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

A Spring Yarn Haul

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

It happened, I broke my six month span of not purchasing any yarn. I did receive some yarn as gifts, but none of it was something I purchased. Until this past week. Once again I found myself in Wausau, Wisconsin at the Black Purl, a lovely LYS that carries some amazing yarn. Of course I had to pick something up. Here’s what I got.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

You can see a theme in my acquisitions of yarn this time, blues, turquoises, cool colors. I have no idea why since normally summer means extra brights but these colors are amazing. Of course I had to pick up a skein of Cascade 220 Heathers in color number 2448. Its a lovely shade of blue with a tiny bit of turquoise mixed in. It is screaming to become a wonderful squishy hat for this next winter.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

When Madelinetosh is in sight, I have to buy it. Thus I picked up a skein of Tosh Merino Light in the Glass Bottom Boat colorway. I might be changing what colors I knit my Madelinetosh shawl in to use this with another skein I have. We shall see.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Finally I got a skein of Cascade Yarn Heritage Prints in color 33. Its not my color comfort zone with the browns but it is a lovely color combination and I can’t wait to knit socks out of it.

That’s it, three skeins of yarn. I behaved but I am so happy to have this yarn in my stash soon to be used. Anyway, it’s Friday…the 13th (my favorite type of Friday…so much fun I love it). Hope your weekend is full of yarn and fun.

~Stay Inspired

A Week of Projects

Sock Knitting: Wooly Mastadon

It has been a week of projects, of finishing things, getting caught up in socks, and starting a new knitting project. This week I finally got the urge to go full force back into spinning and ended up finishing the project currently on my wheel (finished skein photos will come soon). Next on the wheel, some fiber my mother picked out for me to spin up and knit into a lace shawl. I can’t wait to start it, perhaps that will be a project for the weekend…I get a weekend off!!!

Spinning: Wooly Mastadon

As for knitting, I’ve been reaching for my socks at every spare moment, especially at work on lunches and breaks. It’s my popcorn knitting right now, I say just one more row but that almost always means five or six. I love how the colors are making a striping pattern and can’t wait to wear the finished socks.

Moulin Rouge: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, I started knitting my Moulin Rouge shawl by Kirsten Kapur. I dyed up the yarn this past summer and am not set on the color. If all fails, I’ll overdye the final shawl but I want to see how the color plays with the pattern first. Right now, my shawl just looks like a fluffy catterpillar, but I am hoping to knit a few rows here and there and have a beautiful shawl this summer.

With that, I leave you for the week. It has been a week full of projects and productivity and sunshine. Hopefully the weekend follows suit. Here’s to a crafty fun weekend full of fun, fiber, and yarn.

~Stay Inspired

Spinning Update

Spinning: Wooly Mastadon

I finally got back to my wheel this past week, a much needed development as I had missed it and was itching to start a new spinning project. Starting a new project meant I had to finish the one currently on my wheel so I set out to adjust the drive band and fly wheel (part of what was keeping me from finishing plying the singles in the first place) and just complete some lovely yarn. I finished plying it last night and have yet to wind it off into skeins and soak it but I can say this, I have never had my plied yarn overflow onto a third bobbin. Here’s to hoping I’ll have lots of yardage to go with this lovely color so that I can knit up something amazing with it. More details to follow when I have the finished skein in my hands. Happy Wednesday!

~Stay Inspired

FO: Mara Shawl

FO Mara Shawl: Wooly Mastadon

It’s done! Rejoice! Well, to be honest, this shawl was completed at the end of January, January 24th to be exact. Why haven’t I shared it here then, you ask? I just hadn’t taken the time to take the FO photos. Well, here they are. I finally am getting over the stupid cold that has hung on for over a week, and I don’t know about you, but when I start to feel human again after a bug I need to do things. It was a nice day with plenty of light and I knew I needed to photograph my shawl so that’s what I did.

FO Mara Shawl: Wooly Mastadon

The stats, this is Mara by Madelinetosh. I knit it out of 4ish skeins of Patons Classic Wool Worsted that I had gotten from my aunt years ago and never used. I had wanted to knit this shawl for forever and when I finally realized I could pair the yarn with this pattern it was a win win. I love this shawl, it’s so warm and cozy. I didn’t have near enough yarn to knit the full ruffle as the pattern called for (bad planning on my part) but I think this worked nicely. It’s huge and warm. The finished piece isn’t blocked, I saw no need for it, although I will give it a soak soon just to freshen it up.

FO Mara Shawl: Wooly Mastadon

Finally a FO to share with all of you. Hopefully there will be more where that came from, I am about to start a new pair of socks¬†and a new shawl will be cast on very soon. Here’s to a weekend full of knitting, who’s with me?

~Stay Inspired

A Few Weeks In Pictures

January Recap: Wooly Mastadon

I’ve been gone for a while once again. Truth be told I am learning to juggle some new things and not always succeeding but that’s okay because in January of 2016 I was reminded that I not only have an amazing network of friends in different states but I have also made some wonderful friends in my own hometown once again. I have had so much fun at a best friend’s wedding, at a work party that turned out to be amazing, and just with everyday goofiness. It was a pretty good first month of 2016 and if the rest of the year continues this way it’s going to be an amazing one. Since this would be an extremely long post if I explained everything I figured I would just include photos of what I have been up to here. I’ve been knitting and spinning, not near as much as I’d like but it’s a start. I’ve been working on other projects in the letterpress studio. It’s been fun. I’ll be back to share an awesome FO quite soon (still need to take those beautiful photos, haha) so watch for that. It’s the middle of the week, halfway there to the weekend!

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~Stay Inspired

A Project Fail…Sort Of

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

So, in a post I shared last week, I hinted that knitting, yes knitting, made me procrastinate and not knit. You might say this is madness, and it kind of is but yes, December was the month when I guilted myself so much over Christmas knitting that I just didn’t knit. Granted, this should never be the way I go about things when it comes to knitting but I just couldn’t stand knitting the project I chose on repeat. My project, knit what felt like four million pairs of mini mitten ornaments to give away as gifts. The kicker, I started this in July…July!

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

When I started to knit these mittens, I fell in love with the pattern. It’s a decent pattern, simple, and creates an adorable FO. I knit the first pair in a striped sequence and loved it. I cast on another pair of striped mittens, and they sat, for months. Fast forward to November and I realized I better start knitting again if I wanted to get all the mittens completed in time to give them to people for Christmas. I didn’t’ want to do it and decided I had time to put it off, only knitting about two pairs. Then December rolled around. I didn’t want to knit the mittens, but knew full well I had to if I wanted to meet my goal. Thus I didn’t knit anything, not my shawl, not my socks, not my afghan. I felt guilty working on any other projects so I simply didn’t knit. Then came the week before Christmas, and my needles flew. I frantically tried to knit at least 5 pairs of mittens in part of a day (which simply could not happen). I failed. This is the first time I have not completed my Christmas knitting/crocheting/crafting. Every other year I have been on top of things. This year, only a select few people got a hand-made gift.

Mitten Fail: Wooly Mastadon

The moral of the story, don’t procrastinate, and if a project really isn’t as fun as you had hoped, just don’t do it. Pick another pattern you can love and move on. Note to self, don’t knit mini mitten ornaments as Christmas gifts again. On the bright side, the two people who got striped mittens are very lucky and 10 people did get mittens (I knit 10 pairs people!), and I am back to knitting all of the things once more.

~Stay Inspired

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