Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stash Yummification

There was a yarn sale. At Unraveled (in Monrovia). With discounts in a fishbowl. Hey, what's a knitter who's been craving Koigu KPPPM to do?? Especially when the SnB gang decides to meet there at opening time!

This is what:

Blue Sky Alpaca in cream, for a Slouchy Cardi from Greetings from Knit Cafe. There's a KAL for it, but I may or may not join t hat. After all, I have a bunch of other stuff in the queue. Not least of all, swatching some of that Koigu. I'm thinking that there may be a couple of scarves/mini shawls in my future. The orange is the big surprise, to me at least. Normally I don't gravitate to autumn colors, but this time I did. I love that orange! The blues are "my" colors but I also love the yellow/green combo. I only got one of each of those. Gotta show some restraint!

But the fishbowl was good to me--30% so it's like almost every 4th skein is free!

Gotta love that Koigu. Of course, when I got home from the sale, t here was a package from England waiting for me. Jannette had this lovely Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed on sale, super cheap, so that with shipping and everything it was well under $5/skein.

This might be another slouchy cardi, I dunno yet. I am swatching and it seems that the little nubs want to pop up on the back rather than the front, which is saying to me that a garter-stitch something might work nicely. I'm going to do a couple of cables on the swatch--I sure love me some cables--and then wash it to see what happens. The yarn is pretty rough right now, but I don't think it's meant to be next-to-the-skin wear anyhow.

So here's my "deep thoughts" for the day. I was listening to my SnB buds talking about their purchases, and I realized (I'm slow on the uptake on this, duh!) that there isn't anyone here at home for me to show it to, discuss it with, or any of that. I'm only accountable to me. For everything. Gets a little scary out here--kinda feels like I'm on the high-dive and I'm not even sure there's water in the pool to catch me!
I'm getting ready to make a few improvements to the place--a new deck (the old one was demolished over a year ago), a new fence, a new cover for the front porch, replace a couple of doors--and here I haven't even decided if I'm going to stay in this house! However, it would be nice to be able to use the back door again... so I'm doing it. Deep breathing now.

Meantime, it's fun to add to the stash--soothes the soul, don't you know!


junie said...

Just Yummy! I love that Koigu. Nancy M sent me a hank, I hadn't seen it before. Lovely stuff.

And you are right. Stash yummies help the soul too. I broke down and ordered 8 balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite - Web's gives a nice discount. It is for the Lady of the Forest Shawl/wrap. I did it for me for my birthday!

I have NO SHAME. I buy yarn to sooth my soul. It is a darned good thing we don't live by each other. I can see us really getting into trouble.

jillian said...

Looks (and sounds) like you had some fabulous yarn therapy! I pooped into that sale twice this week :) But I didn't know about the meetup.

mary said...

I just *loved* watching you buy all that delicious yarn. This was a first for us, seeing you get such wonderful treats for yourself. You certainly deserve it, along with an improved upon house!

Madge said...

'Tis the summer of stash, isn't it, Marie? And what beautiful yarn made its way home with you, too - all that Koigu is scrumptious. And the Blue Sky Alpaca, mmmm. Can't wait to see your swatches - hope you bring 'em to group so we can ooh and aah.

Friday was lots of fun, wasn't it? And while your home may seem empty sometimes, please know your knittin' sisters love you. And your yarn, too.