I just now unpacked my purchases from the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. The first was a Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), purchased at The Purl Side, for a Judy’s xmas gift, which will be The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Unfortunately, I just noticed I grabbed two different colors of grey. I wanted the darker one. I had bought one and then we went to lunch across the street. During lunch, I thought I should get one more skein to make sure I had enough to make a shawl big enough from the kerchief pattern. I ran back in grabbed – what I thought was the right color – and we headed off to the next store. Now I need to go all the way back to Glendora, after making sure they have the color I need, to make an exchange. Aiyaa!
The second yarn I bought was an indulgence on my part, mostly for the color: Knitted Wit (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; Yarn Color: Salted Caramel; Yarn Weight: 1, Single Fingering). This was purchased at Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint, after going to Pasadena the wrong month for the Vogue Knitting Live Show. Aiyaa! The good thing is that I have enough to make the Skylark in Wonderland with this. Woohoo!
I was short two skeins of Cascade Elysian – light as air and excellent squish – to complete Lynette’s baby afghan (Mayflower Baby Blanket), so we went down to Concepts in Yarn and Needlepoint yesterday to see if we could acquire more. I was so excited, as I have been wanting to visit the store, and now I know how to get there and where it is!
OMG! The yarn colors were outrageous! The fibers full of texture! The store: comfy with two big tables to sit and crochet, knit or needlepoint. I could have stayed there all day, as I really miss sitting around a table with other fiber artists and chatting whilst stitching.
I got to meet June and Joanne, the proprietors, who were just as pleasant as pleasant can be. Joanne offered to help me convert my Jump For Joy Hoodie pattern from size: newborn to size: XXXL! Because Lynette was tooting my horn, I might be able to secure some extra income for crocheting…AND…I may be guest teaching crochet there soon.
As for the yarn, we only found one additional skein – we needed two, per the pattern – so I will need to improvise the border.
Can’t wait to return!
Oh, and the best part…they sell Universal Uptown Worsted, my new favorite acrylic yarn.
This is MY proposed color scheme for my next shawl: Crooked Teeth – by Death Cab for Cutie. If you would like to suggest a different color scheme please leave a comment with the numbers in your suggested order. I will be checking this post tonight before I go to bed, as I am due in the “dentist” office first thing tomorrow and will begin this shawl as I sit in the waiting room. I have a tooth that requires a root canal or extraction, a wisdom tooth that extraction is suggested, and the roots of a broken tooth that extraction is suggested.
Yesterday, I was going through some yarn on my shelf and noticed a layer of dust on the yarn. This was a clear indication to me that I need to address the yarn in this shelf immediately. Everything else is in bins and or covered, so it can wait.
The only identifiable yarns in the picture above are Pingouin Pingoluxe (Yarn #: 3; Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) and Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Yarn #: 8; Fiber Content 100% Rayon).
Have you ever received a hank from someone that is tangled. I did and I loved the color so much I set to winding into a ball and untangling. I got about a third of the hank done. On my birthday, Lynette and Cathy stayed later than the other guests. We went inside my room and they worked on the hank some more, probably accomplishing about another third. Today, while watching two movies, I finished the untangling and wound it up into a yarn cake. I am estimating it took about 15 hours to urn the tangled hank into a yarn cake. As for the fiber content, I am guessing Rayon. Now, what is it going to become? Without yardage, I am hoping it might be enough for the Swank Tank or making the Amita Shawl.
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to The Sliptstitch, which is going out of business. The fact that they are going out of business and I had extra money laying around was not a good combination for this fiber artist that already has so much yarn, I doubt I will ever be able to use it all during my lifetime. Throwing caution to the wind, I went anyway.
I found three hanks of Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton in this pretty green. Today I found the pattern to use for this yarn: GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley. It has taken a while, but I am learning to be more organized, which helps when buying yarn…I think.
Some of the girls that I had lunched with had wandered over there as well: Barbara and Cherylynn. Barbara is always cold, evidenced by freezing hands at the restaurant. I asked her why she does not knit herself some mittens or gloves and she had no answer. While I was admiring – what I thought was a shawl – a kerchief at the store, Patricia told me she had the pattern (Cozy Striped Kerchief) and it only required two skeins of Patons Canadiana. It struck me that this would make a nice Xmas gift for Barbara, so I bought the two skeins the pattern calls for as well.
My friend Ania talked me into participating in the upcoming Stephen West KAL, which calls for three complimentary colors and one contrasting color. As it turned out Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% superwash merino wool; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering) is one of the suggested yarns. My color choices include Yarn Color: Jade, Yarn Color: Leaf, Yarn Color: Filigree and Yarn Color: Vintage Sari.
I just love this yarn and I like most of Stephen’s designs. I hope this design is one that I will like. I’ve never participated in a KAL. This will be my first time. I’m a little excited about this and not too worried as Ania is an excellent knitter and should I encounter any difficulty, she will be able to assist.
Last week during Kathleen’s birthday celebration at The Knitting Tree, L A, a box of yarn arrived. Before I departed, I decided to check out the contents and discovered this Rozetti Wicked Fur (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Polyester; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky). I had to have it, but which color? I ended up buying two skeins of Yarn Color: Zebra and Yarn Color: Cheetah.
I immediately set to making something with the Cheetah, hoping to beat Ms. Stewart for once, but dropped a stitch and ended up having to frog it. Now I am trying to catch up on all my other projects and have put it aside for the time being. When I get back to it, I will be making an elongated width neck piece and attaching an ecru Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Bulky (Fiber Content: 85% Wool, 15% Mohair) that was gifted to me, to accentuate the shape of the fur.
The Yarnover Truck was parked outside The Knitting Tree, L A today. I got to meet the proprietors before my shift started: Maridee and Barbra, whom I found very charming and pleasant. Using yesterday’s rationalization that I am supporting small businesses, I decided to venture out and see what I had to purchase from them.
The truck is very well organized and clean. I had heard previously that it was very hot in the truck. Fortunately for me, it was a cooler day and I did not suffer much from the inner temperatures. Of course, the first yarn that caught my attention was yarn that The Knitting Tree, L A was already selling, but in different colors. One orange yarn really caught my attention, but fortunately there was only one skein. And then I saw it: Indigodragonfly MerGoat Lace (Fiber Content: 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10 % nylon; Yarn Weight: 1, heavy lace-light fingering). It was very similar to the Madelinetosh Merino Light that I was prohibited from purchasing yesterday at Gather DTLA. When I saw the yarn color name – Paging Dr. Smart-Ass – I knew it was meant to be mine.