The Whole Truth

You didn’t think I was able to leave a recent 42% off sale with just a couple of skeins of Noro, did you? The truth is, I increased my stash by a third that week, between Becca’s generous stash-busting and the Yarn Garden’s Superbowl sale. So here they are, my new wooly friends and sources of inspiration:

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Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash, color MS16, 2 balls (To be socks for my sweetie)

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Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids, Natural, 1 skein (lacy footwear for me, perhaps?)
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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Sunrise, 2 balls

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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Celedon, 2 balls

Sidenote: I got a message on Ravelry asking if they could feature this photo on this yarn’s page!

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Yarn: Cascade Lana D’Oro, black, 2 skeins

Okay, that’s the full truth, I promise! I have gone from a meager little stash that fit in a single layer in one box to something that resembles a corner in the messiest yarn shop you’ve ever been to. It’s a little out of hand, and I need to find a way to tame the beast before it crawls out of the over-stuffed box and smothers me in my sleep.

In the meantime, I have a lot of knitting to do! I have been resisting the urge to cast on every one of the above yarns because I need to tie up some UFOs before heading out on the Stitch ‘n Beach cruise on the 27th. I’m signed up to take 6 classes, and they each come with a project! So I don’t plan on taking anything more than a stockinette sock with me to knit on the train to New York.

Felt What Your Mama Gave You

My mom is in town for the next couple of weeks! We live across the country from each other, so each visit is precious. This one is particularly exciting because my mom is crocheting again.  We have been playing with yarn together and have each completed a felting project.

Mom’s crochet bag BEFORE:

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And AFTER:

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Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino

It has been wonderful watching my mother get excited about yarn and crochet this week. I’ve taken her to Michael’s, JoAnn’s, The Yarn Barn, and my weekly Stitch ‘n Bitch. She even bought Noro yarn & a bamboo crochet hook for her next project! I really admire her ability to improvise and create what she wants to without following a pattern. I am still in the habit of consulting patterns before I start anything. Sometime I will deviate once I get started, and it feels good. That’s what happened with my project.

I improvised a small bowl with the same yarn in a different colorway:

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We are about to head off to Newport, RI to do some exploring. I’m sure we can be found by a roaring fire in some B & B tonight, playing with yarn…