Yarn!!! (and Other Things…)

I haz yarn!! ❤

I ordered some Malabrigo from TheCozyEwe.com. They have Mal yarn at fabulous prices… I was on a yarn diet for a month before I placed this order. I figured if I was gonna do a yarn binge, might as well do it fabulously with my fave yarn brand!

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Squee! [don’t mind my lunch int he background…

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Malabrigo Lace – Shocking Pink. I dunno what’s so shocking about it…

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Malabrigo Silky – Amaoroso. Very Valentine-ish, I know…

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Malabrigo Silky – Marrecuos I ❤ their variegated yarns!

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Malabrigo Lace – Azalea I wish I could find this colorway in the worsted line… gorgeous!

Squee!

I love Malabrigo (did I say that enough times already??!??)

I haven’t the foggiest idea what to make with it… but when do I ever? I stockpile yarn like I’m waiting for the apocalypse, and it is rare when I purchase yarn with a specific project in mind. Well, I’m definitely making some sort of scarves out of the Silky. I’ve been very fascinated with lace knitting, and making shawls, so… mayhap another lace shawl shall be made.

Can I even consider the eyelet shawl to be lace?

I think so…

I want to start something with the Mal I just got, like yesterday. But I’ve got a sock to finish, and a Wisp to pick up again… That wisp. I’ve been hesitant to pick it up again… perhaps I’ll work on it tonight while watching Law and Order: SVU.

I’ve been watching it on Netflix since Friday… I’m in the middle of Season 3 right now. It’s so bad, I didn’t even open the Season 3 Disc 1 I got of Dexter… and I love that show! I got like 12 seasons of SVU to get through… I’ll have to take a break eventually, I guess. (soon?) My friend Wallace burned me season 1 of Glee that I have yet to watch, and I also have a slew of bootlegged movies my mom got that I want to watch. They make for great background noise when I work…. until I get caught up watching and get no work done 😀

I am 70% done with the socks. I am less than an inch away from the heel breakdown, so I could prolly finish it tonight and start lugging Wisp around instead. Or I could start another project to lug with me. I dunno what to do…

I’ll figure it out.

Last night, I realized my Ravelry queue is hugemongous, so I whittled it down from almost 400 (!) to 219… and it’s still too high. I’ll never be able to do all of those projects! Besides, I have over 20 books filled with patterns that should probably take precedent… seeing as how I actually paid for the books and all 😉 But there are so many awesome patterns, and my Rav friends are always making such nice things so I tend to stalk ’em and add whatever they did to my queue 😛

Business, business! I’ve made some charm bracelets for the shop. I’ve also made a paid of OOAK earrings I am loath to part with; they’re really ossum… I really have to figure a way to convert standard earrings to wear with my tunnels. It’s the only regret I’ve had about stretching my ears. I’ll figure it out someday. In the meanwhile, I have more than enough 2g ear ornaments (can’t really call them rings, n’est ce pas?)

Enough blabbing for now. Hopefully I’ll finish the socks soon. I reckon I might start another pair of socks, this time with that rainbow one I dyed up a month or so ago. Or maybe another shawl?? -__-

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Wispy Progress! Yarn Diet Over!

Well, progress at a snail’s pace anyway:

Wispy Wrap

Aren't the colors amazing??!??

Wispy Wrap

It'll look better when blocked (I hope... :P)

ZOMG this is a bitch on my hands and wrist… this yarn is hard to work with… could be my needles, could be the fact the needles are (intentionally) too big for the weight, could be the yarn… or a combination of all the above.

I did consider frogging this, or hibernating it. It takes me like 20 minutes to complete a fucking row. It’s gorgeous, but this is going to be a time suck. I *could* frog (O__O) and use needles a size or two down, which would be counter-intuitive, I think….

Arrgghhhhhhh.

I knew I should have started Entrelac instead *smh*

Anyway…

I’ve ordered some more of my favoritest yarn in the world, Malabrigo Silky. I really think it’s the Bee’s Knees ❤ It’s soft, warm (but not too), and the drape? Ohhhh. It has the subtle shine of silk….the softness of Merion… who can ask for more? Of course, Malabrigo are known for their awesome colorways, too. I was tempted to get some more of the ones I’ve had…but nah. I decided to get two new ones, Amoroso and Marruecos (two of each… enough for more shawls/scarves :D). I also picked up some Malabrigo Lace… I’m becoming more and more interested in lace knitting… which surprises me ’cause I have the patience of a match in the wind. I sincerely think that knitting these shawls have helped with my patience 🙂 I also bought some more undyed yarn to dye up for the shop…

So, uh, my Yarn Diet is officially over.

I lasted a whole month, though 😛

This one lady on Ravelry has a stash of over 700… I was flabbergasted. I thought I had a huge stash… I should have known better. Mine (as it is now…) can at least be used in a year or two (three?). Hers…? There is no humanly way possible for one person to use that much yarn… if she made one project a week, (even two) she’d die before she finished O_o

….I may love yarn, but I have other interests and do spend my money on other foolishness stuff >__>

I also bought more bean bag fill, and 13 skeins of black embroidery floss… I had bought a multi-pack of36, with two skeins of most colors. Guess which one is running out first?  I cannot find any in my local stores of just black… I’d have to buy another pack; which would be wasteful as I barely use any other colors besides black and pink… and there were like 4 different hues of pink in the multi-pack. *whew*

I searched and searched… JoAnn’s had them like $.50 a skein… the cheapest I’d seen them online, so… I bought 13 (don’t ask). I also needed more bean bag fill, and they had it pretty cheap there (compared to how much I paid for the one I’m almost done with anyway).

I’m all over the damn place.

The Satisfaction of Complete :D

Squeeee! I’ve blocked and dried my awesome shawl!

Pictures? Of course.

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This is when I was pining it out to dry 😛

This is a close up before blocked.

This is after I blocked it.

This is after I blocked it.

Worn as a scarf 😉

Worn as a scarf 😉

After blocking, stretched out on my messy bed 😛

The after block glow

After blocking

In other news, I’ve made some progress on my socks! I was hesitant to use the Lion Brand sock ease, but it really works up nicely. I love the colorway I’m using, “cotton candy”. I must say I’ve never had cotton candy that was bright ass pink, pale pink, lime green and purple, but I digress. It looks fabulous!

I’m tempted to start a gome project so I won’t work on the socks at home… they’re calling to me…

I do have other fibertivities (I coined a word!) To do: yarn to wind into pull balls, and (yet again) reorganizing The Stash (its so massive it deserves proper noun status :P)

But, no. Until I open up my biz, I’ll not be starting another epic project.

I’m officially obssessed with shawls and socks ^__^

My Selfish Shawl

Squee! I’m almost done with it! It’s been cold enough lately, so I know I’ll get some use out of it before summer settles in… and even when it does, it’s lightweight enough to carry along, methinks.

Here are some pictures I took of it on the train this morning.

I love using Malabrigo Silky. The colors I used for this one and the one I made for my gramma are hard to find, now. I prefere varigated yarns…. solids are so…blah.

(If you’re on Rav, you can see my queue here)

I won’t be working on anything else until I finish it… that;s the new rule I have for myself. I have such a short attention span, I have to curb it, somehow. The only exceptions to this rule are

  1. things made for swaps. Which happened quite a bit the last two months
  2. things made for other people. Birthdays and mics requests, those come in ofter enough…
  3. things for my biz: well, a girl has to make some money somehow or another, right?? 😛

That’s all for now.