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

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An Awesome Fiber Haul

Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, it is another haul, but this time it is mostly fiber. These were actually purchased 2ish weeks ago, but I just never got a chance to post them here. There is a lot of fiber here, but I want to make this known. My mother is amazing. She knows I love to spin yarn and knit lace shawls. Thus she asked if I would spin yarn and knit her a shawl with it. That prompted a visit to the local yarn shop Camelot Dyeworks to pick up some fiber. You can probably see where this is going by now, but Mom just couldn’t decide on one color so she bought two!! I planned on purchasing two braids of fiber for myself so we walked out with a lot of fiber. Granted it is a lot of work for me, but I absolutely love this and don’t view it as work so I was really happy to have a bunch of projects to work on this winter. Here’s what I got.

For starters (pictured above) I picked up a braid of BFL in the Bonfire colorway. I absolutely loved spinning BFL this summer for TDF and knew I had to get some more. The colors are perfect, fiery for autumn but also for what the name suggests, a bonfire or a fire in the fireplace. I’m seriously thinking I’ll have to spin this up during the darkest time of winter to cheer me up.

Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Next up I purchased a braid of 80% Merino 20% Tussah Silk in the Mermaid Lagoon colorway. I have never spun fiber with silk in it so I thought I’d give this a try. I love the colors, this is one of my favorite color combinations, so I can’t wait to see how this spins up.

Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Now for the fiber my Mom picked out: the first is a 100% Merino in the color Here Comes the Bride. She actually picked up two braids of this to ensure I would have enough to knit her a nice big shawl. These colors will make a very nice spring shawl if I can get it done by then.

Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The second and last braids of fiber Mom chose (yes braids, again she picked up two braids to ensure I could get enough yardage for a really big shawl), were again an 80% Merino 20% Tussah Silk blend in the colorway Harvest. I was actually going to pick up a braid of this as one of my two colors but Mom saw it and had to have it herself. I wasn’t going to argue. I think this will be a really fun one to spin and can’t wait to see how the colors interact.

Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The final thing I picked up at Camelot Dyeworks was a skein of yarn. It is a lovely aran weight tweed yarn (her Shield base) in the color Berry. I just loved the color in tweed and had to pick it up. It is destined to be a new hat design so hopefully I can get my act together and get that going.

Well, that is a lot of stuff, especially if I add in the yarn haul from earlier this week. I am excited for winter and snow (yes I am one of those people) and knitting will definitely be on the agenda even more. Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with knitting, creativity, and a few seconds to step back and take a breath from all the crazy that slowly approaches with the holiday season.

~Stay Inspired

P.S. Happy Friday the 13th. I love this day of the year, it is so much fun, I genuinely get a chuckle out of it (sorry to all of you who hate it, perhaps this one will be better).

Yarn Haul Goodness

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

This past week I had the opportunity to visit for the second time an amazing yarn shop, The Black Purl. It is a lovely shop located in Wausau, Wisconsin. I had stopped there once before earlier this year on a trip and was excited when I got to stop by again. This time, I came with a plan. I ended up purchasing three skeins of yarn and a pair of needles to try out. Here’s what I got.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

For starters, I purchased another skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Black Walnut (first image). Now, I have a plan for this. I already had the color Espadrilles and decided I wanted to make a shawl. The thing is, all the patterns I wanted to make (cue Kirsten Kapur’s Shawl Book One) used a bit more yardage or two colors. Thus my plan was set. I would save that skein until I could either order or get my hands on another skein of this yarn. Choosing a color was hard, but when I saw Black Walnut I was in love. I know it is a bit of a risky color combo but I am excited to see how the shawl will emerge. If I choose the right pattern, this could really shine.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The other two skeins of yarn I purchased are pretty boring but I have a plan. On my last visit I had purchased some Berroco Vintage in four colors. One of those colors was gray. I was thinking about it and if I added a bit more yardage, I would have enough for some time of color block or colorwork sweater. I decided to purchase two skeins of a gray (color 5107). Now all I have to do is find a pattern, which I sense will take a while. Alas, I have the yarn so that is done.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Finally I purchased a pair of circular needles. I have never tried Knitter’s Pride needles so I thought I’d pick up a pair. They are the Dreams US 3 (3.25mm) 24 inch needles. I hope they are nice but mostly I am just excited to try a new set of needles.

Well, that is all for now. I have yarn, I have needles. I am set for winter, bring on the holidays and the dark days: my afghan, tea, music, and knitting supplies are ready. I have more to share later this week (maybe even a fiber haul…gasp!) so stay tuned.

~Stay Inspired

TDF Fiber Haul: Camelot Dyeworks

Camelot Dyeworks Haul: Wooly Mastadon

This past week I was finally able to stop by Camelot Dyeworks, a LYS in a neigboring town. It is a lovely little shop stocked with the owner’s hand-dyed yarns and fibers, original designs, and handspun. She also carries needles and notions so it is the perfect place to stop by for any projects. This visit, I was on a mission to buy some fiber. I needed some lovely fiber to spin up for Tour de Fleece (TDF) and since I joined the Camelot Dyeworks team, it was time to stock up on her fibers. I ended up with two braids of fiber, a skein of yarn, and some soak wash.

For starters I purchased a 4oz braid of BFL in her Gumdrops colorway. I have had my eye on this one for some time now and was thrilled to get my hands on it. Confession: I have never spun BFL. It seems crazy but I am really excited to spin this up and see how it goes.

Camelot Dyeworks Haul: Wooly Mastadon

All along I knew I wanted to pick up two braids of fiber, so I also picked up a 4oz braid of an SW Merino / Nylon blend in the Copper Harbor (similar) colorway. I have admired this colorway as well for a bit now and knew I wanted to try it. I am not a brown person, so I picked this colorway to expand my spinning and color tendancies a bit. I’m thinking about trying to spin for socks with this one, but I’m not sure that I’d have enough fiber for it. We shall see.

Camelot Dyeworks Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, I couldn’t help but pick up a skein of sock yarn while I was there. I ended up getting a skein of her Percival Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon) in her Raspberry Muffin colorway. I’ll be honest here: I had a lot of trouble deciding on what color to get as there are so many beautiful colorways. What cinched it was the name, raspberries are my absolute favorite berry and in the running for my favorite fruit. I’m not sure what I’ll be knitting this into yet, but I think it would be perfect for a fall accessory.

Camelot Dyeworks Haul: Wooly Mastadon

While I was there I also picked up (read my Mom purchased for me, haha) a bottle of the Soak wash in the Yuzu scent. I hadn’t tried this scent yet, but I must say, I kind of want to finish a project just so I can soak it, it smells amazing. Finally, I purchased an item earlier last week (not at Camelot Dyeworks) that I wanted to mention. There are so many lotion bar brands out there, and I am already a believer in the Lavishea bars, but I have found another good option. I go to a natural/organic grocery store when I visit my Grandmother, and it is awesome. It has everything, health foods, spices, bulk grains, essential oils, and bath items. I stumbled upon Zum Rub and I must say I love it. It is a moisturizer with goat’s milk and it is amazing. I got the Rosemary-Mint scent and it is so refreshing. Fair warning: this scent smells similar to vapor rub so if you hate that smell try a different one, but I love that smell so it is perfect.

Well, I think I am thoroughly stocked for TDF this year. I need to pick up my spinning game, it has fallen dreadfully behind. I’ll have more to share as this starts this weekend so stay tuned. Until then.

~Stay Inspired

My Travel Yarn Haul!

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

 

Time does fly when you’re having fun…wait, did I just say that?! Well, blog week was a lot of fun last week but that meant I have been saving the yarn haul I mentioned a while back for when it was done. When I went down to Wausau, WI the other week, the first thing I did was make sure that I would get a chance to stop at the LYS, The Black Purl. It was completely worth the time and I must say I went kind of crazy and got a ton of stuff. First of all, I’d just like to say that this is one of the most welcoming yarn shops. At the front of the store when you walk in is a table with chairs just for people to sit and knit, which was exactly what the ladies in the store were doing. They were friendly and asked what I was working on, but were also content to just let me browse (some yarn shops have people who follow you around talking and I do like my space to think about new projects, but also like to have the option to chat it up if I want to). Can I say the store was amazing. Even the outside was cool. When we drove up (my Mom was with me) and the building looked awesome with it’s black paint with pops of neon. The store was really artsy (which I absolutely love) and had lots of shop samples and interesting fibers. To many of you, the things I got perhaps aren’t as exciting but every yarn in this haul is new to me yarn. I have never tried any of the brands but have wanted to. So, with that, here’s what I ended up getting.

The first thing I got (well, first four, but I’m lumping them together as one) was four skeins of Berroco Vintage in colors #51180 (coral color), #5182 (plum color), #5197 (teal color), and #5107 (grey color). I ended up getting these skeins in the hope of making a crazy project using all of the colors (I know I’m not smart, as I got four different colors, but I loved the way they looked together so it shall have to come to pass). I have heard of this yarn as good for sweaters so I am excited to try it out.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The second thing I got was a skein of Cascade 220 Heathers in color #2423. I loved the color, I don’t have anything like it in my stash, and have wanted to test out this yarn in a project. It’s not crazy soft but I would definitely wear it against my skin…a cowl perhaps?

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Thirdly, I got a Zauberball. It is color #2082 and the crazy purple stripes were just calling my name. Because I have heard that the thick-thin places in this yarn don’t always work for socks, I knew that going in and hope to make this into a crazy shawlette or something like that. Regardless, I am really excited about this one.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

The last skein of yarn I got (but not the last item from the shop) was a skein of Madelinetosh: Tosh Merino Light, in the Espadrilles colorway. I have seen the colorway before and loved it, so when they had it on display at the Black Purl, I knew it had to be mine. I have really wanted to try out this yarn, so when I spotted this I nearly squealed with joy. I am so excited for this one. Again, perhaps this may become a shawl, or perhaps I will obtain another skein and make a two color shawl…the possibilities.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, in one of my blog week posts I mentioned that my Lavishea bar was almost gone and that I needed to get another one. Well, here it is, the exact same thing. I just love this scent so I decided not to veer off to another although they all smell good.

Well, that is all (and that was a lot) for this yarn haul. I was a regular wool pig but I don’t regret a single purchase. I am excited to try all of these yarns which are often considered stables in many knitters stashes. Also, if you even go through Wausau, WI, definitely stop by The Black Purl. It is a wonderful shop, and the next time I am down there I am stopping by. Love it!

~Stay Inspired

Cones of Awesome: A Yarn Haul

Yarn and Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

As promised from my last post, I am sharing yet another yarn haul. This past Friday, my local community arts center held another fundraiser. Each year they host what is called a Fiberama, where people from the community donate yarn, fiber, fabric, etc. to sell to benefit the arts center. I missed the one this last fall (the 2013 event was great so I was sad to miss it), but was thrilled to hear about another one in Spring. The center had such a huge response to the call for donations that they hosted another sale in conjunction with a fiber exhibition. I went to help out, not sure if I’d buy any yarn, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. They were selling yarn by the bag: fill up your bag for a set price. I ended up leaving with three bags and a braid of roving. Why, because most of what was for sale was cones of yarn, the exact thing I wanted to buy to experiment with my fiber art. I couldn’t pass that up. To start, the roving is in the color Ophelia, and is by Chameleon Colorworks. As you can see, for yarn, I got quite a bit in different textures and thicknesses. My main goal was to get something in all of the colors of the rainbow, so that when experimenting with tapestry, coiling, etc., I had options.

Yarn and Fiber Haul: Wooly Mastadon

I am really excited about this. For me, cones of wool and other fibers hold a piece of my heart because of my college fiber classes. The fiber studio had shelves of cones of fiber, all sorted by color, just waiting to be used to experiment and create. Even if it is just a small chance, I still want to recreate a bit of that studio in my home, part nostalgia (bad word…well, that was an inside joke, sorry), but mostly because I love the idea of having something at hand with the purpose of experimenting and creating art. The yarn was very inexpensive so I don’t feel bad failing with it. I’m excited, another way to create and share my love of fiber. How do you experiment? What are your thoughts on cones of yarn?

~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

Finish It Fail

Finish It Fail: Wooly Mastadon

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was doing pretty well working on finishing all the things I had already started, and then I got an urge to use up some stash I have had forever. Now, normally I can just ignore it and move on, but every once in a while (like with my pepto cowl), I need to do it now. That happened with some Red Heart Holiday yarn I have had for several (read at least 5) years. I need to use that stuff and earlier in fall had gone down the rabbit hole that we know as Ravelry and found several quick Christmas knits that I could create to use this yarn. I found a pattern for this Country Christmas Tree Garland and fell in love with the trees as a single item. Thus, I decided to add one final item to the Christmas gift crocheting and started creating these trees. I will attach one to each gift for the holidays. These are super quick and easy, I already have the pattern memorized. I know I’m not finishing my current 3 WIPs, but alas, this is not all of the damage.

I am a sucker for punishment when someone asks me to make them something, especially when it comes to my Mom. Thus, I knew she would be needing a lot of warmth as she is going through chemo during the winter season. She had asked me if I could make her an assortment of hats that she could wear around the house and outside for different seasons and outfits. Of course, I couldn’t say no so I dug through my stash with her help and found several yarns and patterns to create some awesome hats. Technically, I haven’t cast these on yet, but I know full well that before Christmas hits I will start, so this is also yet another count towards the WIP pile that never goes down, only grows.

Now, I feel that the hats don’t really count as a fail, because they, in fact, are necessary for my mother who really will need them in the coming weeks. However, the tress are purely extra and me not being able to keep from starting something new. We’ll see how this goes. In the mean time, I’ll try to finish up the scrap afghan and the tress so that I only have a few more projects to tackle with the new year. How does that sound?

~Stay Inspired

New Stash!

New Stash: Wooly Mastadon

In an earlier post I had mentioned going to a yarn shop while a family member was in the hospital. I thought I might as well take this opportunity to share what I got from the shop as well as some yarn I got from a family member for Halloween (yes, I like yarn for Halloween just as much or even better than candy). Here’s what I got.

In the photo above is my stash from the yarn shop. For starters I got another skein of Patons Classic Wool Worsted in black. This is a security net for my Splitstone. If I do run out, I don’t care about dyelots, I just want to be able to finish this sweater. Second I got a skein of Caron Simply Soft in Sage. I use this brand of yarn for all of my amigurumi because it is soft and machine washable. Whenever I see a new color that would make a great animal, I snag it. Finally, I picked up some Patons Kroy Socks Jacquard Prints in Turquoise Jacquard. I have heard about the cool patterns this yarn produces and was excited to see it. I also got a Tunisian crochet hook because I haven’t tried a bamboo hook and it’s in a size I don’t have (M 9mm). We’ll see how it works.

New Stash: Wooly Mastadon

As for the yarn from a family member, my aunt always keeps me in good supply of yarn and other things. She picked me up three skeins of Premier Home Cotton. I haven’t even heard of this yarn so we’ll have to see. I am thinking of making some home decor items because of the nylon content. Has anyone used this yarn before? If so, what are your thoughts for what I should knit with it?

So that’s it for stash in this part of town. What are you knitting in this lovely beginning of winter?

~Stay Inspired

Project Ideas Please

Camelot Dyeworks Haul: Wooly Mastadon

A few months ago I purchased some yarn from a new to me and local dyer, Camelot Dyeworks. I realized I never shared it with you and would like some ideas from you all. First of all, I just want to say, if you get the chance to visit her shop in person in Calumet, Michigan, do it! It is well stocked and a dream to see all of the handdyed yarns and fibers. She also sells some commercial yarns, needles, wool wash, and notions, but her own work is what I love the most. Thus far I have a skein of her Birthday Cake colorway on the Percival base. I also have a batt in the colorway Bad Fairy. They are both perfect.

Here’s the catch, I’m not sure what to make with each of them. I have decided I don’t want to make socks with the yarn (although it has nylon in it, so it would be fine) because I want the yarn to be seen, it’s so nice. Thus, I have conisdered knitting a hat out of it, perhaps the Sockhead hat. I’m not sold completely on that though, so I need your ideas. Thoughts?

I also would like to spin the batt, but this is uncharted territory for me. I have never spun a batt (that’s the main reason I purchased one of those as opposed to roving) and want to make something awesome with it. Do I ply it? Do I leave it as singles? What do I do once I’ve spun it? Perhaps the answer will come during the process, it often does.

Today I am here to get your thoughts on these projects. What would you make? While your at it, why don’t you go and check out her yarn for yourself!

~Stay Inspired