Sunday, July 17, 2011

Yarn, Yarn Everywhere...

Hello one and all,

As you may remember from the last post, yesterday was the start of the sale at the The Knit Cafe and the continuation of the sale at Romni Wools, both on Queen West in Toronto.  This brought me and my yarn buddy downtown by about 10:30 am yesterday morning just to make sure that we caught all the deals...and deals there certainly were!

We began at the Knit Cafe partly because it's a bit more manageable first thing in the morning, partly because I knew the regulars would be up and at 'em before I even had my foot out the door, and partly because I love the friendliness that greets me every time I'm there. 

Well, we were not disappointed.  The first find?  A beautiful Fleece Artist sweater kit complete with 800g of merino-alpaca blend yarn on sale for half price, meaning that I could buy it without the usual guilt-instilling price tag.  Plus it is in my favourite colours and it will be so scrummy once I can snuggle into it.  I can't wait to make this up.  There is one dilemma...I realized upon getting it home that I will need 1000g of yarn since I am apparently a size L in this pattern.  Of course I can't hope to be able to get more yarn in this colourway/dyelot, so what's a girl to do?  My idea so far is to shorten the pattern in the length of the body and the length of the arms, since I'm after all only 5'-0", and then this may afford me the extra yarn for around my bosom.  Any other suggestions would be welcome. 

The Imogen Sweater


Fleece Artist Imogen Sweater Kit
The almost kilogram of yarn!!

 My next find was this little cutie - Kooly the Koala Kritter Craft Case from Clover.  Now I should specify that upon first inspection I thought he was a frog.  On second inspection I realized he wasn't, but decided that since he is green-ish, and was reduced to only $1 sale price (crazy!!) I would consider him froggy enough for me.  I do like him and can't wait to stick all my odds and ends into his zippered mouth for safe keeping.  No more losing darning needles (which I also bought).  And lastly, I bought my first bottle of Eucalan.  Now that I have all this delicious fiber, I know I'm going to have to take good care of it. 

From there, off we went merrily to Romni where all yarns were 20% off!!  I bought my four skeins of Cotton Fleece from Brown Sheep in the colour Pink-a-Boo

This is going towards the making of the next baby blanket.  It will basically be a replicate of the first pink one with the brown ribbon.  Hopefully it goes faster this time. 

I also bought two skeins of self-striping sock yarn (one for me and one for the Mister).   Mr. Frogged got a very manly blue colourway - 4739, and I got 4352 which is nice and warm and will probably match my sweater kit well. 

The last thing I bought was a big cake of red wool.  It is 100% wool and spun into quite thin yarns.  I'll need to hold it two strands at a time when I use it for my planned project, which is a cabled tam, but I think I can manage that. 

Now I realize that it sounds like I spent a small fortune on all of this, but since a couple of projects are requests, I will be repaid for the yarn required on those guys.  So for myself, I thnk I only spent about $75, which is less than you'd usually spend on the sweater kit.  After all that, I was on a yarn related high for the rest of the day.  Tomorrow will have to be the first day of my yarn diet. 

Until next time, friends...happy crafting!

1 comment:

  1. What a busy bee you will be, happy knitting and happy vacationing x