Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oh Look, Yarn


I've been working hard all year to Slash the Stash (yarn and fabric), and I was somewhat successful; that is, until Marilyn's neighbor stopped by with some gorgeous shawls she'd knit and an invitation to go to a yarn shop.

We went to Colorful Yarns, and the second I walked in the door, I was just like Dory.

If you look at the photos of the shop under their website's "Gallery" tab, you might understand why I fell off the no-buy wagon.

Dianne showed me the kits for the shawls she'd knit and the store samples of other shawls. Oh my, I was in real trouble but loving every minute of it.

The nearest "local" yarn shop is 120 miles from my house; thus, my purchases are usually limited to online shopping. It was heavenly to see, squish, and pet the yarn in the shop. To justify my selections, I kept telling myself I had premium money from my Fair ribbons, which covered 75% of my stash enhancement spree.

Here's what I purchased at Colorful Yarns

stash enhancement
August 2016
From the top - Top hank is actually two skeins of yarn and beads (a kit to make Sweet Little Nothing by Susan DeBettignies) 460 yards/4 oz. of 100% superwash wool The picot edge and beads really dress up this shawl. I purchased the black/gray/cream kit since I frequently wear those colors.

Second skein - an Indie sock yarn (Becoming Art) - color way December; 460 yards/4 oz. of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon

Third skein - The Natural Dye Studio "Angel 4ply sock yarn" - color way Heather; 390 yards/100 grams of 70% Baby Alpaca, 10% cashmere, 20% silk - from the Clearance Room - this will probably become a scarf

Fourth skein - Schoppel Crazy Zauberball - colorway Domino #2100; 420 meters/100 grams of 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon

Did I stop there? Of course not!

The Picot Dot Wrap by Sheryl Zuccaro was another shawl that Dianne had knit, and I loved it. The shop had several kits - many in bright colors, but I purchased the more "subdued" colors.

kit to make Picot Dot Wrap
As is somewhat evident in the photo below, the yarn has color changes and gradients. I think it will be fun to see exactly what colors are inside these skeins; perhaps, it is not as subdued as I first thought.

both skeins are in gradients

Two skeins of Kauni
       color way EC  (black/gray) - 400 meters/140 grams 100% wool
       color way EQ  (rainbow?) - 400 meters/160 grams 100% wool

Actually, my trip to the yarn shop with Dianne was not the first stash enhancement I made while in Denver. I found some Sugar and Cream cotton on sale ($1.25 a ball) at Michael's. Locally, it can cost up to $3 or $4 a ball.
twelve balls of Sugar and Cream and
two skeins of I Love This Cotton" on clearance at  Hobby Lobby

Soo, my Slash the Stash efforts must begin again. Obviously, when I fall off the no-buy wagon, I go face first and smiling all the way down!


13 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! You did go face first...but what great purchases! I especially love the picot drop wrap pattern - so pretty. I started Mick Jagged but then got sidetracked with socks and dishcloths - lol. I'm also trying to figure out the best way to join a second color on a shawl...any suggestions?

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  2. Well, it is more fun to start with new yard you know:)

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  3. You got some beautiful yarn! You only live once so go for all the yarn you want! :)

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  4. Isn't "Slash the Stash" fun when played as an ongoing game? I love it! I love the colors of your yarn grab, and anything that includes alpaca and cashmere is stash worthy. Score!

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  5. You were just making room in the stash for these new beauties! We could have much worse hobbies than yarn and fabric.

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  6. Oh my! You chose some wonderful yarns. I especially like the first one that is a kit with beads. So pretty. You were just using up some of your yarn to make room for this new bounty.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Love the colours you picked! Beautiful ♥

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  8. Addiction I think...LOL but it looks great!!! And what fun I'm sure you had!!!

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  9. The Indie yarn is super cool. The gradient yarns will go beautifully together. It is so good you can plan. I get stuck on one thing and can't think beyond it .
    You deserve to keep buying some yarn; you've given so much with Quilts of Valor. When is #100 coming?

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  10. Nice purchases! Esp. the price for Sugar N Creme; I've never seen it that low. Love the picot dot pattern; it will be fun to see how your gradient yarns work out. I, too, fell of the wagon this week when we were in OR. So, knit on!

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  11. Oh My!!! Beautiful Yarns. I wouldn't have been able to resist either!

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  12. LOL...good thing you landed in all of that soft, pretty yarn when you fell...made for a soft landing. :)

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  13. OMG is right. When you do things you do them up right! That was quite the fall from no buy. On the other hand, winter is coming and you'll have a ton of stuff to choose from. And, as usual you are enticing me to take a look. I really want to make a shawl but have held off fairly well. Now, I'm going to take a look!

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