Pure Wool Piggery…9 Months Worth

Yarn Swift: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, this post is as it states, a show of wool piggery in its purest form. In my defense some of this I got for Christmas 2016 and the rest was acquired throughout the rest of 2017 thus far. There is a lot of Knit Picks here and I also went to a new and amazing yarn shop, Just Yarnin’ (review to follow in a few weeks!). I don’t have all the yarn shown here (some is in my scrap ghan and some is who knows where but from brands like Lion Brand and Red Heart designated for projects for my family and boyfriend). Without further ado, the yarn parade!

First of all I bought a yarn swift!!!!! The best picture I have is of the swift and yarn above but man was I excited to get this. The swift is from Knit Picks but I have know they have amazing customer service and it is perfect for my needs. It actually came two weeks ago and the day it came I was parading it around the house like a weirdo but I have no shame admitting it!

Knit Picks Yarn: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Renaissance, Knit Picks Chroma Twist Fingering in Manzanita, Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Montavilla

This gorgeous yarn was a Christmas gift from my amazing parents. I hit up Knit Picks Cyber Monday sales and got this yarn and waited not so patiently to unwrap it on Christmas Eve.

Knit Picks Yarn: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right: Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Wilshire, Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Deep Waters

I also snagged this yarn on the Cyber Monday sale. These are designated for shawls…I just have to decide on patterns…

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right: Araucania Yarns Huasco in 47 Porto Martini, Araucania Yarns Huasco in Laguna Beach

This summer I was able to finally visit an amazing yarn shop, Just Yarnin’ in St Germain, WI, only about 25 minutes away from my Grandma’s house. I picked up a ton of yarn (thanks mom for buying me a skein too!). I absolutely have to to back, and am so happy its at least ‘local’ to me in the sense that I visit my Grandma a lot!

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right: Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat in Bee Yourself, Knitted Wit Single Fingering in Enchanted Forest

Might I add that this shop carries Wonderland Yarns!!! So excited for this one. The Knitted Wit caught my eye and one of the women in the shop was knitting it up into a project. It looked stunning so I couldn’t pass it up.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right: Red Heart Heart and Sole in Sorbeto, Red Heart Heart and Sole in Lakehouse

That same trip but another day we ended up heading to another town to shop and Hobby Lobby had these on clearance…Hello socks!

Knit Picks Yarn: Wooly Mastadon

Left to right (note all are Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering): Compass Kettle Dye, Confetti Speckle, Turkish Delight Kettle Dye, Graffiti Speckle, Poseidon Kettle Dye, Aquatic Kettle Dye, Blackbird Kettle Dye, Cosmic Speckle

You may recognize this yarn from the box image at the head of this post. Yes I did buy this all at once. This amazing selection of glory is a Hawthorn sampler pack and I have no regrets. Find Your Fade anyone?

Notions Haul: Wooly Mastadon

On to the notions. At Hobby Lobby I picked up some needles and scissors for a few small projects. The big deal are the Addi Turbo Sock Rockets! I got these at Just Yarnin’ and I am beyond excited to try them out ASAP!

Just Yarnin: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, the amazing shop owner of Just Yarnin’ added these lovely notions to my bag with my yarn purchase. I must say their logo is amazing (my inner graphic designer is happy!). Definitely check them out if you are ever in the area!

Phew, that’s a lot of yarn. Let’s be honest though, I regret nothing! I know I’m an addict. Now I need to knit it up…pattern suggestions welcome! Have an amazing week!

~Stay Inspired

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Yarn Haul Shenanigans: A Knit Picks Order

Knit Picks Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

After breaking my unintentional yarn diet this spring I for whatever reason have been able to relatively behave. That being said, I’ve wanted to make a Knit Picks order for a few months but kept putting it off. Finally this past week I caved and ordered a few things I wanted to get plus a few extras…oops. Every time a box of yarn comes in the mail it feels like Christmas and it was no different this time. Here’s what I got.

Knit Picks Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

To start, I’ll get the boring items out of the way first. My real reason for making an order was that I needed some more circular needles for socks. I have one set of US size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles in the 32 inch cable size. This is the only size I use for socks as it fits my knitting style and gauge best. Thus I knew I wanted to get a backup and another set just in case I wanted to have two pairs of socks or another project on the needles at the same time. The other item was some Bare Stroll Fingering (462 yds, 100g). My last adventure with the dye pot was so much fun and I used this yarn. The thing is, I’ve knit up one skein into a shawl and have the other two in the works on a current shawl project. I need to dye more so four skeins came home to be dyed and knit into wonderful shawls or other projects in the near future.

Knit Picks Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

But you want to know about the cover photo to this post don’t you? Well, that’s the extra yarn that just might have hopped into my basked. It is some of Knit Picks Felici. The colors they come out with are always amazing and I have knit up some from a long time ago but never was able to snag some of the new colorways. Thus two skeins each (50g balls) of Dark Side (the black + rainbow) and Sprinkles (the pastel colorway) just had to be mine. These are destined to be socks and I can’t wait to cast them on.

Well, that’s enough rambling for now. I’ve been keeping busy with a few projects including spinning, my socks, and of course my Waiting for Rain shawl (which I finally started, more to come on that soon). Here’s to hoping your weekend is amazing and not too hot.

~Stay Inspired

Really, Another Yarn Haul?!

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

So, yeah. Yarn addictions know no boundaries.  I’ll be honest, I got this yarn towards the middle of January, but there was never good lighting, or enough time…or I just got lazy. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to share yet another yarn haul, but transparency is key and honesty is good for the soul. Thus, when Knit Picks had their Buddy Case Cable Kit back in stock (I had really wanted it back in November but they sold crazy fast) I knew the day I saw that I needed to order it ASAP. Later that day that set, a skein of yarn, and a set of their new jumbo interchangable needles had been ordered…hey free shipping and that is my excuse. If that wasn’t bad enough, I also bought at my local big box store, two new to me yarns to make a shawl and a cowl (maybe, the jury is out on that one). So let’s get to it.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

First in my Knit Picks order I snapped up that cable kit. It came with Caspian cable needles, stitch markers, tapestry needles, a row counter, an emergency fix keychain, a knit picker, and of course, the Buddy Case by Namaste. It is the perfect set. All I have to do is obtain a set of puppy snips and add some of my hand-made stitch markers in the set and we’re good to go. I love it, and it is making me itch to pick back up my Splitstone and get to some awesome sweaterness and cabley goodness. We’ll see though, this design-all-the-things kick is still stronger. Next from Knti Picks I got a set of their jumbo interchangable needle tips. I got the size 36 and those things are huge! I can’t wait to hold a bunch of strands of bulky wool together to make the coziest cowl you have ever seen. Finally, I got a skein of yarn from the Hawthorne Fingering line in the Laurelhurst colorway. I wanted to push out of my comfort zone and was drawn to this color combo and boy am I glad I bit the bullet and bought this. It is beautiful, just begging to become a shawlette or hat.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

From the big box store I purchased four skeins, two in the Red Heart Boutique Infinity in the Seafoam colorway and two in the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in the Dragonfly colorway. Can you see a color pattern here? Well, needless to say, I love the color and the Infinity yarn will be great since I have almost no bulky yarn. I kept going back to the Unforgettable yarn because all I could think of (fitting name) was a large comfy shawl. I don’t know why but I got both yarns and they are now happily awaiting a project in my stash.

Well, that is about it. I’m knitting, spinning, and thinking away. Time to go back to work!

~Stay Inspired

Yarn Haul!

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

It seems like I am always saying that stash enhancement is a special thing around here and doesn’t happen very often, and yet here I am sharing some new stash yet again. I guess I should just add to this that this year I have been very blessed and have been given some very nice yarn as well as some money to buy yarn. That has been so much fun and that is where this yarn order came from.

I don’t like Black Friday but I had asked for a book that can be purchased at Knit Picks for my birthday, so my family requested I make an order from Knit Picks when they had their Cyber Monday sale and get some yarn as well. I decided to finally purchase my own sweater quantity of yarn so to start, I got some Wool of the Andes in the color Blackberry. I also got a skein of fingering weight Chroma in the color Avalon. Finally, I have been oogling over the Stroll Fingering Brights since they first came out. I caved and bought one skein of Pickle Juice and one skein of Razzleberry. The book I purchased was Rebecca Danger’s 50 Yards of Fun, that I had heard about watching back episodes of the Knit Girllls, and really liked the concept.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Well, let’s just say that I am a happy camper with all this yarn and a new book. Can you tell I have been into purples lately…it isn’t exactly a new trend for me so a purple sweater was definitely going to happen eventually. With the Brights yarn, I’d just like to add that these are truly neon. I love neons, despite the 80’s, so I was skeptical that this yarn would be an actual burn-your-eyes-out bright. I was pleasantly surprised when I took the yarn out of the box and they practically glowed, so great!

Anyway, life is here, my brain is so scattered if I don’t write something down 20+ times I don’t even know it existed, Christmas is making me giddy with excitement (and I’m not 2 years old), and my knitting keeps veering in 40 bazillion directions. Spoiler, I may have already broken my rule to finish FOs, but more on that later.

~Stay Inspired

This post was not sponsored, all opinions are my own. I just feel inclined to share my thoughts on my new purchase.