Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The latest in chic bedding

Oh, you guys thought I was exaggerating about the stash enhancement? A little coloring of facts, perhaps, or poetic license?

knitting,yarn

I would be embarrassed, except that ohmygah-ohmygah-ohmygah…it’s yarn!!!

And I’m thinking maybe I’ll just leave it right here on the bed. Because what we’ve got here is mostly super-fine Merino, with some cashmere blend and a little alpaca and a lot of Lisa’s beautiful sock yarns…two kinds this year…one the good old Sock!, and the other a new-to-me-anyway BFL (Bluefaced Leicester). It’s a slightly finer gauge than the Sock!, and has the feel of a yarn that is going to be a great combination of soft but hard-wearing.

What’s kind of funny is, as I was unloading all of it and going, and I’m gonna make THAT out of THIS and THIS outta that and OH YEAH, that’s gonna be etc. etc. etc.…I suddenly realized that…this year's haul…and may I remind the Gentle Readers that I went out the door Friday morning saying, “No sock yarn! No laceweight! For carp’s sake, get some good old fashioned worsted, some DK, some sportweight, some nice thick stuff!!!”…

99% of all this is fingering.

ALSO, I still suffer from that short term memory loss problem. After finally finishing the VIP sweater, I was swooning on the couch, fanning myself and gasping, “Never again! Never will I subject myself to knitting a whole adult-sized sweater in fingering weight yarn! I choose life! LIFE, I TELL YOU! I CHOSE IT!”

Fast forward about three seconds, and I am enthusiastically pulling bag after bag of fingering weight yarn out of the box going, “Ooooooooh, yes! And this is going to be a cunning little Fair Isle sweater in two tones of gray – super-fine gauge of course as this is fingering weight yarn! And these? TWO adult sweaters, one that is mostly rust with some brown and the other that is mostly brown with some rust! In super-fine gauge because oh look, more fingering weight! And eeeeeeeee! Four kids sweaters that are sort of match-y but also different because there are five different coordinating fingering weight yarns, see?!”

Plus about fourteen pairs of socks. Some assembly required.

…and seriously? I’m…really not sure…where I’m going to, you know…put all this. I’ve kind of overstuffed my available storage areas and Space Bags can only do so much…

…hmmmmmmm…

…maybe I could convince the husband that this is the latest trend in bedding? The ultra rustic (by which I mean ‘still in raw material form’) “look”?

(Dear $DEITY please let me get about 62,000 times faster as a knitter, amen.)

(p.s. thank you for sending me a husband who thinks my yarn addiction is ‘cute’ and loves hand knit socks and reacts to large boxes of yarn by yelling, “DIBS!!!” and putting in orders for sweaters and stuff instead of, you know, having me committed to a sanatorium or something, amen)

10 comments:

PipneyJane said...

Since your husband is a knitter, I'm surprised he hasn't "borrowed" some already for his own knitting.

- pam

Mizzle said...

Would working with two strands of fingering weight held together work?

SuSaw said...

no worse than a fabric addiction. In fact, perhaps better, fabric takes up more space and can't be squished into a tiny little space.

Lois B, said...

I'm blown away with all your ambition. Not only do you knit, work, feed your family at least partly from the garden, but you also have time for a blog. My hat's off to you. I'm weary just thinking of all the energy that takes.

(formerly) no-blog-rachel said...

Yay! Someone who enhanced the stash more than I did (I haven't posted about that yet). LOVE your colors! I also love your husband's response. :)

Anonymous said...

just remember to get that stuff bagged and tagged before any mothies look at it

Louiz said...

Wow:) Plus, my beloved partner has looked disbelievingly at me when I suggested I might need to buy more yarn. Hey, my brother asked for a red and black scarf for his birthday. I have no black and red. That is suitable for a boy anyhow. You are so lucky:)

nannisandi said...

Well, look at all that gorgeous wool (yarn). I have just discovered an abundance of yarn on-line and can't resist buying it!!

JustGail said...

Nice pile of loot! So, when you touched the scissors to the tape on the box, did it explode?

At least you have plans for all of this, and didn't buy yarn just to take home and pet on occasion. Not that I ever do that. Ahem.

Kate said...

I have a whole theory on the "go for DK, come home with fingering" thing. It's because fingering-weight wool is SO FREAKING VERSATILE. Socks, obv, but also hats, cowls, mittens, shawls, legwarmers, babysweaters...you can do it all with 400yd/100g of fingering weight! So the 150yd of DK looks pretty pathetic by comparison.

There's also the wonderful self-contained-ness of fingering weight. There's a whole project, right there in one skein. If you're buying sport or worsted with no particular project in mind, how much do you buy? 500 yards? Sure, that's enough for a shawl but you should really get a fair bit more if you decide you want to make a sweater. But then that's just SO MUCH, that if the yarn wants to become a cozy scarf then you'll have a bunch left over, and then you'll be sick of it. So...just two skeins then. Yes. But it's such a lovely kettle-dye, maybe I SHOULD get a whole sweater's worth.

And so on and so forth and then next thing I know, I'm walking out with 4 100g's of fingering, a couple of laceweight, and MAYBE one skein of worsted that's not enough for *anything* and is thus destined to live in my stash forever.