a lot of it for a project.

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

I just can’t pass up pretty variegated yarn in a rainbow of hues. This colorway is called Tapestry, and it’s even more fun in person.

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

I haven’t yet decided what my skeins of this will become. They’re kind of begging to be made into a gift project for a baby girl, like this adorable knit baby sweater. I also saw a version of the honey cowl made in this colorway, which creates a very cheerful accessory for a solid-colored shirt. Other pattern suggestions welcome. 🙂

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

Any opinions on this yarn, or on working with acrylic in general? Although I have been working with yarn for a long time, I have only recently begun exploring options other than the acrylic types that are easy to find in stores.

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In My Stash: Lollipop Chroma Fingering by KnitPicks

Update: Psssssst… to check out what I made with this yarn, click here.

Update 2: Looking for this yarn? Click here to see what I found out about its availability.

I have been drooling over KnitPicks’ Chroma Fingering Yarn in Lollipop for a long time, because it’s so. pretty. I have never ordered yarn online before, and have been hesitant to do so because I like to see/touch it for myself. I finally pulled the trigger, and I’m so glad that I did. I mean, look at it…

KnitPicks Chroma Yarn

…it’s like a Lisa Frank explosion, in the best possible way. So nostalgic. It makes me want to search eBay for unicorn-and/or-baby-tiger-emblazoned Trapper Keepers.

Knit Picks Chroma Lollipop

I have seen quite a few people use this yarn for kids’ projects, but I think it’s perfect for kids at heart, too. 🙂 I actually have big plans for my skeins. They are destined to become a Haruni shawl. A fellow Raveler used this yarn for one, and it was amazing. I can’t wait.

Knit Picks Chroma Lollipop

I’m pretty picky about texture, and many wool yarns just don’t feel soft enough to me. I was pleasantly surprised by this blend – it’s much softer than I expected.

knitpicks chroma fingering yarn

I also love how the colors fade gradually into one another. That makes the color transitions show between rows instead of looking choppy as some variegated yarns do. Plus, it’s cat-approved. So there’s that.

Knitpicks Chroma