Saturday, November 05, 2005

I've got to stop buying more yarn!

I really know I've been going overboard lately. My stash is growing by leaps and bounds. My FO's are few and far between. I'd love to blame other knit-bloggers as enablers (you know who you are) . . . but I know I only have myself to blame. The solution will be two fold. Decrease the yarn buying and increase the knitting time. I have both of those covered. Trust me, I do. One fell swoop will take care of them both. And if you haven't guessed my plan, it will all be revealed on Monday!! (Don't you hate blog teases?)

To get your mind of my little games, I'll dazzle you with some new loot!!! First, my latest Knit Picks spoils.

click for close-upThe green you see on the right (and in the back) is Andrean Silk in Lettuce, and I chose it for Hourglass. I plan to join the knit-a-long very soon. The color is not quite as bright as I thought it would be, but I like it anyway. I had a hard time choosing, there were so many wonderful colors. I'm hoping I'll like the pattern and want to knit one or two more.

The yarn on the left is Simple Stripes in Storm. I never thought I would like self-striping yarn, but I seem to be changing my tune. I think knitting is helping me appreciate different colors and textures, where as before I used to mostly wear solid colors in neutrals. If I ever finish Socklings, there will be some striped socks on my future.

Behind all the yarn is a hat pattern. My friend Dave has been bugging me to knit him a hat like Ralphie's brother Randy wore in A Christmas Story. I can't find a picture of the hat to link, but from what Dave remembers it was similar to the long hat on the left, but striped and without the pom-pom. I'm not sure if he's kidding or not, but I'd love to knit one and make him wear it!!

As if this wasn't enough, I also placed an order with The

click for close-upIt really couldn't be helped. I needed some circular needles for Hourglass, and also for my future sock knitting. And if I'm going to buy circular needles, I might as well go for the best, right? The had a great selection of Addis and free shipping. Since I didn't have to pay for shipping, I decided I could buy a hank of the Lorna's Laces yarn everyone raves about. This is Shepherd Sock in Aslan color-way. I love the muted neutral tones and can't wait to see how it knits.

So that's it. I guess I'm officially on a yarn diet now. It's time to start knitting with all this great yarn I've been buying. I did start my Fingerless Mitts last night. The first one is almost done, it just needs the three-needle bind off. Since I've never tried that technique before, I'll probably wait until the morning when I'm fresh and up to the challenge. I'm almost ready for the heel-flap on Sockling too, so hopefully I'll have lots of progress to show you tomorrow!!


knittinmom said...

Oh, those stupid yarn diets are so hard to stick to. I can go about a week, and then I'm buying up yarn left and right. I haven't yet blogged about the kilo of yarn that I ordered this morning from New Zealand...

I know what you mean about self-striping yarn. I've never worn anything but black, white or cream-colored socks, but I have a friend who wears all these cool stripey socks all the time. And now that I'm knitting lots of socks, the more colorful the better! I definitely appreciate yarn now like I never have before!

Jillio said...

holy schnikies! so much yarn....!!! here i am with nary a new purchase in the past month, save one small ball of sock yarn, and it's like everyone just went wild with yarn purchases! jeeeeez!
well, i hope you're enjoying all of your yarn :) and let me know how you're doing on the circular sock knitting. once you get the hang of it, you'll try to think of ways to knit everything in the round! well, at least i did...

chris said...

Holy cow, check out the yarn porn! I'm loving that Andean Silk in lettuce. Such a rich color! I just wish my yellow Asian skin would gel better with greens- especially since it's my favorite color! Hourglass is going to look just beautiful in that color. And look at the Lorna's Laces and Addis, too! I think I'm going to have to use the "free shipping" excuse to Hairy Legs to justify ordering a hank of Lorna's Laces, too. :-) Great haul- can't wait to see all the fantastic stuff you knit with it!

Cathy said...

WONDERFUL shopping spree! I love all of your new goodies! The Simple Stripes Storm is a great color - goes with everything. I am in the process of learning how to convert flat knitting to circular - it is so much easier, in my opinion. Enjoy all of your new goodies - Happy Knitting!

Luma Rosa said...

I like yor blog! is wonderful! Kisses

Unknown said...

I can't stop buying yarn either. Every once in a while I get sensible and won't allow myself to buy yarn unless I have a project in mind. So I think of stuff, make a list and buy the yarn. Unfortunately, that doesn't work because we all know how slowly projects can take. *sigh*

Also, I bought a bunch of lace yarn with some sort of fantasy ideas of making beautiful items for Christmas without actually trying it out first. Well, I'm pretty sure you can see where this is going. Let's just say...the projects are going NO WHERE!!

But you did remind me of some KnitPicks yarn I bought specificaly for felting. I need more yarn for felting?

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