Heeey, knitterly friends. I put up the first episode of my new podcast and I would absolutely love if any of y’all could take a listen. It’s all about knitting (with a segment about crafting on a budget!) and whatever fandom stuff we’re into at the moment. Would love any sort of feedback, ‘cause you’re all great.
Love at first sight with this color. Manos Del Uruguay Alegria in jacaranda. #yarn #knitting
I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
Modeling Lynn’s cowl…assuming this yarn is okay x.x Otherwise, modeling a cowl soon to go on sale. ;D
Jfc do I look rough.
Made two little luxury purchases to reward myself for doing as much work as I did on my cardigan in the time I did.
The first is a Schoppel Wolle lace ball. To be entirely honest, I’m not super familiar with the brand but the color is absolutely perfect for the beaded “Bethany” shawlette/scarf I’ve been piddling with designing. It’s a MUCH lighter weight than I’m used to, but it’s so soft in texture and vibrant in color. The tag is all in german so I have absolutely no idea with the content is… 75% Schurwolle sw 25% Polyamid… yeah idk. I think one is wool and one is some sort of synthetic something. Either way, I really like it.
As for the other, a ball of Noro “Miho”. When I first started knitting I was eyeing the Noro very very very covetously at the yarn shop near where I lived at the time. The colors still draw me in, though I’ve yet to properly knit with any. I bought this ball because it was in the $3 bin at my LYS. I have absolutely NO idea what I’m going to do with it. The shop owner suggested stranding it along with a neutral solid to add a bit of color because it doesn’t change the gauge. I’ve got no clue. She only had the one ball in the bin and I was obsessed with getting a deal on SOMETHING because, as much as I think her shop is great, the woman charges RIDICULOUSLY high on most of her stock. Everything else in the $3 was shit shit shit…and this is probably a bit useless itself. OTL Unless anyone has a suggestion for weird, bright, synthetic yarn that seems to vary from a thready laceweight to fingering….
So, not sure if I mentioned this, but Walmart had a bunch of clearance yarns the other day so I got something like 500 yards of sugar n cream cotton yarnfor like $2 and it’s in the most ridiculous lime color I’ve ever seen and I have NO idea what to do with it.
Maybe a Cthulhu plus, I was thinking? idk how well cotton works for plush toys, but I just don’t know what else to do with it. I don’t think there are terribly many things it would be good for. I hear a lot of horror stories about knitting with cotton, though I made a pretty squishy shawl out of what was possibly sugar n cream mill ends and it went pretty well? idk.
Sooo I know I follow a few knitters on here, though mostly I think they do hand-spinning and whatnot, I was hoping someone could give me a hand.
I need some advice for buying yarn online. Up to this point, I’ve been way too afraid to try it. I’m afraid the yarn will show up and I won’t like the feel of it or the color in real life will be far from what I expected. The problem is, the yarn shop near me is almost unshoppably expensive, and this is going by yarn shop standards. The next closest one that I’ve seen has an absolutely awful atmosphere and the woman working made it quite clear she thought I intended to steal all the yarn the moment I walked in.
The shop I’ve had the best luck with and where I’ve actually gone to a few knitting groups is, unfortunately, about an hour’s drive away. It’s also rather small and in the end the prices would still add up when you factor in the time it takes to get there and back as well as the gas spent.
So I’m left looking at different websites. Knit Picks has sooo many inexpensive lines, but again I’m left with that fear that what I expect won’t be what I get. Does anyone have suggestions for good sites? While I LOVE buying handpainted/handspun beauties, I’m looking for something a little more affordable.
Also, I LOVE grab bags, but the ones on WEBS are a bit expensive and the reviews are a bit condemning. Does anyone know of some smaller home-run sites, perhaps, with grab bags? Please, I would love annny suggestions because I’m just terribly nervous to jump into buying yarn online. xD
And a last question, if you buy multiple skeins of the same color, will the seller necessarily make sure they’re of the same dye lot, or does it depend who you get them from?
Today, I went through my stash.
This isn’t really all of it as I believe another box is still in my mom’s garage somewhere, but it’s the bulk. Most of my yarn is unidentified bits and pieces that I picked up at Goodwill for a few quarters a pop.
I picked up four skeins of yarn at Joann’s today. I have a very love-hate relationship with the Stitch Nation yarn in that I love cheap wool but I fucking cannot stand the whole Stitch n Bitch gimmick. I probably wouldn’t have bothered with it but they had it at 25% off and they’re relatively cheap to start. Those will be used for a surprise gift I have planned for someone. CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT ON TUMBLR THO REALLY. ;D
The two Patons skeins will hopefully be gloves. I picked up some 5” DPNs to work with in the hopes that it would go a biiit better. Fingers crossed that gauge works out right because I really cba’d to buy another size of $10 needles right now. :C If only THOSE had gone on sale. Patons was buy one get one half off and they’re reliable, so yeah.
Also got the little needle organizer portfolio. I’ve been needing one for ages, and while I would love to shell out $60 for one of the really gorgeous and much nicer ones online, not exactly in the budget right now. I also realized how much I wish one of my friends would want to take up knitting. I bought a set of 6 sized of acrylic needles when I first started because they were cheap and pretty. They were pretty good for beginner work because they have a good grip to them. As I’ve moved on, I can’t stand exactly that quality along with somewhat blunt tips. Someone please inherit these from me because I need an excuse to buy some fancy metal ones. ;D (My heart says Signature Needle Arts but my pocketbook says Boye :< )
Also threw in some pictures of the most obnoxious little “helpers” in the world. After Nemo inhabited the box I went to grab a new one to start loading things into only to have him jump from one to the other as I tried to sort colors.