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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Special Delivery!

I just love it when I come home and find goodies in my mailbox! I had purchased some yarn on ebay over the weekend and 1 of the purchases was in my mailbox today! Ebay can be so addicting! There are several really nice yarn stores on ebay. Here are just a few of the ones that I have purchased from - Yarnbow, Affordable Yarns, Ewe-phoria Yarns, and HandPainted Wools. Over the weekend I had purchased this skein of Great Adirondack Nassau Yarn. I'm not quite sure what I plan to make with it yet - maybe a thin scarf, some short socks (whenever I get around to learning how to knit socks that is), or a summer tank for one of my nieces. Who knows. I'm really bad about purchasing yarn without a pattern in mind. I really need to change my mindset on how to purchase yarn. The purples are what drew me to this yarn. I am such a purple person. Red too. Well, when a pattern jumps out at me for this yarn, I'm sure you all will be the first to know.

Well, that was not the end of my suprises today! A while back I had placed a special order with Mystical Creations Yarns. I haven't the foggiest as to how I found this site, but they have some really neat stuff at fairly affordable prices! I have been searching for a 50/50 wool/silk blend yarn in the right colors to make the Clapotis from Knitty. When I found Mystical Creations and read that you can create your own colorway, I just had too! I know the "in" color combos seem to be brown and pink, or brown and baby blue, but for some reason, when I bought my current house after my divorce, I really fell in like with how brown and purple look together. So I like to be differnet! The spare bedroom on my house is painted in "Victorian Mauve" and I am dying to paint an accent wall in "chocolate" but I personally painted every single wall in my house before I moved in, and if I don't touch another paint roller for a decade it would be too soon. Of course, knowing me, that might very well be a summer project, but that will have to be after I repaint all the doors in my house white!

So, getting back to my goodies! When I got to my front door, I saw a white box hiding behind my snow shovel! Ooohhh excitement! Sure enough, it was the order I had places with MCY back in January. Special orders take a little longer, and this one took even longer because the first time they tried to dye the colors I wanted the purples came out too light. But look at how gorgeous these colors are! Deep purple, rich brown, milky tan and silvery grey! I just absolutely love it! I know the purple looks a bit blue on the photo, but it is definitely purple in the yarn!
I was a really bad girl when I placed my order! I saw so many yarns in colors that were just "OH!" that I couldn't resist! Yes, I definitely have a yarn addiction. So I admit it! Anyone know of a good 12-step de-stashing program *LAUGH* I just want to make so many things! Here's is a little cashmere! A beautiful and soft 100% cashmere yarn. The colorway is Wild Raspberry, Teal, Purple & Charcoal. It is a lace weight, needle size 0-3, gauge 10-16 stitches per inch over a 4" square - each are appx. 500 yards - 1.4oz. in weight. So, I definitely have my 1st lace project coming up! I even think I have a pretty lace pattern in my books that I want to create. I'll have to look and see.
Then I saw this lovely 100% Bamboo yarn in the colorway they call "Merlot" and I thought this would be great to make the Cozy from Knitty. Bamboo is nice and light so I'd be able to wear the shawl all-year-round. It is a DK weight, needle size 7-9, gauge 4-5 stitches per inch over a 4" square. I think I will need to buy a pair of bamboo circulars for this yarn though. I think the yarn might be a bit too slick to work with on my Knit Picks Options.
I told you I was a red person, right. Well, they had this kit on sale for Valentine's and the pattern just looked really nice, and I am a shawl person, so I went ahead and added that to my list. Actually, the sale was 15% off your total purchase! This yarn is hand painted - hand dyed 65% Wool-35%Silk Yarn. The colors of Cotton Candy, Wild Raspberry & Lipstick Red. It is a worsted weight, needle size 6-9, gauge 4-5 stitches per inch over a 4" square.
And lastly, yes, there was one more thing I ordered. 100% Alpaca *mmmmm* talk about dreamy yarn to work with! The colorway is called "Hummingbird" and it's a combo of Turquoise, Moss, Burgundy and Purple. It is a sport weight, needle size 4-6, gauge 5-6 stitches per inch over a 4" square.
I can't wait to cast-on with all my goodies! I wish I could do it this weekend, but I have got to work on my National Boards portfolio. And I'm suppose to be going with KozyKitty tomorrow to check out a new yarn shop down in Hyattsville called A Tangled Skein! I think after tomorrow that is the end of my yarn shopping for a few months. It is time for me to go into "Stash Busting" mode!

1 comment:

Susanne said...

Hy Pheelya,
many thanks for your comment in my blog "knit and relax". The diamond edges of my Lady E are easier to work as it might seem.
When you work with the pattern from scarf style the rectangles are 8 st wide. So you have to cast on 8 st and knit 16 rows in stockinette stitch, beginning with a wrong side row. Then at the end of the last right side row you have to cast on 8 stitches and work the second rectangle like the first and so on since you have seven rectangles on your needle. Then follow the pattern of the book. To end with the shawl do not work triangles at last but also rectangles as all the rows before. Bind off one rectangle after the other in all last right side rows of each rectangle.
I hope I could make clear what is meant to do. My English isn't so good - it is School-English at least ...
Happy Knitting and best wishes from Germany to Maryland