If you have only just come to my blog you might be forgiven for not realising that it is trying to be more of a yarny blog! It seems as though there has been very little yarny activity going on for months.
I finished up a few things before Christmas, have had one commission since then which I worked on and finished - but as it was paid for didn't feel it appropriate to show you here. Other than that I have only done a few tutorials. I purchased one ball of yarn - Hayfield Bonus DK which was good to work with, different than I expected, but good - to make some garlands with for my shop - which I did crochet- and to give away.
Anyway, very little yarn activity, and apart from that one ball of yarn I cannot remember the last time I bought yarn. This weekend though I indulged!!!! Oh yes!!
I still cannot show you anything really because there isn't actually anything to show yet, but... I can show you the yarn! Yay!!
There is actually another skein which I will explain in a moment. Oh, I was so excited to order this and even more excited to receive it. I have never had skeined yarn before and this is just delicious. It is Cascade Heritage which is a sock yarn, 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.
Grey - above (obviously!) and Green.
Three different shades of blue.
That will all, I hope, work really well together.
These yarns are for three different projects that I am working on. I have the designs all in my head and I have tested them to a certain degree. Now though I actually need to make them, and write up the patterns as I do and then I can publish them for you to make! Yay! Well, I hope it will be yay. I hope that the items will turn out well and that you will want to make them.
There is a whole story about these, but until I have at least one pattern ready to publish I don't want to talk too much about it.
I still need some faded red yarn for the fourth part of this little adventure. That is as much as I am prepared to tell you. But, if you have worked out the back story to what I am up to, e-mail me and I will send a little something to the first person who gets it right.
Before I continue I have to say please excuse my messy office!
The other really exciting thing - other than my plans and the yummy yarn! - was that I needed a new tool in order to make use of this incredible yarn. A swift. Now, some of you who have been reading my blog for a long time might recall the struggle I had to get a yarn winder. I asked for one for Christmas. No do. Apparently you cannot have tools for Christmas. Anyway, long story short I did get one and have used it with limited success since. Limited because I have only wound yarn cakes from balls of yarn which goes well to start with and then gets a bit messy towards the end when the yarn scrunches up.
I couldn't wait until Christmas to ask for a Swift, so I went ahead and ordered myself one of those too. I ordered this wooden one from Wool Warehouse (no advert, I paid for it!). I chose this one because it was wooden, looked nice (pathetic I realise), but also I thought it would last longer than the plastic one which was the other option and would be better for the yarn.
Setting it up was a bit of an adventure, yarn swifts take up a lot of space! I put it on the arm of my chair in the end and then the ball winder on the edge of my desk and it worked well for me. This is the ball part way in progress of being wound.
This is the finished ball - or cake - of yarn. Oh, what yumminess!!! It looks just like the ones that I have admired in your photos and podcasts and so many other places! It is the best cake of yarn that I have ever wound and with the least amount of aggravation. I love it!!!!!!!!!!
So now I need to get on with the crocheting and start the making and then I will have more to share with you and you will once again realise that this is at least a somewhat of a yarny blog!
Oh, and by the way, I have never got this yarn stash thing before. I still don't, I buy what I want when I need it, but having squished these skeins I am starting to see the attraction!! This could be dangerous...