Saturday, March 27, 2010

Inventory - OMG

Yes I love yarn and no I can't pass up a yarn bargin.  I realized this about myself and have done my best to avoid my LYS.  But it doesn't always work.  I just went on a trip to Annie's - a LYS - I had a gift certificate so the damage was minimal.  But I have been wondering just how much yarn I have.

So - I started to inventory my yarn stash.  I set up a data base on the computer, sat down with most of my stash and my camera, took photos of each, took all afternoon and realized - OMG - I have a lot of friggin yarn. 

And I look at it and all I can think is - "No I don't want to give or sell any of it"  So . . . I better start shoppin at home and designing a few garments to use up some of this yarn by the next Rhinebeck Festival or I'll literally be buried in yarn.

Is that a bad thing? 

Its wool right so how can it possibly be a bad thing? 

Anyone ever sleep on a wool matress?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Annie & Co.

I had this Birthday gift certificate for Annie & Co burning a hole in my bag since I received it in August.  Last Thursday I jumped on the subway and in 3 stops and a few walking blocks later I was in wool fume heaven with my favorite LYS person Alyssa. 

Good thing she was there too because I wanted cotton.  I've never bought cotton for something other then house stuff and wasn't sure if it would make a good hat. I was afraid that the cotton wouldn't have enough spring if I made a lacey summer beret. Alyssa suggested I do the brim with elastic in a coordinating color.  Great idea! 
I also wanted to make myself a lacey summer cardigan in a fine gauge cotton.  I found a nice light ice blue in cotton by Araucania.  Its sock weight - so I may not get this one finished until the end  of this summer (or maybe next).  I have a design in my head for it.  I'll show it to you - when it works out.  Not if but when - I am determined.
While I was there I also perused the sale section.  Oh what a section it was - everything in it was 40% off!  I am on a budget so I had to choose carefully which was not an easy feat considering all the good stuff to choose from.  I picked 2 skeins of Cashmere (yes for 40% off).

I also fell in love with this red lace weight yarn - I feel a red lace triangle coming on some day and I want to be prepared.

All the wool fumes were so intoxicating that I walked home to 28th Street from 92nd.  And then I sat down to knit.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Metal Motivation

Here are my Ravelympic Metals.  I had a lot of fun not just working on my projects but watching others work on their projects too.  So much collective knitting energy at the same time!  Knitters rule! 

You'll notice 2 Designer Pattern Skeleton Metals because I wrote patterns for 2 items I designed and knit in the past.  I have printed them out and started a test knit.  Next I'm going to ask a few friends if they'd like to test knit for me.  And then I will post them on Ravelry for download. 

 I decided to keep on training by moving forward with my knit designs and pattern writting.  Ravelympics was just the motivation I needed to get started.

I have realized it takes more then just a thought and desire to go from thinking about knit design to designing knit patterns.  Most of all it take time and patients.  Stay tuned I'm getting there. . .

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wool And Hot Chocolate

On Thursday Feb 18th Susie and I headed over to City Bakery for the First Annual Wool and Hot Chocolate Night.  It was  a very happy time for the wool fume sniffing, hot chocolate drinking, knitting women (and a few men) of NYC.
There were vendors from a few LYS holding classes for projects with a hot chocolate theme.  There were spinners spinning and beginners learning to spin or improve their spinning skills.  There was City Bakery food and 10 different kinds of hot chocolate.  But most of all there were knitters - about 200+ of us!  We knitters filled the place.  Once it hit Ravelry's Forum Boards it was sold out in a day or two.  Everyone there knew someone who didn't get to go - they could have sold out 2 nights - maybe next year they will.
I am gluten intolerant and was happy to see a nice selection of food for me to eat.  Roasted brocolli and carrots, nice salads, a GF curry and rice dish, a GF dessert selection and 10 different kinds of hot chocolate.  I only tried 6 - Milk, dark, lemon chiffon, caramel, expresso, and chili pepper. I have no favorite, I would gladly drink all of them in hugh quantity given the opportunity.
For knitting I worked on my Mohair Scarf for Ravelympics. 
We were sitting next to Wool and the Gang.  The girls came in wearing these great cowl/hoods made from this very chunky yarn.  I sort of liked the cowl but wanted to make it more of a cape wide width.  I bought 2 balls of what seemed like expensive wool.  And looking online I realize it is expensive, about $5-7 per skein more then comprable yarns.  But I just had to have it then and there.  A few days later I had my cowl / cape made.

We had a great time and I've already noted next years calender - February is hot chocolate month!