Stash Enhancement on a Monthly Basis

I am a sucker for subscriptions. In the past I have had subscriptions for coffee, tea, history books, children’s books, homeschooling curriculum, movies, music, and anything else I could subscribe to. I love getting packages in the mail – it is like getting gifts on a regular basis (even though I know I am paying for them). So, it is only obvious that I should, being the fiberholic that I am, subscribe to yarn, too.

Family Pendragon Yarns has a large selection of clubs to choose from and I had a hard time choosing just one. So I chose two. The fiber for April is called “Miss Giraffe” and I got the 80/20 merino superwash/silk top. It is positively scrumptious.

Like I said, I couldn’t choose just one, so I am also subscribed to a yarn club of the same-

That is 70/30 merino/sea silk in DK weight in Miss Giraffe with 2 oz of violet trim. Yum

I also subscribed to Mosaic Moon‘s fiber club. The April shipment is called Blue Louvre and is a 75/25 BFL/Silk roving.

Yep, I love subscriptions. And yarn clubs are the best kind!

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Randomly Speaking

A few thoughts –

1. I knit this adorable little something but I can only show you a tiny peek. My niece is turning one this weekend and I have a lovely gift made just for her. I can’t wait to give it to her. And now all my girls want one, too (it always works that way, you know).

I’ll show you more later.

2. “Mama,” The Boy said to me the other day, “I know you already know this, but I just can’t believe it. Anneli is your sister, but that is just too crazy because she is so young and you are so old!”

3. I found a use for this.

Handmaiden Casbah in Blackberry

I am making some super simple, extra lovely socks for myself. I am halfway through the second sock and will be wearing them in no time. I can’t wait! This yarn is definitely my new favorite. It is fabulous!

4. I have more yarn on the way. I have to say that Eat. Sleep. Knit has an amazingly genius business strategy and I keep getting sucked back in. I make an order, and with it comes a lotto ticket worth five dollars. I save up a few of these and mail them in. The $15 credit calls to me day after day. I dream about my free yarn (what will I choose?). I let it linger and ferment in my brain until one day, at long last, I go on a shopping spree and buy all the yarn!!!! I need $75 to get free shipping! I need 1200 yards to get to the next marathon milestone! I need the odd skien of _____ just because it is worth 200% for the marathon! I got off easy this time (I will show you what I got as soon as it arrives). But we all know that in that box that is on it’s way is another yarn lotto ticket waiting to start it all over again. Genius, I tell you. Those folks are geniuses!

5. It is cold in my house. Sunny and warm outside, but I am freezing. Time to go sit in the sun. And knit. In the sun. Oh, yeah.

6. One more thing. This blog will be turning two years old on April 8th! It’s party time all next week. But more on that later….

The Enabler

That’s me, much to the chagrin of every husband whose wife knits with me.

Case in point – Yesterday my Knitting Buddy was here and she used my computer to place a Mr. Yarn order. Her goal was some Malabrigo Sock in Archangel (that’s example number one. She knew she wanted that because she saw this in my yarn cabinet).

Malabrigo Arroyo in Archangel, slated to be Saffron for The Munchkin later on this year.

Apparently, archangel is a popular color, for it was already out of stock there and at Eat.Sleep.Knit. That was when I swooped in.

“Well,” I said, helpfully, “What about Finito?” This was partly selfish – Finito is a new yarn and I want to get my hands all over a ball of it ASAP. “Or,” I continued, “You could make sport weight socks. Arroyo is what I have here.” I pulled out the skein to remind her. “Or, you know what? You could…”

And on it went, and I don’t even remember now what she decided. She did end up with some archangel in some base in her cart.

Now she was going to check out (and I am sorry about this) but there was only ONE ball of yarn in her cart and I just couldn’t keep quiet.

“Is that all you need?” I started with need.

“What else am I going to need yarn for?” She wondered out loud. She really is a good girl. (Note to her husband – it is all my fault.)

“What about just getting some inspiration yarn?” I ventured. “You know, yarn that has no plan, but is just yarn for the sake of yarn?” I handed her a skein of Handmaiden Casbah. I know, I know. That isn’t fair. I am ashamed of myself.

“What are you going to make out of this?” She asked, and I think she may have swooned a little.

“I have no idea,” I replied cheerfully. “That is inspiration yarn. I bought it because it is gorgeous and maybe someday I will make something with it. But for now I just pet it and enjoy it for what it is – a skein of very beautiful yarn.”

She thought about this for a second. I could see the gears turning. But then, “No” she said, handing it back to me. “I need to have a plan. What else do I want to make?”

I let her stew a minute longer before trying again. (I told you that I am bad)

“You know,” I spouted philosophically, waving the Casbah in the air as I spoke (I tend to talk with my hands), “Yarn is not really ‘material’ for me. It is more of a collection. People collect spoons, and no one ever says, ‘Why don’t you ever use all those spoons there on the wall? Why are you buying another spoon when you already have hundreds of spoons on little racks in your dining room? You don’t even use the spoons that you already have.’ Yarn is my collection, and I don’t think it needs to have a purpose…” I trailed off, letting that idea sink in.

She ended up with four balls of yarn in her cart at check out.

Ahem.

I just realized something. I am doing it again. While I am telling you this story about what an enabler I am, I keep flashing pictures of gorgeous yarns with links to those yarns making it so easy for you to fall in love and have it in your hands for a small monetary sum and a few days wait.

Whoops! There I go again. (That happens to be Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in the Dusk colorway, available here. Heeeheeeheee)

Yup. I am an enabler. Maybe you should hide this post from your husbands…..

The Other Mister

The Man came in the door with a big box last night.

“This came in the mail for you,” he said as he set it on the table.

“Ooooh” I gushed. “Who’s it from?”

“A Mr…..” he searched for the return address, “A Mr. Yarn.”

A box from Mr. Yarn! And this is what was inside:

I love that guy!

Clockwise from left to right – Dream in Color Classy, Peacock Shadow (4 skeins); Malabrigo Sock, Light of Love (2 skeins); Handmaiden Mini Maiden, Wine (3 skeins); Malabrigo Sock, Ochre (4 skeins); Malabrigo Rios, Archangel (2 skeins); Dream in Color Classy, Emerald Darkness (4 skeins); Malabrigo Rios, Cumparsita (4 skeins)

The Stash Dwindleth, Yet Hope Remains

Despite my itchings and cravings and yearnings for new yarn, I have been very good about not buying new yarns. It has not been easy, my friends. The stash is shrinking alarmingly and my knitting has changed because of it. I no longer browse patterns for inspiration and then go stash diving to find a suitable yarn. No, my Dearies, I have to first go stash diving to see what is there and then look for a pattern that inspires. Granted, there is still a little of everything. I have sock weight and lace. I have bulky and worsted. The sport weight and DK are all used up except a few cottons, but that is okay. I have wool and alpaca. I have superwash and cotton blends. It is just that they are all old news, uninspiring, boring if you will.

And that is why when I was given a $25.00 gift certificate to eatsleepknit, I went a little crazy.

Okay. A lot crazy.

Can you say cashmere?

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Midnight*

And, while I was there, I got some sock yarn for a gift of socks for The Man (gift yarn=still legal).

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Ebony*
Also cashmere.

Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.

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Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*

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Sanguine Gryphon Traveler *Gaudi House* (already cast on, but we will leave that story for another day)

Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!

Ahem.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.