After my early sucesses with KnitPicks and Kate Gilbert’s Shining Star hat, I made a few impulse online yarn purchases. Friends and family started giving me gifts of yarn in one and two ball increments. Hopefully soon I will be one of the cool kids with a Ravelry account so I can share my whole stash in detail . . . but generally I think I’ve been fairly conservative with my yarn accumulation, with a few splurges here and there.
It’s been months since I purchased yarn — I think the last round of yarn I ordered was used to make Sheldon and Norberta. Partly it’s because I’ve been busy, and partly it’s because I’ve been trying to be more conservative in the acquisition of “clutter.” I have plenty of yarn on hand if I want to experiment with something, or if I need to crank out a small, quick gift. I also don’t spend very much time visiting yarn stores, partly because I rarely feel comfortable when I visit them, and partly because I don’t have too many friends that are willing to schlep to yarn stores with me.
Last December, a few friends got me a gift certificate to Yarn Market, and in lieu of actual yarn shopping I’ve been visiting the site and pondering my choices for months now. I’ve been really wanting to make a second Clapotis, and I’ve been eyeballing the various colorways of Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb Multi available on the site. Inspired partly by my trip to Tahoe, partly by January One’s photo of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Tahoe colorway after her Tahoe trip, and partly by the fact that my toe-up socks are almost done and I want another TV knitting project at the ready, I took the plunge. Yesterday I purchased two skeins of Lion & Lamb Multi in Tahoe. An added bonus: one of my pet peeves is orphan gift certificates . . . when you know you’re never going to use that $1.49 left over and basically just give it to the store . . . so I was thrilled that the total cost was just slightly more than the gift certificate covered. Now I will be eagerly awaiting a yarn delivery — a surefire way to make the workday just a little bit less painful.
Speaking of my toe-up socks, I wanted to say a special thank-you to Anneliese
from the Westwood Stitch and Bitch, who demonstrated for me the two-at-once technique on one circular needle, using Magic Loop (explained beautifully here by Purlwise) instead of the way I’d been doing it, on two circular needles in the Cat Bordhi style. Sadly for me, I’ve been using needles that are far too long, which has often resulted in a tangle of cables. Now instead of a tangled mess (trust me, it took a long time to get this picture staged):
I have this neat and tidy arrangement of yarn, and no straggly cables (plus, yay, the socks are almost done!):
Here is a close-up of the socks on a single needle using the Magic Loop technique: