When I started knitting in November, I laughed at the crazy people who stash away dozens or hundreds of skeins of yarn that they will use “someday” to make something. Here I sit, just a couple of months later, and I find myself stashing. Conservatively stashing, compared to lots of other knitters, but stashing all the same. I already had 2 skeins of alpaca/silk sport to DK weight sitting around waiting for a project. I bought that mostly to prove that I could use something with animal hair in it, after my “itch of a day” a while back. I’m already using the 2 skeins of pure alpaca I bought last week, so that doesn’t count. I have a bunch of leftovers and such that I bought for various knit or crochet projects only to discover that either the yarn wasn’t right for the project or that the project wasn’t right for me or that I had simply bought more than I needed. The stash fills two small plastic file-box size containers. And then came my birthday (which is next week).
In “honor” of the last birthday of my 40’s, I went a little, tiny bit yarn nutty, ordering 2 skeins of lace-weight alpaca/silk yarn from www.knitpicks.com, even though I am clueless on knitting lace. Hubby was getting me Knitpicks Options in Harmony Wood for my birthday (woo hoo!), so I had to get some yarn to go with the needles, right? (hee, hee, hee!!) I figure my worst case scenario is that I will use two strands and make a pretty scarf or something.
And then last night, I split an order from www.smileysyarns.comwith a friend. Smiley’s has a lot of really inexpensive yarns in closeout colors and such, which makes it pretty hard to resist, but they also have a $40 minimum order and a $13 shipping fee (eek!). Not too tickled about the shipping fee, but too late now! 🙂 Anyway, my friend had $25 burning a hole in her knitting bag. She’s also a new knitter, and she wanted to try a bunch of different novelty yarns, so she ordered enough to make hats or scarves for just about everyone she knows!!
As for me, I ordered a couple of skeins of Moda Dea Dream in Plum, to go with the almost 2 full skeins already in my stash, so now I can actually make something with it (no idea what!). Then I ordered a couple of skeins of Bernat Miami, an interesting looking tape yarn in pastel colors. I figured to make a summery bag out of it. But the crowing glory was 7 lovely skeins of Jaeger Roma, a blend of viscose, nylon and angora (!) that will probably make me itch the moment I take it out of the box. I was wildly allergic to angora in my teens, when it was *really* popular and no young lady’s wardrobe was complete without at least 2 angora sweaters. Angora in the ’70’s is like cashmere today. Anway, I haven’t touched angora since then – I did have an angora sweater for about 2 days, very itchy, gave it to a friend and bought a fake (acrylic) one instead. Then my brother washed the fake angora in hot water and it came out ready to wear by a large baby doll – so my angora expriments of the past have largely been failures. But, since the Roma was only 15% angora, I thought I could give it a try. More adventures in knitting, eh? Keep following the fun times with me, won’t you? 🙂