I love yarns – and the more I get into knitting and wool based crafts again, the more I find myself seeking out those really great yarns – made by folks that really value the craft of creating yarn. One of those companies is madelinetosh – which is a bit pricey so I have very little. Knowing that I have champagne tastes on a beer budget (Gram used that phrase alot) I have learned to search for sales and other bargains to get the better yarns at more reasonable prices.
Jimmy Beans Wools has a little program called Wool Watcher where they put up a yarn – often one that is discontinued or a slow seller – at a discounted price. If it is already on sale they will mark it down even less. Occasionally you will find a really good yarn there – but it is usually gone within a minute or two so you have to be diligent in watching the wool watcher as they change the yarn on sale every two hours – unless it sells sooner than that and then it changes when the one before it sells. Needless to say, Madelinetosh or Lorna’s Laces will sell out in a minute – two at the longest.
But on June 29th I lucked out!! I walked into my office and sat at my computer and clicked onto Wool Watchers and there it was – 3 remaining skeins of madelinetosh tosh vintage yarn in Vandyke Brown – a discontinued color – at 30% off. I have never placed and paid for an order so quickly in my life!!! It arrived this week – here it is.
Isn’t it great? I was thrilled!!! I can definitely use this color combination in a house full of boys. I think a nice sleeveless vest could work. Another great thing about Jimmy Beans is that they will let you combine all of your orders to be shipped at the end of the week so you do not have to pay a greater amount for shipping – or can avoid having to pay for shipping all together. I was able to combine this with the order I had placed the day before – yes – I ordered 2 skeins of Robot Overlord by Lorna’s Laces. You knew I would. This gave me free shipping for both. They all arrived on Monday. Here is Robot Overlord.
Vash loves it. He wants a hat.
You would think this would be enough to keep me happy – but it wasn’t. Sunday, while Chris brought the boys to the conservation area to play in the creek, Chip and I took a ride into Lenox and went to Colorful Stitches – the yarn shop there.
As you can see, the girls there are very into yarn-bombing.
I had purchased the beautiful blue Louisa Harding Kimono Angora yarn there that I had made Mary’s Odessa chemo hat with and am making the Cafe Au Lait fingerless mitts with too and wanted to get some more to make a hat to go with the mitts so I would have a gift of them for the Xmas stash box. Luckily they had one skein left – and two skeins of it in a pink multi that will work for a niece. Got all three!!
I thought I would be good and get out of the store with just that when my eyes caught a familiar label – and I looked – could it be – yes!!! They had Lorna’s Laces in the store! They had a line of Shepherd Sock yarn that had been dyed for the store in colors that matches the artwork in their store adds. It took about a second and a half before Paris Nights landed on the counter next to the Kimono Angora yarn to come home. I felt like I had found gold lying on the sidewalk. I just felt giddy. Here it is.
On another day we will talk about Dream in Color yarn, and the Sanguine Gryphon – yarns that I fear are beckoning me even further into the skid row of yarn junkiedom. All bad.
Now on to the project report. When we last left our intrepid knitter I was already running behind because of the holiday barbecues and I had a week of court and client visits ahead. Still, I was able to get some things done.
I knit four – yes four – inches on the leg of the sock from hell this week. I am pretty doggone proud of that!!
And I just finished the last 264 stitch round of the Polkadot jacket – my next round will decrease the stitch count to 231.
As you can see, the armholes are in – now it is just completing the rest of the circle. It is starting to move faster.
The great thing about this Monday morning project report is that it keeps me working – I want to show you progress or completion each week – which will hopefully help me actually finish all these projects I have lined up for Christmas. On the negative side I only used up two skeins of yarn this week and bought nine – the stash just keeps growing (its alive I tell you – its alive ~~~~). We will see. I think its all pretty cool though.
I got more Lorna’s Laces and more madelinetosh. Hee Hee!!