Now, it’s been bandied about that I have no stash. This isn’t entirely accurate. I have some stash. But it’s really rather small. I showed it to Lolly and Kris a few weeks ago, and Kris laughed–laughed!–when he mentally compared the basket of sock yarn and 1.5 bins of yarn I own to what he has in his house. Remember at the beginning of the year, when I declared I would reduce my stash by 1/3? Actually not all that hard to accomplish. (And yet, I don’t think I did. I reduced it by, I don’t know, maybe 1/4.)
So I was resolved to buy yarn on Saturday at Maryland Sheep and Wool and feel no guilt. And I did! I spent nearly all the cash I’d given myself to spend, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchases. The “spree” didn’t start out so well–I was so overwhelmed that I passed by a lot of great stuff. My first purchase was, naturally, sock yarn–what I identified as a good deal, from a small company that looked nice.
That’s 440 yds of The Flock Bransonas for $15! This whetted my appetite and got the juices flowing, as it were. Because then I unleashed the hounds. To totally mix my metaphors.
Koigu and Louet Gems in complementary colors; I’m thinking a short pair of entrelac socks or some other colorwork project, maybe.
Laceweight wool in bright orange! I left the skeins in MD (the ‘rents will bring the yarn up this weekend, when they come to visit), and I didn’t write down the details. Anyway, I’m eyeing the Swallowtail Shawl (check out two different knitalongs! here’s the IK page) despite those p5tog nupps, and I’m considering taking a look at Victorian Lace Today. For no reason other than that I want to knit some lace.
Brooks Farm Yarn Macero (Mas-Acero) in a steely gray. I’m not sure what I’ll use this for, but there’s something like 800 yards of it, and it’s a worsted weight 60/20/20 wool/silk/viscose blend that feels super yummy.
Brooks Farm Acero, the DK version, in this tweedy green. This is going to be the Cabled Bandeau (Ravelry link, for those who can use it) from Winter 05 Interweave (IK link for others; scroll down). Not many have made this pattern, not many speak very highly of it, but I think I can make it work. This is another thing, like the Shocking! Skirt (also by Veronik Avery!) that I’m skeptical of in theory, but which I think I can make work in reality.
and then, the piece de resistance . . .
Tess Designer Yarns Silk & Ivory in baby pink. This yarn is 50% wool, 50% silk. It’s going to be Sahara. I’m going to buy beads (eventually) to string onto the sparkly section. But for now I’m just going to pet the yarn.
That’s it! It’s actually feeling like a ton of yarn for me. And you know what? I just noticed this: It’s all for ME!! I ‘m so eager to cast on for these projects, I suspect I’ll burn through it in no time flat. I think first up is the Cabled Bandeau. I’m on a Veronik kick, what can I say?