Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Might As Well Face It, I'm Addicted To Yarn....

Yeah, I totally am. I buy SO much more yarn than I will ever use. It's scary. Maybe I need to seek professional help?

In my spare bedroom, I have three large and deep Rubbermaid containers all bursting with yarn. I also have some tucked away in a few cardboard boxes and in knitting tote bags. I really need to take stock of what I have, make a plan for using stuff, and get rid of what I don't want! That said, I think I want to get one of these from IKEA. And I can store yarn by type, or by project, or by color or by something in each cubby hole. My husband has one of these, in the larger size, in the basement for his books and such. It's super looking and really does help with organization.

Because digging in those containers 'aint fun. And it makes the yarn look so sad....

Also? Right now in that spare room, in addition to the boxes and Rubbermaid containers, I have so much random crap: a futon, a desk (which I never, ever, ever, ever use), an end table, a rolling file cabinet (small one) a CD tower, a chest of drawers, and a Rubbermaid mini chest of drawers for some of my clothes (of which I also have just too many). I think I might get rid of the desk. It sticks too far out into the room, which is kind-of tiny to begin with, and doesn't really give me a workable surface because it has a small top and a pull-out, rolling surface. It's basically a computer desk.

Ok so since I am actively seeking solutions to my complicated yarn problem, I think I deserve to treat myself and...buy more yarn.

Here's what I want to get:

Patons has come up with a new all-natural fiber yarn that is 70% wool and 30% soy called SWS! I am dying to try this. It's not super-expensive, either and it comes in some nice color arrangements. Ramwools has this yarn for $6.75 a skein, and if you buy 6 skeins or more, you get it 10% off of that! Because it's a self-striping yarn, I want to use it to make the Crystal Palace "Merino Stripes" feather and fan throw. Here's the pattern for that. I think that the soy portion of the SWS yarn will make it less itchy and better for a throw blanket. And hey, let's face it, it's gonna be cheaper than making it using the Merino Stripes yarn.

Schaefer has a series of very high-end yarns for which they have developed color schemes named after famous women; from Frieda Kahlo to Katherine the Great to Indira Gandhi. The colors are GORGEOUS. What a great way to make a gift for a special female in your life, or for YOU, the most special female of all! One of my most favorite yarn/knitting-supply sellers on ebay, Roxy's Yarns, happens to have some of this yarn in a bulky (my favorite size) wool in the color "Eleanor Roosevelt." It's not cheap, but you do get a lot per skein, 300 yards. I think I'm going to get it! She also has a worsted weight wool in "Jane Addams," which is also to die for.

I also want to get more of the Plymouth Fantasy Naturale yarn. Again, Roxy's Yarns has some and she also has the best price. This time, I want to get a solid color. Probably in this taupe. Maybe use it for another market bag or maybe to make a lacy wrap/scarf. Not sure yet. But I like the yarn so much that I'm sure I'll find some application for it!

Tonight's to-do list:
1) Send out the first package to my Secret Pal. Hope she likes the stuff I got her.
2) Work on the second market bag.
3) Watch Lost!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have the same problems with Stash, I have about 4 large tupperwear boxes of yarn, which can be nice sometimes because you forget you have something and its like finding a present or something!Desperately trying to get through it though...
(changed to beta blogger and cant post as me for the moment...)

Anonymous said...

I'm making my ISE pal's scarf out of the SWS in 'natural earth'. It's incredibly nice to have come from patons, good hand-dyed colours. But it splits if you look at it crosswise, so doing lace with it can get a little messy.

Gina said...

Ah, I see! Thanks for the info!!