Fibersnob! Confessions of a Stashaholic

A little bit about me, all things knitting and the old day to day.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Wow, it's been a really long time since I blogged last, no worries though as I'm alive and well. It's been a busy few weeks now that M is moving around so much, he's getting tougher to keep up with all the time.

On the knitting front there's been tons going on. The magical mystery lace project is done and I'm really happy with it, it was such a fun knit even though it seemed at times like it would never be finished. It goes in the mail tomorrow and once I know the recipient has it I'll post some pics (I don't want to ruin the surprise). The circular shrug is done as far as the pattern is concerned but I think I'm going to fiddle with it a bit. The arms are jsut a bit shorter than I'm comfortable with and the curling is not helping so I'm thinking of adding a 2" sleeve just to give it a bit more of a polished look. I bought a really pretty wooden toggle to sew on it for closure so I'll be doing that in the next few days. I'll post pics when I'm a bit happier with the finishing.

I started Green Gable yesterday and it's going really well so far. I've read that the sizing runs really small so I'm making a size up but it's a top down raglan in the round so I know I can always try it on as I go and add as many increase rounds as I think I need. I'm through section A/B and part way through section C/D. I couldn't figure out how the neck worked out so I just did my own thing with that and I like the look of it so I'm not really worried about it. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (the recomended yarn) in "Lapis" and the colour is so pretty, not normally something I'd choose but it's so rich I had to have it. I normally don't like knitting with cotton but the 20% wool in it seems to make a really big difference.

I've also finished two pairs of socks in the last few weeks, one for M and one for myself, my first foray into self striping sock yarns and I really like how they came out. I had a mommy day last weekend and hit Lettuce Knit to see the Socks that Rock yarn everyone on the knitty board raves about and picked up four skeins as a treat. The colours are fantastic and it's superwash. The Knitter's Frolic was this weekend too and S and I had a really good time, lots to see (and buy)!

All right, enough for now but I promise to get better at updating more frequently.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

So, I signed up for Flash Your Stash to force me to examine how much yarn I've accumulated since my full on knitting obsession began. I'm pretty sure I've not reached SABLE yet but I feel like I'm well on my way. Unfortunately I think seeing everyone's stash is going to make me crave all those yarns I've yet to try and thus add to the hyperaccumulation that has been happening over the last little bit (and as Zib says: life is short, buy more yarn!). I was hoping to feel guilt about the whole stash laid bare but that's not what's happening.

I had visions of drowning in yarn but lost motivation for it when I realized I would either a)have to clean the bathtub or b)submit my prescious skeins to ring around the tub and c)figure out how to take a picture with the camera timer (as I can hardly see O freely participating in such foolishness).

It's interesting too, looking at the stash as one entity rather than a somewhat random collection of supplies for various projects. I'm a bigger purple fan than I had thought, and there's a lot more gray and brown in there than I would have guessed (discounting of course the Very Ugly Afghan Kit as I had nothing to do with that one).

So here comes some gratuitous yarn porn so pull up a comfy chair, a glass of wine, your credit card and open a seperate window for your favorite online yarn store and here we go, this is going ot be a long one....

Ahhh Noro, my love. As you're about to see I love vareigateds and Noro would be the cream of the crop. I'm not really a matchy matchy girl which is good and I'm not that bothered by a bit of VM (reminds me that this was once sheep and other wooly mammals).

Fleece Artist and Handmaiden tempt the patriot in me, both are made in Canada. The stash of this stuff is particularly small given how much of it I've used, it rarely remains unknit long enough to become stash as it generally goes from LYS to FO in pretty short order.

Socks have grown to a bit of an obsession within an obsession recently; I seem to knit about a pair a month these days. At that rate I don't understand why I feel the need to have at least a years worth of sock yarn at all times. There are so many sock yarns I haven't tried too.

The most brain challenging thing I do these days, lace.

Cascade, the meat and potatoes stash. Good for just about anything basic, I love the stuff.

In the beginning I had a somewhat love afair with this stuff, Debbie Bliss yarns and patterns. I love her designs for little ones and one of her books is pretty much why I started knitting again. Now that I've used so many other yarns though I'm not much of a fan which is why this isn't really getting knit up all that quickly.

Knitpicks, 'nuf said.

Brown Sheep, great stuff. I love the worsted for felting, now if I could just find a washing machine I also liked for felting we'd be in business.

MMmmmmmmm Maaaannnnoooooossssss.

Having only been given this Colinette very recently I can't say much about it yet but I'm envisioning doing something big using all of it together.

I love green and that handspun I got from my SP7 is screaming my name these days and I don't know how long I can ignore it.

I also very much love red...

...and blue (particularly that hand dyed there in the middle)...

...apparently brown too...

...and all that gray.

Black and I don't do much together.

And finally (insert drumroll here),

The VUAK for which I take no responsibility as I'm never intending to knit the thing. If you find me knitting it you have my permission to poke out my eyes with bamboo dpns. I won this on the KOL Team Canada blog. I think the yarn may be divided and make some man hats and man mitts for the boys in my life.

Hope you had fun here, now I'm off to check out all of your stashes.