This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Stash, or, I Really Am a Yarn Whore

So I took a few very quick pictures of my stash before I dashed for the bus this morning. I'll post a couple of them and at some point I'll take them again, and really delve into my stash. It makes me realise that I really have gone overboard with the yarn thing. Someone needs an intervention.

This is not my entire collection. There are nine bins of this stuff, and there is a big pile of it in the living room, as well as several bags of yarn in my bedroom. There's also yarn on my couch, but I was in a hurry and didn't get to it all.



This is one of the boxes. The teal green in the centre and the purple next to it are some Malabrigo I bought when I was lusting after Malabrigo like crazy. I still love Malabrigo, but now that I have some in the stash, I can be a bit more circumspect. Some of the Cascade you see (most of the yarn in this picture) comes from a sale at Stitch House in Dorchester. The Malabrigo comes from Mind's Eye Yarn.


This bin contains all of the yarn I bought when I was in Washington state back in 2007, as well as some other treasures. The large skein of red yarn, and the multi-coloured one right next to it supposedly have enough yarn to make an entire sweater. I'm a big boy, so I'll believe it when I see it. The brown yarn in the lower right corner was bought at Old Sturbridge Village, when they had some re-enactors on the campus, and one woman was spinning her yarn in front of her tent, and had some for sale. It's undyed wool, that's all I know.


This bin contains stuff I got at Web's, most likely at their Tent Sale. There is enough yarn in each of the lower bags to make a sweater (the green on the left is Lopi, the darker green on the right is Plymouth, and you can see the pattern peeking out, under the yarn). The purple yarn on the top was gotten from a vendor who had set up her tent in the parking lot. There is enough to make at least a vest. It's a very fine hand dyed yarn, and I'm looking for the right pattern to do it justice.



More yarn from the Tent Sale at Web's. The maroon yarn on the top is Lite-Lopi (as if you couldn't tell!) and the lower cream coloured yarn is Cascade Eco-Wool. It has been in my stash for about four years, and I really need to get serious about making sweaters with this stuff.

Honestly, I don't need to buy any more yarn for sweaters. I've got various shades of green, red, maroon, blue, and natural colours (from cream to dark brown) in my stash. The stuff I seem to be buying these days is small skeins of lace weight or of alpaca, or stuff to make hats and scarves. And if I do make all the sweaters I have yarn for, I'll be able to wear a sweater a day and not repeat for at least 15 or 16 days.

I kind of like that idea!

6 comments:

  1. I spy some pretty green in the far left of that first pic.

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  2. Do you like it? I could probably knit up a hat for you with that.

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  3. Indeed I do! I really like the style of the Pastaza hats I see in the pic on this page, if you can make one like that with that green and that gray/black I think it would look faboo....or the style with the small brim we talked about before....hell I like it all...lol.

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  4. OK. I'll see what I can do.
    That particular green you see is actually worsted weight alpaca, and the pastaza is a heavier (but not quite bulky) worsted. 80 stitches to a hat, instead of 96. I'm going yarn whoring tonight after the library, so I'll see what I can pick up. Pastaza green is not quite that light, it's a bit darker.

    There's a decent picture of the green/black hat on October 12, 2010. I'm not sure how to link it.

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  5. OK, I'll try to get the yarn tonight.
    I'll see what I can about a bill on the cap.

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