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.

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2 Comments

  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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