UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

December 7, 2010

Bin of Wonders

Filed under: stuff, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:59 pm

I went out to yarn stores today. Normally I would say I went “yarn shopping” but I bought no yarn. I did buy a copy of the Interweave Knits that has TechKnitter’s zipper thing in it. It also has this great cape and *sigh* I wanted it. Plus when you are in a yarn store there is that pressure to buy something.

I had been looking for yarn to make a lap blanket for a friend. I liked some Lorna’s Laces at Yarn Boutique, but at $19 each plus 10.25%, I was going to be out close to a hundred bucks. At that rate I should order the friend a woolly blanket from LLBean that would fit her whole bed and not need any knitting done on it. We found a less expensive option, but it was very green and still $50.

I was thinking about what yarn I have and realized I have some really nice 3-ply corriedale that is green and black mottled. I figured I had a skein of black WOTA. (I did, two, actually.) This will be a great combination and much more personal.

In the process of digging through my stash, I realized I have 6 really amazing skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn. I found a handful of lovely worsted weight purple yarns in varying shades. I found tubs of fiber. All of this things I had honestly forgotten buying. I knew I had some yarn hanging around. I knew I had tubs of fiber, but I had no idea how awesome my stash is. In fact, I had two skeins of that exact colorway of Lorna’s Laces that I almost bought today.

So I am going to photograph everything. Um. Soon. I will name the tubs too so when it asks where that is stored, I will not simply say “bin”.

I was describing to the friend (who accompanied me today) that I do not usually shop at local yarn stores. She was shocked. But the yarn stores near Oakland are tiny. I said, the really popular one is about the size of my bedroom and my stash has a better variety. We went further afield today and there were honestly some good choices. But the good choices did not seem to go together and they were all frightfully expensive.



  1. I find ravelry useful for tracking things in my (honestly not very large) stash. It might be less useful if one has a variety of hand-dyed or handspun items, but it might be better than a spreadsheet/similar, at least.

    Comment by skg — December 8, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    • I think in terms of having a collection of photos of the items that it could be very useful.

      However in this particular case I had forgotten 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces “Baltic Sea”, and found 7 skeins of sock yarn. I had been shopping for something in a nice thick worsted yarn for the lap blanket we are doing for the sick woman in our group. And when I was out shopping I kept drifting toward the sock yarn… I do not like to spin sock yarn, so buying it seems like a good idea. And yet, I already have some of the best sock yarn I have ever seen. Most of it was vastly superior to the loosely-plied fingering yarn everyone is selling as “sock” yarn now.

      The Rav method of stashing handspun yarn is mediocre, I definitely agree.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — December 8, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

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