Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Shameful yarn dieting.

It's happened.  Something I used to scoff about when others said it.  I am officially bowing my head in shame, and admitting that I have finally experienced what it feels like to NEED to be on a yarn diet.

I was just casually reorganizing after turning in two projects and getting back from Sarasota last weekend when I came across so many "forgotten" skeins of yarn that have yet to have a go with me.  And these ain't no chump yarns, either.  We're talking Madeleine Tosh Chunky in the Boxwood colorway.  It's so funny how things change.  I remember being in the yarn store when I bought it, thinking, "OOOH! I can't wait to get home to make something!!"  And here it is months later, and the same yarn is no better off than candy that sits in a jar too long. I even went so far as to beg my partner to help me. I told him that anytime I'm in a yarn store and I proclaim, "I just HAVE to have this", to just look at me with a pouty lip and ask "what about the sweater you promised you'd finish a year ago?"  That should do it.

I recently updated my Ravelry page with correct PDF's, and here are two sock patterns I felt like re-posting from the dead-and-gone Yarn Ball Boogie blog.  (Thank God that's over).

1. Stalkers

2.  Seize Diamondbacks

As always, thanks for reading, and happy knitting!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Good Time, Sarasota

I just got back from teaching at A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida. Susan and her crew are a class act.  I was treated really well, and her yarn store is nothing short of a candy store for fiber folks.  Who knew a yarn store in 80 degree weather would be packed!  But I witnessed it myself. 

Who doesn't love exclusives?  Susan has teamed up with several talents in the dyeing yarn business and has developed many colorways that are uniquely their own.  You can check them out on their shop here.  I was lucky enough to score a skein of the Madeleine Tosh "Tosh Merino Light" in the Midnight Pass color.

I will be designing a shawl for Susan and it will be available exclusively through A Good Yarn, Sarasota.  The yarn itself is also available on their website.