Yarn Report – Week 42, 2014

As I begin writing this post, it’s early Friday morning. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I hope the mail lady today brings all the yarn I’ve ordered this week so I can see it all and begin the test knit. On the other hand, that means it will all have to go on today’s yarn report. If she brings part of it today and part of it Saturday, then Saturday’s arrivals go on next week’s yarn report and that makes it not quite look so bad, right? On the other hand (except there are no more hands!), Vince is home today and having to explain more yarn arriving just may not be fun!

The easy part – nothing used!

Now for the added:

First, 8 skeins of Madelinetosh DK Twist. The reason for buying this (and you know there is one!) was that the DK Twist is not available in stores, not real easy to get and Madelinetosh had a 20% off sale and . . my friend, Amy, keeps letting me know about all the yarn I should be getting! As usual, my photo doesn’t do this yarn justice and I’m sure the plastic bags don’t help but I didn’t want to tear into them. This yarn is the most gorgeous color. It’s the palest gray and has just hints of pink and aqua but no real saturation of those colors. I’m going to use it to make Glentrekker. Check out those cables!

Moonglow DK Twist

Moonglow DK Twist

Next . . Cascade 220 for Laura Aylor’s new test knit, Hay Cove. I can’t show a picture yet but if you click on the link,  you’ll see Laura’s project. I am so in love with this sweater. I used to have a cardigan with stripes about that wide and I loved it and wore it so much. Living in Texas, a good sweater is about all we need most of the winter and I can see me wearing this one all winter! There are more skeins of the dark gray so there are 11 skeins added.

Cascade 220 Heathers

Cascade 220 Heathers

Next, Laura had suggested WATERshed as a yarn, which is what she used, and I really wanted to use WATERshed but didn’t want to use the same colors Laura used so I needed a little help and found a couple of shops that carried it but they were less than helpful, which again reminded me why I love The Loopy Ewe so much, but I kept looking, even after ordering the Cascade 220, and found a helpful shop in North Carolina, with a kvery nice lady who helped me, and I ordered the WATERshed, and now maybeI’ll make 2 of Laura’s sweaters. I’m going to have to think about the colors. I think I need more variety so I may have to order  more yarn or make something else but for now, there’s another 18 skeins added.

WATERshed

WATERshed

And, to round it off, here’s one lonely skein of Ginger Ninja in Jilly by Dream in Color. I bought it because I like the color and think it would be a cool cowl for Fall.

Ginger Ninja

Ginger Ninja

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 81 skeins
Added this week: 38 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 322 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 284 (You all know Red means I’ve added more than I’ve used!)

On the Needles – October 17, 2014

Still working on Father Time. You would think with such an easy pattern, I’d have this thing finished by now but I’ve had so little knitting time this week.

Father Time Cowl

Father Time Cowl

Hopefully the yarn will arrive today for Laura’s newest test knit and I was hoping to be done with Father time but that isn’t going to be the case. This is for Loopy Academy and I have til the end of December to get it done.

Singing The Loopy Ewe’s Praises

OK . . I won’t really sing. You can thank me later!

You know how much I love The Loopy Ewe. I love their yarns. I love their fast shipping. I love their service. If you’ve read my blog long, you know that.

Here’s an example of how wonderful they are . . I am making another test knit for Laura Aylor and I need one main color and 3, 4 or 5 colors to be used as stripes. I never have a problem choosing yarn from The Loopy Ewe because their photos are always spot on exact. I can’t remember ever getting a yarn and thinking . . it didn’t look like that online. Well . . to tell you the truth, the  yarn I’m using for one of my Loopy Academy projects .. I didn’t think it looked like the picture but once I knitted a bit, I can see that it looks exactly like the picture. When rolling the yarn from a hank to a cake, the outside becomes the inside and the inside becomes the outside and in the picture, I had seen the outside, which was now the inside . . ok . . I know . . I’ve lost you but it makes sense . . trust me.

So, I started choosing colors and sometimes, even with really good photos, it’s hard to know how colors are going to look together in real life. I sent TLE an email and said “Help!” and explained what I needed. I wasn’t even thinking about it being Monday because most of the time, I don’t know what day of the week it is anyway . . nor do I care! They’re closed on Monday but yesterday morning, I received an email with a link to a project page they had set up for me.

Yarn for New Sweater

Yarn for New Sweater

For the main color, I ended up going with the dark gray on the left. The one on the right was a little too brown. I wanted 5 stripes so I left off the purple-y one on the right bottom.

Thank you to Sheri and all the elves at The Loopy Ewe. I couldn’t spend so much money do all the knitting I do without you!