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 present to you the fully opened 2021 Chromatic Yarns Advent calendar! All the colors are amazing and it was a treat to open each day. Not pictured are the stitch markers and set of D&D dice that came with. I would totally order this advent again as I love Hannah’s dye sense.
I finally settled on what I intend to knit with these since they are beautiful but not necessarily coordinated or faded. I need to do a final Ravelry search and print my patterns. More tomorrow!
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.
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.
My hat mojo seems to be outstripping my worsted weight yarn stash. So of course more yarn had to follow me home!
This yarn is dyed by someone I met in the Wet Coast Wools zoom knit night. She is Kelsey of K-Zip Knits and is a Canadian indie dyer. She had a 20% moving sale last month and I jumped on it.
I picked up a silver skein called Sterling, a purple skein called Black Light and a brown skein called Cocoa. These for sure are headed for my hat bin but for right now they are marinating in my stash until it is their turn.
I fell down a bit on Boxing Day. Now I live in the United States and it’s really not a thing here. But you know where it is a thing? The UK where the wonder dyer from the The Corner of Craft podcast Chromatic Yarns lives. And she had an unprecedented 20% off sale. And I was flush with Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket..
All of her yarns are Dungeons and Dragons themed. I have never played and know next to nothing about it. But what I do know is that I LOVE this purple speckle madness. I picked up three skeins of her Sturdy DK in the Eldritch Blast color.
And Hannah tucked in a small package of tea from Bird and Blend Tea Co. It was Dozy Girl, a chamomile bedtime blend and it was AMAZING.
As for the yarn it is going into my stash. I’m feeling like I want to track down a solid contrast color in DK and make striped sweater or shawl/blanket thing. For now I’m content to admire and pet the pretty skeins while feeling glad I supported an independent dyer who busts her butt to make a quality product.
Just curious, did anyone else score any kind of Boxing Day deals?
You guys…I almost forgot to tell you about something totally last minute and totally crazy I did before Christmas. I ended up needing to drive into Kansas City from Topeka to help out a friend on December 20th. I was off work anyway so it wasn’t a big deal. Well…I was scrolling Instagram earlier that morning and saw the Leading Man Fiber Arts was doing a trunk show at The Studio (a LYS) in Kansas City. A quick consultation of a map told me that I would less than 15 minutes away from my friend’s place. So I went!
I had never been to the shop before and I was excited to meet Steve and Andy from LMFA. I watch the podcast and so I tried to hold in my inner fan girl. Well it was AMAZING. The shop had snacks, champagne cocktails and a beautiful setup. I had a wonderful conversation with Andy about their yarn and knitting in general. And I might have fallen down hard with my wallet in their yarn racks.
I picked up (from left to right):
Three Show Stopper mini skeins (fingering weight) in Mary’s Jam, It’s Cold Outside, and Bend & Snap
A Soliliquay skein (fingering weight) in Koi Pond – this skein is over 650 yard and 100% BFL
A Box Office skein (100% merino in worsted) in He Will Have His Revenge
A Callback skein (100% merino in sport weight) in The Great Sweater Debate
I know the BFL will be at least one pair of socks. And the worsted and sport weight skeins will be hats or accessories to go with my new navy winter coat. And the minis will likely head straight for my memory blanket.
All in all I got to meet some really cool knitters, fan girl over some awesome dyers and kind of have some self care time before the hectic holidays. It was kind of perfect. 10 out of 10 would do it again!
I really need to unsubscribe from my newsletters or a bit after my last purchase or two. I am a SUCKER for a yarn deal. Oh well, my bills are paid and my family is fed. I’ll just die in a well insulated craft room some day!!
KnitCircus yarns was having another mystery sale. This is where you get to pick a yardage amount and number of skeins but nothing else. And you get a super good deal because they are clearing out the discontinued colors, short skeins, skeins with knots, or happy dye accidents. I picked a 150 g skein plus a second skein that would be tonal or semi-solid. I ended up with these two beauties…
The first is a 150 gram skein of Trampoline gradient yarn in the Sherwood Forest color. This is a discontinued color on their fingering to light fingering base. This should make a really lovely and large shawl some day. Off the top of my head this might be a good use for the Vamping Shawl I tried and failed earlier.
Next up is a skein of worsted weight Ringmaster in a prototype autumnal color on a skein with knots. Orange isn’t usually my color but this should make a wonderful hat. Maybe a Barley by TinCan knits or a Quick Ombre Hat by Emily Dormier. I have been meaning to dip my toe into colorwork.
I am normally a pretty even keeled person and I can let stuff roll off my back fairly well. I really do have a very good life in the grand scheme of things. However, my work life has been more stress and less success lately. I had a professional opportunity get postponed at the last minute that left me kind of bummed. Jellybean got me flowers which made did make me feel better. But later that same evening I got an email notification that a local to me dyer was having a 40% off and free shipping sale. I caved like a house of cards….I succumbed to emotional purchasing.
The Treasure Goddess Yarn shop sucked me right in. I am feeling the sweater mojo here lately so I picked up five skeins of her DK Treasure yarn in the “Gunpowder” colorway. It is black without being all black so that I can’t see to knit with it. It is hand dyed yarn so I will have to alternate skeins not matter what pattern I pick. But I feel like this should make a staple wardrobe kind of sweater.
Now I find myself slowly cruising Ravelry to find my next sweater pattern….but I’ll save that rabbit hole for another day. Happy Knitting!!