While in Texas, I had half a day to kill before my flight left for home. I hopped into an Uber and found the closest yarn store which happened to be Hill Country Weavers. Y’all…this shop was the bomb!
This shop had all kinds of yarn brands that I haven’t been able to lay hands on yet. I touched La Bien Aimee, Life in the Long Grass, Madeline Tosh and many more. Even the bathroom had a life size sheep painting!
I might have spent my budget plush some but it was totally worth it. I grabbed a mix of sock yarn, DK and worsted. I had some Uneek Worsted in a self striping pattern (top), La Bien Aimee BFL Sock, Life In the Long Grass Fine Sock, Madeline Tosh DK, Madelinetosh Pashmina, and two skeins of Spin Cycle!
Truth be told, other than the hat I cast on with the Uneek Worsted, I have zero plans for this yarn. I just wanted some special/souvenir pieces to add to my collection and stash. These are yarns I don’t normally get to lay hands on. Definitely yarn to remember!!
I may not be knitting much, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying! I am a patron of the Corner of Craft patreon. And that provided me early access to a recent collection launch for Chromatic Yarns. Hannah is a dyer that uses D&D themes. I don’t play D&D but I love Hannah’s colors!
I picked up the entire Resistances Collection on her Sturdy DK base to make a faded something….probably a sweater? From left to right the colors are:
I think they are ALL amazing and make me itchy to cast on a DK sweater. I have found that is my most worn weight of sweater that fits my climate both at home and work. Now I just need more time and more energy, lol. That or less adult responsiblities!
In the depths of my knitting ennui, I was week and fell down in the Stranded online yarn shop. I snagged two skeins of mohair and one skein of BFL sock in Jude’s Gloom colorway.
For awhile now I have been thinking of a nice lacy and light neutral colored wrap or shawl. The mohair would be effortlessly light and the greys would coordinate with most of my wardrobe. But I just need the gumption to pick a pattern and actually knit the darn thing.
I have a Corner of Craft/Chromatic yarns addiction. I just love her aesthetic and like to use my money to support small creative businesses. In addition to her 2021 Advent calendar, I also snagged her 12 days of Stitchmas package. It was 6 minis and 6 stitch markers opened starting after Christmas.
I even was a good kid and figured out how to label all the minis so I can keep track of the colorway names. Do I have a plan for these? No I do not, into my memory blanket bag they will go!
I do have plans to use the stitch markers. I am really gravitating to the earring back clasp stitch markers as my go-to. They can easily go from stitch marker to progress keeper and back. I think my favorite is the snowman mug of cocoa.
My Etsy saved searches got my right in the wallet again this week. A previous destash shop on Etsy just loaded more new yarn and I opened the notification. So two new skeins of yarn followed me home.
I chose a Stellina Sock skein from Moonstone Dyeworks in a Christmas-y colorway. She’s a fantastic dyer and this was a base of her I had never tried. Next up was a merino singles skein from Mrs. Crosby in a deep green/blue saturated variegated/speckled skein. I don’t normally buy singles but the colors drew me in on this skein.
This is definitely not helping my “more out than in” goal for 2021. But sometimes yarn just happens, lol.
My mom surprised me with a gift she picked up on her travels through Missouri last month.
There are two skeins of Jawoll Twin in Turquoise Tiger Stripes from Lang yarns. This is definitely sock yarn and hopefully makes a nice matching pair of socks. Next up is a unicorn tape measure that PB has already claimed as her and has disappeared into her toy stash. And last but not least is a muslin project bag that reads Peace Love Craft. Pretty sure that is a crochet hook but I love the sentiment nonetheless.
Moms who are also crafters totally pick out the best crafty gifts! Happy Knitting!!
Recently I cast on my All My Stitches, which is a project where I am holding a white sock yarn double with an advent calendar to get a big squishy shawl/wrap. Honestly, it makes projects go fast and I am actually getting my advent calendars used!
So I did a little online shopping for some more neutral sock yarn to hold double with my other mini skein calendars. This led me to WEBS and my first Cloudborn Yarn purchase.
Thanks to some sale prices, I snagged two skeins of Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the grey and black. And then I couldn’t decided on the Superwash merino fingering so I got both cream and off white. I did mess up a little here and I didn’t realize the merino was a singles…whoops. I still think it will serve my purpose.
So as close as I was getting to being “yarn in/out nuetral” this year….this purchase but me back a fair bit. Guess I’d better get cranking on those advent projects!
Pretty yarn destashes get me every stinking time! I fell down on Instagram when I saw a knitter was culling her stash on Etsy. There were two skeins that just needed to come to my house.
First up was a single skein of Chromatic Yarns Sturdy Sock in Druidcraft. I have a lot of greens in my stash so this will fit in nicely. I have really like mixed, matching and marling my sock yarns to make bigger projects than socks. Plus Hannah of the Corner of Craft is one of my favorite dyers.
Second (and last) was a single sock skein from The Lemondade Shop, a dyer out of Colorado. This reminds me of cotton candy but I didn’t buy it for the colors. I bought it for the name……”Only Strippers Shave Above The Knees”. I cackled laughing at this one.
Three skeins of pink yarn for a third Into The Light
That is A LOT of knitting. And I’m heading into busy accounting/audit season at work so my energy and free time about to be sucked up. But maybe if the yarn is ready and waiting I’ll have a better chance to keep projects going?
Oops, I also went on an accidental yarn crawl this weekend while with my mom. My mom needed to pick up her BOM (block of the month) quilt packs from a quilt shop that is sponsoring a remote quilt along. Not only did this fabric store carry yarn….there was a full fledge yarn shop on the way to the fabric shop.
Our first stop was Stitch and Chatter in Stockton KS. It was an bright and fun little shop with a small yarn selection in the back. I ended up coming away with two vegan pompoms, some KFI painted sock and six KFI minis for heels, toes and cuffs. Everyone was masked it was nice to peruse the almost empty shop because we got there right at opening.
Next up was the Shepherd’s Mill in Phillipsburg KS. This is a yarn shop AND working mill. They mill custom yarns for their shop as well as mill yarn for other fiber producers. There are long windows so you can see the mill working even. Of course we were there on a Saturday and they only mill during the week.
But I came away with quite the yarn haul. Starting in the top left I got some Lanaloft worsted weight in a camo colored single for another stockinette hat. Then I picked up a 2 ply fingering weight yarn that has mohair blended with wool, alpaca and nylon (grey). Next up are two skeins worsted weight for more beanie hats. The red/purple one is a 3 ply marled worsted while the teal skeins is a 2 ply tonal worsted.
Next up, at the bottom, are some custom gradients. The dark blue/purple is a 2 ply fingering gradient with alpaca, rayon, wool and nylon. And the pink skein, which my mom picked out for a hat, is a 2 ply DK yarn made of wool and nylon.
I really want to go back to this shop when we have more time. They offer classes and aren’t a bad distance from my parents house. I want to take some in person spinning classes after my vaccine and while I have childcare. I’m so excited I almost can’t wait!