Tuesday, August 28, 2007

More stash builders

So a friend and I hit the two yarn shops in town today after lunch, and I found a couple of great yarns to add to my stash. Actually, they won't go right into the stash, because I have projects planned for both of them. I bought the variegated mohair to go with the mohair I got at the estate sale. I think it will make a lovely shawl. The top picture doesn't show it all that well, but I think the colors go together nicely. The variegated is a little darker, but has a nice bit of peachy orange in it. The lower picture actually shows the variation in the yarn better. I'm still looking for just the right shawl pattern, but I have plenty of yarn for even a larger one. I like the brighter colors sometimes, to brighten up a darker outfit. And I love to wear colors in the orange family.

So, with that in mind, I also found a marvelously soft alpaca tweed in a burnt orange (the picture makes it look browner than it actually is). It's a 100-gram ball, so it will make a lovely scarf. I'm thinking the one-skein pattern in the Happy Hooker.

And, Twist has a ball winder that I can go in and use to wind all the hanks I have hanging around. Not many, granted, but a few balls that need to be rewound, and a couple of hanks (including this great new mohair). Yea! I've been doing it by hand, which kind of works okay, but takes a long time. And there is a beautiful sit-and-work area with daytime stitch-n-bitch times as well. Now I think I can really get the knitting think happening. It is, however, hard for me to let go of crocheting, even for a little while. I can move fast, and it's hard to think about having to work so hard again in going back into learning mode.

1 comment:

Chauntel said...

I love that alpaca with a twist! So scrumptious! I made a few of those one skein scarves (they are addicting, prepare yourself, I made 4 in a row) and they turn out beautifully in all yarns.
Be careful of the mohair, I sneeze like crazy when winding & knitting with it. If you find you have allergy issues a trick is to store it in the freezer between working on it. THe fibers become more stiff/solid and stay in place on the yarn.
I know that it can be frustrating to go from something you know & love to something you don't know but want to love. I just wish we lived closer to hang out & share our knitting time!