Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Yarn Porn - Children Beware

Two weekends ago, I spent the ENTIRE weekend going through my mom's stash. The stash that I stole. And since I just bought a ball winder, and am OBSESSED with it, just like Rachel, I then spent the remainder of my week winding as much yarn as I could.

Here is the final result:

I threw away a lot of it. Mostly pink. My mom had this habit of keeping just the teeny tiniest amount of yarn, and I was about to follow in her footsteps. The more I thought about it, the more I knew I would rather just go buy more yarn.

Some of my favorites:

I think I remember that my mom was going to make herself a sweater out of this color combo. Please forgive her, it was the 80's. When I first saw it, I thought I would split up the pink from the grey, but I soon found out that it would take forever.

What do you guys think - clapotis? I think there is enough yarn for it.

Does anyone know how I can figure out the yardage of some of this yarn? I have no idea. This purpley one is so nice, and I would like to know how much of it I have before I pick out a project.

Because most of this yarn is from Argentina, there is no way for me to run to the store, or ebay and get some more.

But isn't this lovely? I cannot wait to figure out what to do with it.

I was going to use this yarn to make my mom a Reversible Rib Shawl (yes, Rachel over at licketyknit has been inspiring me lately - hi Rachel!). But 1) I thought I had more 2) I think my mom would get mad that I used her yarn to make her a mother's day gift.

So I have no idea what to do with it. I will come up with something, I am sure.

Isn't it pretty? It looks like a dusty rose. Hmm... maybe my One Skein book has some ideas I could use.

Also have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with these, but I thought they were so pretty.

Maybe I will use them to make baby gifts. Here, again, it would come in real handy if I knew the yardage. ARGH! Maybe someone out there on the internets has an idea for me.

In other knitting news, I am almost done with a scarf (my first cable experience) that I am going to send out to my cousin in Argentina. It is getting cold over there, and I never send her anything. I thought this would be a nice surprise. The pattern is from One Skein, but since I am always being made fun of for my short scarves, this one has like 4 skeins. Hee. I will post a picture when I am done.

I am done with the back and half way the front of Salina. I think because I am using size 5 needles, the whole process is taking forever. Maybe this week I will get more done. Especially since I have so many other projects in mind! First, I have to start the R.R.S for my mom, since Mother's Day is right around the corner; then I have socks to make for Tony; Tubey for me; Somewhat Cowl for me; and god knows what other things I have lurking in my secret stash box.

I also have been oggling Becky's Holey Sweater that she is making from Phildar's Automne Tendances 05. But since it is in French, I knew I would never get to it. Then, I was reading one of my reg blog reads, BeeKnits, and I saw that Jade was making the same sweater! She had translated the pattern to English and she sent it to me! YAY!!! I think I might use the yarn my Secret Pal sent me on her last package. I need to check the gauge today, but it might be a nice fit. Thanks Jade! (She also lives in VA, so I made another friend in the area - so excited.)

And last, but not least - why the heck does Cindy Crawford have to wear what I wear ALL THE TIME?! Such a wanna be!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Rachel said...

Ooooohhh, look at all those beautiful yarn cakes. Must...find...yarn...to... wind...NOW!!!

Excuse me, I think I was hypnotized by your wound yarn for a moment. So, I don't have any great ideas about figuring out yardage, though I know there is a contraption for sale out there that claims to measure it for you. The only other thing I can think of is to measure out a certain yardage and weigh it on a kitchen scale, then weigh the whole ball...but that would actually probably be pretty inexact unless you had a REALLY sensitive kitchen scale.

Sorry not to be of more help.

1:43 PM  
Blogger yarnmaniac said...

I bet Cindy C. didn't knit hers, though. I think you could weigh the yarn and figure it out somehow....I dunno.....

6:59 PM  
Blogger Zarah said...

Wow, I wish my mom had yarn I could steal! I need to get a ball winder, too - what kind do you have?

4:57 AM  
Anonymous laurie said...

Oh my goodness, the yarn porn is killing me!!

I meant to post the other day and tell you how much I adored that you found an innernets friend from that frapper map! I think that is so amazing! These innernets, I tell you what ;)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Megs said...

Cindy's looks softer, but you look cuter! ;-)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Megs said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! i'm pretty sure i found your blog through my wandering at Crazy Aunt Purl. Glad i did - i love your work! i think Momo's sweater is my favourite so far. :)

1:58 PM  

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